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Regional Development Australia Southern Inland September Newsletter

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Regional Development Australia Southern Inland September Newsletter

Posted 23 September 2015 in Newsletters

In this edition we share details about an exciting new competition we have launched to find small to medium businesses with high growth potential. Businesses in our region have a chance to win an intensive accelerated business growth development program. As the weather warms, the festivals begin! We have a summary of major events in Southern Inland NSW.  

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 

In this issue... 

Education, Employment and Investment

  • Are you Southern Inland's next high growth business?
  • Exciting Opportunities at the Chinese Business Forum
  • Growing Your Export workshop
  • NSW Government Announces State Priorities

Regional Food

  • Eatology

Grants Support 

  • Small Grants for Rural Communities
  • Scholarships Open For NFP Leaders

What's on in Southern Inland NSW

  • Murrumbateman Moving Feast
  • Sculpture in the Paddock: Yass
  • Irish Woolfest: Boorowa
  • Harden Kite Festival
  • Murrumbateman Field Days
  • Queanbeyan River Festival

Education, Employment and Investment

Are you Southern Inland's next high growth business?

Small and medium enterprises with high growth potential in the Southern Inland region of New South Wales can win an exclusive place in an intensive, accelerated, business growth and development program.

The 'Southern Inland Regional Accelerator' program will support ten businesses to realise their growth potential. The program is a collaboration between the Regional Australia Institute and Regional Development Australia Southern Inland.  Participants in similar programs have achieved an increase of 20 per cent in sales and a 17 per cent increase in the number of people they employ.

Apply now >>>

Exciting Opportunities at the Chinese Business Forum

A Chinese delegation of more than 50 key decision-makers visited Goulburn on Monday to meet with 100 business owners as part of a Chinese Business Forum, hosted by Regional Development Australia Southern Inland in conjunction with the Australian International Trade Association. The event was sponsored by Goulburn Mulwaree Council.

Read more >>>

Growing Your Export workshop

Thinking about exporting or just getting started? Not sure where to start? Then this workshop is for you.  Presented by Peter Mace, Export Council of Australia, the workshop will provide the tools you need to begin your export journey. The workshop will be held this Friday, and there are a few places remaining.  Registrations essential.

Book now >>>

NSW Government Announces State Priorities

The new State Priorities have been launched by Premier Mike Baird.  There are thirty State Priorities, of which the Premier has identified twelve as his personal priorities.

Read more >>>

Regional Food

Now that the weather is warming, it is time to get out and about can sample the best food and wine our region has to offer.  Major events are listed towards the end of our newsletter.  Don't forget the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore this weekend, where you can get your regionlly grown food, wine, breakfast and lunch.  The Southern Harvest Events Calendar provides details of all markets in our region and other foodie events.


Contribute to the next step towards a potential food policy for our region by attending a lively panel discussion about the future of ACT regional food on Wednesday 30th September. Panel members include ACT Minister Shane Rattenbury, Nick Rose of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, local farmer Penny Kothe of Caroola Farm and Janet Jeffs of Ginger Catering.

Book your seat now >>> 

Grants Support

Our Grants Support database contains details of current grants and other opportunities for businesses, councils, community groups and individuals.  Here are two we have listed recently:

Small Grants for Rural Communities - up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.

Scholarships Open For NFP Leaders - The eight month program, established in 1999, is designed to develop leadership skills, abilities and perspectives to achieve progress in the community.

Access our Grants Support database >>>

What's on in Southern Inland NSW

SPYfest: Head to ‎Goulburn‬ this Friday and Saturday for music, markets, street parade, kids activities, writers forum, gala dinner and shagaledic disco!

Sculpture in the PaddockStaged in the beautiful surrounds of the National Trust property ‘Cooma Cottage’ in Yass, the paddock will be transformed into a sculpture walk for three weeks from 19th September to 11th October.

Murrumbateman Moving Feast: Showcasing the regions finest wines and fresh local produce, 14 wineries and Robyn Rowe Chocolates will each serve a ‘signature dish’, made to compliment their matching wine on the 3rd and 4th October.

Irish Woolfest: Everyone’s heard of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona but much closer to home in Boorowa, you can enjoy the spectacle of the “Running of the Sheep”. A country festival with a myriad of activities including children’s activities and a market on Sunday 4th October.

Harden Kite Festival:  Visit Harden on 10th October for kite flying competitions, kids activities including free bungee trampoline and rock climbing wall, market stalls, "Ducks in a Row" world record challenge, music and classic vehicle display.

Murrumbateman Field Days:  Held on 17th and 18th October, the event will feature more that 400 stall holders and is the biggest Field Days event in our region.

Queanbeyan River Festival: On 17th October, a flotilla of homemade craft battle it out for supremacy on Queanbeyan River. There will be a variety of fun-filled activities for the whole family. The festival will be held in conjunction with Council's Biennial Enviro Expo.

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