Do you have an established business you want to accelerate profitability and growth? Are you at a crossroads on growth, finance, management or expansion and want to take the next step?
Berwinin conjunction with Voyager Strategies invite you to a 3 hour information clinic. Participants from the clinics will have the opportunity to enter into a program incorporating groups sessions, 1:1 mentoring and online tools over four months to expand their business.
The clinic will be held at Oceans Resort and Spa, Hervey Bay. There are two available sessions, 1 August or 2 August from 8am to 11am.
For workshop details and bookings visit https://frasercoasttickets.com.au/event/business-accelerator-clinic-7456
Community Information Sessions
- 10am until 11.30am – Reception Room, Maryborough City Hall (Kent Street)
- 5pm until 6.30pm – Reception Room, Maryborough City Hall (Kent Street)
23 May, 2018
Maryborough will be the proud host of the inaugural Australian Biosphere Conference on the 13-15 March, 2019.
The event will be hosted by the Great Sandy Biosphere Management Group and the neighbouring Noosa biosphere and will focus on the development and of programs and promotions to help protect the largest UNESCO-enshrined biosphere in the world.
For further information contact [email protected] or phone 07 4181 2999.
Fraser Coast is well positioned to become a leader in the rapidly evolving world of drones. It’s an economic growth area that will create jobs which today we can only imagine. For now, what we do know is that a lot of new jobs in five, 10 or 20 years to come will relate to drones.
The 2017 Queensland Government Drone Strategy quotes a 2016 report by Goldman Sachs that estimates potential drone market opportunities for consumer drones to reach US$17 billion by 2020, and the commercial and civil drone market to reach US$13 billion by 2020.
Recognising the potential of drones, Fraser Coast Regional Council wants to be at the forefront of developing and servicing the technology to deliver long-term economic and community benefits for our region. Therefore, we are encouraging local entrepreneurs to embrace the many opportunities that will surface in years to come.
Building on Maryborough’s renowned engineering and manufacturing excellence dating from the 1860s, Council wants to establish the city as a Drones Centre of Excellence. With 5700 businesses already registered across the Fraser Coast, that number has the potential to expand rapidly with various drone-related activities.
Drones range in size from hobbyist models now on the market to flying cars, also known as Personal Mobility Vehicles (PMV). In June 2017, Global media company Forbes reported flying cars were close to moving from fiction to reality: “In the past five years, at least eight companies have conducted their first flight tests and several more are expected to follow suit, which is indicative of the frenzied activity in this space.”
Meanwhile, Council could use sooner-to-be-developed drones for tree inspections, weed control, road analysis, security and even inspecting the condition of screws on piers and bridges. Applications could also fan out to scientific marine research and protection of dugongs and sea grasses.
Already, Maryborough State High School is planning to run drone courses in 2018 and more local schools are expected to take on drone technology as part of their curriculum in the next few years.
This is a space we’re definitely heading and Council is looking for community input. It’s an exciting venture as we forge ahead. We will be part of the drone industry.
Most keen readers know that the success of a well-written story is determined by its interesting plot – the sequence of events inside a story that affect other events…
And the development of the Relish – Fraser Coast Food Story is no different.
The Invest Fraser Coast team have been busy creating a number of events and activities which will further enrich our Food Story.
Expressions of interest have been called for the Relish Fresh Produce Carts which are near completion. If you are interested in showcasing fresh produce from our region, these carts can provide an avenue for you to do so.
The Relish Mobile Kitchen is also well underway and this flexible facility will be available to local growers, value adders, not for profit and commercial operators to hire for festivals, events and exhibitions.
One of the biggest events for our Story is happening later in the year, when the Fraser Coast hosts the inaugural Sustainable Agriculture Forum in September. This event will be presented Dr Arden Andersen who will share his knowledge and expertise on the natural maintenance of agriculture.
There are many opportunities to for you to become part of the Fraser Coast Food Story.
For further information please contact Adam Hughes, Council’s Investment Attraction Officer on 1300 79 49 29 or email [email protected]
The age old tradition of buying fresh produce from your local grower, hobby farmer or gardening enthusiast is making a resurgence – and you can be involved.
Council is currently seeking expressions of interest from the community to take part in a pilot project which makes 17 vintage carts available to groups or community organisations to sell fresh produce.
These Relish Fresh Produce Carts can be used at markets or in safe roadside vending locations across the region.
We want to encourage our community and visitors to eat fresh locally grown produce and better understand what food is available during seasonal cycles.
As a part of TAFE Queensland’s Small Business Solutions, workshops on Building a Better Business will be held in Hervey Bay from 5-8pm on March 8, 15, 22 and 29 and April 5, 2017.
For further information or to register click here.
It is the largest event for local job-seekers and this year’s Fraser Coast Jobs and Careers Expo is shaping up to be the biggest one yet!
More than 3,500 people are expected to descend on the Brolga Theatre in May to consider a range of employment and career opportunities.
Council is inviting businesses, agencies, and training and education institutions to register for a site on the day to showcase their organisation.
The Expo will be held on Wednesday, May 24 at the Brolga Theatre, Maryborough.
Stallholder registration forms are available by clicking here.
Registrations close on Friday, April 28.
For more information, contact Adam Hughes, Investment Attraction Officer on 1300 79 49 29.
Fraser Coast Regional Council is calling for expressions of interest from qualified industry professionals to participate in a newly created Development Industry Reference Group (DIRG).
The group will provide an open forum to discuss and provide advice on system and process improvements that will benefit both Council and the development industry.
Planning and Infrastructure Portfolio Councillor Denis Chapman said that the objective was to improve outcomes for all parties.
“The reference group will provide advice and assistance to Council in informing its business process,” Cr Chapman said.
“We welcome submissions from key industry group professionals such as UDIA, REIQ, surveyors, buildering certifiers, property valuers, planning consultants and civil engineering consultants.”
For more information or to view EOI documentation, visit Council’s website www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/public-notices
Submissions close at 5pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
Expressions of interest can be emailed to [email protected]
Fraser Coast Regional Council has adopted a policy to encourage the use of timber in the construction industry – including buildings up to eight storeys.
“The Fraser Coast has a significant history in timber production.” Fraser Coast Mayor Chris Loft said.
“Maryborough was once known as the Timber City.
“This policy will encourage the development of the local timber industry, encourage innovation and create jobs.
“Local company Hyne Timber continues to lead the way in developing innovative timber products as well as introducing innovative equipment at their Tuan plant.
“This Council is all about encouraging innovation, especially when it leads to better use of existing facilities and equipment and job creation.”
The policy encourages the use of responsibly sourced wood to be considered as the first-choice construction material in all new and refurbishment projects when it is deemed equally fit-for-purpose.
It has been backed by the Timber Queensland and Planet Ark Environmental Foundation.
Timber Queensland advised Council that New Zealand, Canada, France, Finland and the Netherlands were adopting a Wood Encouragement Policy as part of their procurement practices while the LaTrobe City (Victoria), Tumut (NSW), Wattle Range (SA) and Nannup (WA) councils had adopted wood encouragement policies.
The policy states that Council recognises the importance of the forest and wood products industry to regional employment and economic development and is committed to growing the forestry industry on a sustainable basis.
“I believe that we are the first Council in Queensland to adopt a Wood Encouragement Policy,” Cr Loft said.
“It will have huge benefits for the region. Hyne are developing products which are made here and exported across Australia, if not the world.
“We will continue to push and encourage innovation so that the Fraser Coast becomes synonymous with innovation in Queensland,” he said.