Export Made Easy - New App

Export Essentials is the new app to help Australian businesses become exporters, containing information from an introduction to exporting to managing currency risk, finance solutions and export licences and regulations.

There are also templates and key contacts to help small businesses develop and implement their export strategies, as well as a contact list of organisations to help businesses achieve their export goals.

This app is available for Apple and Android devices through app stores.

RedEye Small Business Mentoring

RedEye RDAIWMRDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted was the guest speaker at a women’s mentoring luncheon hosted by a leading cloud and technology company RedEye.

These luncheons are an opportunity for women to business to discuss what they have learned along the way in their career, what have been the key differentiators that have enabled them to become successful and what challenges they have faced.


Resilient Regions Luncheon - USQ

USQ Resilient Regions Program RDAIWMRDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted recently attended the Resilient Regions Forum hosted by the University of Southern Queensland.

The Institute for Resilient Regions has been designed to tackle national and global challenges in regional social and economic development.

See the Institute for Resilient Regions latest report here:
Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR) (PDF 250KB)

IWMJobs Launches

IWMJobs Ipswich City Council RDAIWMRDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted, Ipswich City Council Mayor Paul Pisasale and Lockyer Valley Deputy Mayor Jason Cook held two separate local IWMJobs launches in September.

IWMJobs is designed to encourage additional employment and educational development through attracting and matching local job seekers with local jobs.

To sign up for this free website go to iwmjobs.com.au

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Local Jobs Board Launch

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Jobs Board IWMJobsWednesday 14 September 2016 - arrive 5:15pm
details here

Ipswich City Council Local Talent Community Jobs Board Launch

Ipswich City Council Jobs BoardTuesday, 13 September
5.00 pm – 7.00 pm | FREE
Light refreshments will be served
Cunningham Room
Ipswich Civic Centre
Nicholas Street, Ipswich

RSVP by Friday, 9 September
For registration and further information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ipswich City Council’s Office of Economic Development or call 07 3810 6938

Advance Queensland

Have your say on the Regional Innovation Hubs Program - we seek Queenslanders’ input and feedback to help shape the way we ignite and grow thriving regional innovation ecosystems throughout Queensland. We have partnered with strategy and design company Business Models Inc. and identified five key features for successful ecosystems.

Attend a Consultation Workshop - Consultation workshops will be held throughout regional Queensland during September where attendees can come together as a community, understand the program in more detail and learn how we can build innovation hubs together.

Read the Discussion Paper - the discussion paper (PDF, 544KB) sets the scene for how we can build thriving ecosystems in regional Queensland, states the goals of the program and poses 10 questions on the design of the guidelines.

Success at the Ekka

Ekka Scenic Rim Regional Council RDAIWMWith over 400,000 attending the Brisbane EKKA, both the Scenic Rim Regional and Lockyer Valley Regional Council continued to promote their great regional food and wine attractions to a diverse range of people. Scenic Rim Council handed out over 7,500 of their famous carrot bags, with Lockyer Valley drawing over 14,000 to their stall.

The Ipswich and West Moreton region producers over $574 million worth of agricultural commodities and has over 3,000 agricultural businesses. To find out where to visit go to
Scenic Rim website
Lockyer Valley website

Withcott QLD's Friendliest Towns

Cr Janice Holstein Kathy Bensted RDAIWM WittcottThe town of Withcott in the Lockyer Valley has been awarded the title of Queensland’s Friendliest Town for 2016 by environmental movement Keep Queensland Beautiful. The tireless work of local Councillor Janice Holstein, the Lockyer Valley Regional Council and wider community has paid off for Withcott; being awarded a 4 star rating in the Queensland Tidy Towns program in 2015.

“Having been involved with the Tidy Towns program for some 16 years, I’m so proud of the Withcott community for such an outstanding achievement, well done Withcott!” said local Councillor Janice Holstein, Lockyer Valley Regional Council and RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Committee member.

IWMJobs Launch

Kathy Bensted RDAIWM Paul Pisasale Jason Cook IWMJobsRDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted, Ipswich City Council Mayor Paul Pisasale and Lockyer Valley Deputy Mayor Jason Cook launched the joint initiative of the IWMJobs website.

IWMJobs is a new website with a single point of access to all jobs advertised in the area. This Talent Community platform enables creating and matching local jobs for local people. There are over 500 local jobs in the Ipswich and Lockyer Valley Region being advertised on this jobs portal. This is a free service to both local employer and job-seekers.