Friday, 24 March 2017 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • Keeping prices down for vulnerable Tasmanians

    The average Tasmanian household struggling with the cost of living will save nearly $550 under the Liberal’s Plan to take over Taswater.

    Under the Labor/Taswater do-nothing approach, water and sewerage prices are forecast to rise by five percent each year for the next six years.

    In contrast, under our Plan, we will cut price increases to no more than 3.5 percent.

    We don’t believe it is acceptable to have 25 towns on boil water or do not consume alerts, sewage spills seven times the national average and only one of 78 sewerage treatment plant compliant with EPA standards.

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  • Last Chance For River Murray Irrigators To Access 3IP Grant Funding

    Round Four of the $240 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP) is now open for Expressions of Interest - with almost $40 million available for irrigators.


    South Australian irrigators holding an SA River Murray water licence may be eligible for 3IP funding to help make significant efficiency and business improvements to their irrigation enterprise.

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  • South East Wine Industry Shares In $180,000 Funding

    Wineries in the state's South East are reaping the benefits of the State Government's new $1.8 million SA Wine Industry Development Scheme (SAWIDS) designed to boost visitor numbers and support the wine sector.

    Ruckus Estate is the latest winery in the region to be offered a grant of $25,000 as part of the Cellar Door Grants Program, contributing to funding a new cellar door.

    Situated near Naracoorte Caves, the new cellar door will be a welcome addition for visitors to the region - boosting local wine tourism and helping increase cellar door sales.

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  • Recognition Agreement signed with Adnyamathanha

    A historic agreement between the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA) and the South Australian Government was signed today at Wilpena Pound in the state’s mid-north.

    The Aboriginal Regional Authority Recognition Agreement is a commitment between the two parties to work more collaboratively, to enhance the voice of Adnyamathanha people in decision-making and driving regional priorities and growth.

    The agreement recognises ATLA as the lead regional decision-maker and the signing of the Recognition Agreement represents another significant step towards Reconciliation.

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  • ATO seizes $5.8 million of illicit tobacco in regional Victoria

    An illegal tobacco crop with a potential excise value of $5.8 million has been seized and destroyed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as part of an excise warrant in Victoria.

    15 acres of tobacco plants were seized at a property in Macorna, near Kerang, in northern Victoria, following an ongoing investigation into illegally grown tobacco.

    ATO Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston said the raid shows a continued resolve by the ATO to stamp out the illegal trade.

    “It’s illegal to grow tobacco in Australia, and has been for more than a decade,” Mr Cranston said.

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  • ASBFEO Search for Australia’s Best Dispute Resolution Specialists

    The office of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) is today launching a nationwide campaign to identify the country’s premier dispute resolution specialists to work with the ASBFEO in helping keep small businesses involved in business conflicts, out of the courts.

    The campaign seeks to bring together the very best commercial specialists in the field, with the aim of compiling an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) provider list for small businesses to utilise, when seeking a way forward in business-to-business disagreements.

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  • Local company awarded contract to replace Lake Tahune Hut and facilities

    The Hodgman Government is committed to upgrading important parks infrastructure to improve the visitor experience in our amazing national parks, and improve environmental sustainability.

    I am pleased to announce that Westbury construction company Valley Workshop has been awarded the contract to demolish and replace the hut and toilet facilities at Lake Tahune on the Frenchmans Cap walking track, worth $450,000.

    The current facilities are at the end of their projected life, and improvements were necessary to meet current and forecast demand into the future.

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  • RDIF Helps Grow Renmark Design Business

    A new location and expanded premises has seen well-known Renmark design business, Tri State Graphics, increased its workload, employ three new staff and take on new services.


    The move was made possible through a Regional Development and Innovation Fund (RDIF) grant of $364,000.

    Minster for Regional Development Geoff Brock will visit the new store today (Tuesday, 21 March), to congratulate business owners Wayne & Gaylene Woosnam and see first-hand thee changes the RDIF grant has made possible.

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  • Silicon Valley’s program 500 Startups to establish Australian HQ in Melbourne

    The world-renowned tech accelerator program 500 Startups will establish its Australian headquarters in Victoria after securing funding from LaunchVic, the State Government of Victoria's A$60 million startup fund.

    The announcement was made by 500 Startups founder Dave McClure, Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis, and LaunchVicCEO Dr Kate Cornick, completing Round 2 of LaunchVic's funding program.

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  • NT EPA to take part in PFAS Summit

    Representatives from the NT EPA will next month take part in a summit of international experts and regulators on the environmental regulation of per-and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS).

    Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA Victoria) is coordinating the summit, to be held in Melbourne from 4–5 April, on behalf of the Heads of EPAs Australia and New Zealand (HEPA) and the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy.

    The summit will contribute to the development of a PFAS National Management Plan to help ensure good environmental practices are applied consistently to all PFAS contaminated sites across Australia.

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