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Pumpkins Hit The Streets On Sunday
May 23, 2008 - The annual Goomeri Pumpkin Festival is really on a roll ... this Sunday marks the 12th annual festival!

As well as the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll, there'll be a street parade, live entertainment, a reptile show, market stalls and lots and lots of pumpkins.

A new event this year is the Great Pumpkin Pull which will be held at noon at the BGA carpark. Entry to the festival is free.
Women's Employment
Grants Close June 2
May 22, 2008 - Applications for funding under two State Government Office for Women grant programs are closing on June 2.

The programs are designed to assist Queensland businesses to increase the participation of women in non-traditional employment.

There are 10 grants of up to $10,000 available in the Women in Trades scheme and two grants of up to $50,000 in the Indigenous Working Women's Fund.

For more information visit the Office For Women website or call 1800-177-577.
Put On Your Thinking Caps!
May 21, 2008 - Trivia buffs start practising now! Durong State School P&C is promising a night of laughs and great prizes at their fund-raising Trivia Night which will be held in September.

The P&C is looking for teams of eight to register as soon as possible (or individuals can be formed into a team on the night). Cost is $10 per person. There'll also be a bar and a gourmet supper.

The Trivia Night will be held at Durong Community Hall on Saturday, September 6 from 6:30pm. For more information, phone (07) 4168-0273. Facebook members can check out the event listing which includes a handy map.
BiedoBIEDO On The Move
May 20, 2008 - The Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation, formerly located alongside the council at Kilkivan, has moved to Goomeri.

BIEDO is now located at 10 Moore Street. The new phone number is (07) 4169-7851 and fax (07) 4169-7852. Mail should be sent to PO Box 94, Goomeri, 4601.

The email and website details remain the same.

BIEDO assists businesses in the North Burnett, South Burnett and Gympie Regional Council areas.
Tourism Vision For 2020
May 19, 2008 - A workshop will be held in Kingaroy next week as part of the development of a Regional Tourism Investment and Infrastructure Plan (RTIIP) for the South-East Queensland Country Region.

The RTIIP aims to encourage tourism agencies and investors to consider specific regional investment opportunities to allow South-East Queensland Country "to reach its full potential in terms of sustainable tourism by 2020".

The joint Tourism Queensland / Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism workshop, which will be run by specialist destination management company EC3, will be held on Wednesday May 28 at a venue to be advised.
Target: Find Outback Joe!
May 16, 2008 - The UAV Outback Challenge will be held again this year at Kingaroy Airport ... and this time there will be more than $70,000 in prize money on offer.

Planning for the competition, which will be held from September 21-23, has already begun with the South Burnett Regional Council meeting with the organisers: the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation, the Department of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry and Boeing Australia.

Last year's target proved elusive with "Outback Joe" failing to be found. This year Joe will be hunted by even more teams with the event already attracting registrations from 16 school teams and 34 open teams, including Australian university teams and international teams.
New Look For SBTA Executive
May 15, 2008 - The Executive of the South Burnett Tourism Association has a new-look following the AGM held late last month at Moffatdale:

  • President - John Bjelke-Petersen (Bethany Cottages)

  • Vice-President - Cathy Davis (Hillview Cottages)

  • Treasurer - Wayne Kratzmann (Tingoora Hotel)

  • Executive members - Bruce Hurley (The Left Bank), Frank Deshon (Deshons Retreat), Jason Kinsella (Moffatdale Ridge Winery) and a tourism representative from the South Burnett Regional Council.

The position of Secretary is still vacant. Financial members of the SBTA who may be interested in filling this position (a small stipend will be paid) are invited to contact any of the above Executive members.

Retiring executive members were President Carolyn Stone (Passchendaele Farm Holidays), Vice-President John Boland (formerly Shadylane Vineyard Cottages) and Treasurer Max Lehmann (Rock-al-Roy B&B).
Booklet To Help Beat Transport Woes
May 14, 2008 - Getting around the South Burnett if you don't have a car can be a problem but there's a surprising number of transport options available ... if you know where to look.

There are "shopper buses" running to Goomeri, Murgon and Kingaroy as well as a number of school runs which will take paid passengers. Graham House at Murgon also operates three different transport options with different eligibility criteria.

To help South Burnett residents navigate their way through these options, Queensland Transport - with assistance from South Burnett Community Integrated Transport Services (SBCITS) - has released a booklet, (above), which lists local services and contact phone numbers.

For more information, contact Graham House on (07) 4168-2828.
Our Place, Our Future Deadline
May 13, 2008 - Funding applications under the latest round of the Our Place, Our Future ó Resourcing Rural Capacity "Blueprint for the Bush" program close at 4:00pm on Monday June 2.

The State Government scheme aims to assist members of rural and remote communities to increase their capacity to build more socially, culturally and economically sustainable communities.

There are two categories of funding available:

  • Planning and engagement: To assist local communities to work together to identify, develop, co-ordinate and prioritise local strategies and plans that may lead to longer-term initiatives

  • Project implementation: To action existing community plans and priorities that improve the sustainability of communities through social, cultural, environmental and/or economic development initiatives.


For more information contact Adrian Tantari, Manager of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Office of Rural and Regional Communities on (07) 4151-9749 or download the attached Fact Sheet (56kb PDF) and Guidelines (230kb PDF)
Creative Seminar For
Small Businesses
May 12, 2008 - Melissa Davis and Gary Brown from Sunshine Coast-based marketing and web design business Big Ideas will be holding a seminar for small and home-based businesses in Kingaroy next month.

Melissa will talk about "Creative Marketing in a Competitive World" , while Gary will explain how to "Boost your Business Online".

The seminar - on a date to be fixed - has been organised by the Wide Bay Burnett Area Consultative Committee and Small Business Field Officer Peter Gregory with the support of the KCCI. More information will be published when it becomes available.

NB. Sadly, this may well be one of the last seminars organised by Peter in Kingaroy. It was announced on April 28 that as part of a "pre-election commitment" by the Federal Government, the Small Business Field Officer program would "expire" on June 30.
Miners Seek Riches In South Burnett
May 9, 2008 - Queensland-based coal and mineral exploration company Bowen Energy Ltd (BEL) has been granted an exploration licence to search for coal in a 530sq km area stretching from north of Crows Nest to west of Nanango, including the townships of Yarraman and Maidenwell.

EPC 1083 "Cooyar" was granted on March 26. In its Quarterly Report to the Australian Securities Exchange last week, BEL said explorations in this region would be directed at both domestic and possible export quality thermal coal although no work had been performed in the area as yet.

Other local permits, still awaiting approval, include:

  • Tarong Energy Corporation has applied for an exploration permit covering 247sq km west of Yarraman. This permit, EPM 16811, is to explore for minerals including kaolin,

  • Eastern Uranium Pty Ltd has applied for a mineral permit to explore three areas near Proston. EMP 16442 covers a total of 222 sq km.
Fly Ash May Help Soils
May 8, 2008 - Sydney scientists may have found a new use for the 14 million tonnes of waste flyash created every year by Australia's coal-fired power stations.

The May-June edition of Groundcover, the journal of the Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC), reports that a team from the University of Technology used flyash to correct soil acidity in a range of different soil types.

Importantly, there was no evidence of heavy metals getting into the food chain and the yields of their canola test crops also increased!

Who knows? One day we may see the flyash trucks heading west from Tarong rather than down the Blackbutt Range!
There's No Need To Rough It
May 7, 2008 - A recent business added to SBBiz is Johnno's Camper Trailers, located at 375 West Wooroolin Road, Wooroolin.

Barney and Anita Horne launched their business in March and had a large display at the recent Kingaroy Show. They have a range of on-road and off-road camping trailers for hire or purchase as well as camper tops to fit trailers and camping accessories.

They can be contacted on (07) 4164-2300 or by email.
Supa IGA To Open Next Week
May 6, 2008 - The new Supa IGA Supermarket on the corner of Avoca and Kingaroy Streets will open its doors to the public for the first time at 8:00am next Tuesday (May 13).

Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce members and local businesspeople have been invited to attend a "grand opening" the evening before where food and wine will be served and Mayor David Carter will officially cut the ribbon.

If you would like to attend this official opening ceremony - and you haven't already received an invitation - please contact KCCI Project Officer Polly Birchall on (07) 4162-8466 as soon as possible.
Fillies Hot To Trot At Burrandowan
May 2, 2008 - While some South Burnett fillies will be kicking up their heels in the equestrian ring at this weekend's Kingaroy Show, may of the two-legged variety will be staying at home and studying the fashion pages to work out just what they should wear to next weekend's Burrandowan Picnic Races.

An amazing $3000 in total prizes is up for grabs in the Fashions On The Field competition at Burrandowan on May 10. Categories include best-dressed woman, best-dressed man, best-dressed couple and best-dressed group. Prizes include accommodation packages, watches, a swag, wine and gift certificates.

Shuttle buses will be running from Kingaroy to the Burrandowan racetrack. For more information or to buy tickets phone the Kingaroy Visitor Information Centre on (07) 4162-6272.
Radio Centre Has Split Personalities
May 1, 2008 - The purchase of Southern Cross Broadcasting by Macquarie Media Group late last year has forced the sale of 19 radio stations across Australia to meet regulatory requirements - including Kingaroy's Heart 10.71AM (4SB).

10.71 is now owned by Brad & Judy Smartís Smart Radio/Pinecam network, joining stations at Mt Isa, Emerald, Roma, Dalby and Charleville. 89.1CFM remains with Macquarie Southern Cross Media (formerly known as Macquarie Regional Radioworks).

This has led to the odd situation where two radio stations owned by different companies are now operating out of the South Burnett Radio Centre on the corner of Glendon and Alford Streets, Kingaroy.

For the moment contact details remain the same however this is expected to change within the next few weeks.
Supa IGA Opening Date "Soon"
April 30, 2008: Traffic lights will be installed on the corner of Kingaroy and Avoca streets, Kingaroy, to handle increased traffic to the new Supa IGA complex but probably not before the store opens.

Store manager Stephen Anderson told the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce Meet'n'Greet on Monday night that the opening date of the store would be announced "very shortly".

Stephen also explained the IGA Community Chest concept where the store supports local charitable causes with a donation from every sale. Last year IGA stores around Australia donated more than $6 million to schools, fire brigades, youth groups etc

Meanwhile, John Hyslop, owner of the new Kingaroy store, the Yarraman IGA and the Gatton Supa IGA, is not letting the grass grow beneath his feet. He will begin construction soon on a new 200sq m Supa IGA store in Warwick.
Latest WBBACC Newsletter Available
April 29, 2008 - The latest edition of the Wide Bay Burnett Area Consultative Committee's electronic Regional Update is now available online.

This edition includes information about two part-time positions available at the Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO) and the Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism Awards information meeting which will be held in Kingaroy on May 23.

The electronic newsletter is designed to provide all the latest information on events, activities and grant opportunities distributed by the Federal Government.
To join the email mailing list, contact Cameron Bisley at the WBBACC on (07) 4121-7099 or email him
Murgon Saleyards To Be Sold
April 28, 2008 - South Burnett Regional Council Mayor David Carter confirmed today that the sale of the Murgon Saleyards would go ahead.

Cr Carter told ABC Radio the new Council had approved the sale and expected a settlement soon.

The sale had been delayed by a technicality during the council amalgamation process while Murgon Shire Council was in "caretaker mode".

FOOTNOTE: If you haven't traded in your old CDMA mobile phone, you'd better do it today! At midnight tonight, Telstra will be switching off its CDMA network ...
Local Maps Have The
South Burnett Covered
April 24, 2008 - There's no longer any excuse for getting lost on the backroads and byways of the South Burnett!

CKSmaps from Blackbutt (in reality Karyn and Colin Simpson) have got the area covered in detail in their home-published Rural Roads & Local Town Maps street directory, (right).

The idea for the directory began in 2004 as a simple guide to around Blackbutt and Nanango when the couple, newly arrived from NSW, felt the need for such a publication. It quickly expanded to cover from Bell to Goomeri and all points in between. Karyn says she received a lot of help from the former local councils in her project but has also relied heavily on local knowledge to fill in the gaps.

The book, which is continually being updated, is available from several local outlets including Pomfrets Plumbing in Kingaroy, the Blackbutt Newsagency, the Nanango Visitor Information Centre and the Kingaroy Visitor Information Centre.