National Food & Innovation Centre

Food Innovation CentreKathy Bensted, Chair of RDAIWM, was given a briefing on project priorities in the area in October, including the National Food & Innovation Centre based in the Lockyer Valley. RDAIWM fully supports their recent National Stronger Regions Fund submission for the Lockyer Valley as it boasts the seventh most fertile soil in the world and supplies the majority of Australia's winter vegetables.

Funding workshops for Somerset

WorkshopsRDAIWM will be conducting Business Case Workshops in conjunction with the Somerset Regional Council during October. The RDA's Business Case Workshops will provide information about the National Stronger Regions Fund and other relevant Federal and State Government funding programmes, plus tips and strategies to support organisations in developing a successful business case and acquiring funding for their project.

The workshop training will be conducted by highly trained professionals at Kilcoy 14 October, Fernvale 22 October and Esk 29 October. Book your place by phoning RDAIWM on 3812 4144 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

For further information click here.

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 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