Kathy Bensted appointed to RDA National Chairs Reference Group

Kathy Bensted Warren TrussThe Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Warren Truss MP has established a reference group of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Chairs, comprising one representative per state and territory. RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Chair Kathy Bensted has been selected as the Queensland representative.

The purpose of this group is to provide information and advice to the Deputy Prime Minister on the critical issues in their respective jurisdictions on regional economic development matters. Please feel free to email your items of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bromelton State Development Area

Kathy Benstead Mayor John BrentThe Chair of RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Kathy Bensted and CEO Rees Banks were given a full briefing of the Bromelton State Development Area this month by Scenic Rim Regional Council Mayor John Brent, Council CEO Craig Barke and RDAIWM Committee Member Cr Jennifer Sanders.

At full completion, the development of Bromelton will comprise: 617 hectares of major industry, 244 hectares of rail dependent industry, 58 hectares of rail sidings, six hectares of local services centres and 18 hectares of corporate logistics, which is anticipated to employ in the order of 24,800 workers. By build out, Bromelton will contribute in the order of $786 million in gross operating surplus annually to SEQ and Queensland.

Nominations open for 2016 Premier's ANZAC Prize

ANZACYear 8 to 11 students across Queensland are able to nominate for the 2016 Premier's Anzac Prize, with student applications due by Friday 30 October, 2015.

Students are required to produce a five-minute multimedia presentation about how the Anzac tradition has shaped Australia, why it is still important and how future generations can keep the tradition alive as part of the application process. Expressions of interest close on Friday 16 October.

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Local lake names to become official: have your say

LakeThe Queensland Government is inviting locals to have their say on proposed names for some of the Lockyer Valley's unnamed lakes. Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the proposed names would make official the names that locals used for the lakes.

Submissions are open until 6 November 2015: visit dnrm.qld.gov.au and use the 'I'm looking for' link on the left panel. To view the maps for the proposed areas search QPN1292 and QPN1293.

Lockyer Valley Health and Wellbeing Expo on in August

HealthThe Lockyer Valley Health and Wellbeing Expo is on Sunday 23 August, 10am-2pm, at the Gatton Sports Centre. This is an initiative of the Lockyer Regional Council for people in the community to focus on their health, with about 50 exhibitors present on the day. Read full story

Bridges Renewal Programme Round Two open until 31 August 2015

BridgeThe Australian Government has committeed $300 million under the Bridges Renewal Programme for road bridge projects that contribute to productivity and/or community access. The Ipswich & West Moreton Region had four successful projects in Round One. Councils are encouraged discuss priorities for Round Two with local communities, relevant industry stakeholders, Regional Development Australia committees and state road agencies. More info

Mobile Black Spot success for Ipswich & West Moreton region

Mobile phone towerThe Mobile Black Spot Programme will deliver almost 500 new or upgraded mobile base stations around Australia. As a direct result of the independent Mobile Black Spot testing programme RDA Ipswich & West Moreton conducted late 2013, this region has secured five new Telstra towers. Read full story

Robelle Domain Lagoon opening in September

LagoonThe $13 million Robelle Domain Lagoon opening in September is destined to become one of the most popular pieces of public infrastructure in SEQ. Read full story

Contemporary art precinct opening soon in Somerset region

ToogoolawahTransformation of the former century-old Nestle condensed milk factory at Toogoolawah into an art precinct is entering its final stages. Read full story 

Scenic Rim Business Awards open

Scenic Rim Business Excellence AwardsThe 2015 Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards are open for nominations. Be sure to get your public vote in by 25 September 2015. The Awards recognise Scenic Rim businesses and individuals that have achieved outstanding results through initiatives that demonstrate leadership and commitment to business excellence. More info