RDAMNC - New faces at RDAMNC, Recovery links, Grants, Local Jobs Program, SWIFF, Ignite 2021 and more...

Welcome to the RDAMNC E news,
No matter what life throws our way, whether it be drought, fires, COVID or floods, we are continually amazed by our resilient regional communities who pull together and help each other out. Please scroll down for recovery support and assistance links.

This edition we have some exciting news with the introduction of our newest team member Dianne Wall to the position of Chief Operations Officer. RDAMNC have some exciting things on the horizon and we look forward to sharing them with you as they emerge.

Don't forget to mark the date for Ignite 2021 on the 3rd November in Wingham and keep an eye out for the MOBILE OFFICE sessions rolling out across the Mid North Coast over the coming months.
Welcome to Dianne Wall Chief Operations Officer, RDAMNC

RDAMNC would like to introduce Dianne Wall who has recently taken on the position of Chief Operations Officer within the organisation.

Previous to this role Dianne worked as the Corporate and Finance Manager at The Community Transport Company. After growing up in Macksville she moved away and spent several years working in Sydney, including time spent at KPMG, working as a tax training consultant. Returning from Sydney to the Nambucca Valley in 2008 to start a family.

Dianne became actively involved in the Macksville Marlins Swimming Club where she became a committee member and eventually president of the club. Dianne holds a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Human Resource Management from Southern Cross University.

RDAMNC welcomes Dianne aboard and we look forward to working with you.

MOBILE OFFICE - coming to a town near you
Kerry Grace, RDA Mid North Coast CEO and Kellon Beard, MNC Regional Manager of Business NSW are hitting the road again in 2021 to hear your thoughts about the future of the Mid North Coast. The first mobile office session will be held in Laurieton on the 15th April and then Dorrigo on the 17th May. Please email Maree McEntyre at Business NSW for more details and to book in via
Recovery Links and Assistance
RDAMNC have been working behind the scenes reporting to Government Departments regarding what is happening on the ground, here in the regions. It is such an important step in seeking the support our communities need to move forward from these significant challenges.

With so many announcements for disaster recovery assistance, we have collated a range of links in one place to help people access the support they need. Please note we will update the page as we get new information. Please go to for recovery links.
Screenwave International FILM FESTIVAL 2021
The Screenwave International Film Festival is coming to Coffs Coast from the 14th to the 19th of April 2021! To check out the venues and program click here.

Local businesses are encouraged to check out the SWIFF toolkit for tourism operators to secure new bookings leveraging SWIFF. The tool kit includes copy, images, videos, banners, and a handy how-to guide. Access the Tool kit here!
Local Jobs Program Mid North Coast
Janine Culnane, Employment Facilitator for the Mid North Coast Local Jobs Program has been travelling the regions meeting with employers, job seekers, training providers, and other stakeholders to develop industry links and ramp up job opportunities in the Mid North Coast. The Local Jobs Program Taskforce chaired by Janine has met a number of times now and offer insights to what is happening in our communities in the employment space.

Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast encourages any interested applicants that would like find out more about the program and the Local Recovery Fund, which will be opening soon, to get in touch with Janine to discuss potential projects via or by phoning 02 5525 1500.

My Future Workforce app now live! 
Are you an employer, jobseeker or service provider in the Mid North Coast? It’s time to register...My Future Workforce has been designed to pivot the way employment works in the North Coast and to truly identify and enable employment mechanisms that start with employers and work back to work readiness.

The launch of the new MFW App means you can stay up to date on the latest matches when you are on the go! Download the My Future Workforce App here!

Do you have a vacancy? Local employers are invited to post their vacancies on the My Future Workforce Platform and be found by the many registered local jobseekers actively seeking work. It is a FREE service and has been built to save employers time and effort to match the best applicants for the role. 
Register - HERE  Or use this QR CODE to be taken directly to the platform:

GRANTS & Funding Opportunities
Dine & Discover NSW Voucher scheme: The NSW Government has launched a voucher scheme to encourage the community to support hospitality, arts and tourism businesses. Eligible businesses can now register for the scheme. For more information, visit Dine & Discover NSW.

Business Events Grants program: The Business Events Grants program aims to support businesses that have cancelled events due to COVID-19. Grants of $10,000 to $250,000 are available to eligible businesses who plan to run high value, multi-day, business-to-business events across a list of priority sectors, such as food and agribusiness, tourism, enabling digital technologies and media. Applications close on 30 March 2021. Eligibility criteria apply. For more information visit Austrade's Tourism and business grants.

Export assistance grant: An export assistance grant of up to $10,000 is available to eligible NSW businesses impacted by COVID-19, bushfires or drought, to help you access new global markets or re-enter old ones. For eligibility criteria and to apply, visit Apply for an export assistance grant.

Regional job creation fund: Businesses who want to expand or relocate their operations to regional NSW may be eligible for funding under the NSW Government’s Regional Job Creation Fund. Applications close Friday 14 May 2021 or when program funding is fully allocated. For eligibility criteria and to apply, visit Regional NSW.

Travel support program: Travel agents and tour arrangement service providers that have lost income due to COVID-19 may be eligible for a one-off grant of $1500 to $100,000 under the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program. Funding will help eligible businesses continue trading and meet legal obligations to pay refunds and credits to Australian consumers.

Bushfire Legal Aid Scheme: This program aims to provide support for small businesses and primary producers affected by the 2019-20 bushfires. 
The program provides: - An Early Resolution Assistance (ERA) approval of $2,000 in professional fees is available for legal services. - Up to an additional $5,000 is available for disbursements. Find more information here

NAB Foundation Community Grants: This program aims to help safeguard the community with funding for projects that prepare for natural disasters, support long-term recovery and build resilience against future disasters. 
Funding is available under two categories. More information here

The Charitable Foundation: provides funding for community projects in the Hunter, Central Coast, Central West, Mid North Coast, New England and Northern Rivers areas of NSW. The Charitable Foundation will consider applications from eligible charitable and not-for-profit organisations for important projects, initiatives and programs that address one or more of the following key focus areas:

  • Projects that provide improved health outcomes for the most disadvantaged, isolated, and vulnerable in our community
  • Projects that deliver improved life outcomes for marginalised and at-risk young people in our community
  • Projects that enhance improved social wellbeing for the most disadvantaged or marginalised in our community.

Foundation grants generally range from $20,000 to $200,000 with an average grant size of approximately $50,000. For more information view our eligibility, requirements and funding page.

Housing - Where do we put the people?
Housing is a key issue on the Mid North Coast. With the attraction of workers to the regions and now displaced residents due to floods, where will we find appropriate housing options. In a recent post I highlighted housing with the suggestion of holiday homes that may be an option to ease the rental demand. 

We are keen to hear your thoughts on housing solutions for the Mid North Coast- feel free to email us with your ideas!
SAVE THE DATE Ignite MNC will be held on the
3 November 2021 in Wingham…

The initial preparations and brainstorming session has this years event on track to be a ripper!
Stay tuned via our website and our Facebook page for updates.
Get ready to REIMAGINE...

Wishing you all a safe and happy Easter.
We hope you have the opportunity to take a moment and reconnect with family and friends.

That's it for now, stay tuned for another update soon.

Thanks and regards

Kerry Grace
Director of Regional Development and CEO
Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast
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