Advance Queensland Update
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) pilot is a $5 million program to give innovators funding to research, develop and test their ideas to solve complex Queensland Government challenges.
2016 Healthy Waterways Award Winners Queensland Urban Utilities
Queensland Urban Utilities was awarded the Water Services Award for the 'Energy Crop Trial' Queensland Urban Utilities planted close to 4,000 pongamia trees with the aim of producing biodiesel at two sewage treatment plants in Boonah and Toogoolawah.
In an Australian-first trial, these trees will be irrigated with treated wastewater. This project is expected to prevent 1,400kg of nitrogen and 700kg of phosphorous from entering waterways every year in addition, the seeds produced by the pongamia trees are rich in oil which can be easily extracted and converted into biodiesel.
2016 Lockyer Valley Regional Council Race Day
Enjoy Fashions of the Field, some great food on offer and a true country race experience. Gates open at 11am and there will be a full race programme on offer.
Saturday 30 July 2016
Burges Park Racecourse, Spencer Street, Gatton
USQ Resilient Regions Week
RDA Ipswich & West Moreton and RDA Toowoomba and Darling Downs were joint supporters of the University of Southern Queensland’s Resilient Regions Week.
These community forums were an opportunity for community members and academics to connect, understand, commence to collaborate and develop actions that underpin regional Queensland economic and community development.
This engagement is part of the research vision at the Institute for Applied Studies providing solutions to improve and create sustainable economies and communities in regional Australia.
Inland Rail Update
Lockyer Valley Regional Councillor and RDAIWM committee member Janice Holstein was given an update on the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail by the Australian Rail Track Corporation. This new 1,700km freight line will provide a high performance and direct interstate freight rail corridor between two of Australia’s largest cities – Melbourne and Brisbane. This project will create an economy and employment boost to regional Queensland including the Lockyer Valley.
RDA Updates ALGA
Whilst attending the joint Regional Cooperation and Development Forum, Chair of RDAIWM Kathy Bensted gave a briefing to the President of Australian Local Government Association Mayor Troy Pickard on the contribution RDAs make to the economic development of Queensland. Ms Bensted presented the Queensland report on the projects and programs RDAs and their local governments are undertaking jointly.
RDA briefs State Government
RDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted met with Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy The Hon Leeanne Enoch MP to discuss the priorities and projects for RDAs in Queensland.
Ms Bensted in her role as the Queensland representative on the National Chair’s Reference Group collated the priority projects needed for the regions and presented them to the Queensland State Government.
This Included the Vibrant Active Towns and Villages of the Scenic Rim projects for Beaudesert, Tamborine Mountain and Boonah.
Energy crops - Pongamia plants
In an Australian first, QUU recently established ‘energy crop’ farms at their Toogoolawah and Boonah Sewage Treatment Plants, which involved planting 5,800 Pongamia plants, complete with custom irrigation systems. These trials are expected to reduce effluent discharged to the environment by irrigating the ‘energy crops’ with treated effluent, and offset their fossil fuel dependency by harvesting the seeds to produce bio-fuel. It is estimated that four hectares of plants could yield 12,000L of biodiesel every year, which is enough to run around 24 fleet vehicles. The crop farms will also provide a drought proof source of water to help maximise the trees’ annual seed yields and diversify land use in regional areas.
Get Out and Get Active Funding
This programme provides funding for projects that will deliver community-based sport and recreation activities that increase opportunities for participation by women and girls who are either currently inactive, or would otherwise benefit from further participation.
Start Playing Stay Playing
The Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Sport, Curtis Pitt, has launched the Queensland Government’s new Join the Movement campaign urging women and girls across the state to become active and healthier for life. Join the Movement, is part of the government’s sports encouragement Start Playing Stay Playing initiative, and would use popular social media channels as well as a dedicated website to inspire more women and girls to get active. See more