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Media Release: High-speed, fixed-wireless broadband planned for Northern Rivers

Posted on 28 Feb 2013 in Media Releases, News

 6 February, 2013 The company building Australia’s National Broadband Network, NBN Co, has begun outlining plans to provide some smaller communities and rural residents in parts of the Northern Rivers with facilities dedicated to delivering high-speed, fixed-wireless broadband services. NBN Co has started discussions with councils and a range of interest groups, and plans to start consultation beginning with community information sessions for Lismore, Ballina and Tweed Shire areas between February 25 and 27. Details of times and locations will be advertised shortly. Plans are currently being finalised for fixed-wireless facilities in seven council areas: Ballina Shire Byron Shire Clarence Valley Shire Kyogle Council City of Lismore Richmond Valley Council Tweed Shire “For decades, rural and regional Australia has been left behind when it comes to telecommunications and in a modern world, more and more is done on-line. However we also acknowledge that in the rollout of new technology there is a balance to be achieved between infrastructure and lifestyle, and hence the need for discussion,” said NBN Co’s Community Relations Adviser, Tony Gibbs. “In the coming months NBN Co plans to lodge development applications with councils covering new sites or co-locating our equipment on existing infrastructure. “Following that, we plan further consultation on the specific proposals for new fixed-wireless facilities at several community information sessions for interested residents. “Subject to planning approval, the fixed wireless facilities serving parts of the Northern Rivers are designed to offer access speeds of up to 12Mbps* at the wholesale level, with plans for higher speeds to become available in the future. “NBN Co plans to deliver high-speed broadband to every Australian homes and businesses using one of three technologies – fibre, fixed wireless and satellite,” “As a general rule, towns with more than 1000 premises are due to have homes and businesses connected to fibre, with fibre serving some towns with as few as 500 premises where they are close to connecting network infrastructure. “However fixed-wireless has been designed to serve smaller communities and villages, with satellite the most efficient way to reach people on farms and in difficult-to-reach locations. “The fixed-wireless service offered by NBN Co is using the same 4G technology that is currently being rolled out in mobile networks. Unlike a mobile wireless service, where speeds, reliability and accessibility can be affected by the number of people moving into and out of the area, NBN Co’s fixed wireless network is engineered to deliver services to a fixed number of premises within a defined coverage area. “High-speed data is transmitted to a small antenna fixed outside the residence or business, which then connects by a cable to the network equipment inside. “Fixed wireless aims to deliver speeds and services that...

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Small Grants for Small Communities

Posted on 28 Feb 2013 in Expired, News

The Small Grants for Small Rural Communities is a collaborative program supported by various partners. It is the longest running and broadest program offered by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal The program is open twice a year, and closes at the end of March and September. The program will offer up to $400,000 per round in grants up to $5,000 for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities, with populations of 10,000 or less, living in small rural and remote locations in Australia, contributing to their development in social and community welfare, economic, environmental, health, education or cultural areas. Applications are invited from not-for-profit, incorporated community organisations. Organisations should have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate and projects must be for a charitable purpose (benefit the whole community). Deductable Gift Recipient status (DGR) is not required for this grant program. While the criteria for this program is broad, we cannot fund operational and administration costs, travel or accommodation. Please note also, that the encouragement or advancement of sport, recreation and social activities is not considered a charitable activity by the Australian Taxation Office. Applications from sporting organisations need to clearly demonstrate a benefit to the wider community. Applications close 5pm 2 April 2013 Please make sure you read the guidelines below before starting your application. For further information click...

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Community Landcare Grant

Posted on 28 Feb 2013 in Expired, News

The Community Landcare Grants aim to help build a skilled and capable Landcare community; encourage community participation and engagement in Landcare; share information and learning in sustainable agricultural techniques; reduce the spread of pest species; and adopt improved sustainable land management practices. Proposals may focus on on-ground activities and/or capacity building in the natural resource management community Grants of $5000 to $50 000 (GST exclusive) are available to help local community-based organisations and groups take on-ground action as well as build their capacity and skills to manage their natural environment and productive lands, while contributing towards program outcomes to: increase the percentage and area of farming entities that have adopted sustainable land management practices to increase productivity and improve the quality of ecosystem services delivered to the broader community from their land, whilst building their resilience to climate change increase the percentage of fishing and aquaculture entities that have adopted sustainable and low environmental impact management practices to increase productivity increase the number and area of farming and fishing entities that have trialled innovative practices for improved natural resources management increase the percentage of farming and fishing entities and land managers improving their knowledge and skills in managing our natural resources to deliver ecosystem services. increase the capacity and confidence of regional community leaders, including women, young people, Indigenous Australians and culturally diverse communities involved in agriculture or fisheries production and the protection of natural resources, and increase engagement and participation by regional communities, including Landcare, professional farming, industry and other community groups or individuals, in activities to manage natural resources. Successful projects will likely receive initial funding in August 2013 and projects should be completed within 18 months of funding deed execution. For further information click HERE. Applications Closes: 20 March...

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Thermoskin Community Sports Fund

Posted on 28 Feb 2013 in Expired, News

To reach Australia’s diverse range of sporting organisations, of all ages, that are passionate about providing opportunities for locals to enjoy physical activity. Thermoskin, a leading provider of arthritis, repetitive-strain and sports injury support products, has launched a Community Sports Fund to support grass-roots Australian sporting teams. From 4 February to 29 March sporting teams around the country can apply for up to $1,500 in funding. The fund is designed to reach Australia’s diverse range of sporting organisations, of all ages, that are passionate about providing opportunities for locals to enjoy physical activity. These funds will enable sporting clubs to upgrade their equipment or better their training facilities which in turn help Australians participate in much-needed exercise. The funding is paramount to grass-roots sporting teams’ ability to provide facilities to participants week-in week-out. For further information please click HERE. Email: enquiries@unitedpac.com.au Telephone: (03) 9761 7533 Applications close 29 March...

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Local Government Energy Efficiency

Posted on 28 Feb 2013 in News

The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiencyaims to support local governing authorities to install energy efficient solar and heat pump hot water systems in their buildings and community facilities, particularly where those authorities are situated in low socio-economic or otherwise disadvantaged areas. For the purpose of the Program, local governing authorities are separated into three groups: small regional and rural local governing authorities; medium-sized regional local governing authorities; and metropolitan and large regional local governing authorities. Funding: Small regional and rural local governing authorities $10,000-$30,000 Medium-sized regional local governing authorities $20,000-$50,000 Metropolitan and large regional local governing authorities $36,500-$85,000 Local governing authorities in each group will be eligible for a maximum grant amount being a percentage of total project costs reflecting the expected scale of projects and resources available to the different groups of local governing authorities. Who can apply: All local governing authorities are eligible to apply for a grant under the Program. FACILITIES ELIGIBLE UNDER THE PROGRAM Eligible facilities and buildings are those owned, under long-term management responsibility or subject to a long-term lease (five years or more remaining at the time of application) by the applying local governing authority. Under the Program, local governing authorities are to install solar or heat pump systems in buildings or facilities that will improve energy efficiency and provide the best outcome for their local communities, particularly those facilities in low socio-economic areas. Local governing authorities are to assess and provide information on why the proposed facility provides the best outcome for their local community. For further information go to climatechange.gov.au/government/initiatives/lgeep.aspx. To apply Email: dcceegrants@climatechange.gov.au / lgeep@climatechange.gov.au Phone: 1800 463 008 Applications Close: 29 April...

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Media Release: Digital economy strategy to provide a ‘virtual leg up’ for Northern Rivers business

Posted on 20 Feb 2013 in Media Releases, News

The digital economy offers enormous opportunity for our community. Business and social enterprises in the Northern Rivers will soon benefit from the Northern Rivers Digital Economy Strategy, currently in development under the leadership of Regional Development Australia – Northern Rivers (RDA-NR) in conjunction with the Northern Rivers Digital Working Group. The project is being managed by consultants Symphony3, who won the contract through a competitive tender. RDA-NR Chair, Dr Ian Tiley said “Our future will be shaped by how we use new technologies to change the way we buy products and services and how we work, learn and play. They have the potential to change the structure of our economies and bring prosperity. While the strategy is intended to provide overall direction, it will also give simple, practical advice to the community on how to prepare and adapt in the digital world.” A website has been established where businesses and consumers can learn more and participate in discussions about their needs and hopes for the future. It includes a free online diagnostic tool for organisations who want to know how well prepared they are and how to improve their use of technology to meet the needs of their current and future clients. On completing the five-minute questionnaire a scorecard appears on screen and a report is sent via email. Project consultant Fergal Coleman said: “The diagnostic tool does not replace tailored advice based a full understanding of a business, its aim is to help businesses to think carefully about how they use technology and hopefully prompt them to make some changes to that will drive future success and profitability.” The project is also seeking case studies of businesses that are already tech-savvy. These will be used to build a picture of good practice in the region and help illustrate how other businesses can improve their performance. Case study businesses will be promoted via the website, and social media and many will be included in the strategy document. To complete the diagnostic tool or submit a case study, visit digitalnorthernrivers.com.au. RDA-NR CEO Katrina Luckie added: “We need to be ready to take advantage of high speed broadband to build our businesses and our communities. We’re hoping 300 businesses will complete the diagnostic tool and we need lots of case studies to show how businesses are already changing their business models.” Developing the strategy will also involve face-to-face consultations in the week commencing 25 February with stakeholders from agriculture, manufacturing, retail, health and aged care, the creative industries, tourism, education, emergency services, small business and householders. These consultations will take place in various locations throughout the region and those who would like to register their interest in attending, should contact Donna...

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Media Release: NSW Business Chamber providing $200,000 in grants to flood damaged small businesses in Northern NSW

Posted on 8 Feb 2013 in Media Releases, News

6 February 2012 NSW Business Chamber CEO, Stephen Cartwright, has announced that the Chamber will be making available $200,000 for grants to flood damaged small businesses in Northern NSW. “I can’t think of anything much worse than seeing one’s hard work, sweat and tears being destroyed by a natural disaster. Entrepreneurs invest heavily in their businesses, and employ fellow Australians, and the NSW Business Chamber will help them get back on their feet,” said Mr Cartwright. “It’s an Australian sentiment to stick with your partners through thick and thin – and this is the time when the business community of NSW needs to come together and help each other out.” Mr Cartwright said NSW Business Chamber will provide 40 grants of $5,000 to employing small businesses in Northern NSW. Guidelines for the $5,000 grants: There is a limit of one grant per company; Grants will be provided for capital works, furniture and fixtures, capital equipment, etc. that are not covered by insurance or eligible for a government grant (state or federal). All projects must be of a material nature, i.e. grant applications will not be accepted for non-material purposes such as marketing and promotions; All applications must be accompanied by a formal quotation for the identified purpose, along with relevant supporting documentation (such as a letter from an insurance company); All applications must be endorsed by the Local Chamber of Commerce representative to verify that the applicant is a valid local business; Preference will be given to members of the Chamber movement, either state or local. Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber Regional Manager, John Murray, said the Chamber wants to ensure that support goes to those who are most in need and have no other means of financial support. “Preference will be given to small businesses who are members of NSW Business Chamber or a member of a local chamber of commerce,” said Mr Murray. “We want to reach those small businesses that, for whatever reason, might not be getting the assistance they need to rebuild and reopen after the floods.” Mr Murray said local small businesses should contact their local chamber of commerce for more information about applying for the grants. Media Contact: John Murray 0419 260...

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