Agricultural shows, Field Days and Capital City Royal shows impacted by COVID-19 in 2021 are invited to apply for Commonwealth Government's Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program.
Round 2 of the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program opens Friday 28 January 2022. Applications are welcome for:
The program will provide operational support for agricultural show societies and organisers of agricultural field days who cancelled events scheduled between 1 January and 31 December 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Applications open: Friday 28 January 2022
Applications close: Thursday 17 February 2022
Learn more: www.grants.gov.au
Industry Forum - Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Support Opportunities
Thursday 20th January, 9-11am
GYBES, 212 Marine Tce, Geraldton
Mid West businesses interested in supplying goods and/or services to the construction of the Square Kilometre Array are invited to attend this industry forum.
There are currently four construction packages at tender stage and the forum will provide the opportunity to meet the Tier 1 companies that will be bidding on this work. The SKA Observatory is committed to maximising local and Wajarri participation in the project wherever possible. Local companies are encouraged to come equipped with business cards and capability statements, ready to discuss how their business can deliver value in the construction stage of the project.
The four packages currently at tender stage are likely to offer the following Tier 2 & 3 opportunities:
For more information and/or to reserve a place please contact the SKA Industry Liaison Officer via email@example.com or +61 408 630 441. You are requested not to attend the event if you are unwell or are required to quarantine or isolate.
ABC Heywire celebrates 38 young regional Australians in its 2022 storytelling competition.
Since 1998, Heywire has become a powerful platform for rural youth to share their stories and make a difference in their communities. This year, hundreds of people entered from across Australia. The winners were chosen for “telling it like it is” about life in their part of the country.
The 38 ABC Heywire winners feature stories of courage, resilience and hope, including tales of escaping war in Afghanistan, keeping a local hockey club alive, caring for your community in the face of climate change and finding a language and treatment for mental illness.
A big congratulations to local winners, Veejay from Shark Bay and Emma from Geraldton. Listen to their stories by clicking on the links below:
The 2022 winners have worked with the ABC to produce their stories for radio and online, the results of which are available via the ABC Heywire website.
Builders undertaking restoration works in the Mid West following the devastation of April’s ex Tropical Cyclone Seroja will soon have access to temporary regional accommodation which will provide much needed support to reconstruction and recovery efforts.
The Temporary Accommodation for Workers Program will enable builders to stay locally while undertaking much-needed work, and will also be available for workers from other industries that are equally critical in helping impacted communities to get back on their feet and recover from the disaster.
A mix of temporary accommodation solutions have been considered under the program to ensure they are fit-for-purpose and tailored to local needs including 60 beds in Kalbarri and mobile accommodation units stationed inland where required.
While the recovery and rebuilding effort is expected to take some time, the Commonwealth Government will continue to support impacted communities for as long as it takes.
The Temporary Accommodation for Workers Program is in addition to the record $107.1 million recovery packages previously announced. Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Read more: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Round one applications for the Emerging Aviation Technology Partnerships (EATP) Program announced on 6 May 2021 as part of the Australian Government’s Digital Economy Strategy are now open.
The Australian Government is seeking to partner with industry on the development and deployment of emerging aviation technology. Under the program, the Department will partner with industry to test emerging aviation technology through pilot projects across five focus areas:
Applications must be submitted by 11:30pm AEDT on 31 March 2022. Go to the Department of Infrastructure website for more information and to download the program guidelines for eligibility and criteria.
Any enquiries related to the program should be addressed to EATP@infrastructure.gov.au
$250 million to build better regions, create jobs and boost local economies
Applications are now open for Round 6 of the Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), paving the way for new projects that regional communities deserve to be funded and delivered.
The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports investment ready projects that provide economic and social benefits for regional and remote areas. The projects can be either construction of new infrastructure or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure.
Learn more about the Infrastructure Stream, eligibility criteria, how to apply and where to find assistance
The Community Investments Stream supports new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. Infrastructure projects are not eligible under the Community Investments Stream.
Learn more about the Community Investments Stream, eligibility criteria, how to apply and where to find assistance.
Applications close on Thursday 10 February 2022
Join the information webinar and Q&A session on Wednesday 15 December at 3pm (AEST)
APPLY NOW FOR THE BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY GROWTH PROGRAM
The Business and Community Growth Program (BCGP) is an exciting new program designed to help grow businesses and industries in northern Australia, complementing the existing Northern Australia Development Program.
The BCGP is open to a broad range of applicants, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, community organisations, sole-traders, and partnerships.
Grants of between $50,000 and $2 million will be available to support activities such as capital investment in infrastructure, assets, and feasibility studies, with grants available to fund up to 50 per cent of the total cost of individual projects.
The BCGP aims to create jobs that provide ongoing employment and training opportunities, which are essential to growing Northern Australia, as well as improve community amenity and liveability.
Applications are open from 6 December 2021 until 13 January 2022 and grants will be awarded from March 2022. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early. BCGP Fact Sheet
A free public information webinar is scheduled for Wednesday 15 December 2021 at 9.30-10.30 AWST (WA)
Register for the webinar here: bit.ly/BCGPWebinar15Dec2021
A short video explaining the BCGP is available on the Office of Northern Australia YouTube channel: bit.ly/BCGPvideo
For further information contact the Business Grants Hub at business.gov.au or by calling 13 28 46.
*** Now Open for Applications ***
Federal Member for Durack, the Hon. Melissa Price has announced that applications for the Morrison Government’s new $111.9 million Northern Australia Development Program (NADP) open today, 4th November. Read more.
The program is open for applications throughout the year providing funding for small to medium enterprises in Northern Australia, including Indigenous businesses, to create jobs and strengthen business capability and resilience through diversifying or scaling up their business and increasing turnover and profitability.
The program has 2 elements:
Important! The program is open for applications throughout the year. The assessment committee receives batched applications to consider approximately every 3 months.The first committee meeting will consider applications submitted up until 5pm (AEDT) 10 December 2021. Applications submitted after then will be considered at future meetings.
The Stronger Communities Program is providing a further $150,000 in funding for small-scale upgrades and new equipment and is intended to encourage and support participation in local projects, improve local community participation, and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.
RDAMWG congratulates the Shires of Mingenew and the City of Greater Geraldton on their success in receiving project funding under Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
The Shire of Mingenew received $20,000 for the Mingenew Hill walk which will upgrade the existing Mingenew Hill walk trail and construct a look out on top of the hill. The Shire also received a further $18,000 to stage a series of Astrotourism events in the Mingenew region during 2021-2022.
The City of Greater Geraldton received $1,131,200 in the environment category to further advance the Mid West Regional Resource Recovery Facility. This project will construct a waste transfer station, materials processing facility, and new weighbridge, whilst also upgrading the power network and the tip shop.
To date BBRF has contributed $1.38 billion across nearly 1300 projects throughout Australia. Over the 5 rounds the fund has allowed many important infrastructure and community-based projects to proceed in the Mid West and Gascoyne. On behalf of the communities in these regions RDAMWG acknowledges the important contribution made by the Federal Government to better facilities and economic opportunities and the ongoing support to regional growth.