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Thank You Cliff!
November 30, 2007 - Well-known Kingaroy identity Cliff Hauritz received a special tribute for his service to the concrete industry at a changeover ceremony held at the South Burnett Concrete plant in Kingaroy last week.

Cliff, the retiring owner, was presented with a gift from Ostwald Bros CEO Brendan Ostwald, (above right), to recognise his 39 years service.

The new operator of South Burnett Concrete will be Ostwald Quarries, the concrete and quarries arm of Dalby-based civil construction company Ostwald Bros.
Kevin RuddRudd Unveils Ministry Line-Up
November 29, 2007 - Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd, (right), today unveiled his new Federal Ministry.

Cabinet & Ministry:

  • Deputy Prime Minister, Employment and Workplace Relations, Education, Social Inclusion - Julia Gillard
  • Treasurer - Wayne Swan
  • Attorney-General - Robert McClelland
  • Special Minister of State - John Faulkner
  • Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry - Tony Burke
  • Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy - Stephen Conroy
  • Climate Change & Water - Penny Wong
  • Defence - Joel Fitzgibbon
  • Environment, Heritage & Arts - Peter Garrett
  • Family, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs - Jenny Macklin
  • Finance & Deregulation - Lindsay Tanner
  • Foreign - Stephen Smith
  • Health & Ageing - Nicola Roxon
  • Human Services - Joe Ludwig
  • Immigration and Citizenship - Chris Evans
  • Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development & Local Government - Anthony Albanese
  • Innovation, Industry, Science & Research - Kim Carr
  • Resources, Energy & Tourism - Martin Ferguson
  • Trade - Simon Crean

Outer Ministry:

  • Ageing - Justine Elliot
  • Competition Policy & Consumer Affairs - Chris Bowen
  • Home Affairs - Bob Debus
  • Defence, Science & Personnel - Warren Snowden
  • Employment Participation - Brendan O'Connor
  • Housing, Status of Women - Tanya Plibersek
  • Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy - Craig Emerson
  • Superannuation & Corporate Governance - Nick Sherry
  • Veterans Affairs - Alan Griffin
  • Youth and Sport - Kate Ellis

Parliamentary secretaries will be Maxine McKew, Greg Combet, Mike Kelly, Gary Gray, Bill Shorten, Bob McMullan, Duncan Kerr, Anthony Byrne, Ursula Stephens, John Murphy, Jan McLucas and Laurie Ferguson
Kilkivan Meeting On Tourism Review
November 28, 2007 - The Stafford Group has been appointed by the State Government to undertake a review of the network of Queensland's tourism organisations.

The group will report on industry governance structures, roles and responsibilities, co-ordination, partnerships and relationships; and skill gaps and development opportunities.

The local regional tourism organisation, Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism, has organised two consultation meetings in regards to the review to be held on December 11 at Kilkivan and Hervey Bay.

For more information contact Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism on (07) 4122-3444.
KCCISB Futures Forum On Tonight
November 27, 2007 - The Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry's South Burnett Futures Forum will be held in Kingaroy tonight to allow community groups from current shires to network ahead of next year's "super shire" council amalgamation.

The KCCI believes the formation of the South Burnett Regional Council will provide challenges (and opportunities) for local community groups which currently have relationships with councils which will no longer be in existence.

The Futures Forum will provide an opportunity for these groups to network and make short presentations to Transition Chief Executive Officer Shane Gray and Mayor David Carter from the Local Transition Committee.

The Forum will be held at the Kingaroy RSL Club's Tobruk Room from 6:30pm. Cost is $15 which includes a two-course meal. Please contact John Carey at the KCCI on (07) 4162-8466 for more information or download the attached flyer (62kb PDF)
Funding Offer For Local Festivals
November 26, 2007 - Festivals Australia is calling for applications from local community and regional festivals for funding under two programs:

  • Festivals Australia - funds new arts projects at community festivals

  • Festivals Australia Regional Residencies - funds communities to engage artists to help them develop new locally-themed projects for community festivals or celebrations.

For more information phone 1800-819-461, send an email or visit the Festival Australia website
Don't Forget To Vote In The Other Poll ...
November 23, 2007 - The Australian Electoral Commission has begun posting out ballot papers to the estimated 700,000 eligible voters affected by forced Council amalgamations in Queensland.

Local Government Association of Queensland executive director Greg Hallam has urged people to vote in the poll in an interview with ABC News today.

"We think there could be a turn-off factor (with the Federal election)," he said.

"We say to them, this is a once in a lifetime chance. Don't throw this opportunity away. People have fought incredibly hard to secure the right for you to have a vote on the future of your local government, please participate in the process."

NB. The results of a plebiscite are not binding on the State Government
KCCINew KCCI Executive Elected
November 22, 2007 - The Annual General Meeting of the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry was held last night.

The Executive Committee for 2007-08 is:
  • President - Rob Patch (The Peanut Van)
  • Vice-President - Karyn Bjelke-Petersen (Bethany Cottages)
  • Treasurer - Jenny Walters (Argue and Co)
  • Secretary - Anne Miller (AM Publishing)

Executive Members:
  • John Boland (Shadylane Vineyard Cottages)
  • James Bredhauer (Aussie Land & Livestock)
  • Keith Campbell (Kingaroy Shire Council)
  • Dave Chadwick (CQ Tec-Service)
  • Jacqui Irwin (South Burnett Hire & Sales)
  • Bruce Partridge (South Burnett Times)
  • Leanne Stallwood (Realway Property)
  • Chris Tuffield (National Australia Bank)
  • Bernadette Upton (Kingaroy Veterinary Surgery)

Rob Patch congratulated new faces James, Chris, Leanne and Jacqui on their election and thanked resigning members Maria Lynch (Across Country BGA Real Estate), Trudy Muller (South Burnett Book-Keeping), Peter Ploetz (Star Tyrepower) and Sharon Sippel (NAB) for all their assistance over the past 12 months.
Labor To Restructure ACCs
November 21, 2007 - The ALP would build the existing Area Consultative Committee regional structure into a new body called Regional Development Australia if elected at Saturday's federal poll.

Regional Development Australia would:
  • Develop strategic regional plans in close consultation with local government, State, regional development bodies, private sector and regional communities,
  • Support local projects in line with their plans,
  • Identify infrastructure needs in their regions,
  • Liaise across government about the needs of regional communities.

Labor would continue to support Regional Organisations of Councils but would make it mandatory that all relevant applications are developed in consultation with Regional Development Australia.

Asked to respond to Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss's promise of $15 million regional funding over three years (see story below), the ALP supplied their Regional Development For A Sustainable Future policy document (144kb PDF)
KCCI AGM Tomorrow Night
November 20, 2007 - The Annual General Meeting of the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be held from 5:30pm tomorrow night at the KCCI Offices in O'Neill Square, Kingaroy.

Everyone is invited to attend but only financial members of the KCCI are eligible to vote or stand for office.

Members of the Executive Committee must also be nominated and seconded by financial members. Nominations can be taken from the floor of the meeting on the night. For more information and nomination forms, contact John Carey on (07) 4162-8466.
Warren TrussTruss Promises $15m
If Coalition Re-Elected
November 19, 2007 - Southern Queensland - including the new North Burnett Regional Council area, the South Burnett Regional Council area and Cherbourg - would share $15m of Sustainable Regions funding over five years ... if the Coalition is re-elected in the Federal poll on Saturday.

Trade Minister Warren Truss, (right), announced the new Southern Queensland Sustainable Region in Kingaroy this morning. It will stretch from St George and Goondiwindi to Monto.

It replaces the former Wide Bay Burnett Sustainable Region whose funding expired in June 2006. Several local businesses successfully accessed support under this program including Dean Wilson Aviation, Barlil Organic Poultry and Murgon Leather.

"We have identified the Southern Queensland region as being in need of assistance, based on a range of socio-economic indicators including real incomes, education levels and diversity of economy. The impact of the drought has also been a big factor in choosing this particular region," Mr Truss said.
Multi-Million Dollar Announcement on Monday
November 16, 2007 - SCOOP! Minister for Trade, Deputy Leader of the Nationals, Federal Member for Wide Bay - and former Kingaroy Mayor - Warren Truss will be making "a multi-million dollar regional funding announcement" in Kingaroy on Monday.

The announcement will be made in front of invited guests at the Kingaroy Visitor Information Centre on Monday morning.
Annual Picnic at Bunyas
November 16, 2007 - The annual picnic of the Bunya Mountains Natural History Association - a modern Bunya Mountains tradition - will be held from 10am on December 1 at Cedarvale.

The annual get-together is for those people who live, or have lived, on the Bunya Mountains and surrounding areas. Free morning and afternoon tea, lunch and entertainment are provided.

For more information, contact Ruth Humphrys on (07) 4663-4744 or Audrey Sampson on (07) 4164-6198.
Where Did That Three Hours Go?
November 15, 2007 - Meetings ... can't work with 'em, can't work without 'em ... the Wide Bay Burnett Area Consultative Committee promises its latest seminar will help you conquer the challenges of meetings and make them work for you.

The four-hour seminar, which will be delivered by Our Community from Melbourne in Kingaroy on November 26, will cover:
  • Why and when you should meet
  • Developing an agenda that works
  • Use of sub-committees and reporting back
  • Managing conflicts of interest
  • The role of the chair - keeping the meeting on track

Cost is $10 and bookings are essential. For more information, contact WBBACC Small Business Field Officer Peter Gregory on (07) 4121-2300.
Network Opportunity For South Burnett Groups
November 14, 2007 - The Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry has organised a South Burnett Futures Forum to be held in Kingaroy later this month to allow community groups from current shires to network ahead of next year's "super shire" council amalgamation.

The KCCI believes the formation of the South Burnett Regional Council will provide challenges (and opportunities) for local community groups which currently have relationships with councils which will no longer be in existence.

The Futures Forum will provide an opportunity for these groups to network and make short presentations to Transition Chief Executive Officer Shane Gray and Mayor David Carter from the Local Transition Committee.

The Forum will be held at the Kingaroy RSL Club's Tobruk Room from 6:30pm on Tuesday November 27. Cost is $15 which includes a two-course meal. Please RSVP to John Carey at the KCCI on (07) 4162-8466 by November 26.

For more information, please download the attached flyer (62kb PDF)
Bush TelegraphNewspaper Telegraphs
Changes In Appin Street
November 13, 2007 - A new publication appeared unexpectedly on footpaths outside South Burnett homes last week ... the Bush Telegraph.

The paper is published by the Bush Telegraph Trust, from Shop 1, 2 Appin Street, Nanango and can be contacted on (07) 4163-2043 or by email

Spokeswoman Holly Batten said it was intended that the free publication would be distributed weekly from Benarkin and Cooyar to Yarraman, Nanango, Kingaroy, Wondai, Proston, Murgon, Goomeri and Kilkivan.

Also new at Shop 1, 2 Appin Street, Nanango is Our Magic Water which supplies bottled ionised alkaline mineral drinking water. Our Magic Water can be contacted on (07) 4171-0140 or by email.

Injury therapist The Blue Healer (Matthew Butler) who used to be located in these premises has relocated his business to 386 Stretton Drive, Teelah Heights, Blackbutt. He can now be contacted on (07) 4163-0752.
Taabinga Homestead Taabinga Homestead
on Channel 7
November 12, 2007 - Historic Taabinga Homestead, (right), located just south of Kingaroy, was featured on Channel 7's Queenslander Weekender on Saturday.

The Heritage-listed homestead was built in 1846 and is one of Queensland's oldest continually occupied homes.

Owners Libby Leu and Colin Marshall offer B&B packages with accommodation in cottages in the gardens of the homestead. Taabinga is also home of the annual classical Taabinga Spring Music Festival.

Click here for the Queenslander Weekender report
RSVP Today For Meet'n'Greet
November 9, 2007 - The next KCCI Meet'n'Greet will be held on Monday night at Endeavour Business Services (better known as Endeavour Biscuits) at 17 Kingaroy Street.

Presentations will be made by Shane Gray (South Burnett Regional Council Local Transition Committee Interim CEO), Sue Kratzmann (QDPI&F - Skills Formation Strategies) and Hazel Patterson (Endeavour).

The Meet'n'Greet will include a tour of the facilities and taste testing of new food products.

Cost is $14 including drinks. For catering purposes, please RSVP to the KCCI on (07) 4162-8466 today.
Caravanners Vote Kingaroy
RSL Club As Top Dining Spot
November 8, 2007 - The caravanners taking part in the recent Combined Caravan Clubs of Queensland State Rally in Kingaroy in September were asked to tally up their local spending and nominate their favourite businesses in several categories.

Their answers make interesting reading.

The total spend was $122,565, which included several major purchases from local businesses.

  • Favourite Dining Venue - Kingaroy RSL

  • Favourite Retail/Shopping Outlet - Woolworths

  • Favourite Entertainment/Recreation/Attraction/Tourist Venue - Endeavour Biscuits / Kingaroy RSL (tie)
Tarong Energy Ready For Summer
November 7, 2007 - All four generating units at Tarong Power Station will be on line to boost the security of south-east Queensland's power supply during summer, Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson announced yesterday.

Tarong has had two generating units at its Nanango site off-line since April to save water from Boondooma Dam.

“After the welcome rain of recent weeks in Wivenhoe and the water savings already made by generators, Tarong Energy is now able to bring the other two generating units back on line for this summer's peak demand,” Mr Wilson said.

“All four generating units will be on line in early December but will remain at reduced levels to save water. They can be ramped up to full capacity at a moment's notice,” he said.
New Supermarket Quickly Taking Shape
November 6, 2007 - The new $14 million supermarket complex on the corner of Kingaroy and Avoca Streets, Kingaroy, is quickly taking shape with construction due to be completed by the end of the year.

The complex will include a 2200 sq m Supa IGA supermarket, a cafe, off-street car parking and another large retail area (next to Pound Street).

For more information, and to view artists' impressions of the new building and a floorplan (6.3Mb PDF), visit the DGS Property Group website.