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Message from the Director

This last fortnight has been busy for the RDA ACT team. We are now prepared to promote two events that we have been organising, including the next Renewable Energy Business Forum (15 November 2018) and Renewable Energy Community Day (1 December 2018) – save the date!

In other news, we have had our heads down on developing a compelling Expression of Interest for an export hub for premium product SME food and agricultural producers. We are working closely with the CBRJO and partners such as the Canberra Business Chamber, Austrade and CRBIN on this concept.

There is a classical market failure in information – there are many businesses which would get into exporting from the Capital region – they just need good information and some assistance to make it happen. The key is using the freight capacity now available on international flights directly out of Canberra Airport.

At the broader level, there is need for developing an AgriFood cluster in the region. This requires stakeholders from government, research, processing, food service and farmers coming together to benefit all. This initiative should be firmly on everyone’s radar. Get in contact if you would like to get involved!


Mike Claessens

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