LATEST NEWS

Regional Development Australia Ipswich & West Moreton sees that it is of great importance to network with local community members and stakeholders alike.

We often meet with key community members, local, state and federal politicians to announce the completion of projects, upcoming developments or future grant opportunities.

Below listed are our latest news articles and recent community events that have taken place in the region.

Rebuild Your Business After Flooding

September 2022

AusIndustry is supporting businesses in flood-impacted LGAs through our Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Strengthening Business business recovery and resilience service.

This is a non-financial advisory service that can help businesses through an action-oriented roadmap that will help them understand what they could do now and into the near future (to address business challenges as a result of the floods).

https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/strengthening-business

https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/entrepreneurs-programme

ARTC Inland Rail

September 2022

Delivering lasting opportunities for communities means not only creating jobs, but also helping upskill the local workforce to prepare for future roles.

The #InlandRail Skills Academy is hosting free workshops in Queensland to help local businesses prepare, learn about government support to take on apprentices and trainees and connect with employment service providers, local schools, Federal and State agencies, and  Australian Apprenticeships.

To find out more, visit: https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/events

Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board

August 2022

RDAIWM Chair Cr Janice Holstein, Council representatives, members from the AG sector, and the Hon Murray Watt, Senator, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry and Emergency Management, visited the Lockyer Valley to discuss a range of issues such as flood recovery, restoration, and mitigation.

Janice also had the opportunity to address biosecurity and said, ” We’re immensely proud of the successes of the DDMRB (Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board) in actively suppressing the number and impact of rabbits in our area.”

TAFE Christmas in July

August 2022

Today’s event was a reminder about why I love my job. We often get caught up in the statistics and data surrounding employment and training, however, today was about meeting the people who support these outcomes. The Trainers, the Businesses, and the hard-working Students! Thank you to the TAFE Queensland Business Development Team for the invitation.

Jobs and Skills Summit

August 2022

The Jobs and Skills Summit brought Australians together to work constructively on the challenges and opportunities facing the Australian labour market and economy.

As a result of the consensus reached at the Summit, immediate actions will be taken to build a bigger, better trained, and more productive workforce – to help deliver secure jobs with growing wages, boost incomes and living standards and create more opportunities for more Australians. The Summit has also laid out priorities for further work and future action.

To find out more, please visit:
https://treasury.gov.au/employment-whitepaper/jobs-summit

Ipswich & West Moreton Update

August 2022

The Ipswich and West Moreton Update has recently been released with data sourced from National Institute of Economic and Industry Research.

Read Document

Project Status Report

August 2022

On behalf of the #rdaiwm Committee, CEO Rees Banks and Board Member James Sturges, were pleased to present our latest Project Status Report to Federal Member of Parliament, Shayne Neumann MP.

Our region produces a combined Gross Regional Product figure of over $16.77 billion, the prospect to aid regional growth via population and investment through infrastructure continues to gather significant momentum.

To view the full report, please visit: https://bit.ly/3pCgnVL

30th Greater Springfield

August 2022

It started with an ambitious dream and has grown into something spectacular. Regional Development Australia Ipswich & West Moreton would like to congratulate and appreciate Greater Springfield on the celebration of 30 years strong!

Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022 – 2032

August 2022

On Tuesday the Minister of Employment, Small Business and Training, Di Farmer MP launched the Queensland Government’s ‘Good people Good jobs’ Workforce Strategy 2022-2032!

Our own CEO of Regional Development Australia Ipswich & West Moreton Rees Banks, Director of RDA Gold Coast, Estella Rodighiero and Project Officer of Springfield Regional Jobs Committee, Kristen Yates explained it was a great opportunity to learn about the implementation of a variety of strategies from the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and Treasurer, Cameron Dick.

For information on the strategy, please visit:
https://bit.ly/3R26zAA

Futures Institute

August 2022

Great conversations around the economic outlook for Queensland at the Futures Institute breakfast, attended by our CEO Rees Banks as a guest of UniSQ.

The panel shared their insights on the opportunities and challenges we’re facing regarding housing, employment, and social issues.

Rees also caught up with amazing Amanda and Kelly from Green Fox Studio.

Business Coffee Catch-Up

June 2022

We’ve been working hard with local schools, training organisations, and business leaders in our community to determine where we need to focus now and in the future in terms of employment and training.

Thanks to the Greater Springfield Chamber Of Commerce, we shared our findings at their Coffee Hour Catch-up. Thanks to all who attended for a great morning!

The Postmans Ridge Pioneer Memorial Hall

June 2022

Lockyer Valley Regional Council received funding from the Commonwealth Government for the Local Economic Recovery Funding program (LER) for $700,000 and Council contributed $100,000.

This grant funding was used for upgrades to 10 rural community halls with various works undertaken.

The Postmans Ridge Pioneer Memorial Hall received funding to construct a new toilet block with disabled access so the whole community would be able to take advantage of this community asset.

Skilling The Community

June 2022

RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Committee Member Cr Nicole Jonic and CEO Rees Banks joined Charis Mullen MP Member for Jordan, TAFE Springfield Katey Cochrane, Back to Work Tracy Ellul and Springfield Regional Jobs Committee Project Officer Kristen Yates at the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce’s Skilling the Community event.

It was a great opportunity for Springfield Regional Jobs Committee to share information to our may great local businesses on the jobs and careers of the future.

More Information

Future Focus

June 2022

IThe Springfield Regional Jobs Committee has worked with committee stakeholders, businesses, governmental organisations and the community to provide a snapshot of the pathways from education to employment for the Greater Springfield region.

Chair of the committee, Rees Banks presented at The Springfield Anglican College to over 80 Year 10 students at their Future Focus event, sharing his own story and what the future workforce of Greater Springfield looks like.

Well done to the students and all involved in creating a successful event.

More Information

Eat Local Week 2022

June 2022

It was great to catch up with Mark Furner MP Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities at the launch of this year’s Scenic Rim Eat Local Week.

This event was held at the beautiful Scenic Rim Farm Shop & Café.

Eat Local Week runs from 25 June – 3 July 2022.

More Information

Things Are Kicking-off In Springfield!

June 2022

It was great for members of the Springfield Regional Jobs Committee to hear about the development of the Brisbane Lions new high-performance hub in Springfield.

The Brisbane Lions will set a new AFL benchmark for high-performance environments for both their men’s and women’s sides, when the club’s $80 million training base is unveiled in September 2022.

Thank you to the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce QLD for connecting the Brisbane Lions with local community, business and education providers at the Brookwater Golf & Country Club!

Brisbane Lions

Red Shield Launch

June 2022

RDAIWM CEO Rees Banks caught up with Shayne Neumann MP Federal Member for Blair at this years Red Shield Appeal launch in Ipswich.

We heard about the local Salvation Army’s help through this years flood events and the tireless assistance to many families.

Link to donate

$741m Resilient Homes Fund

16th May 2022

Queensland homeowners who experienced damage to their residential property as a result of flooding in 2021–22 can now register their interest for the $741 million Resilient Homes Fund.

Resilient Homes Fund

Project Status Report January – December 2021

29th April 2022

Regional Development Australia Ipswich & West Moreton and committee members are proud to release the January – December 2021 Project Status Report.

The Report encompasses the four local government areas of our region; Ipswich City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council and Somerset Regional Council.

Welcoming RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Committee Member, Nicole Jonic

29th April 2022

A big welcome to the newest member to our Regional Development Australia Ipswich & West Moreton Committee, Cr Nicole Jonic, Ipswich City Council.

We are thrilled Cr Jonic has joined us to represent the region.

AFLW Stadium and Training Facilities

14th April 2022

What a fantastic opportunity this week to tour the new AFLW stadium and training facilities in Greater Springfield. Certainly world class!

Thanks to Springfield City Group, Brisbane Lions, and Hutchinson Builders for the behind the scenes sneak peek. Looking forward to watching the mighty Brisbane Lions Women’s team in 2023!
 
The stadium is also earmarked as a 2032 Olympic venue.

Hello, you’re on the air!

31st March 2022

Regional Development Australia Ipswich & West Moreton had the pleasure of meeting with Radio Springfield City host, Peter Care to discuss the future of jobs in the Greater Springfield area.

What will our future jobs force look like? Tune in to hear the Chief Executive Officer of RDA Ipswich & West Moreton, Rees Banks answer this question and more.

Disaster Coordination Centre – Lockyer Valley

15th March 2022

During the 2022 flood disaster the Lockyer Valley Mayor Tanya Milligan, RDAIWM Chair Cr Janice Holstein and Federal Minister for Wright Scott Buchholz MP came together to plan assistance for affected residents , businesses and properties.

 

Small Business

Not for Profit

Primary Producers

 

Flood Repairs

15th March 2022

Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz MP and RDAIWM Chair Cr Janice Holstein putting in place plans to repair Gatton Esk Road.

The force of water which significantly eroded the creek bank and much of the silt had ended up on the bridge which kept the road closed for days.

Lockyer Valley Disaster Dashboard

https://disaster.lvrc.qld.gov.au/

Queensland Jobs Fund

15th March 2022
The $3.34 billion Queensland Jobs Fund brings together the Queensland Government’s current flagship industry development programs to boost the state’s industry footprint, create jobs and strengthen Queensland’s economy.

The Queensland Jobs Fund aligns with the Queensland Government’s Queensland economic recovery plan which provides an overall vision for Queensland’s longer-term recovery.

For more information please visit: https://www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/queensland-jobs-fund

Queensland Workforce Summit

15th March 2022
While attending the Queensland Government Workforce Summit, CEO RDAIWM Rees Banks and Minister for Employment, Small Business and Training Di Farmer MP was presented with the Springfield Regional Jobs Committee Educate to Employ report.

The Springfield Regional Jobs Committee is intended to bring together local industry groups, training providers, local and major employers and councils to identify key areas of employment growth and local training, skills and workforce development needs.

View Educate to Employ Report

Large Scale Battery Storage Funding

10th February 2022
The Large Scale Battery Storage Funding Round is OPEN and will provide funding to grid scale battery energy storage projects, equipped with advanced inverters, allowing them to provide essential system services to the electricity grid.


To apply or find out more, please visit: https://bit.ly/3uBpYzS.

Community Workshops Program

10th February 2022
Are you involved in a local community group? Lockyer Valley Regional Council is offering a Community Workshops Program to provide local community groups with the opportunity to undertake an online course to improve the group’s grant writing and operational capabilities.


To apply, go to https://bit.ly/3rDJIAX.

Gambling Community Benefit Fund

7th February 2022
The SUPER ROUND is now open, with grants of up to $100,000! Queensland’s largest one-off community grants program, Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF), distributes approximately $60 million each year to not-for-profit community groups.


To apply, please visit: https://bit.ly/34Aqy64.

21 Year Service Certificate

27th October 2021
Regional Development Australia Ipswich & West Moreton Chair Cr Janice Holstein celebrated twenty-one years as a local government Councillor at the recently held Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) State Conference.

Cr Janice Holstein also has the portfolio of Infrastructure at the Lockyer Valley Regional Council.

Lockyer Valley Mayor, Cr Tanya Milligan was also able to celebrate at the LGAQ State Conference, receiving her 20 year service award.

Regional Development Australia Ipswich & West Moreton would like to congratulate both of the above mentioned in their successes, for their admirable efforts in the region and we look forward to many more years of service.

Ipswich Job Fair

27th October 2021
The Australian Government is delivering Jobs Fairs across the country and it was Ipswich’s turn on 27 October. The Ipswich Jobs Fairs brought together job seekers, employers and employment service providers in the local area.

The Ipswich Jobs Fair provided people with the chance to explore current employment opportunities in the local community.

Employers with current job vacancies were invited to attend free of charge as exhibitors. Job seekers had the opportunity to meet with these employers, find out first-hand about vacancies and what the job entails.

The Ipswich Jobs Fair was an opportunity for job seekers to meet face-to-face with employers and talk to them about real and current jobs, apprenticeships, training and career options in Ipswich and the surrounding regions.

Workshops also provided information and advice on how to improve people’s chances of getting a job. These included talking to a professional for résumé assistance, interview tips and job search techniques.

Over 800 jobs in Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Somerset can be found here – https://www.iwmjobs.com.au/

Greater Springfield Festival of Learning (2021)

27th October 2021
RDA Ipswich & West Moreton were proud supporters of this year’s Greater Springfield Festival of Learning 2021. The Festival commenced on the pupil free day 3rd of September, with 600+ educators in the one room.

Learning about the power of collective creativity and innovation, the buzz and energy in the room was something to experience. Keynote speaker, 5-time Olympian Natalie Cook, delivered a very clear message of dream big and speak that dream into action, with lots of tips along the way.

It was a fabulous week of celebrating, engaging in learning, meeting new people and showing how it feels to belong to a Learning City!

Festival of Learning – 2021 – Learning Coalition

Facebook – Learning Coalition

Springfield Regional Jobs Portal

Entrepreneurship Support

27th October 2021
RDA Ipswich & West Moreton attended the latest Y(E)P Entrepreneurship function with guest speaker from the Queensland Social Enterprise Council.

Y(E)P Ipswich offers in the Ipswich and West Moreton region individual mentor services, small group education, workshops, online courses, and networking events. Their services are offered free of charge.

For information please visit the website or call 1300 488 064.

https://qsec.org.au/

Cordell Construction Report – September 2021

19th October 2021
RDA Ipswich & West Moreton is proud to share the September 2021 monthly construction report supplied by Cordell Connect.


The Monthly Construction Report is a useful resource in assessing the current landscape of Australia’s construction projects and the sectors they belong to.

The Ipswich & West Moreton region has $33 million worth of construction that commenced in September 2021.

Cordell Construction Report – September 2021

Inland Rail Newsletter

19th October 2021
Inland Rail has released their latest newsletter with a strong focus on updates and progress reporting. To view the full newsletter relevant to our region, please visit:

Inland Rail Newsletter

Building Better Regions Fund (Round 5)

12th October 2021
The Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development has recently announced the projects to be funded under Round Five of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

An additional $100 million has been committed on top of the $200 million initially announced to support 298 local infrastructure and community projects under the fifth round of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

To view the RDA Ipswich & West Moreton news post, please visit: https://www.rdaiwm.org.au/funding-posts/bbrf-r5/

Go Pink Fundraiser

12th October 2021
Chair RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Cr Janice Holstein and RDAIWM Committee Member and CEO Ipswich Hospital Foundation James Sturges launched the Go Pink fund raising event in Gatton.

Go Pink is to fund specialised equipment for breast cancer care at West Moreton Health. These much-needed funds is for equipment like mobile stereotaxic chairs.

These specialised chairs can help get women and patients into the correct, comfortable, and safe position during mammography screenings and stereotaxic breast biopsy procedures.

Donate Today: https://www.ihfoundation.org.au/gopink/donate/

Greater Springfield’s Festival of Learning

30th August 2021
RDA Ipswich & West Moreton are proud supporters of the second Greater Springfield Festival of Learning on 18 – 22 October 2021.


RDAIWM CEO, Rees Banks and Springfield Regional Jobs Committee Officer, Kristen Yates attended the opening at Springfield Central High School which will encompass a wide range of connected events and activities across the city that showcase and celebrate learning.

RDA Ipswich & West Moreton on behalf of the Springfield Regional Jobs Committee, produced the Educate to Employ for the Greater Springfield region.

Educate to Employ
springfieldrjc.org.au

Lockyer Valley Equine Precinct Business Case

A state-of-the-art Equine Precinct in the heart of the Lockyer Valley is now one step closer, after Lockyer Valley Regional Council moved to endorse the Business Case for the project.

The Lockyer Valley Racing & Equine Collaborative members are Lockyer Valley Turf Club, Racing Queensland, Equestrian Queensland, RDA Ipswich & West Moreton, UQ School of Veterinary Science and Lockyer Valley Regional Council.

lockyervalleyequineprecinct.com.au

Lockyer Valley Equine Precinct Business Case

Ipswich Region Food & Agribusiness Network Event

The Ipswich Chamber of Commerce recently held an Ipswich Region Food & Agribusiness Network event, attended by Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding.

TIQ guest speakers include Julie-Anne Nichols (QLD Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner, China) and David Hackett (Senior Business Development Manager, Middle East).

The good people from TIQ gave RDAIWM CEO Rees Banks an overview of the exporting opportunities to China and the Middle East.

tiq.qld.gov.au
ipswichchamber.org.au

Springfield Jobs Portal

ABARES: Innovative Agricultural Projects

Do you have a research project with the potential to provide a solution to a long-term issue facing the Australian agricultural industry?

With individual grants of up to $22,000 on offer, young Australian agricultural innovators are encouraged to apply for the 2022 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Applications close at 5m AEST on Friday 1 October 2021.

More Information: agriculture.gov.au

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is only twenty minutes from Kilcoy at Moore. Our Northern and Eastern visitors are taking adventure of the bush trails from the Sunshine Coast to Jimna and onto the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail giving an economic boost to our local economy.

A local artist Ross Holloway has been busy at the a Kilcoy service station producing an amazing mural depicting the wonder of country life.

brisbanevalleyrailtrail.com.au

RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Strategic Planning Meeting

9th July 2021
The RDA Ipswich & West Moreton committee recently met with consultant Phil Henry to discuss the direction of our 2021 Strategic Plan.

The Strategic Plan is desired to be a resource document used by federal, state and local government to place emphasis on the infrastructure needs of the Ipswich & West Moreton region.

The Strategic Plan will be completed shortly after the consultation period.

The Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2021

13th July 2021
Elevate and Celebrate with this year’s Queensland Export Awards.
For more than 30 years, the awards have recognised the businesses behind Queensland’s $70 billion export industry. They highlight the energy, passion and innovation of Queensland exporters, and are one of the state’s most prestigious accolades.

One hundred TAFE Queensland scholarships on offer

13th July 2021
TAFE Queensland is awarding up to 100 scholarships to Queenslanders looking to change their lives and build lifelong careers.
 
Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said applications for the scholarships open today, with recipients receiving up to $5,000 to study any TAFE Queensland qualification from a certificate III through to advanced diplomas and bachelor’s degrees.
 

Skilling Queenslanders For Work Program

22nd June 2021
After helping more than 36,000 Queenslanders to into jobs, the Queensland Government is making its highly successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative permanent with ongoing funding of $80 million each year.
 

Queensland Government launches $1.84 billion jobs fund

8th June 2021
The Queensland Government has launched a new flagship program, bringing together $1.84 billion in measures designed to turbo-charge job creation in Queensland.
The $1.84 billion Queensland Jobs Fund includes:
  • Hydrogen Industry Development Fund
  • The new $350 million Industry Partnership Program

Gatton’s Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility Opens

1st June 2021

The Gatton Heavy Vehicle Decoupling Facility is now open after five months of work, giving drivers the option to break down and reconfigure heavy vehicles on either side of Toowoomba Second Range Crossing before continuing their journey.

Business Basics Grant

20th May 2021

The countdown is on for the opening of the Queensland Government’s new $10 million Business Basics Grant program.

Eligible small businesses across the state will be able to apply for a $5,000 grant to increase core skills and adopt best practice when the program opens on 31 May 2021.
 

Unite & Recover

12th May 2021

Keep up-to date with the latest information for Queensland small businesses, supplied by the Queensland Government’s Small Business Connect newsletter.

To view the full newsletter, please visit: https://bit.ly/3tNQ0fn
To subscribe to future releases: https://bit.ly/3gw6oxI

Trade Investment Queensland E-Commerce Workshops

12th May 2021

TIQ is pleased to present a series of workshops designed to build your capability with e-commerce and help you take advantage of digital platforms to access global markets.

Laidley Cultural Centre Auditorium Acoustic Improvements

24th March 2021

During a tour of the Lockyer Valley, RDAIWM Chair Cr Janice Holstein and Scott Buchholz MP Federal Member for Wright visited the Laidley Cultural Centre Auditorium which is scheduled to undergo some maintenance for improvements from 19 April 2021 through to 28 May 2021.

Jobs Queensland Welcomes New Chair

12th March 2021

Ms Donna Bonney has been appointed the new Chair of Jobs Queensland following Professor Peter Coaldrake stepping down last year to take up the role of Chief Commissioner at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.

Boosting Apprenticeships Wage Subsidy

11th March 2021

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy has been extended and supports businesses and Group Training Organisations to take on new apprentices and trainees, to build a pipeline of skilled workers to support sustained economic recovery.

TIQ Go Global Export Program 2021

2nd March 2021

Go Global Export Program provides Queensland’s export-ready small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with funding to finalise an export deal in a new market.