RDA Southern Inland is keen for the region to adopt practices that reduce our impact on the environment and promote sustainability – both in the community and the workplace.
The south east of NSW has a rich supply of renewable energy resources and close proximity to major population centres. It is close to major research centres specialising in sustainability and renewable energy including the ANU and University of Canberra. RDA Southern Inland has worked closely with RDA ACT and RDA Far South Coast to establish the South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence (SERRE) project.
This initiative will pursue the capabilities and needs of the region to support that objective. RDA Southern Inland will also pursue the economic development and sustainable community benefits of an effective regional waste and resource recovery strategy. Work to date in the GCRI indicates strong potential in the fields of managing organic and glass waste that can create employment opportunities and make significant contributions to the economies of the region. It is anticipated this work will also benefit Regional Food and Renewable Energy Generation initiatives across the region.
Regional Food Priority Project
South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence (SERREE)
SERREE is an Industry Cluster initiative to position the ACT and South East NSW as an exemplar region of renewable energy excellence. SERREE is led by Regional Development Australia (RDA) ACT, and is currently funded and supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the NSW and ACT Governments, RDA ACT and RDA Southern Inland and SERREE Corporate (Business and Industry) members.
The SERREE Industry Cluster - based on global best-practice Industry Cluster development practice, will facilitate links and synergies between and across the region’s broad diversity of renewable energy stakeholders – governments, business and industry, research and education, and communities to enhance the growth of the renewable energy industry and thus to bring regional/ economic development benefit to the south east NSW- ACT region.
Australian Department of Environment - www.environment.gov.au
Clean Energy Regulator - The Clean Energy Regulator was established as an independent statutory authority by the Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011. The role of the Clean Energy Regulator is determined by climate change law. The schemes administered work together to reduce emissions while encouraging business competitiveness:
Green Army - The Green Army is a hands-on, practical, grassroots environmental action programme that supports local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia.
FarmDiversity - A free and easy to use online tool to help farmers investigate almost 100 options for diversifying their enterprise. After simply entering their postcode, farmers see a ‘shortlist’ of industries that may be viable in their area. More specific search information, such as rainfall, soil type and climate zone can be used to refine the search. Farmers can also search for a particular plant or animal that may be of interest.
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage - www.environment.nsw.gov.au
Local Land Services - LLS bring together agricultural production advice, biosecurity, natural resource management and emergency management into a single organisation. Importantly, LLS has a local focus. It is run by local people, employs local people like vets, rangers, livestock, agronomy and natural resource management advisors, and focuses on local issues and delivery of quality services in your region.
Rural Assistance Authority - The NSW Rural Assistance Authority provides assistance to rural producers and small business in regional NSW through programs that encourage self-reliance and adaptation to change.