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Fast-tracking commercial grade broadband for businesses in the Northern Rivers

Posted on 24 Feb 2014 in Business and industry, ICT/Digital economy, News

Last week The Hon. Member for Page Mr Kevin Hogan arranged a meeting with the Parliamentary Secretary for Communications, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP. At the meeting, RDA-NR CEO Kimmaree Thompson outlined a business case for and strategy to fast-track business access to commercial-grade broadband in the Northern Rivers. The paper outlines how lack of infrastructure – in particular slow upload speeds – is holding back businesses in the region; deterring large businesses from establishing bases here; and contributing to fewer job opportunities and low incomes. The discussion paper proposes a public/private co-investment model that would not impact the proposed residential roll out of the National Broadband Network. Comments on this Discussion Paper are now closed, comments and feedback were included in the RDA-NR final submission to review of regulatory arrangements for the National Broadband Network, you may download a copy of the RDA-NR final submission from here Comments and input from businesses and other stakeholders in the region are very welcome. More information:  Kimmaree Thompson (RDA-NR CEO) | T: 02 6622...

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$11.5 million for business advisory services grants now open

Posted on 24 Feb 2014 in Business and industry, Environment, Government news, Grants and Funding, News

Waste Less, Recycle More is the largest waste and recycling funding initiative in Australia: a five-year $465.7 million program to transform waste and recycling in NSW. Funding programs under the initiative are designed to stimulate new investment in innovative approaches to improve the way that we view and manage waste across NSW. Environment Minister Robyn Parker said that each year close to 1.6 million tonnes of commercial and industrial waste was sent to landfill in Sydney alone. “It is estimated that around 70 per cent of that waste including food, paper, wood and plastics could have been reused or recycled,” Ms Parker said. “By engaging in recycling networks or implementing recycling practices onsite, businesses can save waste from ending up in landfill. $11.5 million in Business Advisory Services Grants are now available, to fund a Business Advisory Service that provides free assessments to businesses wanting to capitalise on recycling opportunities. Grants are between $50,000 and $250,000, and open to councils, private industry, consultants or not-for-profit organisations. Applications close 3 April 2014 Guidelines and application forms: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/grants.htm#business More information: email waste.grants@epa.nsw.gov.au with Subject: Business Advisory Services or phone (02) 9995...

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Workshops & Courses at Mullumbimby Community Garden

Posted on 24 Feb 2014 in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Education, Food, News, Sustainability, Workshops and Courses

Check out the latest workshops and events at Mullumbimby Community Garden. There’s something for everyone, from 3 hours on Keeping Bees with Scott Harrow to a 6 week Basic Permaculture for Mums and Bubs with Sharon Gibson. Some events are free, some have a nominal charge. More information: http://sustainfood.com.au/whats-on/...

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