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Andrew Martin and Rob Chandler OQTA RAPAD Tourism MOU6

Collaboration to Strengthen Tourism in Outback Queensland

The tourism industry in central western Queensland can look forward to a stronger future under a collaboration forged between the industry and local government.

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Small Business Roadshow

Find out about the available assistance and programs that can grow your business to its full potential. An opportunity to make a contact from all the agencies listed in the flyer below.

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RAPAD wants to know who is visiting the region to boost tourism growth

The Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) and tourism operators in central western Queensland are embarking on a project to find out more about tourists who visit the region, so the vital industry can continue to grow.

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SUCCESSFUL RAPAD ROUND 3 QFPI CLUSTER FENCING APPLICANTS ANNOUNCED

The erection of more than seven hundred kilometres of fencing is about to start in central-western Queensland with more exclusion fencing clusters finalised.

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Outback on course to become regional Queensland’s drone capital

Outback leaders are in Brisbane to launch the next stage of their plan to make the region a centre for drone technologies ahead of hosting Australia’s only remote drone event – Outback Aerodrone Symposium 21-23 September in Barcaldine.

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RAPAD Cluster Fencing Success Attracts More Investment

Two-point nine million dollars of Federal Government funding is about to be deposited into the bank accounts of four local governments in central western Queensland to be spent on wild dog exclusion fencing, which will increase economic growth in the region.

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Grants to Empower Communities in RAPAD Region Open for Submissions.

Grants of up to $20,000 are available through the Central West Empowering Our Community Small Grants Program for events and organisations that support people to connect, share experiences, enhance individual and community wellbeing and resilience, and to build strength and capacity for the future.

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CENTRAL WESTERN CLUSTER FENCING DEMAND CONTINUES TO OUTSTRIP FUNDING

The demand for cluster fencing in Central Western Queensland continues to outstrip State Government funding, with the Remote Area Planning and Development Board’s round three applications oversubscribed by almost $1.5m.

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Research project between University Queensland, Rural Financial Counselling Service North Queensland and Remote Area Planning and Development Board launched

The University of Queensland, the Rural Financial Counselling Service North Queensland (RFCSNQ) and the Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) have joined forces to undertake research which will influence policy and benefit businesses in central western Queensland.

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RAPAD Renewable Energy Push Powers Ahead

The Remote Area Planning and Development Board will work with renowned economist and clean energy leader Ross Garnaut AO in Longreach this week to start work on targeting renewable energy projects which will deliver jobs and benefits across the region.

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Transport and Main Roads What’s the Delay with Take-off?

The seven councils of central western Queensland are calling on the state government to start work on its commitment to help rural, regional and remote Queenslanders who use regulated transport routes arrive at the best possible solutions for their remote air services.

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RAPAD to deliver $2.25M more in cluster fences throughout the region

Graziers in central western Queensland wanting to access financial assistance to build cluster fences around their properties can now apply for a share of $2.25m in funding from the Queensland and Australian Governments.

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Results are in: Community Drought Support Package delivered

A new report into social and economic impacts of drought funding shows investment into resilience boosting activities is money extremely well spent.

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Central West Queensland set soar at global drone event in Japan

A delegation from Central West Queensland will put the region’s Outback Aerodrone Symposium and drone testing capabilities in the spotlight at the Japan Drones Conference and Expo in Tokyo next week.

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Can’t find skilled workers? RAPAD is here to help

An economic development organisation representing a large part of outback Queensland is calling on anyone with a need for skilled employees to get involved with the Central West Queensland Skills Investment Project.

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Drought support is available to help you through the holiday season

Individuals, families, farms and communities in the Central Western Qld drought-affected regions can access a range of national, state and local drought support services.

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INNOVATIVE REPORTING TOOL EXPOSES MORE CLUSTER FENCE SUCCESS

In what’s believed to be an industry first, the Remote Area Development Board has today launched an innovative online tool to show the community the success of its cluster fencing initiative.

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Coaldrake Review Response

The future of the Central West requires investment and leadership in education beyond just the agriculture sector

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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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Everything you need to know about the Farm Household Allowance

While the Farm Household Allowance has been around since 2014 over the last few months there have been several changes to eligibility, an extension to a fourth year and the introduction of bonus payments which are available for a short time only.

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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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