Media Releases

Contact Nicole Bond 

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No more hot air needed on drought – Outback Queensland calls for workable drought solutions.

Almost a quarter of Queensland is challenging the Prime Minister to do something meaningful to better equip communities, farmers and businesses in inland Australia to not just survive, but thrive through drought.

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Drought Program Review submission: RAPAD outlines need for major rethink

An economic development body in outback Queensland has told the state government a major rethink is needed to improve how the state prepares for and supports rural economies and communities before, during and after drought.

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Muttaburra event ready to inspire Western Queensland’s future female entrepreneurs

RAPAD will host its first women’s entrepreneur retreat in Muttaburra 27 to 28 October 2018 as part of its plan to grow a community of female entrepreneurs in Outback Queensland and beyond.

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All of Western Queensland unite to call for fairer deal from Canberra

Almost 60% of Queensland has united to call on the Federal Government to increase overall funding for local government and to put in place targeted funding programs for rural and remote councils.

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Mental Health Roundtable Wrap Up

Mental health providers in central western Queensland will initiate a number of actions to support better connection and greater cross agency advocacy to drive better health outcomes for the region after a RAPAD and Western Queensland Primarily Health Network round table discussion.

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RAPAD’s renewable energy vision moves forward

The RAPAD region is ready to take the next step in reinventing itself as one of the most resilient communities in Australia underpinned by renewable energy.

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Wi-Fi Project Servicing 16% of QLD launched in Outback QLD

In a Queensland first, a free, connected Wi-Fi service over more than 300,000 square kilometres has been launched in central western Queensland.

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International delegation wowed by RAPAD’s inaugural Outback Aerodrone Symposium

The Remote Area Planning and Development Board’s Outback Aerodrone Symposium hosted more than 100 people including a delegation of 10 from Japan over the weekend at its inaugural event in Barcaldine.

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RAPAD urging local expertise to be sought before a dollar is spent on drought health funding

The Remote Area Planning and Development Board has welcomed the Federal Government’s $11.4 million investment on mental health support initiatives announced with other drought support measures.

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Outback Queensland leaders hit Brisbane to solve unsatisfactory air services and to more than double tourism value.

There will be an influx of Akubras in Brisbane this week as community and industry leaders from central western Queensland gather to build the western economy by more than 1.6 billion dollars and address air travel challenges facing the region.

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THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF RAPAD’S CLUSTER FENCING PROJECT IS BEING COMPARED TO THE CREATION OF 62 THOUSAND JOBS IN BRISBANE

The final report into round one of central western Queensland’s largest fencing project shows it’s on track to provide a boost to the regional economy in proportional terms, the same as creating 62 thousand new jobs in Brisbane over the next decade.

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Outback Queensland’s First Entrepreneur in Residence A Success

The Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) is celebrating the success of the regions first entrepreneur in residence.

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Outback Aerodrone program available online

Outback Aerodrone program available online

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Regional Skills Investment Strategy Project Coordinator

RAPAD is calling for applications to fill the role of Regional Skills Investment Strategy Project Coordinator.

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Central West Qld set to take off as international drone mecca

RAPAD will kick off its plan to make the region a centre for drone testing as it hosts regional Australia’s first ever drones symposium in Barcaldine from 11 – 12 August 2018.

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Digital Champions ‘Tribe’ Gather

Seventeen enthusiastic regional delegates came together at Blackall’s Living Arts Centre over the weekend to develop their digital and presentation skills to become Regional Digital Champions under RAPAD’s Outbackhubs.

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Outback Region to mix it with Silicon Valley at Myriad

This May, Outback regional entrepreneurs, startups or innovative businesses have the opportunity to rub shoulders with thousands from around Australia and the world, including 380 from Silicon Valley who will be attending the Myriad three day innovation festival courtesy of QANTAS and Advance Qld sponsorship.

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Chairman's 2017 wrap up

Read the Chairman's summary wrap up of 2017 here

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RAPAD Seeks to Expand on Current Cluster Fencing Model with Potential New Funding

The Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) is advocating for any future cluster fencing funding rounds to investigate expanding the current model to include linking existing exclusion fences either privately or publicly funded.

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RAPAD RENEWABLE ENERGY VISION TO POWER QUEENSLAND ENDORSED AT RECENT FORUM

A recent renewable energy forum convened by the Central West Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) saw its vision to generate Queensland's electricity needs, and bring transformative benefit to the region,endorsed by all in attendance.

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State Election - Gregory Candidates, Are They All Serious?

Gregory Candidates – are all of them serious?

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Outback water alliance achieves excellence in public works

A collaborative alliance of Barcaldine Regional Council, Barcoo Shire Council, Blackall-Tambo Regional Council, Boulia Shire Council, Diamantina Shire Council, Longreach Regional Council and Winton Shire Council has taken out the award for water projects under $2 million at this year’s Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) Excellence Awards.

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RAPAD's 10 Point Election Plan

With a state election getting ever closer, the Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD), is on the front foot and has put forward its 10-point plan to all major political parties.

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Cr Butch Lenton

Central Western Queensland, in fact the whole of our State has lost a great Queenslander.

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Bring Back One Million Sheep to the West

The data from the Remote Area Planning and Development (RAPAD) Board’s recent cluster fencing Expression Of Interest (EOI) has been analysed and if funded, when combined with current Round 1 and 2 fencing projects, would see:

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Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend Outback Edition: A First for Remote Australia

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RAPAD Region To Deliver $1.5b

In a recently completed report undertaken by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI), on behalf of the Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD), modeling suggests that up to 37.5% of jobs within the Central Western Qld RAPAD region are at risk due to digital disruption.

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Smart Central Western Queensland: A Digitally Enabled Community Strategic Plan

RAPAD Launches Regional Digital Strategy: Smart Central Western Queensland: A Digitally Enabled Community Strategic Plan 11 July 2017

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Small Business Counsellor

Small Business and Individuals Financial Counsellor to cease on 30 June 2017

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Drought funding provides welcome boost for CWQ

State Government Drought Funding Provides A Welcome Boost For Central West Communities

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Call for cluster fencing expression of interest

RAPAD Releases EOI To Capture Continued Fencing Demand In The Region

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GABORA Water Management Protocol

Submission On the Draft Great Artesian Basin & Other Regional Aquifers (GABORA) Water Plan and the Draft GABORA Water Management Protocol.

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Jobs delivered from cluster fencing

Jobs Delivered Already From The RAPAD Cluster Fencing Program With More To Come

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Outback communities benefit from cleaner water collaboration

Outback Communities Benefit From Cleaner Water Collaboration

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Round 2 QFPI annoucements

Successful RAPAD Round 2 Cluster Fencing Applicants Announced

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