QLD Premier presented with RDAIWM Roadmap

Annastacia Palaszczuk Jennifer Howard Kathy Bensted RDAIWM Regional RoadmapWhilst attending a forum in Ipswich, RDAIWM Chair Kathy Bensted presented the 2016-2020 RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Regional Roadmap to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP and Assistant Minster for Local Government Jennifer Howard MP.

This was a great opportunity for Ms Bensted to report to the Premier the opportunities and infrastructure needs of the region. The Ipswich and West Moreton region contributes almost $12 billion GRP to the national economy.

RDAIWM Regional Roadmap 2016-2020

Scenic Rim projects vie for infrastructure funds & jobs

Three projects from the Scenic Rim Council are vying for a share of $70 million of the Palaszczuk Government’s job-generating regional infrastructure funds.

Minister for State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today released the shortlisted projects in the running for the next round of the $375 million Building our Regions program.

Dr Lynham said the council was seeking $2.3 million to fund the Vibrant Active Towns and Villages of the Scenic Rim projects for Beaudesert, Tamborine Mountain and Boonah.

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$33.3 million Funding for Queensland Job Seekers

The Queensland Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative represents a significant investment of $240 million over four years to support up to 32,000 Queenslanders into work.

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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.

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2016 Healthy Waterways Award Winners Queensland Urban Utilities

2016 Healthy Waterways Award Winners QUUQueensland 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.

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2016 Lockyer Valley Regional Council Race Day

LVRC Race Day 2016

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

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USQ Resilient Regions Week

Resilient Regions Kathy Bensted Rees Banks

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

Cr Janice Holstein ARTC

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

Mayor Troy Pickard Kathy BenstedWhilst 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

Leeanne Enoch Kathy BenstedRDAIWM 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.

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