RDA Brisbane Linkages - February 2015
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RDA Brisbane is part of national network of non-profit organisations funded by the Australian Government to help grow and strengthen our regions. Working with business, the community and all levels of government.

Shane Fracchia & Dr Patricia Rowe

New Chair and Deputy Chair appointed to RDA Brisbane Committee

The Australian Government has appointed senior executive Mr Shane Fracchia as the new Chair of RDA Brisbane, and long-standing committee member and business academic Dr Patricia Rowe as Deputy Chair.  READ MORE >>

We'll miss you Nick.

Vale Nick Xynias

Nick Xynias OA BEM - RDA Brisbane committee member and indefatigable advocate for Queensland's ethnic communities for more than 50 years - died last month after a brief illness at the age of 81.  READ MORE >>


The conference reception and cocktail party will be held in Sydney's newest architectural icon, the "paper bag" building.

Book now for 2015 Australasian Cluster Conference

After a highly successful 2014 inaugural event, TCI Network Oceania and RDA Brisbane are again teaming up to present the 2nd annual Australasian Cluster Conference & Workshops at the University of Technology, Sydney on 16-17 April 2015.

Aimed at economic and regional development practitioners, cluster managers and TCI members, the theme of this year’s conference is "Linking Clusters Globally: the Heightened Role of Clusters in Global Value Chains".

The event will also feature two half-day workshops, plus a conference reception and cocktail party at the new Frank Gehry designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, better known as the “paper bag”.

Early bird discounts apply if you book by Saturday 28 February - act now!

This event is supported by the Australian Government Department of Science and Industry.

From left: Ministerial adviser Simon Kelly; RDA staff Sha Wharton, Margaret Blade and Tracy Scott-Rimington; QUT's Gavin Winter; and new RDA Chair Shane Fracchia.

RDA in talks with QUT on promoting SEQ industry specialisations 

Late last month, RDA Brisbane staff took the opportunity to show Deputy Prime Ministerial adviser Simon Kelly and new Chair Shane Fracchia around The Cube at QUT, accompanied by Gavin Winter, project manager of “The Cube Globe”.

This high-tech, world-first spatial platform was developed for the recent G20 Summit to tell compelling stories about trade and investment opportunities in SEQ and Queensland.

The consortium of SEQ RDAs, led by RDA Brisbane, provided key data on SEQ industry specialisations for the project, and we’re continuing discussions with QUT on how this information can be built upon to further promote SEQ’s competitive strengths in global markets.  


National Stronger Regions Fund Round 2 opens 1 May 

Round 2 of the Australian Government’s new $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) will open on 1 May 2015, with local government and not-for-profit organisations urged to consult with their local RDA to start developing suitable project proposals now.  READ MORE>>

$476 million Industry Skills Fund open now

A new $476 million Australian Government Industry Skills Fund will provide over 200,000 training places and support services for businesses over the next four years.

The fund aims to build a highly skilled workforce that can take advantage of new business growth opportunities and adapt to rapid technological change. Individual businesses or groups of businesses are eligible to apply.

The new CBA office at Wynnum has stunning views over the bay

RDA research report provides inspiration for new co-working space at Wynnum

A report by SEQ RDAs on activating digital work hubs helped to provide the inspiration for the establishment of a new professional co-working space at Wynnum Central. 

Central Business Associates opened its doors last month, after 18 months of research and preparation by founder and director, Celia Newlands.  READ MORE>>
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