RDA Wide Bay Burnett Newsletter - April 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.
Mega Mine a step closer:

The Queensland Government recently approved mining leases for the $21 billion Carmichael Coal Mine in the Galilee Basin which could result in a boost for resource sector jobs across the Wide Bay Burnett.

A spokesperson for Adani Australia welcomed the announcement for bringing certainty for the mine with respect to timelines and that the company would soon return to pre-engineering work which was suspended in 2015.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the approved leases had undergone "extensive government and community scrutiny" and were a step towards securing jobs for region, with Adani estimating more than 5000 jobs expected to be generated during construction and more than 4000 during operation of the project.

RDA Wide Bay Burnett executive officer Scott Rowe said news of the mining lease approval was positive for an industry sector which had suffered dramatic downturns in recent years.

“It is estimated more than 20,000 jobs have been lost in the resource sector over the past five years and prices are at record lows - so this announcement will be a real boost for the mining industry,” Mr Rowe said.

“The Wide Bay Burnett region is well positioned to capitalise on some of the jobs expected to be created over the next 12-18 months and RDA WBB will be working to ensure Adarni and its contractors are aware of the skills levels and availability of workers and businesses from across this region.”

Resource sector workers are encouraged to register their profiles at
New faces lead the region:

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett congratulates new mayors and councillors elected to lead the region over the next four years.

RDA WBB chair Bill Trevor said his committee was looking forward to working with the mayors and new councillors to implement their vision for the region.

“Gympie Mayor Mick Curran is the only serving mayor to be re-elected so I am sure the new mayors and their councils will be looking to implement new ideas and a range of projects to ensure the region reaches its potential,” Mr Trevor said.

“The Wide Bay Burnett economy is changing and we need to continue to unite as a region to promote our lifestyle and liveability and continue to grow our economy.”

The mayors of the six local government areas of the Wide Bay Burnett are:
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council:       Chris Loft
  • Bundaberg Regional Council:          Jack Dempsey  
  • Gympie Regional Council:                Mick Curran
  • South Burnett Regional Council:     Keith Campbell
  • North Burnett Regional Council:      Rachel Chambers
  • Cherbourg Indigenous Council:       Arnold Murray
Rear Admiral backs Tobruk dive wreck

The first commanding officer of navy heavy lifting ship, HMAS Tobruk, Retired Rear Admiral Ken Doolan, visited the region last week and met with members of the Regional Dive Wreck Advisory Group who are dedicated to securing the vessel to create a military dive wreck in Wide Bay waters.

Ken Doolan, AO, boasts a distinguished military career spanning 41 years in the Royal Australian Navy, including a period on HMAS Tobruk and HMAS Brisbane, which is currently continuing to serve the community as a dive wreck off the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Doolan met with Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen, Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt and Regional Dive Wreck Advisory Group spokesperson Ed Gibson to discuss the proposal.

Mr Gibson said to have the support of one of the Navy’s most senior and long-serving leaders was very promising.

“We explained what we are wanting to do and the economic benefits of having HMAS Tobruk continue to serve as a dive wreck.

"Mr Doolan was also presented with a copy of our business case and he was very encouraging and supportive,” Mr Gibson said."

RDA Wide Bay Burnett expects a decision on the fate of HMAS Tobruk to be announced by Federal Defence Minister Marise Payne within weeks.

Economic modelling shows the creation of a new dive wreck could contribute up to $4 million a year to the regional economy and boost year-round tourism.
Perfect match for jobseekers

Employers and jobseekers have a new tool to help find the best candidates for jobs across the Wide Bay Burnett region.

RDA Jobs, an online service where employers post jobs and candidates are automatically matched through their qualifications, skills and experience, is a partnership between Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett (RDA WBB) and 123Jobs.

RDA WBB Executive Officer Scott Rowe said the online RDA Jobs initiative focuses on the major regional employment industries of:
  •          retail and hospitality
  •          agriculture
  •          resources
  •          construction
  •          transport and logistics.
This is a free service for employers wanting to post jobs and jobseekers wanting to be informed immediately of jobs as they are posted across these specific industries.

“It is fast, efficient job-matching made easy and is free for employers to list jobs (use access code rdajobs).

All jobseekers are encouraged to register their profiles at

Stronger Regions being built
Eleven applications from across the Wide Bay Burnett were submitted for Round 3 of the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund which funds priority economic development infrastructure across the country.

The $1 billion, five-year program is open to local governments and not-for-profit groups.

Announcement of successful applications is expected in July 2016. 

Wide Bay Burnett applications, seeking total funding of more than $30m, include:


  • Bundaberg & District RSL & Citizens Memorial Club Inc Redevelopment of the Sandhills Sports Club $2,225,000
  • Bundaberg Regional Council Redevelopment of Christsen Park (Stage 2), Bargara $401,078
  • Bundaberg Regional Council Construction of the Multiplex Stage 2 in Bundaberg $5,000,000 Bundaberg West
  • Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council Redevelopment of Cherbourg's Economic Future $8,993,698 Cherbourg
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council Development Stage 3 of Portside Cultural Precinct $395,000
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council Fraser Coast Sports Precinct $8,185,613 Nikenbah
  • Gympie Regional Council Mary Street Civic Precinct Revitalisation Project $900,000 Gympie
  • IMPACT Community Services Inc Construction of commercial laundry in Bundaberg $980,660
  • Bundaberg Indigenous Wellbeing Centre Extension: Stage 2 IWC Health and Wellbeing Centre $6,500,000 Bundaberg
  • North Burnett Regional Council Upgrade of Sportsground Lighting for North Burnett $447,447
  • Gayndah North Burnett Regional Council Supporting Development of Industrial Land Monto $735,457

Information on all applications from across the country is available on the NSRF Website:

New food labels inform consumers

Sweeping reforms to country of origin food labelling will give Australian consumers clearer information about the products they buy and where they are made.

The reforms will be introduced from 1 July with labels expected to appear in retail outlets later this year.

The Government has provided the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission with additional funding of $4.2 million over five years to undertake compliance and enforcement activities in relation to the new requirements.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the new reforms were a victory for consumers.

“It is important consumers have the information they need to make informed choices about the products they buy.

"Consumers deserve peace of mind about labels claiming that a product is 'Made in' or a 'Product of' Australia - and the new system will ensure that's the case,” Mr Pitt said.

Many foods found on Australian retail shelves will be required to include a kangaroo in a triangle logo to indicate if the food is made, produced or grown in Australia.

The new system will also include a bar chart indicating the proportion of Australian ingredients.
Ag forum  to boost exports

The region’s primary producers will learn more about opportunities to access new markets and innovative ways to target those markets at an Agricultural Export Logistics and Innovation Forum, to be held at CQ University, Bundaberg, on April 28.

Bundaberg Regional Council Economic Development Officer Scott Coleman said this year’s forum would assist producers in ensuring their products appeal to new markets.

“Essentially, the forum will assist any current or prospective growers and processors seeking background information before taking the next steps,” Mr Coleman said.

Presenters at the forum will address a range of topics including competitive supply chains, clustering, infrastructure (including Wellcamp Airport), packaging and Department of Agricultural and Fisheries Centre for Food Innovation on research and development.

“There will also be a panel session to introduce regional assistance and support providers and a showcasing of some examples of local products entering into new marketplaces.

The event will run from 8am to 3pm on April 28. For more information and to book, contact 4130 4006 or email
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