November 2019

RDAIWM Committee Member – Scenic Rim

Cr Duncan McInnes was welcomed as a new Committee Member by Chair Cr Janice Holstein. “Cr McInnes will bring a lot of knowledge and ideas to our RDA as the Deputy Mayor of Scenic Rim Regional Council. We will work together for the benefit of our region including the Beaudesert Town Centre Revitalisation project” said Cr Holstein.

Cr Duncan McInnes was first elected to Scenic Rim Regional Council in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. Elected Deputy Mayor in May 2019, he is the Chair of Council’s Finance Committee. Duncan has lived all his life at Radford, is married to Mary and has four daughters with three of them and their families living within the Scenic Rim.

Duncan is involved in a family dairy farming enterprise which produces some four million litres of milk annually. He has spent more than 30 years within the wider dairying community, having served as a director at local, state and national levels and has represented his industry internationally. He is also a Justice of the Peace.

Ipswich and Surrounds Manufacturing Networking Group

Since August 2017, TIQ Ipswich in partnership with DSDMIP SEQ West have been facilitating quarterly networking meetings for manufacturing businesses in the Ipswich and surrounding areas.  The meetings are held at various sites across the region to enable industry to share learning experiences, learn about export facilitation, provide a group for mentoring and support, promote capability to identify supply chain opportunities and to work together collaboratively. RDAIWM is a key participant at these meetings and appreciates the opportunity to engage with industry from across for the region.

Previously meetings have been held at the following businesses:

  1. Capral Aluminium – focus on automated manufacturing
  2. Claypave – focus on construction, manufacturing and export
  3. CSIRO – focus on mining technology and export
  4. TAE Aerospace – focus on Defence, aerospace and export
  5. Ipswich Trade Training Centre – focus on training
  6. Summer Land Camel Farm – focus of value added food and export
  7. Borallon Correctional Facility – focus on the WorkRestart program and showcase The Golden Bone Bakery who utilises the WorkRestart program to have the prisoners manufacture and package their pet treats.
  8. West Moreton Anglican College Trade Centre – focus on training and their involvement with the defence industry

Their most recent meeting was held at Frontline Manufacturing who specialises in metal fabrication for defence applications and is currently supplying over 1,000 parts each month to Land 121. Frontline Manufacturing is expanding its capabilities into the global defence market with specialist services such as ballistic armour component manufacturer and has recently moved from its current Wacol premises into larger facilities in June 2019.  Frontline Manufacturing hosted the event at Meadowbrook to showcase their new facility with 44 attendees from across industry.

RDAIWM is a key participant at these meetings and appreciates the opportunity to engage with industry from across for the region.

Trade Investment Queensland – Ipswich Regional Investment Opportunities

Rail Infrastructure Commitment

A $1.9 billion road and rail package will boost the Queensland economy and drive more jobs, while getting people home sooner and safer. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk hailed the historic deal which fast-tracks spending on a host of road and rail projects all over the State. The Australian Government will bring forward nearly $650 million in funding and provide more than $680 million in new funding, with the Queensland State Government committing $606 million.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said delivering critical road projects sooner, as part of the Government’s $100 billion pipeline, was responsible and considered economic management. “We want these road and rail projects delivered as quickly as possible so Queenslanders can benefit from better infrastructure, but importantly we want to boost the economy now”.

Both governments have reached an agreement on $9.3 billion Inland Rail project, paving the way for the delivery of the project in Queensland. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Liberal and Nationals Government is focused on job growth and strengthening the economy. “The Inland Rail project is a critical investment for Queensland and is projected to create 7,200 construction jobs and a more than $7 billion boost to the state economy.

RDAIWM Chair Cr Janice Holstein welcomed the announcements by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for an infrastructure package for our region. “These announcements will certainly create employment opportunities now and into the future. These projects will also benefit the liveability of the region by attracting families to work and live in our communities. We look forward to a positive outcome even though local concerns will have to be addressed.”, said Cr Holstein.

Projects include:
• Agreement on Inland Rail linking freight from Melbourne to Brisbane, with $6 billion invested in Queensland.
• $10 million for the development of a business case for the Salisbury to Beaudesert rail line
• $22 million for new upgrades along the Warrego Highway;
• $27 million for new upgrades along the Cunningham Highway;
• Mt Crosby Road Interchange upgrade

TAFE Springfield Courses 2020

The Springfield TAFE campus is positioned in a growth corridor between the cities of Brisbane and Ipswich. Greater Springfield has experienced strong growth over the last 10 years and is projected to be one of the largest communities in Queensland within the next 30 years. The campus is located within Education City, a central nucleus for education in the greater Springfield area

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Construction of New Men’s Prison

The Queensland Government has announced plans to build a new men’s prison near Gatton. The project will deliver a massive economic boost to the Lockyer Valley, creating hundreds of jobs and delivering significant financial benefits to local businesses.

The new $618.9m facility is planned for completion in 2022-23.

Minister for Corrective Services, Mark Ryan, said that the Government would deliver stage 2 of the Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct near Gatton as a part of the most significant budget in terms of financial commitment and resourcing in the history of Queensland Corrective Services.

Chair RDAIWM Cr Janice Holstein welcomed the Minister Ryan to Gatton and presented the Minister with our latest Project Status Report. The Report highlights  the latest demographics and developments occurring in the Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Lockyer Valley regions.

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New RDAIWM Committee Member

Chair of RDAIWM Cr Janice Holstein welcomed new Committee Member Roger Gorrel. Roger Gorrel is currently the Business Development Manager for Top Office Group; a locally owned and operated recruitment and registered training organisation located in Ipswich and operating across SEQ.

Roger has held various positions in management, business development, sales and marketing including roles as the Regional Manager – South West Qld for the CCIQ (Chamber of Commerce & Industry Qld), Brand Manager – Audi Toowoomba, Media Sales Manager – Qld Times Group & the Toowoomba Chronicle and General Manager of the Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley Star.

RDA Ipswich & West Moreton on behalf of the Springfield Skills Alliance will be establishing a Regional Jobs Committee in Greater Springfield.

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Regional Jobs Commitee – Springfield

RDA Ipswich & West Moreton on behalf of the Springfield Skills Alliance welcomed the announcement by Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development The Honourable Shannon Fentiman on being awarded $150,000 in establishing a Regional Jobs Committee in Greater Springfield.

Member for Jordan, Charis Mullen said the Regional Jobs Committee would take charge of Greater Springfield’s skills capacity to help the region to grow.

“The possibilities for Springfield are strong with education, health and technology identified as the priority industries to help the support the city’s predicted population growth of 115,000 over the next two decades,” Ms Mullen said.

RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Chair Cr Janice Holstein said ‘ This announcement is a great recognition after the years of hard work by the members of the Springfield Skills Alliance. We look forward to working with the Greater Springfield community in advocating for their region’s unique workforce, training and investment needs’.

The Scenic Rim CCC reviewing a map of the proposed C2K Inland Rail corridor.

Inland Rail Community Consultative Committees

Recently the Scenic Rim Inland Rail Community Consultative Committee toured the site of the Calvert to Kagaru proposed alignment to have a better understand of the community needs. 

ARTC is committed to working closely with landholders and local communities. Community Consultative Committees give ARTC another opportunity to keep the community informed about the Inland Rail project and to ensure that the community’s views are heard and addressed.

The purpose of the Committees are to:

  • facilitate broader community involvement in the project
  • seek community feedback and input to project outcomes
  • increase awareness and understanding for the project by providing communities with ‘one-point of call’ for project information
  • act as a conduit between the project team and the community to provide information or address issues and concerns

 The Inland Rail program has five community consultative committees which meet on a quarterly basis to provide input and feedback into the Inland Rail projects in Queensland. The committees include:

Please visit and click to the individual committee webpages for details about the committees and records of previous meetings.

Summerland Way Cross Border Forum

A joint cross border forum regarding the Summerland Way was convened in Kyogle, NSW by RDA Northern Rivers and RDA Ipswich & West Moreton. The forum was held to brief Federal MPs and organisations on options for improving the Summerland Way / Mt Lindesay Highway road infrastructure. This improvement would allow easier access to markets including the Bromelton State Development Area and the future opportunities provided by the Inland Rail.

The Summerland Way follows the alignment of the Sydney – Brisbane railway from Grafton through to the northern side of Kyogle and adjoins it again at Rathdowny on the Queensland side of the border. It provides a parallel inland alternative to complement the Pacific Highway for road freight and tourist traffic travelling between Grafton and Brisbane and the Northern Rivers and southern Queensland.

Summerland Way Draft Corridor Strategy
West Mount Lindesay Highway Development Corridor

Lockyer Valley Business, Training and Apprenticeship Awards

The winner of the Food and Dining Award, Bob and Julie Porter from ‘Porters Plainland Hotel’ were presented with their award by RDAIWM Chair Cr Janice Holstein.

Other RDAIWM representatives in attendance included CEO Rees Banks, Roger Gorrel, Cr Sean Choat and Bronwyn Davies,

Porters Plainland Hotel is a familiar landmark on the Warrego Highway just an hour’s drive from Brisbane, at the eastern gateway to Queensland’s beautiful Lockyer Valley.

Today the Hotel is managed by a third generation of Porters, Michael and his wife Shelley and sister Mel, following his parents Bob and Julie, and grandparents Dick and Rita who first leased it from Castlemaine Perkins in 1946.

More Information on the Awards
More information on Porters Plainland Hotel

Queensland Export Week

Trade & Investment Queensland and Scenic Rim Regional Council invited Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioners from Hong Kong – Julia Herries and India – Gitesh Agarwal for a market briefing. With the Commissioners visiting the region as part of Queensland Export Week, this was a rare opportunity to gain insights from their markets and network with businesses from the Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Somerset regions.

RDAIWM CEO Rees Banks took this opportunity to present to TIQ and Trade Commissioners the latest RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Project Status Report which assists in attracting investment into the region.

View latest RDAIWM Project Status Report
Trade Commissioner – Hong Kong
Trade Commissioner – India

City Deal For South East Queensland

The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure held community meetings in the Ipswich and West Moreton with local Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz MP, Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport. RDAIWM Deputy Chair Albert de Ruiter had the opportunity to discuss the improvements needed on the Brisbane Valley Highway and the Lockyer Valley and Somerset Water Collaborative.

View City Deal media release

Water wise tips to help your garden beat the big dry

With the prolonged dry conditions continuing, Urban Utilities is dishing up water wise tips on how to get your garden blooming again. Spring has sprung and it’s typically a time when outdoor water use starts to increase in South East Queensland.

Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, said with the combined dam levels just under 63 per cent, we’re all being asked to be more water wise, but your garden doesn’t need to suffer. “One of the first things to watch out for is any water wastage in the garden, such as leaking taps or hoses,” she said.

To view the full media release, please visit the Queensland Urban Utilities Newsroom.

Opening of Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

It is a landmark weekend for Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley with the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) officially opening to traffic today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the TSRC was a 41-kilometre-long bypass route to the north of Toowoomba, including an 800-metre-long viaduct, making transportation more efficient and taking trucks out of central Toowoomba.

“This is a monumental project for the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley communities and a centrepiece of our $100 billion nationwide infrastructure investment that is getting Australians to where they need to be sooner and safer – including in our regions,” Mr McCormack said.

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport and Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said the completion of one of the largest road transport projects in Australia’s history was a milestone for the region and would relieve pressure on local roads, enhance safety and improve productivity.

“This project will be transformational for our region, taking thousands of heavy vehicles off the range crossing, reducing travel times and enhancing the liveability of nearby residents in my community of the Lockyer Valley,” Mr Buchholz said.

JAEPA Agribusiness Event

Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland is very excited to be working with Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce& Industry to host an upcoming workshop for the Agribusiness sector on how to take advantage of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement. Australia is the first significant agricultural producer to have a meaningful trade agreement with Japan, so don’t miss this opportunity to unlock the door to new markets.

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Lockyer Valley Business Luncheon

During the recent Lockyer Valley Business Luncheon, RDAIWM Chair Cr Janice Holstein and Deputy Chair Albert de Ruiter talked to former Brisbane City Mayor Graham Quirk about the SEQ City Deals.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Cr Tanya Milligan was promoting the opportunity for development through better transport infrastructure.

The SEQ City Deal will see all levels of government working together to deliver a better connected region through key transport projects, creation of more jobs, and protecting the region’s liveability.

The Australian Government, as a committed partner to the SEQ City Deal, will focus on infrastructure, employment and liveability to support the region’s population growth.

See Where TAFE Can Take You

TAFE Springfield campus is positioned in a growth corridor between the cities of Brisbane and Ipswich.
Greater Springfield has experienced strong growth over the last 10 years and is projected to be one of the largest communities in Queensland within the next 30 years. The campus is located within Education City, a central nucleus for education in the greater Springfield area.

View list of available courses at Springfield TAFE campus.

New RDAIWM Committee Member

Chair Cr Holstein welcomed new RDAIWM Committee Member Bronwyn Davies while in Kilcoy.

“We are very happy with Bronwyn’s appointment. Bronwyn who is currently the President of The Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce is our first committee member from this part of our region” said Cr Holstein. “Bronwyn will bring us lots of expertise and knowledge about the most northern part of our RDA”.

Ms Davies said “I am pleased to represent our region and add value to the RDAIWM, especially with local information that will assist future Project Status Reports”.

Inland Rail Update

During the ALC/ARA Inland Rail Conference, RDAIWM Chair Cr Holstein and Deputy Chair Albert de Ruiter discussed the opportunities for the Ipswich & West Moreton region with Federal Member for Groom Hon Dr John McVeigh MP and Chairman of ARTC former Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Warren Truss AC.

Inland Rail Route
The Inland Rail route will be about 1,700km in length – including 1,200km of enhanced and upgraded tracks and 500km of new sections via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Where possible, existing rail infrastructure will be used to minimise the environmental and community impacts associated with creating new rail corridors.


Today in Hatton Vale, RDAIWM Chair Cr Janice Holstein joined Jemma Mi Mi from the Queensland Firebirds, the Muja Mundu Creations dancers, Principal of Hatton Vale State School Ashley Lawless and Lockyer Valley Regional Council Deputy Mayor Cr Jason Cook, to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Infrastructure Needs Discussion

While in Lockyer Valley, Cr Janice Holstein Chair of RDAIWM presented our latest Project Status Report and Agricultural Needs Analysis to Treasurer The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP and Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz MP. Cr Janice Holstein discussed the infrastructure needs of our region and also that this region contributes over $783 million worth of agricultural commodities to the nation.

Agricultural Needs Analysis
Project Status Report (January 2019)

Springfield Skills Alliance

Cr Janice Holstein presented the Springfield Skills Alliance report to Queensland State Member for Jordan Charis Mullen MP. This reports highlights the top 15 career opportunities for the region, with educational and training opportunities available at TAFE Springfield and USQ Springfield.

Springfield Skills Alliance Report

Lockyer Valley + Somerset Water Collaborative

The Queensland State Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, the Hon Mark Furner meet with RDAIWM Chair Cr Janice Holstein who gave the minister an update on the Lockyer Valley and Somerset Water Collaborative. This collaborative is established to ensure a shared position on future water security, supply and management for all water users and the communities of the region. Cr Janice Holstein also shared with Minister Furner that the Ipswich & West Moreton region produced ove $783 million worth of agricultural commodities.

Kenya Ports Authority Delegation

While touring the region, the Kenya Ports Authority delegation were given a tour of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing. Federal Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz MP, State Member for Lockyer Jim McDonald and RDAIWM Chair and Committee Members Cr Janice Holstein and Cr Sean Choat accompanied the delegation.  Nexus Infrastructure has entered into a Public-Private Partnership with the Australian and Queensland Governments, who are jointly funding the delivery of this $1.6 billion project on an 80:20 funding split arrangement.

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Ipswich Jobs Connect


Do you want to connect with employers in the region? Do you need some extra help to find a job? Then come along to Ipswich Jobs Connect.

This event is an initiative of the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training and the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.

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Business Growth Essentials Workshop Series


Let’s explore eCommerce!

The growth of online shopping, digital technology and e-commerce offer enormous opportunities for Queensland businesses. Join Trade Investment Queensland (TIQ) and AusTrade for a workshop designed to help you understand the role of global ecommerce, the opportunities it presents and the knowledge you need to expand into Asian markets.

If you’re ready to launch ecommerce, in the very near future, we’ll provide you with intensive coaching at your premises to help you get up and running. 

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Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards


RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Deputy Chair Albert de Ruiter, presented the ‘Excellence in Agriculture’ award to the winner Summer Land Camel Farm at this year’s Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards.

Summer Land Camels is owned and operated by The Australian Wild Camel Coporation (TAWCC). TAWCC purchased Summer Land Camel Farm in 2015 and is supported by the Federal and State Governments. Initiated following a seven year review of global markets and supply chains, TAWCC operates the largest commercial Camel Dairy and Milk processing, Camel breeding and farming operation outside of the Middle East.

TAWCC was established based on global key drivers including:

  • A rapidly growing global consumer demand for organic, high quality, safe, nutritious dairy alternatives
  • The Australian environment is geographically, climatically and ecologically ideal for camels
  • Significant global demand with a shortage of supply of Camel Meat, Camel Milk and non-pharmaceutical Nutraceuticals
  • Gowing demand for non-toxic Skin Care products to treat immune and inflammatory conditions.

Project Status Report – January to June 2019


Regional Development Australia Ipswich & West Moreton staff and committee members along with education and resource partners are proud to release the January to June 2019 Project Status Report.

The Project Status Report encompasses the four local government areas of our region; Ipswich City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council and Somerset Regional Council.

This document has been created to present information to regional stakeholders, business owners and community groups to gather local information about their region and the consolidative region as a whole, with statistics including; population data, socio-economic information, health, education and care, residential mortgages and rental trends.

This release of the Project Status Report places a significant important on upcoming commercial developments for the region and their associated estimated values to give the reader an understanding of the economic investment being placed into the region by private businesses as well as local, state and federal initiatives.

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Create Winning Investment Proposals

Learn to write persuasive documents that investors and funders will love.

Business cases and information memoranda are the key tools you need to attract investors or funding partners.

As part of Trade Investment Queensland’s Business Growth Essentials series, Deloitte Australia will deliver an interactive workshop providing you with the knowledge, tools and templates you need to develop a business case and information memorandum.

You’ll learn about what investors are looking for and the areas you should focus on in your business to maximise value and get expert support to develop investment proposals that will stand out from the crowd.

Register your interest

Springfield Skills Alliance

The Springfield Skills Alliance recently presented their group’s outcomes to The Hon Shannon Fentiman, Queensland State Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development. The Alliance consisting of representatives from RDA Ipswich & West Moreton, Springfield City Group, TAFE Queensland South West, Springfield Chamber of Commerce and Multicultural Development Australia, has as its main aims:

  • Carers and jobs in Springfield for graduates and families
  • Pipeline of qualified workers that matches the population and city growth
  • Vibrant TAFE campus in Springfield
  • Vibrant USQ campus in Springfield
  • Integrated education experience for residents
  • Clear job pathways identifiable and mapped

Bridges Renewal Program Announcement


Regional Development Australia Ipswich & West Moreton is proud to announce that Somerset Regional Council has received funding for revitalisation projects for both the Neuendorf Road bridge and Tetzlaffs Lane bridge.

Funding amounts for the bridges are $1,208,602 collectively, with up to $445,365 being allocated to Neuendorf Road bridge and up to $763,237 being allocated to Tetzlaffs Lane bridge for suitable upgrades and repair.

Nominations open for 2019 Multicultural Queensland Awards


Nominations are now open for the 2019 Multicultural Queensland Awards (MQA), aimed at recognising the valuable contributions of Queenslanders who support and promote a united, harmonious and inclusive Queensland community.

In launching the 2019 MQA, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Stirling Hinchliffe called on nominations for deserving Queenslanders and Queensland organisations.

“These awards are about acknowledging and showcasing the many initiatives that individuals, groups, business and governments undertake to bring people together, create a sense of belonging and celebrate the state’s rich cultural diversity”, Mr Hinchliffe said.

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Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)
Round 3 Successful Applicants

RDA Ipswich & West Moreton would like to congratulate the list of successful applicants in our region that have been offered funding under the Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects & Community Grants streams for round three.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council – Gatton Shire Hall Compliance Upgrade Project
Location: Gatton, QLD
Grant approval: $439,350

The project will renovate and replace non-compliant and outdated features at the Gatton Shire Hall to comply with the Building Code of Australia and incorporated Australian Standards, improving the level of inclusive access to the site and encouraging more frequent use by the public.

Beaudesert Golf Club Inc. – Renovation of existing carpark at Beaudesert Golf Club
Location: Beaudesert, QLD
Grant approval: $59,400

Renew surface of carpark by laying 2300m2 of asphalt with an additional 90m2 of pavement repairs. Numerous holes and bare patches pervade from exposure to extreme weather conditions and use over many years. Completing this project will remove current risks encompassing significant trip and fall hazards to members and general public using this area.

Scenic Rim Regional Council – Scenic Rim Adventure/Eco Tourism Strategy & Capability Development
Location: Beaudesert, QLD
Grant approval: $47,500

This project will deliver a strategy and capability study focusing on opportunities in adventure tourism, eco-tourism and nature-based tourism for the Scenic Rim.

Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce Meeting

The Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce and RDA Ipswich & West Moreton recently held a joint meeting where both organisation shared information on assisting the development of the Kilcoy area. Items discussed were the Kilcoy Bypass, Kilcoy Global Foods production, Kilcoy Bridge Upgrade and the Mary Street road works. The Kilcoy population is expected to increase from 5,564 to 8,327 by 2041. The Kilcoy Racecourse was recently awarded funding for expansion, as well as a new water treatment plant being constructed in Linville.

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Attracting Funding

RDAIWM CEO Rees Banks presented opportunities for investment at the Trade and Investment Queensland workshop ‘Attracting Funding’ held in Beaudesert. The purpose of this workshop was for our businesses to learn how to attract investment or funding to assist them to expand domestically or explore global markets.

The workshop provided an opportunity for the attendees to gain an understanding of investment and funding attraction pathways and what investors, banks and governments are looking for to make investment decisions.

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To view the RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Agricultural Needs Analysis please visit this link.

Ipswich & West Moreton Agricultural Needs Analysis

RDAIWM Chair Cr Janice Holstein presented Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Assistant Minister Scott Buchholz MP with the latest Ipswich & West Moreton Agricultural Needs Analysis.

Cr Holstein said “ The focus on agriculture was chosen because of its pre-eminent contribution to the Ipswich and West Moreton area’s economy. The region produces over 4783 million worth of agricultural commodities”.

“There is widespread agreement that water is without doubt the major issue influencing current and future production and investment in the region”, said Cr Holstein. “

Ipswich & West Moreton Jobs

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2019 Queensland Reconciliation Awards

There’s still time to nominate for the 2019 Queensland Reconciliation Awards. Don’t miss your opportunity to recognise a business, organisation, educational institution or partnership fostering reconciliation.

These awards are an opportunity to celebrate the ongoing efforts of those who are paving the way for a better future for our state, with nominations accepted across four categories—business, community, education and partnership.

The Premier’s Reconciliation Award will also be presented to a nominated initiative that has demonstrated innovative strategies and exceptional outcomes towards advancing reconciliation in Queensland.

$25,000 in prize money to be shared across all award categories.

Nominations close 5 pm, Monday 25 February 2019.

Recipients will be announced at an awards ceremony during National Reconciliation Week, 27 May – 3 June 2019.

Linville to get new long-term drinking water supply

A new $2 million water treatment plant will be constructed in Linville to secure long-term water supply for the growing community.

The existing plant, which was constructed in 1970, was forced to close after the 2013 floods put the facility out of action.

Since then, Seqwater has supplied drinking water for Linville’s 400 or so residents by tanker from the nearby Kilcoy Water Treatment Plant.

Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said supplying water to residents by tanker had always been an interim solution.

“In the long-term it is more economical, reliable and effective to re-build the Linville plant and ensure local water supply security well into the future,” Dr Lynham said.

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Kilcoy Racecourse to receive a $900,000 makeover

Kilcoy Racecourse will soon be expanded and reinvigorated after receiving $369,030 in funding through Round 4 of the Palaszczuk Government’s successful $295 million Building our Regions (BoR) program.

The development project is also being supported with $553,545 from Somerset Regional Council, bringing the total funding to $922,575.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said that development would help put Kilcoy racing on the map.

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Ringing in the new school year at Qld’s newest state school

The first day of the 2019 school year was extra special for the students of Spring Mountain State School as they took their seats in the state’s newest school.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Education Minister Grace Grace and Member for Jordan Charis Mullen welcomed the students and their parents to the new $40 million facility.

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Rock Trade Industries

Rock Trade Industries located in Helidon, Lockyer Valley was announced as a winner at Urban Development Institute of Australia Mitchell Brandtman Awards for Excellence. To gain entry into this prestigious industry awards was, in its self an outstanding accomplishment, being the first quarry to ever achieve this status. To actually win and then to also be a finalist in the President’s award was a great achievement.

Rock Trade Industries’ achievements in revolutionising sandstone mining, has only been achieved because of the dedication and commitment  of the RTI management team  and the encouragement from our  partners, encouraging  very small team of committed  innovators  who have developed  advanced manufacturing processes by  embracing technology and systematic scientific research  leading to many  world first achievements.

Rock Trade Industries has produced high quality sandstone boulders, crushed stone, premium sand and gravel at the Waterfall Quarry in Helidon. They are suppliers to some of Australia’s largest companies and a major producer of aggregates-based construction materials for the asphalt and concrete industries.

Digital Business Workshop

Over 30 participants attended one of the Queensland Government’s Digital Business Workshop in Fernvale, Somerset Regional Council in November.

Digital Business workshops and the Digital Scorecard are designed for small-to-medium enterprises and not-for-profits to identify ways of improving their digital capability and become more competitive in today’s digital marketplace.

Small to medium enterprises and not-for-profits can use the scorecard to find out how digitally aware and capable they are compared with others in similar industries. After completing the Digital Scorecard, businesses will be invited to a Digital Business workshop. The workshops will help businesses improve their digital readiness in a range of areas including website development, social media, and using mobile and other technologies.

Agricultural Needs Analysis

RDAIWM Chair, Cr Janice Holstein presented our Ipswich & West Moreton Agricultural Needs Analysis to the Lockyer Valley Regional Council Deputy Mayor Jason Cook and the Lockyer Valley Growers President Michael Sippel.

Lockyer Valley Growers is an independent, not-for-profit, grower based group funded by members and industry partners. Their primary role is to develop a positive social setting and support the growers within the region on matters that effect the industry.

Produce from this region is sent to vegetable markets in all major Australian cities, with over millions of dollars’ worth of product sold each year. Chances are wherever you live in Australia, you have selected and purchased top quality Lockyer Valley vegetables from your own local grocery store.

The most commonly grown crops are carrots, potatoes, the brassica vegetables (e.g. cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower), pumpkins, corns and beans. These are just some of the vegetables which are shipped out to markets all over Australia and overseas. Exotic vegetables such as okra, snake beans, baby fennel, figs and broccolini are highly sought after by keen cooks.

While driving through the Lockyer Valley, it is highly likely that you will see farms and crops where these vegetables are grown. You may even have the opportunity to purchase vegetables from a road side stall or select them fresh from the market.

View Agricultural Needs Analysis

Summer Land Camel Farm

Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning in partnership with Trade & Investment Queensland held their final manufacturing networking group meeting for 2018!

This meeting focused on value added products in the food and agribusiness sector and was held at  Summer Land Camel Farm and included a tour of the camel dairy and their food and skincare manufacturing facilities.

Located in the Scenic Rim, Summer Land Camel Farm focuses on ethical, sustainable and organic farming principles and is home to over 600 Australian Camels. These meetings are held quarterly and are open to all manufacturers from across the region to participate.  For further information contact RDAIWM.

Advancing Trade and Investment

RDAIWM recently attended the Introduction to Export Workshop hosted by Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ).  In early 2019 TIQ will be delivering a suite of workshops aimed at assisting SME’s on their trade and investment journey.  Workshops will cover areas of interest such as:

  • Introduction to Investment
  • Business Case preparation
  • Pitch ready
  • Cultural Awareness
  • E-Commerce
  • Export plan

Further information will be released in the next newsletter.

Also announced on Monday 19 November, Austrade’s  Free Trade Agreement Market Entry Grants were opened which is a grant to assist member based business organisations including chambers of commerce, industry associations, bilateral chambers and peak industry bodies the opportunity to apply for the grant which can used to deliver activities which directly support market entry strategies seeking to export and/or grow businesses in FTA target markets.  The FTA-ME grant will fund up to a maximum of 50% of the total cost of the project, with the remaining 50% funded by the applicant.

Queensland Defence Summit – Ipswich 2018

The Queensland Government in partnership with the City of Ipswich hosted the sold out inaugural Queensland Defence Summit in November.

The summit brought together high calibre speakers from Defence and Industry to discuss topics around manufacturing, sustainment, integrated logistics, supply chain, exports, innovative technologies and research and partnerships.

The aim of the Queensland Defence Summit was to drive collaboration and engagement between Defence, research organisations and small and medium businesses.

The one-day Summit was a key initiative of the City of Ipswich Defence Industry Strategy, which can be found below.

View Queensland Defence Summit Defence Strategy

Promoting RDAIWM Project Status Report

Whilst attending the Trade 2018 Queensland and Commonwealth Collaboration and Showcase during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, RDAIWM CEO Rees Banks presented the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk with the latest Ipswich and West Moreton Project Status Report.

During the event, a special edition of Queensland’s Regions Trading Globally publication was also released. The Queensland Government has partnered with the RDAs in Queensland to highlight the key sectors and industries with investment and export potential.

The Ipswich and West Moreton region has a combined gross regional product (GRP) of $12.9 billion with investment and population continuing to increase. In 2018, private and government construction valued at $8.09 billion will commence within the region. Such significant investment is a contributing driver to both employment and lifestyle opportunities.

RDAIWM – New Chair Appointment

Regional Development Australia Ipswich & West Moreton is proud to announce the appointment by the Hon Dr John McVeigh, Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, of Cr Janice Holstein as the newly appointed Chair of the committee and we would like to openly welcome Cr Holstein into her new and exciting role.

Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said Cr Holstein’s experience and knowledge of the area made her an excellent choice for the role: “I welcome Cr Holstein to the position of Chair of the Ipswich & West Moreton Regional Development Australia and I look forward to working together for the future of our region.”

Cr Holstein has been an RDAIWM Committee member since October 2015. Contributing ideas and suggestions which have been invaluable in this time, and has already been an integral part of the RDAIWM committee. We are proud to be represented by such a fantastic candidate and look forward to all the positive influences and information that Janice has to offer.

Cr Holstein is a councillor on Lockyer Valley Regional Council, with over 15 years Council experience. Cr Holstein said: “I am passionate about the region, having grown up in the area on a farming family, and I am dedicated to the entire Ipswich and West Moreton region.”

As a former business owner, editor, and publisher, Janice has involved herself in many community groups, including Lockyer Valley Crime Stoppers, Withcott Progress Association, Lockyer Valley Tourism, and Spring Bluff Railway Station Trust. Cr Holstein’s Council portfolio is infrastructure, with which she has a real focus on promoting and supporting tourism in the region.

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