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Regional Development Australia Southern Inland August Newsletter

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Regional Development Australia Southern Inland August Newsletter

Posted 17 August 2015 in Newsletters

Our newsletter is full of information and opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities across the NSW Southern Inland region. In this edition we share details of new research into Australian agriculture and what can be expected over the next two decades - for farmers and our food supply. There are many new programs, grants and other funding opportunites and we share details of these. 

This newsletter is about what's happening in our region, and we would love to share your good news story with our readership. Please email submissions to donna@rdasi.org.au.

In this issue...

Education, Employment and Investment

  • Taking Boorowa to the USA
  • Murrumbateman Progress Association announces inaugural youth award
  • Made in Cooma, premiering in the Capital
  • Time to get creative as entries open for $7,500 Clearwater Sculpture Prize

Regional Food

  • New e-catalogue helps export ready food and beverage producers
  • Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore this Saturday
  • Australian agriculture megatrends

Living and Working Sustainably

  • Local farmer participates in Environmental Film Festival
  • Linking Personal Health to Food Quality and Land Health
  • Green Army Programme seeks projects

Grants Support

  • FRRR grants available now for rural and remote communities
  • Destination NSW Regional Flagship Events Program funding opportunities 
  • $50,000 grants available for youth programs

Education, Employment and Investment

Taking Boorowa to the USA

Local produce was on display last month at King O'Malley's for the G'DAY Canberra Region Event- a joint initiative between the Australian American Association and the Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CBRJO).

Boorowa was extremely well represented at the event with Springwaters Poll Dorset Stud displaying two of their rams; Moppity Meats; Walsh's Country Kitchen, Hurley Burley Designs, Boorowa's Woolconnect and Merryville Stud.

The event was a huge success and an opportunity to showcase what our unique region has to offer to people from one of the largest economies in the world.

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Murrumbateman Progress Association announces inaugural youth award

One young person from the Yass Local Government area will receive a special award to further their interest in agriculture. The MPA Field Days’ Fellowship will award $7000 to a person aged between 18 and 35 years who is either working on the land or involved in the agricultural industry to pursue further study, take a study tour or run a special project that is linked to agriculture in the region.

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Made in Cooma, premiering in the Capital

Cooma has always been a gateway to pleasure, and in the 1950s it played host to an extraordinary influx of people from around the world, escaping their past, to work on the Snowy Mountains Scheme. They brought with them ideas, espresso, food, music, dancing and optimism for love and life in the New World.  Set upon a backdrop of the town’s rich underbelly, Ghosts in the Scheme explores the complex friendship of three of these residents. Ghosts in the Scheme is playing at the Canberra Theatre Centre from 2 - 5 September.

Buy tickets now >>>


Time to get creative as entries open for $7,500 Clearwater Sculpture Prize

Queanbeyan City Council is calling all creative minds and crafty souls to put their minds into gear for the $7,500 2015 Clearwater Sculpture Prize.  The Queanbeyan Clearwater Sculpture Prize will be held on the foreshore of the Queanbeyan River during the Queanbeyan River Festival on 16-18 October. Entry forms can be submitted until Friday 28 August 2015.

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Regional Food

New e-catalogue helps export ready food and beverage producers

Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL) is an industry-led, government funded initiative to accelerate commercially-driven collaboration and innovation in the Australian food industry. It has launched fresh food supplier profiles for Australian fruit and vegetable producers. The catalogue, to be distributed to more than 400 international buyers, lists key company and produce information in including exclusive varieties, farming capability, certifications and accreditations and unique selling propositions. This is a free service for Australian suppliers and international buyers.

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Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore this Saturday

It’s expected to be 20 degrees on Saturday, so get out of the house and join us from 9AM - 1PM at the War Memorial Hall in Bungendore.  There will be bread, broccoli, potatoes, kombucha, coffee, bacon and egg rolls, beef and lots more.  Chris from Fresh Landscape Design will be chatting about different ways of raising seeds.

Find out more >>>

Australian agriculture megatrends

Through its National Rural Issues program, the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) in partnership with CSIRO, undertook this ‘big-picture’ research to help Australia’s agricultural sector anticipate and proactively plan for change. Researchdetails the megatrends implications, opportunities and challenges for Australian farmers. highlights five key megatrends that will significantly impact the future of Australian agriculture in the next 15 to 20 years.

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Living and Working Sustainably

Local farmer participates in Environmental Film Festival

The Environment Film Festival Australia (EFFA) comes to Canberra for the first time from 11th to 13th September 2015. The season features six sessions over three days at the Palace Electric cinemas in New Acton, and highlights some of the most pertinent environmental issues facing the world today. Most events incorporate a panel discussion afterward. Saturday 12th September offerings include a showing of Good Things Await, a Danish film telling the story of an 80 year old biodynamic farmer. The panel discussion afterward will include Burra local, Andrew from BurraBee Farm.

Book tickets >>>

Linking Personal Health to Food Quality and Land Health

Dr Carole Hungerford is the keynote speaker at the Snowy River Interstate Landcare Dinner in Bombala on the 28th of August. Dr Hungerford is an entertaining expert who demonstrates the link between personal health, food quality and the health of our land. As a holistic medical practitioner she teaches doctors and health professionals about nutritional and environmental medicine.

RSVP now >>>

Green Army Programme seeks projects

The Green Army is a 6-month programme for 17-24 year olds to train and work in the environment. Green Army projects include restoring native vegetation, heritage restoration, protecting animal habitats and regenerating wetlands in urban, rural and remote areas. Applications are now open for Round 4 of the Green Army Programme. Community organisations, Landcare groups, environment groups, Indigenous organisations, natural resource management organisations, local councils and others are encouraged to apply for projects in their region.

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Grants Support

FRRR grants available now for rural and remote communities

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) have called for applications for two grants that will benefit small communities. Small Grants for Rural Communities provide grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. REAPing Rewards supports locally-driven projects and programs that directly benefit people up to 18 years of age, and their educators, through grants up to $10,000.

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Destination NSW Regional Flagship Events Program funding opportunities

The Regional Flagship Events Program focuses on events that are currently drawing visitation from outside their region and have the capacity to grow that visitation. It provides a grant to assist events in marketing to a broader audience outside their region. The Regional Flagship Events Program offers funding of $10,000 for one year or triennial funding of $20,000 per event to be spent on marketing initiatives.

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$50,000 grants available for youth programs

Ansvar Insurance's annual Community Education Program (CEP) offers grants worth up to $50,000 each. Through the CEP grants, Ansvar supports sustainable programs for Australians under the age of 25, promoting ongoing education, skills training and programs making a significant difference to the lives of the participants.

Read more >>>


On behalf of the RDA Southern Inland Committee and Staff, we trust you have enjoyed this newsletter. Please forward your feedback to donna@rdasi.org.au. Forward this newsletter to friends and encourage them to join our mailing list.

Cheers from the RDA Southern Inland Team