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.
The Fraser Coast continues to strengthen its position as a must-see destination for international visitors with arrivals growing at almost twice the Queensland average, a national survey has found.
Figures released in the latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) show the Fraser Coast enjoying double digit growth in international visitors with a 14.1% increase in overseas arrivals for the year ending June 2015.
The increase easily outstrips the Australian average growth of 6.6% and the Queensland average of 7.7% for the same period.
On the back of strong marketing campaigns highlighting the region’s unique nature-based experiences, holiday visitors grew 12.9% to 127,000, again outpacing the state and national averages.
Invest Fraser Coast (FCO) board member Greig Bolderrow said significant gains came from the UK market where arrivals increased 13.8% to 36,000 people, and greater Europe which rose 15.6% to 68,000 including an impressive 30.5% rise in German visitors.
The money is also flowing when they arrive, with direct expenditure for the Fraser Coast increasing by 21% to $46.8 million, well ahead of the Queensland average of 14.8% and the Australian average of 11.3%.
“It’s pleasing for the region that market share for both visitation and expenditure is growing against the state and national averages, especially in the UK and European markets which we currently target,’’ Mr Bolderrow said.
Fraser Coast Regional Councillor with the tourism portfolio, Stuart Taylor, said the results were great news for the region.
“More international visitors spending more money in our region is an excellent outcome, spreading positive benefits throughout the entire Fraser Coast economy,’’ he said.
“It is a credit to the standard of tourism operators in the region who always strive to deliver a world-class product,’’ he said.
FCO’s Interim General Manager Leigh Bennett said the strong growth figures meant the region had good programs in place leading it in the right direction.
“With the work going in to the Australia’s Nature Coast program, it’s pleasing to see the growth in Europe and the UK – two of our targeted areas,’’ he said.
“This is set to continue with the recently announced contestable funding grant for this program.
“FCO also continues to seek further funding grants to build operator capacity such as international ready programs,” Mr Bennett said.
Dan and Steph Mulheron, winners of Channel 7’s 2013 season of ‘My Kitchen Rules’ (MKR), have partnered with Invest Fraser Coast (FCO) in an ambassador role for the Fraser Coast.
Since winning the 2013 competition, the couple have opened their own restaurant (EAT at Dan and Steph’s), espresso bar (School House Espresso) and published two books (EAT at Home and Meat & Sweet).
The highlight of the last few years however, is starting their family with the recent arrival of their daughter Emmy.
Steph said they are smitten; ‘She is the light of our life! We are really happy to be able to bring our daughter up in a great place where Dan and I also grew up.’
The partnership with FCO will see Dan and Steph feature in Fraser Coast promotions and events, including continuing their strong relationship with signature regional events such as Relish Food and Wine Festival.
Dan said he was excited to partner with FCO and showcase everything the Fraser Coast has to offer.
‘Steph and I love this place. We are honoured to be official ambassadors and partner with Invest Fraser Coast to show Australia and the world how great our region really is’, said Dan.
Manager of Tourism and Events for FCO, Tas Webber said the partnership will be a great benefit for the region.
‘Dan and Steph are great influencers around Australia since their success on MKR, and we’re thrilled to have them on board to continue building our destination image. With Dan and Steph, we aim to showcase the Fraser Coast’s amazing regional produce and grow the foodie scene across the region’, said Tas.
The partnership will see both Dan and Steph and FCO utilise the relationship on social media platforms, partner at local events and leverage off the Fraser Coast and EAT brands.
For more on Dan and Steph and their EAT brand, head to danandsteph.com.au. For information on the Fraser Coast, head to visitfrasercoast.com.au.