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Federal Government announce funding for two water infrastructure projects in Central Queensland.

The Australian Government has announced funding to kick-start planning for two water infrastructure projects in Central Queensland:

  •  2 million for Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project Business Case – assessing the feasibility of the project to address water supply security and economic development opportunities within the region.
  • $225 000 for Clermont Water Security Feasibility Study – assessing the feasibility of securing reliable long term water supply for Clermont and development in the Galilee Basin through new and upgraded major water infrastructure for Clermont and augmentation and remediation works on the Theresa Creek Dam.

In addition the Federal Government noted its has earmarked $130 million for capital works for Rookwood Weir, a project which has the potential to double agricultural production in the region, unlocking an additional $1 billion in production value.

Future of work toolkit – setting kids up for success in the 2030 job market

We often hear people say that young children, at school, are learning for jobs that don’t yet exist. So how do we know what to teach them?

The Regional Australia Institute and Australia’s Broadband Network, have teamed up to create thefutureofwork.net.au a website that looks at the hard and soft skills needed for the future.

The website shows you how to develop skills in:

  • Problem Solving
  • Digital
  • Innovation
  • Connect
  • Design and Develop
  • Tech

Each skill area has a range of tools you can use to help build capacity. Each tool has been selected for its audience and for how it relates to other skills needed.

Check it all out at thefutureofwork.net.au 

Farming Together

Farming Together (Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program) – is $14,934,000 Federal Government initiative that aims to provide farmers with knowledge, skills and materials on co-operatives, collective bargaining and other forms of collaboration.

Farming Together aims to:

    • Improve knowledge of how co-operatives, collective bargaining and supply chain negotiations can improve farmers’ returns.
    • Improve the knowledge of options available to farmers and farm advisors regarding such innovative business models including various forms of collaboration
    • Improve the agriculture focused legal and financial expert advice available regarding the process, implementation and management of such business models

To be eligible for the programme, you must be a primary producer, or be part of a group of primary producers.
Funding is available for:

    • Financial and legal consulting services
    • Market research and development
    • Project management
    • Other services as required

 

For full details click here.

Revitalising Queensland’s Sheep Industry

The Queensland Government has approved funding of $2,350,000 to the Remote Area Planning and Development (RAPAD) Board  for cluster fencing to support the sheep industry in Central Queensland.

Cluster fencing is an essential element in the revitalisation of the sheep and wool industry after a rapid decline in the sector due to wild dog attacks.

This funding is a welcome announcement ahead of Christmas and we all look forward to prosperous sheep and wool industry well into the future.

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