RDA Wide Bay Burnett Newsletter - July 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.
Free recruiting service for employers

Wide Bay Burnett employers looking for skilled and qualified staff are being offered free recruiting services through the RDA Jobs initiative.

RDA Jobs boasts a database of more than 2,000 active candidates across the major industries of resources, retail and hospitality, transport and logistics, construction and agriculture.

It is an online job matching and profiling service that matches candidates with jobs based upon their skills, qualifications and experience and is offered free for local employers and jobseekers.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett Executive Officer Scott Rowe said with unemployment one of the major challenges facing the region, the online tool benefits both employers looking for the best candidates and employees eager to find work.

“RDA Jobs is fast, efficient and best of all it’s free. Once a job is listed RDA Jobs automatically matches candidates based upon their skills, qualifications and experience,” Mr Rowe said.

To post a job or create a candidate profile, visit
Have your say on future of port

The State Government is seeking feedback and submissions on a proposal to create a State Development Area around the Port of Bundaberg.

The investigation around the port has included a technical analysis of the economic development opportunities, physical and environmental constraints, community and environmental impacts and infrastructure requirements associated with the proposal.

SDAs are intended to provide guidance and development certainty to industry, control development in a way that considers existing industry and surrounding development and recognise and manage environmental, cultural and social values.

The Port of Bundaberg is a catalytic asset for future economic prosperity of the Wide Bay Burnett region. Currently the port exports raw sugar, molasses, wood pellets and silica sands and establishing a State Development Area would assist expansion of that resource base. 

With commissioning of a $19 million, 26km gas pipeline facilitating the construction of the $70 million Knauf Plasterboard Factory, the port is well positioned to attract new industries and diversify.

The Bundaberg port is the next port north of Brisbane and is the state’s only other east coast trading port that is outside the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

For more information on the SDA process or to make a submission CLICK HERE.
Regional Partnerships Strong to Deliver
on Economic Prosperity

Businesses will receive the latest information on priority economic initiatives at the annual Wide Bay Burnett Regional Economic Development Growth Forum to be held at the Brolga Theatre,  Maryborough, on 6 October.
The forum is jointly hosted by the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils (WBBROC); Regional Development Australia (Wide Bay Burnett) and the Queensland Government Department of State Development.
Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisations of Council’s chair and Gympie Mayor, Cr Mick Curran, said the forum would help local businesses gain the maximum possible benefit from major regional projects.
“This free forum is a chance for local businesses to hear about real opportunities for securing work contracts, learn how other businesses in the region have achieved success, and hear about priority projects being delivered regionally,” Cr Curran said.

The State Government will be presenting on the opportunities of contract and supply for the billion dollar Queen’s Wharf Development in Brisbane and five regional mayors will participate in a forum.
Information on securing tickets will be available in coming weeks.
Position available
RDA WBB is seeking to appoint a project officer to assist economic development initiatives across the Wide Bay Burnett.

The successful candidate, based from RDA’s Hervey Bay office, will work as part of a small team to develop and implement priority projects as well as promote federal-funded grants programs.

For a copy of the position description please contact RDA WBB Executive Assistant Colleen Bruce on 4124 2526.

Housing grants extended
The Federal Government has agreed to extend $12,000 grants to attract new home buyers to affordable estates in Hervey Bay.
The grants, which are on top of grants available for First Home Owners, are part of the Federal Government program to provide affordable housing.
They were due to finish at the end of the 2016 financial year but have been extended until March 31, 2017, giving more property buyers a chance to enter the market.
The Fraser Coast was the only Queensland Local Government to secure a grant under the Building Better Regional Cities program. It received $12 million to deliver key road infrastructure within Hervey Bay growth corridor to bring forward affordable housing.
At the end of May, 2016, 267 people had accessed the $12,000 grants.

For more information on the grant process visit

Delegation headed for China
Wide Bay Burnett businesses interested in harnessing the power of export to China are invited to attend one of the largest delegations ever to travel from Queensland.

AccessChina16, co-ordinated by Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, will see more than 200 businesses from across the Darling Downs and South East Queensland travel to Shanghai for a five-day program aimed at activating opportunities in agriculture, health and aged care, tourism, mining and resources, education and sustainable design and manufacturing.

AccessChina16, from October 24, will also mark the first international passenger flight out of Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba.

The event will assist businesses to understand the Chinese opportunity, gain the latest industry updates from world-class speakers, increase your Chinese network, offer backstage access to some of China’s renowned companies and build relationships with fellow delegates.

Delegates will also visit ports, tech parks, renewable energy facilities, aged care facilities and beef processing and manufacturing plants and meet with a range of Chinese business and community leaders.

For more information and itinerary visit

$22m Aquatic Centre takes shape

Construction is on track for a Christmas completion to the Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC) – a $22.25 million project to meet community demand for a local recreation facility that can host regional competitions, training and lap swimming, indoor community programmes and leisure activities.

The Federal Government committed $5 million to the project through the opening round of the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund.

The ARC has provided an employment boost to the region with 270 jobs during the construction phase and 12 ongoing jobs once construction is complete.

The ARC will feature a 50-metre outdoor pool, a 25-metre indoor heated pool and a water play area.

Gympie Mayor Cr Mick Curran said the ARC would be a real community asset with benefits for the community’s social and physical wellbeing and for the liveability of the whole Gympie region.

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