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Regional Development Australia Far West NSW Newsletter

RDA Far West NSW Newsletter - August 2014

Hi there,


Welcome to the Regional Development Australia Far West NSW e-newsletter.


Regional Development Australia is an Australian Government Initiative that aims to bring together all levels of government to enhance the growth and development of regional Australia.

We hope you enjoy reading our updates.



The Annual Economic Update
Second Quarter Release
The Economic Update for the Far West region is a joint initiative of RDA Far West and the Broken Hill City Council and has been in production since 2008 and has proved very popular as a reliable source of information for providing indicators of economic growth within the region. 

The second quarter update to June 2014 has been released and is designed to capture a holistic snapshot of the economic health of the region on a regular, ongoing basis. The manufacturing and construction sectors feature in this update as well as the overall update for projects within the region

This is a dynamic project that will be guided by community business participation and as such we are encouraging all local businesses who are interested in providing raw data to the update to get in contact with us.

RDA Far West is committed to building ongoing relationships with local businesses to ensure that project updates in the region can continue to be a vital source of information to help locals and potential investors make business decisions based on up to date, accurate and relevant regional data.  Raw data provided to us will be utilised in a privacy based recording system which will allow the Regional Economic Update to provide a statistical analysis of the economy of the region.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Suzanne Walson at the RDA Far West office on 08 8087 8383 or
0438 160 510.  All information will be treated with the strictest of confidence in line with our privacy policy (available upon request).


RDA Far West launches the
Consolidated Mining & Civil Pty Ltd
Inaugural 2014 Far West NSW Excellence in Business Awards
RDA Far West are facilitating the Inaugural 2014 Far West NSW Excellence in Business Awards.  Its been a long time since business awards have been held in the far west.

RDA Far West have welcomed Consolidated Mining and Civil as the major naming rights sponsor of the 2014 awards which contain 17 different categories.
The awards cover a variety of categories and will provide a vibrant showcase of innovation and progression from the region’s businesses and recognise the important social and environmental contributions made through excellence of service, commitment to their customers, philanthropic ideals, ethical behaviour and environmental sustainability.
The majority of the awards will be judged independently by professional personnel from outside the far west region.  Voting can be done online at

The public will vote for "Service with a Smile", "People's Choice" and "Far Wests Favourite Tradie" categories by simply filling in a form and returning it via replied paid post to RDA Far West 353 Blende Street - the lime green building.  Entry forms available from RDA Far West and various retailers throughout the region.
RDA Far West invites you to help us celebrate the outstanding achievements of the Far West.
Contact Executive Officer Michael Williams on 08 8087 8383 if you wish to sponsor or discuss the awards further.

The Gala Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday November 29 at the Broken Hill Civic Centre.

More in-depth documentation in regards to the Event, Gala Dinner and Judging process will be available very soon.


Careers Expo 2014

The Careers Expo for 2014 was held in partnership with the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) and local schools on Wednesday 23 July 2014 at the Broken Hill Golf and Country Club.

Student from Years 10 and 11 from the regions High Schools attended the event.

The Expo provided a wonderful opportunity for students to explore and discuss career options and pathways with local industry experts.  It also provided an opportunity for employees to meet their potential future workforce. 

RDA Far West will run the Careers Expo again in 2015 and exhibitors have already expressed an interest in participating - If you would like to be added to the Exhibitors list please contact the RDA Far West Office 08 8087 8383 to register your interest or send an email to admin@rdafarwestnsw,

RDA Far West's School Based Trainee Maddison King enjoyed hamming it up with the local Fire Brigade


'Broken Hill Proud' Campaign
to be reignited

Do you remember the Broken Hill Proud campaign that ran during the early 90’s?  Most locals have very fond memories of the campaign and embraced the core value of motivating Broken Hill residents to generate a more positive attitude towards our city and its future.

Do you think it’s time to reinstate that positivity and work together as a community to foster a brighter, more inclusive and supportive  environment for us and our children to enjoy?  We do.  That’s why we are re-launching the Broken Hill Proud way of life for our city and we want to hear from you.                                  

  • What are your memories of Broken Hill Proud?

  • What was your favourite store growing up in Broken Hill and why?

  • Who is giving great customer service at the moment and deserves recognition?

  • Why is it important to you that we as a collective become ‘Broken Hill Proud’ again?

During the next few months we will be seeking your feedback and promoting stories of pride within our community. We will also be bringing you information on such subjects as ‘How internet shopping effects our local community’ and ‘How changing the way you look at customer service can help your business grow’.

We want to hear from customers and business owners about the hurdles you have faced and how you have been able to overcome them.  Do you have a story of fantastic customer service or civic pride that needs to be told?  We want to hear about it.  This is a campaign by the community for the community and is generously supported by Regional Development Australia Far West, Hill FM, 2BH, The Barrier Daily Truth, Southern Cross Austereo, The Broken Hill Community Foundation and the Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce. 
Send us your stories now at or call on 08 8087 8383


School Based Trainees

School Based Traineeships provide students with the opportunity to attain a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification as well as their Higher School Certificate (HSC) and gain valuable work skills and experience through paid employment.

What are the main features of school-based traineeships?

School based traineeships allow senior high school students to commence a traineeship while still at school and studying for their HSC, school-based trainees work part-time and undertake their formal (off-the-job) traineeship training as part of their HSC.

Generally school based traineeships are undertaken part-time during Years 11 and 12 and are completed by the end of the HSC and you even get paid.

RDA Far West provides assistance to school based trainees through the work of our Community Engagement Officer. 

|if your business would like to employ a School Based Trainee - please contact RDA Far West.

For further information contact our office on 08 8087 8383.

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55 Oxide Street
PO Box 1010
Broken Hill NSW 2880
08 8087 8383