The Minister for Energy and Resources, the Hon Lily D'Ambrosio, has today launched the first round of the Victorian Government’s $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund. The Fund is now open, with applications closing on 16 March 2016.
Funding is available to support projects in four categories:
1. Community: will support both the development of new energy or renewable energy project business cases and the implementation of projects for the benefit of local communities. It will also support the establishment or expansion of services to advise consumers, communities and businesses on best practice design and implementation of new energy projects.
2. Manufacturing: will support the manufacture of new energy technology components/systems.
3. Technology: will support private industry to optimise, adapt or integrate commercially available new energy technologies (including advanced metering infrastructure). This includes the demonstration of business models for financing the deployment of technology.
4. Energy Storage: will support the advancement of energy storage technologies and trials (e.g. solar storage neighbourhood precincts, or new models of financing deployment of storage devices) which will encourage the increased uptake of renewable energy.
To find out more about the New Energy Jobs Fund, how to apply, and to download detailed program guidelines and other supporting documentation, please visit:
Workshops will be held around the State to provide an overview of the New Energy Jobs Fund. This is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the application process.
To register for the Workshop at Mildura, please go to: https://newenergyjobsfund.eventbrite.com.au
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Individual Meetings with the New Energy Jobs Fund Project Team
Members of the New Energy Jobs Fund project team will be available to meet with you, either in person, or by teleconference for applicants outside the metropolitan area.
To request an individual meeting, please send an email with your contact details, to email@example.com. One of the project team will get back to you to arrange a meeting.
Mildura was one of only two Australian regions chosen to host an 11-member delegation of senior South Korean agricultural businessmen, investors and Government officials last week.
The group, including members of the important Korean Overseas Agri-Development Association (KOADA) spent four days in Mildura as a first step to building business relationships, particularly in the horticulture, agriculture and education sectors.
Mildura Development Corporation in conjunction with Goodfarmers Pty Ltd coordinated the visit, and Acting Chief Executive officer Jenny Garonne said she was excited about the feedback now coming through.
“The visit was an incredibly timely opportunity given the movement occurring with the opening of Asian markets through new international trade agreements,” Ms Garonne said.
“We know that the openings emerging for local horticulture in particular, are very promising. For example in citrus, the trade tariff barriers in Korea have been reduced recently from 50% to 25%, and will soon move to zero,” she said.
“That’s just one example. But we are also aware that progressing beyond the stage of identifying opportunities is highly dependent on being able to form direct relationships, which is why this visit was a very important first step.”
Ms Garonne said while the details of discussions were commercially in-confidence and a matter for individual businesses and organisations, the visit clearly showed some opportunities for partnerships.
“The South Koreans were very interested in our food industry and in particular the new technologically advanced equipment used in manufacturing processes in the citrus and dried fruit industries in the region.,” Ms Garonne said.
“In industries such as grain, it was quite encouraging to think about where the relationships could go given the growing demand from Asian markets, but only limited ability for broad-scale local production in South Korea.”
Ms Garonne said the delegation’s tour had included multiple site visits in Sunraysia and the Millewa, as well as meetings and introductions that incorporated nearly 50 local businesses and organisations.
The visit was organized in conjunction with Goodfarmers Pty Ltd’s Matthew Simpson and Sang-Yub Roh (Jeff) a local company, who are international trade and investment brokers with Aus Asia Industries.
Given Korea imports 80 percent of food products Mr Simpson said he was confident there would be some significant opportunities emerge
“We’re feeling very confident it will be a great success,” Mr Simpson said.
“Goodfarmers is aiding South Korean industries with opportunities to develop and diversify on an international scale,” he said.
“South Korea recognizes the importance of international trade, investment and education for the future sustainability and growth of its homeland.
“This is the beginning of a new dawn, and the possibilities are endless, but this visit has definitely planted the seed.
“We hope we will be enjoying the fruits of a new relationship between Mildura and South Korea for many years to come.”
Ms Garonne said the enthusiasm for the future of relations between Mildura and South Korea was mutual, with the vice president of KOADA Il Hwan, Kim responding positively to the tour.
“KOADA has confirmed it’s proud and excited to be working together on new partnerships and developments to create a more ‘active’ agricultural co-operation between South Korea and Australia moving forward,” Ms Garonne said
For interviews or further comment, contact Jenny Garonne, Mildura Development Corporation 5022 0722 or Jacinta Gange at NewsAlert PR (0498) 490 672