Monday, October 25, 2021



Rockhampton Angel Investment Network takes out national prize

The Rockhampton region’s reputation as a hub for start-ups and entrepreneurs has grown even more after the Rockhampton Angel Investment Network was named the ‘Most Active Regional Angel Group’ at the Techboard Australian Angel Awards 2021 last month. Angels invest in start-ups in their early stages to enable them to grow.

$1.6 million upgrade for Juno Centre

New accommodation and improved equine facilities are key features of a $1.6 million investment in an agricultural training centre just east of Tennant. The Juno Centre offers residential and in-reach programs to students from across the Territory.

Tech trial supports planned burning in the Wimmera

A drone has successfully established an ecological planned burn in the Grampians National Park, saving time and reducing the risk to firefighters, as part of a trial carried out by Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) crews in the Wimmera.

55 per cent of “regional” grants went to the cities

Analysis released by the Australian National Audit Office has revealed that 55 per cent of all "regional" grants announced by the Morrison-Joyce Government since 2018 have gone to projects located in the major cities. Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain said this was another blow for regional areas that had to deal with so much during this time.

New legislation to enable carbon trading by Forest Products Commission

WA Forestry Minister Dave Kelly has introduced a Bill to amend the Forest Products Act 2000, which will allow the Forest Products Commission (FPC) to trade in carbon assets ... Carbon capture or sequestration in trees such as renewable pine plantations, is one of the most effective ways to remove carbon dioxide, one of the main greenhouse gases causing climate change, from the atmosphere.

Two new councillors elected to Gingin council

Retiring Shire of Gingin councillors Jacqui Lobb and James Morton have been replaced by Robert Kestel and Erik Sorensen. Sitting councillors Kim Rule and Frank Johnson were returned for another four-year term.

Royal Flying Doctors Service (Wellbeing Out West): “Your Story Roadshow”, 1-4 November

Paroo Shire Council would like to invite you on behalf of the Royal Flying Doctors Service (Wellbeing Out West) to the “Your Story Roadshow”.

Council waives permit fees for outdoor dining

Bass Coast Shire Council will waive permit fees for hundreds of hospitality venues to encourage more outdoor dining to help the region bounce back from pandemic lockdowns.

NSW Labor moves to deregister Country Labor

Nicholas Rupolo. The NSW Labor party has moved to deregister Country Labor from the NSW Electoral Commission with new rules designed to boost representation of voices in the bush on policy and in parliament ... “For me the biggest change was the rule change where we now reserve 30 per cent of winnable seats in upper house ticket to people who live in regional NSW. That’s a substantial change from the way it currently stands:” Shadow Agriculture and Regional NSW Minister Mick Veitch.

Diving into water research to make a splash for the Top End

A new project to bolster water sustainability in northern Australia is about to start, gathering the insights Northern Territory producers need for greater crop yields while reducing water usage ... Minister for Northern Australia David Littleproud said the water productivity trial will set the scene for future water planning and decision-making.