Opportunities Galore: Issue 2

Mapping Agricultural Land

Landholders, farmers and those involved in agriculture are invited to attend an upcoming workshop in Taree or Gloucester to contribute to a NSW Government project to map important agricultural land and assist in land use planning.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) – Agriculture is partnering with MidCoast Council to identify and provide more relevant mapping of important agricultural land across the MidCoast region.

The State-wide project will also assist local and regional planning to help foster growth and reduce land use conflict.

For more information on the workshops and the mapping project, please visit

Workshops will be held at Council’s Taree office, 2 Pulteney Street on Monday 12 February from 1pm – 4.30pm; and at the Gloucester office, 89 King Street on Tuesday 13 February from 9am – 12.30pm.

Please RSVP via email to: or by phoning 0437 645 719.

Council will be holding separate workshops at a later date focusing on aquaculture and other industries as part of the Rural Opportunity and Land Use Strategy. For more information on this project, please visit


RASF Vocational Education & Training (VET) Scholarships are closing soon!

The RAS Foundation is calling for applications for our Vocational Education & Training (VET) Scholarships. VET Scholarships are available to students studying at registered training organisations including TAFE and local colleges and support individuals in NSW who demonstrate a commitment for a career that will ensure the future success of rural and regional NSW.
Perhaps you are planning to study a Certificate in Agriculture, Community Services or Wool Classing? If so, this scholarship could be for you.
Scholarships of up to $6,000 for full-time study or up to $3,000 for part-time study in 2018 are available.

Feeling Philosophical?

We are very pleased to let you know that so far we have arranged our first 3 speakers for the Port Macquarie Philosophy Forum.

On Sunday 25th February Professor Mark Colyvan from University of Sydney will be talking on The Wisdom of Crowds and Mindless Mobs. 

On Thursday 22nd March Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat from University of Newcastle will be talking on Distinguishing Islam from Jihadism: An Imperative for Harmonious Understanding.

On Sunday 22nd April Dr Brian Hedden from University of Sydney will be talking on Personal Identity, Rationality, and the relationship between them.  

Please register at Eventbrite by clicking the link below:


We are very excited to advise that we have locked down a venue for our Be Savvy Small Business Course scheduled to start on 13th February 2018. We will be holding the seminars at the freshly renovated functions room at Nambucca Heads Bowling Club.

The seminars will be held monthly and are free for owners and managers to attend.

We will need at least 10 people to enrol to run the courses! So, please get behind your local community and support this opportunity and give your business the edge it needs to succeed.

For any further questions please contact Madelyn Foreman, Coffs Coast Community College, T: (02) 6652 5378 | F: (02) 6651 7183 E:




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