Federal Election: Government announces $150 million for Queensland dams

ql dams regional fundingThe Coalition has announced it would spend $130 million to build the Rookwood Weir on the Fitzroy River if re-elected.

They will also spend $20 million for 14 feasibility studies for new dams in the state, hoping they would boost agricultural production by $1 billion and create more than 2,000 news jobs.

The announcement comes as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce visit Capricornia today, one of the Coalition’s most marginal seats.

The funding comes from $2 billion of funding the Federal Government has allocated as part of its dams policy.

Growing Central Queensland has been a key player in encouraging the development of the weir and attracting public and private investment.

Project manager Anne Stunzner said she was delighted by the announcement.

“It’s the first time in 40 years we’ve seen a significant investment in water infrastructure in central Queensland,” she said.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to provide low cost water for agricultural growth in the region.”

Ms Stunzner said she hoped today’s announcement would be closely followed by state funding, and the project would begin before the end of the year.

“There’s the opportunity for the states to access the $2 billion water infrastructure fund, so I’m guessing that’s where they’ll look to fund the other half of the dam from,” she said.

Another feasibility study for Urannah Dam

Of the funding, $150 million dollars has been allocated for the fast-tracking of feasibility studies for a number of water projects.

For the tropical north, the proposed Urannah Dam feasibility study will receive $3 million.

The Bowen Collinsville Enterprise applied for the funding, but the project has been studied for decades and millions have already been spent on feasibility studies: the latest will the fifth in 30 years.

However, the federal member for Dawson, George Christensen, said this level of funding had never been contributed to the planning studies for Urannah.

“There’s been desktop studies done of this in the past but we’re talking about not just a desktop study here; we’re talking about funding to bring it to construction stage,” Mr Christensen said. To read more click here.

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Regional Development Australia – Debras Murphys passion for Illawarra

regioanl development illawaraDebra Murphy’s decision to leave the Illawarra Business Chamber to become chief executive of Regional Development Australia Illawarra is based on her passion for the region and its future.

She said many members of her family over five generations had been involved in business in the area which continued to grow economically and create jobs.

Everyone from her grandmother, who was born Agnes Isabelle Fredericks, to her son Adam Murphy, who started his own IT company, MCT Solutions, at 19 and then diversified into other areas, were keen to create opportunities.

“I am very proud of Adam. There is a lot of (family) pride in the whole region. I am fifth generation. And when I first started doing anything economic development wise..15 years ago..it was that realisation that you can actually make a difference for the long term..and you can influence change.”

Ms Murphy said it was working with an alliance on the deliverance of a new port strategy in 2003 that showed her what could be done by working together. She was involved with that for four years but knows what everyone did had made a real difference for the greater good of the region. Before becoming chief executive of the chamber three years ago Ms Murphy worked for Thiess in Brisbane. To read more click here.

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The conference explores opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future.

Addressing issues such as sustainable development, environmental sustainability, land use, community development, investment, agribusiness and innovation it is an opportunity not to be missed.

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RDF to create more than $900m in economic activity this year

sundrop farm1The State Government’s Regional Development Fund will result in a $933 million contribution to the South Australian economy this year and create 416 ongoing jobs, a report released yesterday says.

The government, commissioned from Ernst & Young by the Government, says the $33 million in contestable grants awarded in rounds one and two of the grants program, which started in 2014, will result in a direct impact of $426 million in output this year and $507 million in indirect output.

Over the next seven years the impact was estimated at $5.6 billion, however this figure is based on the assumption that there are no changes to the structure of the economy.

Projects supported by the program include $6 million for Sundrops Farms’ 200,000sq/m greenhouse project at Port Augusta which harnesses solar power to grow tomatoes, and $2.5 million for a $25.4 million beef boning facility developed by Thomas Foods International.

“The impacts of the RDF reach far across South Australia, with direct and indirect job creation, increased economic activity, and greater investment bringing confidence and growth to local communities,’’ Mr Brock said.

“The State Government is committed to building stronger regions because we know they are the drivers of our future economic growth, contributing to every priority in the State’s Economic Plan.’’

Applications for Round 3 of the RDF are currently being assessed. To read more click here.

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CLICK HERE to submit an abstract. Abstracts close 9th June 2016.

Speaker Opportunity: Final Chance to Speak at The Regional Development Conference

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The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Planning, Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

There is an opportunity to take to the platform and have your say on issues such as sustainable development, environmental sustainability, land use, community development, investment, agribusiness and innovation.

Individuals or organisations interested in speaking are invited to submit a 300 word abstract outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their presentation focusing on the way forward for regional Australia.

To submit an abstract CLICK HERE. Abstract submissions close on Thursday 9 June 2016.

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Help support regional areas at a grass roots level to ensure they remain sustainable. Speak on your business success, employment, infrastructure, health, aged care and more.

Abstract submissions are welcome on the following topics;

  • Agribusiness
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With program content to include an extensive range of topics from Keynote Presenters, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies and Poster Presentations, this is a Conference for planners, local Councils, Government, business, NGO, community organisations, academics and professionals with an interest in regional sustainability.

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The conference explores opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future.

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Ties to State Government remain a problem for regional commissions

wendy duncan regional commissionsA WA Nationals MP says ties to the State Government have ‘hamstrung’ the nine commissions responsible for developing regional Western Australia.

Kalgoorlie MP Wendy Duncan made the concession during this week’s Kalgoorlie Futures Forum, following an address from Geelong Region Alliance chief executive Elaine Carbines.

With Ms Carbines highlighting the organisation’s independence as a key factor in its success, Ms Duncan said it provided a solid example for WA to follow.

“At the moment, the commissions are a bit hamstrung, because they are answerable to the (Regional Development) Department and Minister,” Ms Duncan said.

“Instead of having a bit more independence, and the ability to thump the table.”

While officially listed as “independent partners” of the Department of Regional Development, the commissions for the state’s nine geographic regions are wholly funded by the State Government and answer to Regional Development Minister Terry Redman.

In contrast, the G21 group is an independent company representing the interests of the City of Greater Geelong and four surrounding councils.

Concerns at the convoluted nature of the application process prompted Mr Redman to boost the number of full-time staff when the blueprint was finally launched this year.

“My message to those organisations would be finding a way to work together,” Ms Carbines said.

“While you’ve got disparate groups who all have their own agenda, politicians like that because they don’t have to do anything — it’s just a fight at the local level.”

Ms Duncan said a state government review into regional development which she chaired in 2010 had previously identified the need for an overarching, independent body.

“There was huge backlash to that idea, because they thought it was centralising regional development,” she said.

“But that is what’s missing: an independent authority, bringing together and co-ordinating what the Regional Development Commissions are wanting to achieve.” To read more click here.

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The conference explores opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future.

Addressing issues such as sustainable development, environmental sustainability, land use, community development, investment, agribusiness and innovation it is an opportunity not to be missed.

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