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