In Central Western Queensland the current drought emergency has stimulated a range of responses including the Community Drought Leadership Groups with their toolkits enabling communities to develop drought response plans and make the most of existing resources. Building on these initiatives and recognising the importance of assisting regional communities focus on longer term thinking and planning, in August 2015 the Remote Area Planning and Development Board invited Professor John Cole OAM, Executive Director of USQ’s Institute for Resilient Regions to conduct a series of workshops to engage community participation in a creative process structured around the following questions:
Far West Tourism Development Action Plan and Progress Report
Far West Tourism Development Action Plan and Final Report
With the support of Queensland State Government RAB funding, RAPAD supported the Barcoo, Boulia and Diamantina Shire Councils implement the Far West Tourism Development Action Plan. View the Action Plan here and the final report here.
Visit these great self drive videos developed as a part of the project
Backroads to Winton Drive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqRxDxOWLQ4
Channel Country Explorer Drive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PICiFVKauEE
Diamantina Bedourie Loop Drive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjxkgfPwCUQ
Outback Camel Festival Trail - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArujsTy5U7Q
River Junction Drive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKkBBPpu6rE
Drovers and Pioneers Trail - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvfgyHwJT94
In late 2015 the Australian and Queensland Ministers for Agriculture announced that the CWQ Remote Area Planning and Development Board was a successful applicant through the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative. [read announcement here]
For all information relating to the cluster fencing project please contact:
Morgan Gronold on 0448 739 759 and email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Qld Feral Pest Initiative is supported by the Australian and Queensland Governments.
The 2015 endorsed position of RAPAD, and its member councils, regarding regional exclusion fencing, is attached here. It is important to note that this is not the model that the government, through the QFPI has funded, however as stated, it is the current regionally endorsed council position.
Russell Lowry CPA
Russell is joining the team at RAPAD as a Small Business and Individuals Financial Counsellor across Central Western Queensland. Based in Longreach the role will cover the 7 RAPAD shires including Barcaldine, Barcoo, Blackall Tambo, Boulia, Longreach and Winton.
Russell brings over 25 years’ financial and operational management experience to the region, gained working in small and medium sized businesses predominantly within the Central and Central Western Queensland region since achieving his Bachelor Business (Accounting) degree from Central Queensland University in 1989 and becoming a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).
Utilising his extensive experience working in multiple facets of a business including finance, human resources, administration, business systems, marketing, customer and supplier relationships, Russell will assist Central West business owners and individuals in various areas to improve their viability and overall financial position.
His drive and passion is to work directly with business owners in the small and medium business sector ensuring that the business owner focuses not just on the day to day but are able to work on their business establishing longer term goals for its future success.
The role of a Small Business and Individuals Financial Counsellor is an initiative of the Central West Rural Wellness Network and is a jointly funded initiative of the Queensland Government, RFDS and RAPAD and looks to see a successful Central Western Queensland region where business owners are able to drought proof and diversify their income streams and maximise the potential of opportunities presented by operating in their unique locations.
Read the charter of the SBIFC here
To provide the region with an accurate assessment of the region's mobile coverage RAPAD has undertaken an independent assessment of mobile coverage strength. With mobile coverage increasingly important in a digitalised economy, an understanding of that mobile coverage and strength is vital. This will allow RAPAD and the region's communities to advocate and lobby for improved mobile coverage.
To read the reports click on the relevant links below: