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RDA Wide Bay Burnett Newsletter - January 2017
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 on Q Newsletter

January 2017 marks the launch issue of the  RDA newsletter ‘RDA on Q’ which highlights the achievements and role of the Queensland RDA partnerships. 
 
The 12 Queensland RDA Committees work collaboratively to identify common issues, priorities and strategies relating to improving economic development outcomes in the communities they serve.

 
Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett Chair Cr Bill Trevor said the RDA on Q newsletter was a fantastic way to promote the important role Queensland’s Regional Development Australia committee’s play within their regions.
 
Cr Trevor said the publication showcases the collaboration across the state by passionate and dedicated RDA committees who work collectively to identify common issues, determine regional priorities as well as those affecting the broader community.
 
The newsletter is available on the RDA WBB website at www.rdawidebayburnett.org.au
Building Better Regions Fund open

Community groups and local governments are encouraged to submit applications for round one of the $300 million Building Better Regions Fund, which will support community building and infrastructure projects.
 
Minister for Regional Development Senator Fiona Nash said the fund was dedicated purely as an investment in opportunities across rural, regional and remote Australia.
 
“The Coalition Government's Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) is designed to invest in projects that will create the kinds of regional communities that our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to,” Minister Nash said.
 
Applicants should demonstrate how their project will drive economic development, make their region a more attractive place to live and foster partnerships across their community.
 
Applications will be assessed in three categories depending on the size of the project—so small community projects are not competing against major projects worth tens of millions.
 
The program has been designed to create jobs, have a positive impact on economic activity, enhance community facilities, enhance leadership capacity and encourage community cohesion and sense of identity.
 
This is a great opportunity for not-for-profits and community groups to secure matching funding for projects that will benefit their communities at the grassroots level. RDA is available to assist applicants across the two streams of the program to ensure the Wide Bay Burnett gets its share of funding.
 
Applications will close on Tuesday 28 February 2017 for the Infrastructure Projects Stream and Friday 31 March 2017 for the Community Investments Stream.
 
For more information visit www.business.gov.au/bbrf
Tobruk Museum and Fishing Hall of Fame
 
Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett is seeking support to establish a new tourism asset that capitalises on the success of securing ex-HMAS Tobruk in conjunction with the region’s significant fishing history.

The proposed Tobruk History and Fishing Hall of Fame museum would allow the community to experience the proud history of the unique vessel onshore which will also broaden the economic benefit and tourism attraction of the vessel. 
 
Information, imagery and artefacts from the vessel and those that served on her could be included alongside modern interactive displays that would serve to educate current and future generations about the role of the navy as well as showcase the contributions of the commercial and amateur fishing sector. 
 
It is estimated that the cost to construct and fit out a 700sqm facility would be around $3 million.

RDA Wide Bay Burnett Executive Officer Scott Rowe said a new land-based attraction would attract a broader demographic of tourists and visitors than just the dive experience and would complement existing marine tourism infrastructure.


“It has been a decade-long aspiration of the Wide Bay community to create a Fishing Hall of Fame to honour the significant history, innovation and contribution of the commercial and amateur fishing sector to the regional economy,” Mr Rowe said.

“The Wide Bay boasts a proud military history with numerous significant memorials and museums paying homage to the servicemen and women who served our country in the theatre of war. This would further add to this legacy.”

“It is time to make this dream a reality and establish the Fishing Hall of Fame in conjunction with the Tobruk Military Museum.”
National Stronger Regions Fund Projects Coming to Fruition:
 
The Wide Bay Burnett region was successful in a number of funding applications, totally $7,174,328, under the former National Stronger Regions Fund.  
 
Brolga Theatre Expansion:
Funding amount: $325,00
Total Project cost: $660,000
Project Information: Creation of an all-weather, flexible space that will enhance the functionality of the facility. This will support increased capacity and attract additional activities to meet an identified regional need and appeal to a wider audience.
Status: Officially Opened on Friday 27th January 2017.

 
The Gympie Pavilion Upgrade
Funding amount: $548,250
Total project cost: $1,096,500
Project information: The Pavilion upgrade will enable council to optimise community use of the facility while simultaneously maximising revenue through commercial hire of venue spaces

Status: Construction started December 2016
 
Gympie Aquatic and Recreational Centre
Funding amount: $5million
Total project cost: $20million
Project information: The new aquatic centre will include a
50 metre outdoor regional competition pool, 25 metre heated indoor program pool, 250 square metre zero depth leisure pool, dual water slides, car park, pool management office space, first aid room kiosk/cafe and associated amenities.
Status: Due to
be completed December 2017.
 
Construct Stage 2 Fraser Coast Military History Trail
Funding amount: $900,000
Total project cost: $1.8million
Project Information: This project develops new infrastructure around emerging Military History tourism - an opportunity providing prospects for new or expanded operations in interpretive tours and increased trade in the hospitality sector.
Status: Underway

  
Redevelopment of Christsen Park (Stage 2), Bargara
Funding amount: $401,078
Total project cost: $802,156
Project Information: The Project will redevelop
Christsen Park (Stage 2), to provide for better safety and tourist/recreational amenity for users of this popular park area adjacent to "The Basin", a popular local sheltered swimming area. The project will follow the Stage one works and will cover civil works such that a two-lane roadway to replace the existing loop road, which currently isolates the park from the beach and coastline.
Status: Due to
be completed in early 2017.

Update on Swickers’ Factory Rebuild After Fire

Following the devastating fire at Swickers’ Kingaroy factory in November, it is expected that the site will be totally cleared by mid-February making way for the immediate rebuild.

The November fire destroyed both boning room and chillers, having devastating effects on the business, its workers, the wider supply chain as well as the community.  Swickers’ (SunPork Fresh Foods) is the largest pork abattoir in the southern hemisphere and is the only export pork facility in Queensland processing approximately 22,000 pigs a week, about 96 per cent of all pigs processed in Queensland.

The rebuild of the boning room and chiller is expected to be completed within this calendar year along with the original plans to build a new kill room floor at the Kingaroy complex, which will be an enhancement to the existing floor. It is possible that both re-constructions can happen in unison.

It is expected that the 120 boning room staff who have temporarily relocated to Wulkuraka near Ipswich so production could continue, may also be coming home sooner than first expected.

Swickers’ went to extraordinary lengths to reassure and find alternative working arrangements for their boning staff affected by the fire. 

Upgraded Brolga Theatre River Terrace Officially Opens

The Brolga Theatre River Terrace was officially opened by Federal Member for Wide Bay Mr Llew O’Brien, Fraser Coast Mayor Chris Loft and former Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss last week. The upgraded Brolga Theatre will bring national and international acts to Maryborough, attracting an extra 25,000 visitors a year.

The upgrade provided a flexible space for functions and events that connects with the existing river-stage. The theatre can now hold larger community and public events all year round, drawing in people from all over the region.

The new River Terrace upgrade included the renovation and fit-out of the theatre's restaurant, further adding to the functionality of the space.  

The $660,000 upgrade was jointly funded, with the Federal Government investing $325,000 through the National Stronger Regions Fund, Fraser Coast Regional Council $325,000 and Brolga Theatre Funds $10,000.
Upcoming Events February 2017
 
Entrepreneurs’ Programme
Innovation, Diversification & Growth Workshop
A full day workshop focusing on how best to grow your business in market changing conditions.
Date:                     14th February 2017
Time:                     8.30am – 4.30pm
Location:              University of Sunshine Coast, 77 Cartwright Street, Gympie
RSVP:                   31st January 2017
Register Here

 
Entrepreneurs’ Programme
Innovation, Diversification & Growth Workshop
A full day workshop focusing on how best to grow your business in market changing conditions.
Date:                     15th February 2017
Time:                     8.30am – 4.30pm
Location:              Central Queensland University Campus, University Campus, University Drive, Bundaberg QLD
RSVP:                   1 February 2017
Register Here

 
Regional Projects Forum
Can Your Business Benefit from the Queen’s Wharf Development?
Wide Bay Burnett businesses can find out how they can benefit from one of Queensland's biggest major projects— the $3 billion Queen's Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development.
Date:                   Friday 17 February 2017
Time:                   10 am to 12 pm
Location:            Brothers Sports Club, 130 Takalvan Street, Bundaberg
Tickets:               Cost $20pp, includes morning tea
RSVP:                 Friday 10 February 2017
Register Here

 
Southern Queensland Tourism Industry Conference in Kingaroy
South Burnett Regional Council are hosting this year’s conference which will feature a packed program with inspiring guest speakers, practical training and networking opportunities.
Date:                    Tues 21st and Wed 22nd February 2017
Location:              Kingaroy Town Hall, Kingaroy
Registration and Program Information Here
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