AgForce Queensland hosted a keynote industry event in Rockhampton on 18-19 March to explore ways to increase the profitability of agricultural enterprises. Guests heard from politicians, investment professionals, key industry spokespeople and fellow AgForce producers at the industry event.
With energy prices an ongoing concern for business and industry across the region the team from PG Energy were in Rockhampton on 17 March to discuss opportunities for purchasing wholesale energy.This method of energy purchasing can result in savings between 15 -25%. Sourcing alternative energy and reducing this barrier for business is a priority for economic development.
The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) aims to fund transformative economic infrastructure for northern Australia. The enabling legislation to establish the Facility has been tabled in Parliament, although it is unclear whether it will be passed prior to any Federal Election announcement. Once the legislation is passed, the Board to manage the Facility will be established, the Investment Mandate (funding guidelines) will be finalised and the Facility will be established in Cairns. Please contact RDAFCW to discuss project opportunities.
Applications for Round Five of the Green Army Programme will be opening soon. The programme aims to help young people in our community to gain environmental work skills, while being paid and to help them gain meaningful experience to seek fulltime work.
Building our Regions Regional Infrastructure Fund
Councils are being urged to identify shovel-ready infrastructure projects, with another $70 million of State Government funds now available. The second round of Building our Regions regional infrastructure program is now open.