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.
The Fraser Coast is a diverse and interesting region when it comes to what type of industries exist and thrive within our area that has a small population of just over 100,000 people. We believe business operators need to take a closer look at whom and what is here in the region and find out what our true capability is.
Inter-business collaboration can happen in many ways as we reach out to our business networks. Often our networks have a vast array of people who work in equally vast professions often coming together in a somewhat formal nature at events such chamber meetings, workshops, at conferences and networking functions. In these sort of situation, we will often end up using the time to catch up with colleagues and rarely do we spend time actually growing and adding to our network.
Industry associations or clusters are another common platform to connect with other these are often a smaller gathering within your area of interest. Association’s such as the Master Builders, Urban development, Retail Traders, Pharmacy Guild all do amazing jobs in connecting their industries together.
The Invest Fraser Coast team have developed and are looking to expand what we have called The Fraser Coast Business Circles.
A business circle works in many ways, firstly it is an opportunity for businesses that are vastly different but may have a similar interest together for some information sharing and thought-provoking conversation about challenges and solutions each business, looking at each other issues with fresh eyes and alternative experience in informative yet facilitated manner.
Secondly, it gives the participant the opportunity to discuss possibilities for collaboration, whether this is through logistics and procurement, lobbying and advocacy, through combining training opportunities or human resources. It is for the group to see what synergies exist and how best to leverage off of each other and grow each other business and area of interest.
We currently have established circles in Food and Agribusiness, International Education, Conferences and Events, Marine and Health and Assisted Living.
If you would like to join or create an industry circle please contact the Invest Fraser Coast team via email [email protected] or phone +61 7 4190 5770.
The Invest Fraser Coast team are excited to announce that Regional Development specialist Stewart Christie will be coming to the region to lead an Agricultural Forum with a focus on how to make the most of what is grown in the area and the circular economy.
As well as specialist guest speakers from the Sugar and the plant extraction industry.
The Invest Fraser Coast team will be hosting this full day forum at the Brolga Theatre on Thursday, 2 February from 10:30am to 5pm with networking and local produce showcase from 5pm.
The forum is free to attend with lunch provided. The day provides both learning and networking opportunities to all those involved in the agriculture/primary production and food industry.
For further information or to pre-register for this event please feel free to contact Invest Fraser Coast on 07 4190 5770 or [email protected]
Infrastructure charges will be waived for new commercial properties in CBDs across the Fraser Coast as part of a new incentive scheme aimed at attracting sustainable development and creating jobs.
The 100% discount on infrastructure charges for developments that create jobs, not just in the building phase, is part of a raft of changes to the Infrastructure Charges Incentives Policy and Direct Incentive Offer Policy recently adopted by Council.
The incentive packages aim to stimulate rural industry, over 50’s lifestyle villages, tourism parks, medical, commercial, industrial developments and small-lot residential development.
“Rural production is declining,” Fraser Coast Mayor Chris Loft said.
“By increasing the infrastructure charges discount for rural businesses from 20% to 50%, we aim to attract rural industries, especially in the processing sector.
“These businesses could also be eligible for a further 45% discount on infrastructure charges that is available for employment creating projects; that’s a 95% discount.
“A processing industry on the Fraser Coast would create jobs and be an incentive for farmers to expand production which will create jobs on farms and in industries that service farmers.”
Also targeted is the growing Over 50s market.
The definition of an ‘Over 50’s Lifestyle Village’ has been expanded to include relocatable home parks and the Tourist Parks definition now includes tourist attractions to boost the diversity of our tourism industry.
And a new category – Small Lot Residential Development has been created to target contemporary, small-lot residential subdivisions including terrace housing, zero lot line and rear lane styles of residential product on freehold title lots.
“The incentive policies have been very successful. They have brought on about $88 million worth of residential development (674 lots alone),” Cr Loft said.
“While medical facilities, residential development and infill developments also fared well under the scheme; rural industries, CBD employment generating developments lagged behind which is why we’ve boosted the incentives in those areas.”
The UDIA Fraser Coast supports Council’s continued initiative to apply incentive schemes for new developments.
“We are particularly pleased with the added incentive of zero headworks charges for new CBD developments,” Fraser Coast Urban Development Institute of Australia president Glen Winney said.
“The incentives are extremely important for creating new jobs in our region and making us a competitive area for investors.
“The Fraser Coast needs to support businesses and farmers to grow and prosper and these incentives go a long way to help stimulate growth.
“The other important change is infill development incentives. If the Fraser Coast is to become affordable and contain rate increases, it needs higher density within existing built up areas and restrict urban sprawl, and the best way to do that is to give current land owners incentives to better utilize their land.”
The new policy comes into effect in February 2017. A range of resource material explaining the detail of the schemes will be available on the Council website in February.