RDA Wide Bay Burnett Newsletter - February 2016
RDA Wide Bay Burnett is one of 55 non-for-profit organisations across the country funded by the Australian Government to help strengthen our regions. RDA's work with business, the community and all levels of government to promote economic development.
RDA Jobs is the perfect match for employers and jobseekers

EMPLOYERS and JOB SEEKERS now have a new tool to help find the best candidates for jobs across the WIDE BAY BURNETT REGION.

This online RDA Jobs initiative focuses on the major employment industries of retail and hospitality, agriculture, resources, construction and transport and logistics.

Jobseekers are encouraged to go to the site and complete their FREE online profile. When a job is posted the site automatically matches the most suitable candidates and sends them an email and/or SMS notifying them of the job.
If the candidate is interested in the role then RDA Jobs notifies the employer who can then initiate the formal interview process.
It ensures employers are getting the best suited candidates and jobseekers are being advised of jobs they are interested in.

 Visit the site today

80% support  move to create military
dive experience for Wide Bay region

Support continues to gain momentum to secure the ex Navy heavy landing ship the HMAS Tobruk to scuttle in waters between Bundaberg and Hervey Bay to create a military dive experience.
A recent newspaper poll showed more than 80 per cent of respondents support the campaign which would boost economic development and regional tourism.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the scuttling of the HMAS Brisbane off the Sunshine Coast as a dive attraction added $5 million annually to the Sunshine Coast economy.

Fraser Coast Regional Council has allocated $1 million to sink HMAS Tobruk with a preferred site identified 17 nautical miles north of the Urangan Marina in 30 metres of water.
The Regional Dive Wreck Advisory Group is now seeking state government support for the project which would create a year-round new tourism asset.
Community Jobs Forum helps jobseekers
improve access to government support

A Community Jobs Forum held in Hervey Bay this month attracted more than 100 jobseekers eager to learn about government services available to assist them find employment.

With unemployment identified as the number one challenge for the region, the event was attended by local job search agencies, private enterprise and Federal Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Luke Hartsuyker.
The Minister addressed the forum and spoke about the changing employment environment and the emerging regional opportunities, particularly in the health and education sectors.

The forum allowed job seekers to gather advice from employment agencies, human resource managers and even Toastmasters about resume writing and presenting themselves in the best light at job interviews.
Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett Executive Officer Scott Rowe presented at the forum  highlighting the new initiative.

National Stronger Regions Funding now open

Round 3 of the Federal Government's National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) is currently open to not-for-profit organisations, local governments and eligible applicants and closes on Tuesday 15 March 2016.
NSRF is a competitive grants program which will provide $1 billion of infrastructure funding for regional communities over five years. The first two rounds have delivered more than $500 million to more than 100 infrastructure projects.

Grants must be between $20,000 and $10 million per round. Grant funding must be matched in cash on at least a dollar for dollar basis.

NSRF funding will be provided for capital projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or an extension of existing infrastructure.

The project must deliver an economic benefit to the region beyond the period of construction. Projects should support disadvantaged regions or areas of disadvantage within a region.

For more information contact RDA Executive Officer Scott Rowe on 0429 881 697.

Bridges Renewal Programme delivers
$6.6m for Wide Bay Burnett councils

The Federal Government has committed $100 million to fund 189 bridges to deliver much needed economic and safety benefits to communities around Australia under Round Two of the Bridges Renewal Programme.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett (RDA WBB) is pleased to announce the Wide Bay Burnett region had six applications approved with a combined total of $6,689,167 invested in making communities safer and more accessible. 

“This funding is in addition to the Australian Government's $111 million committed under Round One of the Programme.”

More on the Bridges Renewal Programme, including a full list of successful Round Two projects and details on the application process, is available online at:
Stronger Communities Program

In the 2015 Budget, the Australian Government announced the Stronger Communities Program to fund small capital projects in local communities in each of the 150 Federal Electorates.

The Stronger Communities Programme will deliver $45 million over two years commencing in 2015-16.

The objective of the Stronger Communities Program is to fund small capital projects which will deliver social benefits. The programme aims to improve local community participation, cohesion and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.

 Federal Members of Parliament (MPs) have established community consultation committees to undertake consultation in their electorate to identify eligible projects and invite applicants to apply.

Local government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply.

Grants of between $5,000 and up to a maximum of $20,000 are available.

For more information contact RDA WBB Executive Officer Scott Rowe on 0429 881 697.


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