11:30 am11:30

Manufacturing Efficiency Funding Briefing Session

$16 Million in funding for NSW Manufacturers to Save Energy

Applications open 22 February for manufacturers to access $16 million in funding as part of the NSW Government Energy Saver program to help them save energy, money and stay competitive globally.

Up to $120,000 per site is available to NSW manufacturers. Businesses that have implemented similar projects have found savings can run to over $100,000 a year, while reducing downtime and maintenance costs.

The funding will help manufacturers to:

• upgrade energy monitoring systems

• replace or retrofit old, inefficient equipment

• install new energy-efficient equipment

• improve manufacturing processes.

The first round of funding is open from 22 February 2019 to 30 June 2019. More information on the program is available at

The Energy Saver program also provides an additional $3.5 million for energy intensive manufacturing businesses to improve the way they manage energy. These manufacturers can receive free energy management system benchmarking to understand their performance against industry standard. Participating businesses can then receive up to $30,000 of support and coaching from industry experts.

Briefing sessions will be held to help businesses understand the funding offers, get tips for a successful application and ask any questions they may have.

Briefing sessions

Briefing sessions will be held across metropolitan and regional NSW in March and April 2019, as well as an online webinar for those who can't attend. Sessions will be held in Parramatta, Newcastle, Wollongong, Wagga Wagga, Queanbeyan, Bathurst, Dubbo, Byron Bay, Ourimbah and Coffs Harbour. Businesses can learn more about the funding offers, get tips for a successful application and ask any questions.

Briefing Registration

Information about the offers or arrangements for an interview, can be made by contacting Colleen Kurdian at 02 8837 6028.

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to 17 Jun.

ATI Riverina: Ready to Launch!

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Do you have a business idea that you want to grow into a reality?

Applications are now open for the AgriTech Incubator program, Cohort 4.

ATI Riverina: Ready to Launch!

This program will help you take your business, product or service from idea to execution in just 8 weeks. This program is perfect for all kinds of new founders – including those who have a day job or are studying. It's a hands-on, immersive experience that uses Lean Startup principles, to bring your idea to life. This isn’t a theory program. You will get out of the classroom and into the real world to validate your idea and achieve a deep product fit. Participants will meet and be paired with some of the regions most experienced mentors and have the chance to become part of the dynamic startup network. You will exit with a business ready to execute not a business plan!


What is involved in the ATI: Ready to Launch program?

The program runs for 8 weeks, commencing on Monday 29th April 2019, with a commitment of 2.5 hours each Monday evening from 6.00pm – 8.30pm on the Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga Campus, concluding with a ‘pitch evening’ on the 17th June 2019.

(Noting: June 10 is a public holiday a replacement class will be held on Tuesday 11 June)

 In between sessions, participants will be encouraged to complete tasks to reach the milestones of that week.

Does my business idea have to be specifically around AgriTech?

No – the ATI team will consider applications from all industries and is open to a diverse range of ideas.

To apply, visit our website Applications close 8th April at 5.00pm AEST. Limited spaces available.

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to 16 Mar.

Thinking Differently: Innovation & Entrepreneurial Bootcamp

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 ATI Riverina: Thinking Differently!

Join us for our Innovation & Entrepreneurial Bootcamp @ the CSU AgriTech Incubator, building 6, CSU Wagga Wagga Campus. 


Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
A bootcamp to solve real-world challenges in a creative, fast-paced and collaborative way.

It will also teach you skills you can apply with any career.


This workshop will provide an introduction to an entrepreneurial toolkit. Participants will identify and define current problems and find solutions that improve the social fabric of the Riverina region.


For Who?
* CSU students and Riverina community members who:

- are interested in being part of community development

- are interested in starting up their own business

- would like to learn new skills for future employment

- wants to explore new pathway opportunities for their future career

The Bootcamp will run from Thursday 14th March – Saturday 16th March

Thursday 14th March  – 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Friday 15th March       – 9.30am – 4.30pm

Saturday 16th March  – 9.00am – 2.30pm


Great prize for winning team!!


For further information and to register click here.

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5:30 pm17:30

Remote Working Forum


We’re pleased to be working with Pointer Remote Roles at Regional Development Australia Riverina to give business another option in filling their workforce needs. We are heading to Temora for our first free Remote Working Forum! Know a business owner or professional that would benefit from finding out more about how remote work can help combat skill shortages in the regions? Send them our way! Our panel session is made up of three incredible women who have embraced remote work and will give participants a warts and all insight into how it all works.

 Register at

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7:00 am07:00

Agtech, AgriFood & Advanced Manufacturing Innovation & Workforce Industry Forum

Kickstart 2019 with some new strategies to remain competitive in your sector and secure your workforce.

You are invited to join AusIndustry, RDA Riverina and Deakin University  at breakfast on 27 February and learn how we can work collaboratively with you to accelerate business innovation  and attract a highly skilled workforce.

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9:00 am09:00

Inland Growth Summit

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The Riverina is a massive economic contributor to our Nation. Visiting Dubbo for this one day Inland Growth Summit will enable Australia’s inland regions to work together for inland Australia. Contact for more information

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Australia-China Trade Summit: Food, Consumer Services, Technology
9:00 am09:00

Australia-China Trade Summit: Food, Consumer Services, Technology

Event Overview

At the ACBC Business Forum in March 2018, the Hon. Niall Blair announced he would attend the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in November. Following his visit to China, he will be our keynote speaker at the 2018 Australia-China Trade Summit.

This is an exciting opportunity to hear from the Minister as well as a range of experts and industry leaders in consumer, food and beverage, services, agriculture and technology.

Event attendees will gain key insights and learnings from this significant trade sector to apply back to their business.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, 4 December 2018.

Time: 9:00am arrival and registration, 9:30am start - 4:00pm.

Event Status: Members and non-members.

Venue: Four Seasons Hotel, 199 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

Format: Summit (presentation and panel discussions).

Tickets: $250 Member, $340 Non-Member (plus GST and eventbrite processing fees).

Group Tickets (10 tickets): $2,100 Member, $3,000 Non-Member (unreserved). To receive this ticket price you must purchase a minimum of 10 tickets at the time of booking.

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Biomass for Bioenergy Forum
9:30 am09:30

Biomass for Bioenergy Forum


9.30am – 3pm | Tuesday 28th August, 2018

Griffith Regional Theatre, Burley Griffin Room – 1 Neville Pl, Griffith

In this forum we will be presenting:

·        the latest information from the NSW component of the ABBA project

·        existing and prospective bioenergy projects in the region

·        opportunities arising from a new DPI bioenergy project

The Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment (ABBA) project is catalysing investment in the renewable energy sector through provision of detailed information about biomass resources across Australia. The project is collecting data on the location, volumes and availability of biomass for inclusion on the Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) platform.


Download flyer here.

RSVP by Monday 13th August 2018 to:

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