The State Government is seeking expressions of interest from organizations to host the new Rural Economies Centre of Excellence and there’s up to $3 million available over three years to establish the Centre.
Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne says the Centre will be a joint initiative and interested partners will be expected to provide financial and administrative support to ensure the Centre is a long-term initiative beyond the initial three years.
“This new Centre is intended to be innovative and collaborative, with a focus on providing ‘on-the-ground’ solutions that will help create vibrant rural economies and rural communities.”
“I encourage all interested organizations, including research bodies and universities to have a look and submit their proposal to the department by 25 August 2017.”
“An ‘Expression of Interest’ to host the Centre is now available on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.
The Minister says an Advisory Committee will be formed to guide the development and implementation of the Centre through this process.
“It will be made up of representatives from rural business, government and industry.”
The new Rural Economies Centre of Excellence aim to leverage further funding from other organizations to identify and develop opportunities for job growth and rural economic development in the long-term.
The plan sees a Centre that will focus on identifying polices, strategies and outreach programs that will significantly enhance the capability of public, private and community sectors to optimize economic prosperity for rural Queensland.
More information on the Expression of Interest, visit www.daf.qld.gov.auor call 13 25 23.