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RDA Wide Bay Burnett Newsletter - March 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.
New Minister for Regional Development

Following the announcement of the pending retirement of Deputy Prime Minister, Federal Nationals Leader, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss, there has been a new Minister appointed to Regional Development who is responsible for overseeing the RDA program.

New South Wales Senator Fiona Nash has been elevated to Deputy Leader of the National Party, Federal Minister for Regional Development, Regional Communities and Rural Health.

RDA WBB has written to the new minister and invited her to visit the region and meet with regional leaders to understand our challenges and opportunities.

RDA WBB has also written to the retiring Mr Truss and thanked him for his service to Wide Bay. 

RDA WBB chair Bill Trevor said Mr Truss was a true statesman who is well respected by all sides of politics.

“In April it will be 40 years since Warren Truss was first elected to public office as a member of Kingaroy Shire Council and 26 years since his election to Federal Parliament,” Mr Trevor said.

RDA WBB also acknowledges the appointment of Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt to Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister.
Special thanks to retiring Mayor

RDA WBB wishes to thank retiring Bundaberg Mayor and Chair of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisations of Councils for his contribution to regional economic development.

Cr Forman has been a volunteer committee member of RDA Wide Bay Burnett for five years and in that time has been a strong supporter of regional collaboration between all levels of government.

RDA WBB executive officer Scott Rowe said Mr Forman has been a passionate advocate for Bundaberg and the wider region.

“Among his many achievements has been the ability to strengthen the relationship between the six local governments that form the Wide Bay Burnett Organisation of Councils and their ability to speak with a united voice to all levels of government,” Mr Rowe said.

“Mal will remain heavily involved with the community through a number of projects that he is passionate about.

“On behalf of RDA WBB we thank him for his tireless efforts over many years and wish him and his family the best for a healthy and happy future.”

A new chair of WBBROC will be elected in coming weeks and will be invited to become a member of the RDA WBB committee.
Wide Bay pushes to secure HMAS Tobruk

RDA WBB has joined the push to secure the decommissioned navy heavy landing ship HMAS Tobruk to be sunk in waters between Bundaberg and Hervey Bay to create a new tourist attraction.

A decision is expected in coming weeks from Federal Defence Minister Senator Marise Payne on the fate of the Tobruk with the Wide Bay pushing hard to secure the vessel to create a new military dive wreck.

A Regional Dive Wreck Advisory Group has been formed and is facing strong competition from other regions, including Tasmania, who are also wanting the vessel to create a dive experience.

RDA WBB Executive Officer Scott Rowe said the Tobruk would be a major new tourist attraction if secured and could return more than $4 million per annum to the local economy.

“We have received strong community support across the Wide Bay and from the dive industry across South East Queensland.

"We remain hopeful the Tobruk can continue to serve the community as a first-class military dive experience.”
RDA Jobs your perfect match

RDA WBB has launched a free job matching and profiling service that connects jobseekers with employers across the Wide Bay Burnett at the click of a button.

The rdajobs.com.au website is a partnership with 123 Jobs where candidates upload their skills, qualifications and experience across the region’s major employment industries. When an employer posts a job it is automatically matched with the most suitable candidates.

The best matched candidates then receive a SMS or email informing them of the position.

RDA WBB Executive Officer Scott Rowe said the online matching and profiling service was a first for RDA and was about tackling high unemployment levels in the region by better matching employees and employers.

“This is job matching made simple. The process is free, efficient and easy for both jobseekers and employers and about not only saving both parties time but money,” Mr Rowe said.

For more information or to register visit www.rdajobs.com.au or contact Colleen Dowling in the RDA office on 41 214017.

Port pipeline ready to be laid

Preparatory work has started on the $19.8 million Bundaberg Port Gas Pipeline, with construction to start after Easter.

The 28.5 kilometre pipeline project will generate up to 15 local construction jobs and support the development of the new $70 million Knauf Plasterboard facility.

The Knauf project alone is expected to bring 200 construction jobs and 40 operational jobs to Bundaberg.

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said the Bundaberg Port Gas Pipeline represented a significant investment in the Wide Bay-Burnett region.

“In coming weeks, construction will get underway on the gas pipeline, which will bring an accessible supply of energy to the region and be a catalyst for economic development,” she said.

“The Zinfra Group, who are undertaking construction, are using Bundaberg resources and negotiating agreements with local contractors for trades and services.”

Ms Donaldson said the Australian Gas Networks pipeline was expected to be fully commissioned and operational in early 2017.

“I am also proud to be part of a government that is exploring how to create a State Development Area around the Port of Bundaberg.

“It’s Queensland’s only other east coast trading port outside the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and the Palaszczuk Government is working with regional councils to explore its potential as an economic hub.”

Resource sector workers flying high

Maryborough-based air charter operator Mile High Aviation is seeking interest from regional resource sector employees interested in saving time and improving their safety by flying to and from their remote workplaces.

Managing Director Tim Briest said his company was looking to establish a regular group of workers that would travel directly from Maryborough, Hervey Bay or Bundaberg to mining sites.

“With regular bookings we are  more than affordable and we could drastically cut your travel times.
“If you are tired of flying south to go north, or you would like to spend one more night in your cycle at home with the family, or hate travelling more than eight hours each way to work, then please speak with us.”

Mile High Aviation can be contacted at 1300 645 344.
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