RDA Wide Bay Burnett Newsletter - December 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.
Wide Bay wins the Battle for Tobruk

A three-year campaign to secure the ex-HMAS Tobruk has paid off with the Wide Bay announced home to the retired Australian Navy ship to create a world-class dive wreck.

Waters between Bundaberg and Hervey Bay will be the final resting place of the 127m heavy landing ship which will create a new tourism asset to attract domestic and international tourists.

Federal Member for Hinkler and Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt said the hard-fought battle for more than three years had finally paid off.

“Christmas has come early for the Wide-Bay Burnett region. This dive wreck will not only bring domestic and international visitors to the region, it will bring much needed long-term, sustainable jobs and a future for the next generation,” he said.

“Our community will now be home to an important part of Australia’s military history that will also attract tourists from around the world.”

RDWBB executive officer Scott Rowe said competition for the vessel was strong from around the country and the Wide Bay would now be marketed in dive circles worldwide.

 “The vessel will be prepared for scuttling in the Port of Bundaberg which in itself will be a tourist attraction and create local jobs.”
Nolan meats expands

Iconic Gympie meat processor Nolan Meats is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion to integrate its production facilities to allow export to a greater number of destinations.

The former Queensland Export Business of the Year is constructing an Australian-first robotic storage and packing cold chain facility that will allow it to increase its production and create more jobs on site at its Gympie plant.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett chair Bill Trevor, executive officer Scott Rowe, Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey and Fraser Coast Mayor Chris Loft recently toured the construction due for completion in mid-2017.

“Nolan Meats is a perfect example of a regional business that is innovating and leading the way from a regional town,” RDA WBB chair Bill Trevor said.

“They currently sell 80 per cent of their meat on the domestic market, export to 40 countries and when the new storage and packaging facility is completed this will increase production and local jobs.

“They have sourced the best technology from around the world and are establishing it in Gympie.

Nolan Meats is a 100% Australian, family-owned company founded as a small retail butchery business in Gympie in 1958. The business is vertically integrated throughout the beef chain from breeding to feed lotting, processing, distribution and wholesaling.
Building Better Regions Fund

A new $297.7 million fund to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities has been launched by the Federal Government.

The Building Better Regions program will fund projects in regional Australia outside the major capital cities across two streams of funding, Infrastructure Projects stream and the Community Investments stream.

The Infrastructure Projects Stream will support projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

You can apply for a minimum grant of $20,000 and a maximum grant amount of $10 million.

The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, leadership and capability building activities.

The minimum grant amount is $5,000 and the maximum grant amount is $10 million, however given the nature of eligible projects we expect most grants will be under $100,000.

An information session will be held for the Wide Bay-Burnett region:

Date:               Tuesday 24th January 2017
Time:              10:00am – 11.30am
Location:        Bundaberg Central Queensland University

To register, please click HERE
To access the guidelines, please follow the link below.
Back to Work Employment Package

The Back to Work – Regional Employment Package is a two-year $100m package giving businesses the confidence to employ regional jobseekers and providing an economic boost to regions facing challenging times.

Back to Work provides: 
  • support for employers to build their skills base;
  • support for regions doing it tough; and
  • support for jobseekers to build confidence, upskill and retrain for jobs in a more agile Queensland economy.
The $20,000 Youth Boost payment is an employer support payment offered under Back to Work that is specifically targeted towards employers who hire a young unemployed person aged between 15-24 years during the specified eligibility period (i.e. between 1 December 2016 and 28 February 2017 inclusive). 

The Government is seeking to support genuine jobs and to stimulate employment opportunities and economic growth by supporting employers to hire unemployed young people in regional Queensland.

Members of the public can get information about Back to Work from or by calling 13 QGOV
(13 7468)

Mining boosts Wide Bay Burnett economy

While renewables such as solar, wind and geothermal will play an increasingly important role in energy supply for the future, the value and contribution of the natural resources sector cannot be underestimated.

The sector continued to bolster state coffers in 2015-16 with an estimated $55.7 billion contribution to the Queensland economy and the equivalent of 309,500 full-time jobs

The seventh annual economic contribution report, released by the Queensland Resources Council, revealed locally the sector contributed $922 million to the gross regional product of the Wide Bay Burnett.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett (RDAWBB) Executive Officer Scott Rowe said the minerals and resources industry would remain a major economic and employment contributor for years to come.

“RDA WBB continues to position the Wide Bay Burnett region top of mind with resource sector proponents to maximise job opportunities, particularly with proposed new mines on the horizon in the Galilee Basin of Central Queensland,” Mr Rowe said.

Despite another challenging year, the natural resources sector was directly and indirectly responsible for creating one in every $5 dollars in Queensland’s economy and one in every seven Queensland jobs.

“The Wide Bay Burnett is in desperate need of employment and the resource sector presents a strong opportunity. We will continue to work with proponents to showcase our skilled workforce and availability as a source point of labour both in construction and operation of new and existing mines,” Mr Rowe said.

Merry Christmas from RDA Staff
The RDA WBB Board and Staff would like to extend Seasons Greetings.

In warm appreciation of our association during the past year, we extend our very best wishes for a happy holiday season.

May our region prosper in 2017.

The RDA WBB Office will be closed from Monday 19 December 2016 and will reopen Tuesday 3 January 2017.
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