It's Spring !

There was certainly no time to hibernate through the winter in the RDAMNC offices.

Throughout the past few months our team have busily been developing a platform which will link young people directly to employment and along the way the service that will can offer support to ensure that employment is sustainable. Want to see the pro-type? It's now live online here as a demo and will be available to use in 2019.

Unemployment among young people in our region is an enormous issue and RDAMNC has committed to play a role in turning this around. Want to get involved? There are several things you can do today (1) join our youth employment facebook group here (2) Share industry 'blueprints' with young people you know here (3) visit the platform prototype here and provide comments here

Ignite MNC is on again. This year's event will be held in Bellingen on 7 November. The MC is the multi-talented Clare Bowditch and other speakers include Dr. Gregory Smith, Fiona Nash and many more... The theme is 'transformation by design' and in true Ignite style we are asking our audiences to put some thought into dressing in line with the theme. Want more info? Click here

Would you like to showcase your business at Ignite MNC this year? There are several opportunities including (1) a limited amount of sponsorship opportunities and (2) a FREE inclusion in our online conference bag - all you need to do is offer some sort of special deal to the audience. More info? Contact me here

Is your business export ready? On 11 October Gabrielle Oriel of AusTrade will join me for a live webinar on getting export ready. It's free and will only take an hour online (12-1) register here

Did you know that the Mid North Coast has the highest density of universities in any NSW region? Find out more about how universities contribute to the economy in the Mid North Coast here

Have you tried co-working yet? There are many co-working spaces popping up throughout the Mid North Coast. Check out this post for links and contacts.

Mobile Black Spot Program: The Federal Government is calling on mobile black spot nominations from local, territory and state governments as well as Federal Members of Parliament, to identify locations for the next round of the $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program. If you want to nominate a black spot location for the program please contact RDAMNC here and/or your Federal Member of Parliament or local council. (links here). More information about the Mobile Black Spot Program here.

Read on to find out about some cool local events, grant and funding opportunities and other news. Remember - our most up to date information source is Facebook. Make sure you stay connected here.

That's it for me now, have a great week - Kerry


  • URGENT: Applications closing for Stream 1 and Stream 2 of the Regional Growth - Environment and Tourism Fund close this week (Friday 21 September) More here
  • Small and Medium Enterprises Export Hubs: Provides grants from $150,000 to $1.5 million to help establish and/or operate Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) export hubs in the six Growth Centre sectors More here
  • Stronger Communities Program: provides each of the 150 federal electorates with $150,000 to fund small capital projects that improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities. In consultation with their community, each Federal Member of Parliament must identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate and invite them to apply for a grant.(closes 11 October 2018)
  • Growing local economies: The $500 million Growing Local Economies Fund is part of the $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund and is available to support projects of economic significance in regional NSW. The program will invest in projects that draw on the economic strengths of areas in regional NSW.
  • Business Growth Grants: Provides businesses with matched funding of up to $20,000 for the cost of hiring an expert to help with implementing the advice and strategies recommended through the Business Evaluation, Growth Services, Supply Chain Facilitation or Tourism Partnerships programmes. 
For further information about the above mentioned grants - and to find out more about other grants visit our online portal here

Upcoming events

  • 7 November BELLINGEN Ignite MNC is on again our 2018 MC will be the fabulous Clare Bowditch. More information here
  • 11 October ONLINE Export webinar - is your business export ready with Gabrielle Oriel Register here 
  • 9 & 10 October Regenerative Farm Tour Macleay Landcare call Chris Halliday 02 6567 4592 for further information  
Want to include your event in our listing? Please email details to Russell via this link
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