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Silicon Valley Leaders Mission Silicon Valley Leaders Mission


The Silicon Valley Leaders Mission Days 1 & 2 were jammed packed.  

Day one consisted of visits to Boulder and several coworking and accellorator spaces: Boomtoon, Spark, Galvanised and Techstars.  I was honored to meet and speak with David Cohen at Techstars.

Day two was in Denver.  SheEO and 10.10.10's Heather spoke with us around empowering women and minority groups and the fantastic work the SheEO organisation does.  Rocky Venture Club - an Angel Investment group was very interesting as was the coworking space Thrive that they call home base.  A flight to San Francisco and dinner...

Now ... ready for what day three brings..

Thanks again to AdvanceQld and RAPAD for the opportunity to attend this awesome week.


From sheep to Silicon Valley

Having led the way in CWQ over the last twelve months with the Wild Dog issues including exploring training solutions for the shearing industry, #CWQRAPAD is now turning their focus to empowering the region in the digital sphere.

RAPAD's Kristine Arnold is off to the USA on an #AdvanceQld sponsored spot on the #StartupCatalyst's #SiliconValley LeadersMission. Kristine will visit world leaders in the #co-working spaces and #startups in Denver, Boulder, San Fransisco and Silicon Valley.  

This mission is very timely as RAPAD establishes #TheROXY, a co-working space in the old Roxy Theatre cafe complex.  

Co-working spaces provide startups and home workers a space to collaborate, access video conferencing, office technology and meeting rooms.

While not fully operationl at this stage, The ROXY is set for some tweeking and additional ideas following the wonderful opportunity to visit these state of the art spaces.

Keep an eye out over the next few weeks as Krisitne blogs her trip and the news on when The ROXY is operational.

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RESQ Annual Report RESQ Annual Report

Read the RAPAD Employment Services Queensland [RESQ] Annual Report.

Pathways to resilient futures Pathways to resilient futures

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: 

1. What is the longer term future for central western Queensland? 
2. What are the options for sustainable development in our region? 
3. How do we make our communities as resilient as possible?
Read the regional report here and the individual local government reports for BTRC here, BRC here, LRC here, Barcoo here and Boulia here 

Far West Tourism Far West Tourism

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 -  

Channel Country Explorer Drive -

Diamantina Bedourie Loop Drive -

Outback Camel Festival Trail -

River Junction Drive -

Drovers and Pioneers Trail -


The Health of the West The Health of the West

A single health plan for central west Queensland was an initiative of the Central West Health and Hospital Service, Medicare Local, RFDS, Queensland Ambulance and RAPAD.  View the document here.

Regional Migration Regional Migration

RAPAD is the Regional Certifying Body for the Regional Migration Scheme.

Click on here to download the information sheet regarding this process.

RAPAD Projects RAPAD Projects




2016 Annual Report 2016 Annual Report

To read about RAPAD's 2015-16 highlights click on the image.








For a high resolution version click here

Cluster Fencing Funding Cluster Fencing Funding

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]

The Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) called for applications from eligible groups of landholders for funds to build strategic cluster fences. These applications closed on April 29 2016.  On 24 & 25 May, a Technical Assessment Panel assessed these applications.  Their recommendations were provided to the RAPAD Board and these were reviewed by the Board at their 3 June meeting.  
Notification of successful applications and the outcomes of the assessment process has been released.  


See the successful cluster map here [as of October 2016]

For all information relating to the cluster fencing project please contact:

Morgan Gronold on 0448 739 759 and email

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. 

YouTube Grabs YouTube Grabs



Small Business & Individuals Financial Counsellor Small Business & Individuals Financial Counsellor

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

Central Western Queensland Mobile Coverage Report Central Western Queensland Mobile Coverage Report

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:

CWOQTA Tourism Implementation Plan Report CWOQTA Tourism Implementation Plan Report

Click on the icons below to read the various CWOQTA Tourism Development Implementation Plan documents.