2016 Community Heritage Grants Open

The grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents and objects.

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$29.9 billion Regional Jobs Boost for Defence

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash and Assistant Minister for Defence Michael McCormack have welcomed major investments in regional Australia to be delivered under the 2016 Defence White Paper.

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$17 million boost for sports infrastructure

An additional $17 million is up for grabs for sporting clubs and recreation groups to build new infrastructure or upgrade existing facilities across Queensland. Organisations across Queensland could apply for infrastructure funding grants of between $300,000 and $1.5 million.

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Greater Brisbane Small Business Advisory Services Workshops

GBSBAS RDAIWM Rees BanksGreater Brisbane Small Business Advisory Services, the organiser of The Ipswich Business and Marketing Planning Program, in partnership with RDA Ipswich & West Moreton, have been conducting a number of workshops and information sessions targeted at small business. The workshops have been prepared to provide detailed information to assist small business owners to take control
and grow your business.


Ripley Valley Development

Sekisui House Kathy Bensted Michael KrafftRepresentatives from Sekisui House Taku Hashimoto and Nikki Grundy, presented to RDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted and Deputy Chair Michael Krafft the $1.5 billion dollar development plans of the Ripley Valley Town Centre. Ripley Valley located 5km south east
of the Ipswich CBD has the potential to contribute approximately 50,000 dwellings to house a population approaching 120,000 people. This is part of the western growth corridor which is one the largest employment and industry growth areas in Australia.


International Women's Day

International Womens Day Kathy BenstedRDAIWM Chair Ms Kathy Bensted attended the Ipswich International Women’s Week high tea as one of the seven influential women of our region. The Assistant Minister for Local Government Jennifer Howard’s organised event brought together a number of prominent women from Ipswich and West Moreton to highlight the issues that affected women today. The function also attended by Minister Shannon Fentiman spoke about the need to celebrate the achievements of women to our communities.

Queensland Women's Week

Queenslanders quick to "Get Started" with $150 vouchers

Get StartedThe Get Started Vouchers provide up to $150 assistance to eligible families to help them cover the membership fees and associated costs of joining a local sports club. Children are eligible to apply for a voucher if they are a Queensland resident aged from 5-17 inclusive and the child, or their parent, carer or guardian, holds a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card. For more information on how to apply for Get Started Vouchers, visit here.

Jobs Queensland in Ipswich

Iconic Building IpswichThe Queensland State Government has recently established Jobs Queensland to help drive economic and employment growth. There will be 10 secretariat staff located at the Icon building at Ipswich to support board members and guide future workforce planning across the state. Jobs Queensland will provide industry advice on skills demand and long-term workforce planning in Queensland.

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Choose a career in a growing industry

Choose a career in a growing industryMinister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, is encouraging young Australians to consider a rewarding  career in agriculture. The future food and fibre task will be a massive challenge for both Australia and the world, but it is one that will also create significant opportunities for those wanting to get involved. Services such as Career Harvest provide a database on current scholarship opportunities in agriculture.

Further information can be found at www.careerharvest.com.au.


$500,000 to Sporting Clubs

The Ipswich and West Moreton sporting clubs have recently received over $500,000 from the Queensland State Government’s Get in the Game program. The Get Going Clubs provides funding to support not-for-profit local sport and recreation organisations to create and provide access to participation. The Get Playing Places and Spaces provides funding for new or upgraded sport and recreation projects. These included sporting facilities in Beaudesert, Ipswich, Gatton, Harrisville and
Tamborine Mountain.