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RAPAD Westech Innovation Space and Technology Precinct

Westech in partnership with the Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) invite you to experience this year’s Innovation Space and Technology Precinct.

The precinct is a first for the event and will see a coming together of leading ag-tech minds and entrepreneurs all in the one place providing exhibitors and visitors alike an ideal environment to be inspired, hear the latest global insights, and make connections to grow their ideas.

Some of the brightest minds from across the agricultural spectrum are coming, see flyer attached.  Some are well known to the region and whilst others aren’t, they all have the same purpose, to help anyone coming to Westech make their idea happen.

The Free Entrepreneur Matching Program being run for the event allows you to book a ‘one on one mentoring moment’ with any of the guest speakers at a time that suits.  Simply download a registration form attached and submit.

The precinct is not just for adults.  The Queensland Department of Education and Training will have their Creative Roadshow Youtube bus on site and Tim Gentle’s Digital Classroom On Wheels will also be there giving kids the opportunity to film dynamic digital content, broadcast technology and design and build a Lego robot.

If you are looking to be inspired, are seeking new and innovative ways to embark on a new business or grow an existing one, or simply want to hear firsthand from those ‘in the know’, make a point of visiting the Innovations and Technology Precinct G01 centre oval.

TUES Sept 12/WED Sept 13 PROGRAM

10.00am -10.45am Panel Discussion

10.45am -11.15am Breakout Session 1

11.15am – 11.45am Breakout Session 2

For more information go to


Major Projects Forum – 30 August 2017

Join us at the upcoming Major Projects Capricornia Cluster Forum on Wednesday 30 August 2017, and be updated on major projects including the Adani Carmichael Mine, Rail and Port Project, and Defence Projects,

In addition a selection of Defence Primes will engage in a Q & A Session on the subject of How Defence Primes Engage with Regional Businesses.

Ben Hughes, Regional Manager, Adani Australia will inform businesses on how Adani will identify local suppliers.

Updates on the Australian Singapore Military Training Initiative will be provided by Sean Hawkins and Mick Reilly.

In addition, senior personal from AusIndustry will engage with regional businesses in Registering for Defence Contracts (Rodney Love), and Forming Business Clusters (Ross Contarino).



8:00am Registration – tea and coffee available

8:30am Welcome Grant Cassidy

8:35am The role of the Jangga People Operations Irene Leard

8:50am Adani Overview – How Adani will be identifying local suppliers Ben Hughes

9:10am CQ Construction Capabilities for Major Projects Candice Fraser

9:30am Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area (SWBMTA) Australia – Singapore Military Training Initiative Update Sean Hawkins and Mick Reilly

10:00am Centre for Defence Industry Capability – How do businesses prepare to engage with Defence Rodney Love

10:20am Morning Tea

10:40am Panel Session with selected Defence Primes – How primes engage with local suppliers Grant Cassidy

11:20am Forming clusters Ross Contarino

12:20pm Where to from here and closing remarks Grant Cassidy

12:40pm Forum close


To register please click here. 

Exploration Grants for North West Queensland

The Queensland Government’s $3.6 million Collaborative Exploration Initiative (CEI) is designed to stimulate investment in under-explored parts of north-west Queensland, and test innovative exploration using a broad range of techniques.

The CEI will encompass drilling and non-drilling activities including seismic, airborne and ground geophysics, and geochemical surveys. Eligible activities added to drilling include mobilisation, pad preparation, and selected downhole analysis.

$1.2 million of first round grant funding is available. Eligible applicants can apply for a grant to meet half their direct activity costs, to a maximum of $200,000 for an approved project.

An incentive of up to an additional $100,000 applies to Round 1 if the project is completed by 10 August 2018.

Eligible projects must target resources in the North West Queensland Minerals Province (PDF, 265KB) to apply for a grant.

Closing date for applications is Friday 29 September 2017.

For all the details, including how to apply click here. 

ABC’s Youth Heywire Competition

The 2017 Heywire Competition has just been launched. Heywire calls on people aged 16 to 22 who live in rural and regional areas to submit stories about life in their neck of the woods. Forty winners will be chosen to have their stories featured on ABC radio, TV and online. Winners will also receive an all expenses paid trip to the Heywire Regional youth Summit in Canberra in February 2018, where they will work on ideas to make regional Australia a better place for young people. Their ideas then become a reality through the FFRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants Program, which supports regional communities to create lasting change, driven by young people.

Entries close 16 September 2017. For more information please head to

EOI Open for Rural Economies Centre of Excellence

The Queensland Government is seeking expressions of interest from organisations to host the new Rural Economies Centre of Excellence. 

Up to $3 million will be available over three years to establish the Centre. The Centre will be a joint initiative and interested partners will be expected to provide financial and administrative support to ensure the Centre is a long-term initiative beyond the initial three years. 

This new Centre is intended to be innovative and collaborative, with a focus on providing ‘on-the-ground’ solutions that will help create vibrant rural economies and rural communities.

An ‘Expression of Interest’ to host the Centre is now available on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.

All interested organisations, including research bodies and universities are encouraged to have a look and submit their proposal to the department by 25 August 2017.

An Advisory Committee will be formed to guide the development and implementation of the Centre through this process. It will be made up of representatives from rural business, government and industry.

It is expected the Centre will focus on identifying polices, strategies and outreach programs that will significantly enhance the capability of public, private and community sectors to optimise economic prosperity for rural Queensland.

More information on the Expression of Interest, visit call 13 25 23.

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