Vibrant Local Economies

Our goal is for communities to be able to support themselves, now and in the long-term. Each community is different and has different resources, demographics and ecosystems. Our diverse programs support projects that help create a sustainable economy - jobs, growth and shared wealth.

Programs in Action: Pathway to agricultural careers

When the Pathways into Agriculture program was launched on the mid north coast of NSW, they were inundated with enquiries from high schools saying, “When can you come talk to our kids about this?”

Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast (RDA) secured $80,000 funding through the Innovation for Community Impact (I4CI) program earlier this year. Creating partnerships between job service providers and networks, the program will connect unemployed youth and Aboriginal people with training and employment opportunities and help students identify agricultural career pathways.

The I4CI program aims to support innovative responses to persistent and pressing social issues facing communities in regional NSW. It is funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and private donors.

While the project is still rolling out, RDA has already made significant progress. They have appointed a full-time project officer and are compiling a matrix of agricultural training opportunities. Students, schools, farmers, agri-business professionals and training providers are being engaged to potentially be part of the program.

This project will provide the mid north coast of NSW with more career opportunities and clear pathways that encourage kids to stay, work and live in the area. Training and experience will improve their employability and ensure skilled workers are available to fill agricultural job gaps.

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Arts and crafts are a selling success in Sarina

Sarina Tourist Arts and Craft Centre in Qld sells creations from local artists with commission from sales helping to fund its operation. With a $2,579 grant via our SGRC program they installed a MYOB business accounting program, a retail point of sale system and a barcode scanner and screen.


Leading the way
to greener

Through the Fast-track Ag Innovation program, funded by the William Buckland Foundation, the Gippsland Grows Green Grass farmers group are using their $150,000 grant to focus on optimising pasture production to maximise home-grown feed by attending a series of field days and discussion groups, to learn from their peers.


Dinosaur fossils
bring tourism
to Eromanga

The Outback Gondwana Foundation purchased specialised fossil preparation tools with a $10,000 CATCH grant. It means volunteers can meet and work in unison on an important local tourism project – the new Eromanga Natural History museum.


heritage trail
to bring in visitors

Locals in Leonora, WA recognised the potential benefits of capitalising on their historic buildings to attract tourists and boost the economy. The Shire received a $7,678 grant via our CATCH program, thanks to the McCusker Charitable Foundation, to prepare the concept plan and undertake initial research for a heritage trail.


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