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Community Feedback Sought Over Ash Storage
November 21, 2006 - Tarong Energy has identified dry land storage as the best option available for its new storage area for ash from Tarong and Tarong North power stations.

An Environmental Impact Statement has been compiled and went on display at Nanango, Kingaroy and Yarraman libraries yesterday for community feedback. It will remain on display until Monday, December 18.

As well, a series of community information sessions has also been scheduled:
  • November 29 - Nanango Cultural Centre, 10am-2pm and 4pm-8pm
  • November 30 - Kingaroy Town Hall, 10am-2pm and 4pm-8pm
  • December 1 - Yarraman Community Hall, 8am-noon
Building Supplies In New Complex
Mitre 10

November 20, 2006 - Turner's Timber and Hardware has relocated from Kingaroy Street, Kingaroy, into the brand new Mitre 10 Home and Trade Store complex, (above), at Lot 10 Rogers Drive (just near Huston Ford).

The rest of the complex, which will be Queensland's biggest Mitre 10 Home and Trade Store, is expected to open in the New Year.
LNQ Sponsors Pastel Workshop
November 17, 2006 - Learning Network Queensland (located in the old bus terminal building in Glendon Street, Kingaroy) has organised a Pastel Painting Workshop with well-known local artist Karol Oakley on November 28.

Karol has works in both public and private collections around Australia and overseas.

This is an opportunity to try your hand at something different! The workshop will run from 9am to 2:30pm and a pastel starter pack is included. For more information, phone Suzanne Veivers on (07) 4162-4455. Bookings are essential.
Business at Breakfast
November 16, 2006 - The Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce will be holding another of their popular Business Breakfasts from 7am on Tuesday December 5 at the Kingaroy RSL Club.

This will be the last social function for the KCCI for 2006 and an opportunity to meet the newly elected Executive. Guest speaker will be recently appointed South Burnett magistrate Steve Guttridge.

Start the day with a hot breakfast and great company! Cost is $12.50 per person and bookings are essential. Phone Lis on (07) 4162-8466.
Jobfind Centre Comes To Kingaroy
November 15, 2006 - JobNetwork agency SkillCentred at 19 Markwell Street, Kingaroy, is no more ... it's now a branch of Jobfind Centres Australia.

Jobfind Centres Australia was established in 1998 and is part of the privately owned Angus Knight Group. They have a string of branches in NSW, the Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania. SkillCentred Queensland began in Gympie almost 30 years ago and grew to have more than 20 offices throughout southern Queensland.

Phone contact details for the Kingaroy office remain the same.
James BarclaySouth Burnett's First Podcasts?
November 14, 2006 - You may have heard ABC Radio spruiking its podcasts (downloadable audio files that you can play on your PC or iPod), but did you know that podcasts have now come to the South Burnett?

James Barclay's South Burnett Maidenwell Astronomical Observatory website has begun posting podcasts, including one about the recent Transit of Mercury.

The next special event planned at the Observatory is an all-night vigil on the Maidenwell Sports Oval from 11pm on November 18 to dawn (weather permitting) to watch the famous Leonids meteor shower. For more information phone James (above) on (07) 4164-6194 or 0427-961-391.

And while you're there, why not check out the new 60-seat Education Centre and Star Theatre which the Observatory recently added to its list of attractions?
KCCIFour New Faces on KCCI Executive
November 13, 2006 - Four new members were elected to the Executive at the Annual General Meeting of the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce & Industry last week.

The new faces are John Boland, Maria Lynch, Sharon Bale and Peter Ploetz.

The executive for 2006-07 is President Rob Patch (The Peanut Van), Vice-President Dave Chadwick (C.Q. Tec-Service), Treasurer Trudy Muller (South Burnett Book-Keeping), Secretary Anne Miller (AM Publishing) and Executive Members Sharon Bale (National Australia Bank), Karyn Bjelke-Petersen (Bethany Cottages), John Boland (Shadylane Farm Vineyard Cottages), Keith Campbell (Kingaroy Shire Council), Maria Lynch (BGA Real Estate), Bruce Partridge (South Burnett Times), Peter Ploetz (Star Tyrepower), Bernadette Upton (Kingaroy Veterinary Surgery) and Jennifer Walters (Argue & Co).
Quota Club Unveils New Website
November 10, 2006 - Quota International Club of Kingaroy this week launched their new website with news about the club's activities.

Club members meet at 7pm on the second Monday of every month at the "Biscuit Tin", the small building behind St Mary's Church Hall at 15 Albert Street, Kingaroy.
Kingaroy Cheese On Brisbane Menu
November 9, 2006 - Chris Ganzer from Kingaroy Cheese is tickled pink that his Stuart River Triple Cream Brie has been chosen to be served at this year's Queensland Tourism Awards in Brisbane on November 17.

"And most importantly, it is not a sponsorship (something unusual in this era)," Chris said yesterday. "I have made the assumption that this is due to the hard-working people at Tourism Queensland and the Department of Wine Industry Development."

Chris said sales of Kingaroy Cheese have increased about 30 per cent for the financial year so far.
Christmas Markets At Durong
November 8, 2006 - The annual Durong Country Christmas Markets will be held on Saturday November 25 from 8am at the Durong Community Hall.

This is a great opportunity to buy your Christmas gifts and support local community groups such as Durong South State School P&C, Durong Playgroup and the Big Scrub Art Group.

There'll be Devonshire teas, a white elephant stall, wooden furniture and toys, plants, shoes, clothes, beads, cosmetics, organic pork and sausages, crafts, paintings, clocks, picture frames, ducks, geese, kittens, turkeys ... plus lots more. To book a stall, contact Leeann on (07) 4168-0273.
KCCIKCCI Annual General Meeting
November 7, 2006 - The annual general meeting of the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be held tomorrow night from 5:30pm in the Chamber office at O'Neill Square, Kingaroy.

All KCCI members are urged to attend because a quorum is required for the meeting to proceed! For more information, contact Lis on (07) 4162-8466.

For your diaries: The next KCCI Women in Business lunch will be held on Wednesday November 15 at 12:30pm at the Kingaroy Hotel Motel. Guest speaker will be Georgie Somerset from Durong Country Beef. Cost is $10 for KCCI members and $12.50 for non-members.
Two-Day Management Training Seminar
November 6, 2006 - Murray Harney, from Harney Financial Planning, and Sunshine Coast accountant Barry Johnson will be holding "Income/Outcome Business Simulations" two-day seminars for business owners and managers later this month.

The "world's best practice" management training has been organised by the Wide Bay Burnett Area Consultative Committee and will be held at two venues:
  • November 15-16 - Spinnaker Restaurant, Quay Street, Bundaberg
  • November 21-22 - Kondari Resort, Elizabeth Street, Urangan.

Cost is $100 which includes morning and afternoon teas, lunches and workshop notes. For more information contact Peter Gregory on (07) 4121-2300 or download a flyer (449kb PDF)
More Tourists Come To Region
November 3, 2006 - The Fraser Coast-South Burnett tourism region was one of only two regions in Queensland which showed an increase in visitors in 2005-2006, according to statistics in the regional tourism board's annual report.

The region welcomed 1.3 million domestic and international visitors who stayed a total of 5.3 million nights, an average of 3.9 nights (up from 3.7 nights in 2004-05). Takings from accommodation were a massive $33.7 million.

At the Fraser Coast South Burnett AGM held on October 24, John Bjelke-Petersen (Bethany Cottages) was elected to the position of General Industry Representative on the Board. He joins other South Burnett-based representatives - Bruce Hurley (The Left Bank), Carolyn Stone (Passchendaele), Wayne Kratzmann (Tingoora Hotel) and Max Lehmann (Rock-al-Roy).
BiedoBIEDO Hosts Bio-Fuels Forum
November 2, 2006 - The Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO) will be holding a Bio Fuels Regional Forum in Kingaroy later this month.

Companies and councils that use alternative energy and fuels for vehicles and machinery - as well as industry technicians - will be discussing the production, processing and use of bio-fuels.

The forum will be held at the Kingaroy TAFE College on November 24 from 8:30am. For more information about the forum - and the Bio Fuels Bash from Monto to Kingaroy which will feature alternatively powered vehicles - download an information pack (117kb) and registration form (88kb)
High School Band Is Hot Stuff!
November 1, 2006 - Kingaroy State High School's music program has been honoured by being named the Queensland winner of ABC Classic FM's 2006 Flame Award.

The Flame Awards, part of the Music Council of Australia's Music. Play For Life campaign, are open to all primary and high schools. Kingaroy State High will now receive $1000 to spend on musical equipment and are finalists in the national competition

"This is a vigorous and diverse music program which over many years has become an integral part of the Kingaroy community," said ABC Classic FM manager John Crawford. "Students and their music are everywhere - civic functions, festivals, community events, nursing homes, weddings and wineries."
Handy Website For Employers
October 31, 2006 - The Australian Taxation Office has a handy online guide for businesspeople which lists everything employers (or the self-employed) need to know about superannuation, taxation, GST etc.

The Employer Essentials website, which can be found at http://www.ato.gov.au/businesses is just one of the handy pieces of information included in this fortnight's Wide Bay Burnett Area Consultative Committee Regional Update newsletter.

The full newsletter can be read on the WBBACC website
The Peanut Van
Wins Top Award
October 20, 2006 - The Peanut Van, owned by Rob and Chris Patch, was named the Business of the Year at the Heritage Building Society / Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce Business Awards dinner on Saturday night.

Independent judges assessed the nominations of nearly 50 local businesses before coming up with winners in a number of categories:

  • Outstanding New Business - Dean Wilson Aviation
  • Retail Services - Retravision Kingaroy
  • Tourism and Accommodation Services - Shadylane Vineyard Cottages
  • Tourism Ambassador - The Peanut Van
  • Mature Age Workplace - Endeavour Business Service
  • Health and Beauty Services - Earthtones Beauty Therapy
  • Food Services - Kingaroy Hotel Motel
  • Manufacturing, Trade and Agriculture - Aussie Land & Livestock
  • Professional Services - Markwell Medicine
  • Transport and Motor - Benecke's Bus Service

Whitney Pratt from the Kingaroy Coffee Lounge, was presented with the Customer Service of the Year award (from 19 nominations); Ross Ingram (PCA) was named Outstanding Apprentice and Ngareta Day (RealWay Property Consultants) was named Outstanding Trainee.

The Business of the Year was selected from the category winners.

Cr Roger Nunn and Chris and Rob Patch

Kingaroy mayor Cr Roger Nunn with Business of the Year and Tourism Ambassador winners Chris and Rob Patch from The Peanut Van
ABC Shop Opens in Kingaroy
October 27, 2006 - Book City, located at the top of the ramp in Kingaroy Shoppingworld, has opened an ABC Shop at the back of its premises.

The ABC section features DVDs of ABC and BBC television shows, music cassettes and popular items such as Bananas in Pyjamas dolls and Triple J T-shirts.

Book City can be contacted on (07) 4162-4142 or by email.
QBuild Info For Building Contractors
October 26, 2006 - Building contractors and suppliers have been invited to attend information sessions on doing business with the State Government.

QBuild's new work allocation systems and contracts will be explained to contractors at two evening sessions to be held from 6pm at the Queensland Rugby Union Club at Ballymore in Brisbane on October 31 and November 2.

Interested contractors should contact Geoff Fett at QBuild on (07) 3404-3704.
Curves Comes To Kingaroy
October 25, 2006 - Curves women's health and weight loss centre opened on Monday in the Haly Street Arcade, off Haly Street, Kingaroy.

Owner Wendy Bermingham said Curves was designed for busy women who want to achieve their fitness goals in 30 minutes, three times a week.

Curves can be contacted on (07) 4162-5447.