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RDA Loddon Mallee newsletter - February 2016

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Loddon MalleeRDA  e-Newsletter

February 2016

Message from the Chair

Linda BeilharzThe festive season provided us with an opportunity to refresh with our families and loved ones and spend some time enjoying the beauty of our region.  The RDA Committee enjoyed the break and are now looking forward to the achievements and challenges of 2016.

The highlight of the past month has been the finalisation of the 2016 Loddon Mallee Investment Prospectus.  This document has now been sent to stakeholders across the region and we look forward to working with them to progress the projects outlined with funding bodies.

Some of the projects in the Investment Prospectus will be seeking funding through round three of the National Stronger Regions Funding closing on March 15th.  If you are interested in applying for this funding, I urge you to talk to our office staff on 03 4433 8050 for guidance and assistance with your application.

The next few months will be an interesting time for the Committee with the commencement of the Regional Partnerships and the discussions surrounding the role the RDA Committee will have with this group. These partnerships will provide a further avenue for collaboration across our region and we look forward to working with them to achieve our common aspirations for the Loddon Mallee Region.

Linda Beilharz

Stan Liacos, Executive Officer, RDV Loddon MalleeNew Executive Officer Appointed for Loddon Mallee RDA

In January we welcomed Stan Liacos to the role of Executive Officer. Stan has a background in state and local government and authorities, including lead roles in large development projects, such as the Geelong Waterfront Development.

He has also worked as a marketing and communication director for Melbourne Docklands and then Federation Square, where he was responsible for attracting and overseeing events and tenancies.

In his previous role as Director City Futures with the City of Greater Bendigo, Mr Liacos focused on establishing and maintaining strong public and private relationships to position Bendigo as a great place to live, work and invest. This included seeking to enhance opportunities for major projects and broader economic development, tourism and the arts. He is also a board member at Bendigo’s Girton Grammar School.

Mr Liacos’ career has seen him build strong relationships across government and the private sector and networks that have enabled the City of Greater Bendigo to generate projects, attract strategic investment, business and create a positive profile as an arts, cultural and historical city, which has had flow on effects in attracting skilled labour to the city.

Minister Pulford receives her copy of the 2016 Loddon Mallee Investment Prospectus from RDA Chair Linda Beilharz during her visit to Bendigo on January 13thLoddon Mallee Investment Prospectus Presented to Minister Pulford

Ms Linda Beilharz OAM, the Chair of the Loddon Mallee Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committee and Chief Executive Officers from Loddon Mallee Local Government Areas presented the Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford with a copy of the 2016 Loddon Mallee Investment Prospectus while she was in Bendigo on Wednesday January 13th.

Minister Pulford congratulated the members of the Loddon Mallee RDA for working collaboratively with councils and stakeholders to set a unified agenda of priority projects seeking investment.

All 27 projects within the prospectus are underpinned by the long-term strategic planning work already undertaken by the region, and together these projects have the ability to transform the region’s economy.

The projects focus on the creation of new businesses, building economic and social infrastructure and investing in tourism. The 2016 Loddon Mallee Investment Prospectus can be found on our website at

The redevelopment of the Mildura Airport Runway received $10 million from Round 2 of the National Stronger Regions FundNational Stronger Regions Fund Round 3

Applications close for Round Three of the National Stronger Regions Fund on 15 March 2016. If you are considering applying for this funding please contact the Loddon Mallee RDA on 03 4433 8050.

The National Stronger Regions Fund is a Federal Government initiative to boost social and economic development in Australia’s regions by funding priority infrastructure projects in local communities.

The Australian Government has committed $1 billion to the fund over five years commencing from 2015-16. Funding will be provided for capital projects involving the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade, extension or enhancement of existing infrastructure that provides economic benefit to a Region.

Local Government and incorporated not-for profit organisations are eligible to apply for grants between $20,000 and $10 million. Grant funding must be matched in cash on at least a dollar for dollar basis, and the funded part of the project must be completed on or before 31 December 2019.

Business R&D Tax Incentive Programme Information Sessions

The Victorian office of AusIndustry are running a series of workshops to aid companies and their advisors in their understanding of the R&D Tax Incentive Programme.

These workshops are for any company undertaking Research and Development. They are particularly directed towards those companies and their advisors with limited experience in registering for the Research and Development Tax Incentive Programme, however companies and advisors wishing for a refresher are also welcome.

The sessions include discussions on the annual registration process, how to determine self-assessment of your core and supporting activities, what information is expected in the registration form, and the compliance process undertaken by AusIndustry. (It is important to note that the sessions do not address the ATO schedule of expenditure.)

Loddon Mallee workshops will be held in Bendigo on 1 March and Mildura on 16 March. Sessions are also available at other locations across the State should these dates not suit your business.

Sessions are filling fast, so don’t delay if you wish to attend. For more details and to register visit:

Please note that sessions are subject to cancellation should insufficient numbers register.

Australian Smart Communities Summit 2-4 March 2016, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast

The inaugural 2016 Smart Communities Summit will provide the first all-inclusive opportunity in Australia to connect with, be introduced to, learn from, and become inspired by national and international leaders at the very forefront of what it takes to become a smart city or smart community.

The Summit theme of Unlocking the Smart City Code will explore new challenges for the administration of communities to bring about transformational change to the way they are managed; embrace the right technologies to build robust, smart communities; focus attention on enhancing skills to take greatest advantage of digital connectivity and promote innovation and creativity to the benefit of everyone in society.

For Summit registration and accommodation, go to

Swan Hill Business Bootcamp – 23 February 2016

Thinking of starting a business, but not sure where to begin? Want to grow your business, but don’t know how? Then the Swan Hill Business Bootcamp is for you!

Six specialised workshops and training sessions will run throughout the course of a day, as well as designated mentoring sessions and keynote speakers to inform and motivate. This is an event you cannot miss!

So make sure you mark the date in your diary. You will be glad you did!

Sessions are $30 each and a 20% discount applies for those booking multiple sessions.

Further details available at:

Community Foundation of Central Victoria Give Where You Live Grants

Baillieu Myer presents Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services CEO Noemi Cummings with a grant to establish a Summer School in Bendigo for secondary students for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL).The Community Foundation hosted their Give Where You Live Lunch to celebrate their 2015 grants round and the ways in which our community gives back.

We join them in congratulating all the successful grant applicants on their projects and vision for our Community.

The successful projects are:

  • Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services – Summer School for students with a refugee background
  • Bush Heritage – Cactus spears in Wedderburn from the Bank Australia Fund
  • Friends of Castlemaine Library – Read Along Dads project for children of prisoners in Castlemaine from the Adroit Insurance Group Fund
  • Discovery Centre and Amicus – Access for people with a Disability to the Discovery Centre from the Bendigo Stadium Fund
  • Dances Old and New with the Village Festival from the Bendigo Stadium Fund
  • Make a Change Australia Living Together Event embracing diversity during Multicultural Week

We look forward to the implementation of these exciting projects.

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