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New survey reveals wide gap between those who have their own wheels and those who don’t

Posted on 24 Mar 2014 in Media Releases, Sustainability, Transport

WHAT: Launch of Sustain Northern Rivers Transport Survey Report WHERE: NRSDC, 16 Keen St, Lismore WHEN: Friday 28th March 1.30pm – 2.30pm WHO: Katrina Luckie, Report Author; Tony Davies, CEO Northern Rivers Social Development Council; Kevin Hogan,MP, Federal Member for Page It will be no surprise to learn that we are highly car-dependent, with almost 70% of respondents to the Sustain Northern Rivers Transport Survey reporting they made their most frequent non-workrelated trip as the driver of a private car. The other side of this picture is that more than half the respondents eported they were unable to make trips due to lack of transport, with health appointments the most frequently ‘missed trip’ by more than 20%. In the case of Indigenous respondents, this figure was almost a third. The survey was conducted by Regional Development Australia – Northern Rivers in consultation with the Sustain Transport Working Group, to find out more about unmet transport needs in the region. More than 1,000 people completed the survey, which was available online and in paper form from 63 outlets including MPs offices and community centres, from December 2012 – April 2013. The report’s author Katrina Luckie, former CEO of RDA-Northern Rivers, said: “We discovered major centres and routes within the region that should be the focus of future service planning. These include travel to: Lismore from surrounding areas in all directions; Ballina from Lismore, Lennox Head and the Richmond Valley Coast; Tweed Heads from the coast and Murwillumbah; and Grafton from surrounding areas including Maclean and Yamba.” Interestingly, a number of comments about a lack of specific services that are known to exist suggest that lack of information, not just services, may be a major barrier to using public transport. Northern Rivers Social Development Council CEO Tony Davies who will launch the report added: “Transport providers could make timetable information more widely available and there’s also a need for a transport information service in the Northern Rivers, similar to the ‘one stop shop’ 131500 service available in NSW metropolitan areas. “Making it easier for people to choose to travel by public transport rather than by car, reduces congestion on roads and has many positive impacts on environmental sustainability.” The survey also revealed demographic differences between people using ‘active transport’. Young people on low incomes are more likely to walk, whereas cyclists tend to be 45-54 years of age and in higher income brackets. The findings will assist Sustain Transport and other stakeholders develop innovative and effective transport solutions for the region, and support the actions identified in the NSW Government’s recent Northern Rivers Regional Transport Plan and the RDA-NR and NRSDC’s Northern Rivers Regional Social Plan. The report is available for download here – ENDS – Notes to editors: Sustain Transport is one of four working groups of Sustain Northern Rivers, a collaboration...

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Consultant rewarded for helping small business get online

Posted on 12 Dec 2013 in ICT/Digital economy, Media Releases, News

On Friday (13 December) Regional Development Australia-Northern Rivers Chairman Dr Ian Tiley will present a certificate and $500 bonus to Owen Trembath in appreciation of the support he has given to more than 25 small businesses and organisations in the region to improve their online capacity. Mr Trembath of Lismore is one of 30 ‘Digi-Advantage’ consultants who undertook specialised training in creating websites, eMarketing and developing eCommerce earlier this year. The program was managed by RDA-Northern Rivers and was a joint project with the North Coast Institute of TAFE NSW State Training Services; NSW Trade and Investment and Southern Cross University. Dr Tiley said the program has been a great success, with more than 100 businesses registering to engage a consultant, for which they received a $250 grant from RDA-Northern Rivers. “We are delighted that almost 90 placements have been completed for Northern Rivers businesses, ranging from small tourism operators and local food manufacturers to building supplies companies. We are also pleased that some of the consultants, like Owen, have used this opportunity to kick start their own businesses as digital consultants, to assist businesses prepare for the digital economy.” Although the small grant program is now complete, businesses wishing to make contact with a Digi-Advantage consultant should contact Donna McIntyre at RDA-Northern Rivers on 02 6622 4011. –  Ends  – More information: Katrina Luckie 02 6622 4011 Notes to editors: Mr Trembath’s  certificate will be presented at 10.10 am at the RDA-NR offices at 218 Molesworth Street, Lismore, NSW, 2480 NB the following picture was added on 13 January...

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Media Release: Draft digital economy strategy highlights opportunities for a bright regional future

Posted on 7 Aug 2013 in ICT/Digital economy, Media Releases, News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7 August 2013 Public comments are welcome on the draft Northern Rivers Digital Economy Strategy, which is available at The project, co-ordinated by Regional Development Australia – Northern Rivers, is overseen by a working group comprising representatives from the NOROC Councils, NSW Trade and Investment, Southern Cross University and the North Coast Institute of TAFE. RDA-NR Chairman Dr Ian Tiley welcomed the draft. “The digital economy provides enormous opportunities for our diverse communities; from helping businesses be more competitive in the global market and ensuring their long term future, to grasping new opportunities in education, health and aged care.  “We issue a challenge to everyone in the Northern Rivers: embrace digital technologies, communicate the benefits to others and together we will deliver a better, digitally-enabled future for everyone in the region.” The draft was compiled by Melbourne-based consultants Symphony3, based on extensive desk research, 14 consultation meetings with householders, businesses and government representatives and interviews with local business leaders and members of the public. It also features case studies of local businesses who posted to the Digital Northern Rivers website and the results from the 80 or so companies who completed the digital-readiness diagnostic tool online. The Northern Rivers Digital Economy Strategy proposes a vision and sets out the digital opportunities for future success. Based on six key principles including leadership, collaboration and communication, it makes recommendations for action under six headings:  householder uptake of high speed broadband, business engagement, government services, lifelong learning, health and aged care, and the environment. The strategy can be viewed online or downloaded from Comments and suggestions, including offers to assist in its implementation, are welcome via the online form at until 30 August. – ends –  Media enquiries: Katrina Luckie | t: 02 6622 4011 | e: Notes to editors RDA-NR is a non-profit community-based organisation that connects people and businesses in our region to opportunities through partnerships focusing on community, environment and economy. As a conduit between government and local communities, we are both a source and a provider of information; and we play a pivotal role in the sustainability of the Northern Rivers region through community engagement, regional planning and leadership in regional development. The Northern Rivers Digital Working Group comprises representatives from RDA-NR, the seven local councils in the region, Rous County Council, NOROC, Southern Cross University, the North Coast Institute of TAFE and NSW Trade and Investment. Symphony3 Pty Ltd is a Melbourne-based strategic IT consultancy firm. It works with local government and other public bodies and private companies to help them prepare for the digital economy and optimise their use of web 2.0 technologies. Symphony3 has previously developed digital economy strategies for RDA Far West...

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Media Release: RDAF Round 5 Announced – New Funding Round Announced for Regions

Posted on 25 Jun 2013 in Media Releases, News

Regional Development Australia – Northern Rivers has welcomed the announcement of $150 million to help build and renew community infrastructure across Australia as part of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF). The Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, announced that this funding will be delivered through Round Five of RDAF and will be allocated to councils and shires that already receive Financial Assistance Grants. The Government will provide a base payment of at least $30,000 to smaller councils to ensure that they benefit from this funding. This funding can only be used to build and renew community infrastructure, with a focus on ‘shovel-ready’ projects in communities. Sporting facilities, libraries, town halls, playgrounds and essential community services such as child care facilities, are expected to benefit from this investment. Katrina Luckie, CEO of RDA–Northern Rivers said this funding built on previous funding already received by many communities through RDAF. “Our RDA committee participated in the assessment of projects for earlier rounds of RDAF. We are pleased that there is another opportunity for some of the viable and important projects to be funded. This funding will also support jobs on the ground and boost our local economy.” According to the RDAF website funding for Northern Rivers councils will be allocated, subject to successful application, as follows: LGA Ballina Shire $232,667 Byron Shire $149,681 Clarence Valley $668,200 Kyogle $229,587 Lismore City Council $436,455 Richmond Valley $316,430 Tweed Shire $613,184 More information on RDAF Round Five can be found at ENDS Media enquiries: Geof Webb 0400 698470 | General enquiries about RDAF:...

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