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New Cottage Opens at Bunyip Springs
June 29, 2006 - Bunyip Springs Farmstay, on the Bunya Mountains Road at Maidenwell, has opened a second cottage and also boasts a new website.

The cottages, Bunyip Springs Cottage and Bunyip Springs Lodge, can sleep a total of 14 and are located on a 620 acre grazing property situated at the base of the Bunya Mountains.

Owner Kathy Hall can be contacted on (07) 4164-6175 or by email
SBBiz on Rosalie
Council Website
June 28, 2006 - Southburnett.biz business directory is now available through the newly redesigned Rosalie Shire Council website

Rosalie Shire has joined Kingaroy, Nanango and Kilkivan councils in using this business database which is maintained by the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

So as even more eyes are using it, it is more important than ever that your listings are accurate. If you see anything here that is out of date, closed or just plain wrong, please let us know! You can contact us by email or telephone (07) 4163-6854.

Remember all listings are totally free.
New Listings In Rosalie Shire
June 27, 2006 - Two recent website links added to Southburnett.biz are both in Rosalie Shire.

Wedgetail Ridge Estate Winery is located at 656 Kingsthorpe-Haden Road, Kingsthorpe. The winery, vineyard and cellardoor offers barbecue lunches on weekends and hosts jazz and folk music on Sundays from noon. They can be contacted on (07) 4699-3029.

Sugar Loaf Mountain Country Retreat offers self-contained accommodation in the heart of the Darling Downs with views over local farming land. Owner Jeanette Wehl can be contacted on (07) 4630-1109.
Campbell Tunes In
June 26, 2006 - A new business added recently to SBBiz is Campton Antenna Services based in Nanango but servicing the whole South Burnett.

Campbell Gibson does antenna installations and repairs, arranges satellite free-to-air and installs extra telephone jacks and TV points.

He can be reached on 0423-252-604 or by by email.
Art Gallery Opens At Goomeri
June 23, 2006 - Well-known local artist Patricia Falkenhagen has opened a gallery at Goomeri.

Ye Olde Blacksmith Art Gallery is located in the old blacksmith's shop at 14 Moore Street and is open at weekends and on public holidays from 10am (or by appointment).

Patricia can be contacted on (07) 4168-4208.
Print and Beyond the South Burnett
June 22, 2006 - South Burnett-based printing and graphic design business Print and Beyond has opened an agency in Adelaide ... joining its established agencies in Brisbane, Toowoomba and Sydney as well as on the Central Coast of NSW.

Owner Martin Stern said the latest agency was headed up by budding designer Sonya Dahmes who was "looking forward to the challenge of building up the business down there".
Learn How To Create
Advertising That Works
June 21, 2006 - Have you ever wondered why some advertisements work and others just leave you cold? Well, this is the seminar for you!

The State Development Centre Maryborough/Hervey Bay, in conjunction with APN Newspapers (the publishers of the South Burnett Times), are holding a free seminar in Kingaroy next week entitled "What Makes A Good Ad".

The seminar will be held on Tuesday 27th June at the Kingaroy RSL Club from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and refreshments will be provided. Topics to be covered include effective layout, how to target customers and identifying the differnce between marketing and advertising. To book, phone 13-26-50.
Silver Trophy For Kingaroy Cheese
June 20, 2006 - Congratulations to Chris Ganzer, from Kingaroy Cheese, who walked away with a silver trophy for "Best Dairy Product" at the recent Brisbane International Cheese Awards for his Kingaroy Red Washed Rind.

This is the company's first trophy win although they have won several gold medals for various products over the past four years.

Kingaroy Cheese also won another gold medal for its Stuart River Triple Cream Brie, its biggest selling product.
Regional Forum To Meet Today
June 19, 2006 - The Wide Bay Burnett Ministerial Regional Community Forum will be held in Kingaroy this afternoon.

The forum, which follows community consultations earlier this year (see story April 19), will discuss how the region can best meet its employment needs. It will be held at the Kingaroy State High School Sports Complex in Markwell Street from noon to 4pm. Employment Minister Tom Barton and Emergency Services Minister Pat Purcell are scheduled to attend.

There is no formal opportunity at the Forum for public input however the public can raise relevant points with Forum members during breaks.

NB. We'd like to thank our readers for their patience over the past week during the important upgrade to the SBBiz server.
$495,000 Grant For Abattoir
June 16, 2006 - Barlil Organic Processors has received a $495,000 grant from the Federal Government's Sustainable Regions Program to modify the Cherbourg abattoir to process chickens.

The abattoir has already run a successful trial kill of 3700 birds, according to a report on ABC Radio.

The Cherbourg Abattoir was originally constructed to process emus and was later converted to slaughtering goats.
Training Seminar
For Tourism Operators
June 15, 2006 - The Queensland Tourism Industry Council will be holding an all-day training seminar for local tourism operators on how to "Source and Package Tourism Products" in Kingaroy on June 23.

The training, by Gill Parssey of Facilitate Marketing, will cover topics such as meeting customers' requirements, identifying new business for off-peak times and developing product initiatives.

For more information, download the attached flyer (148kb PDF)
More Talk About SB Tourism
June 14, 2006 - South Burnett Local Government Association Tourism Project Officer Narelle Duggan has released the latest edition of South Burnett Tourism Talk, her regular newsletter on tourism happenings around the region.

This edition includes information about the Wine Tourism Toolkit (a CD for winery tourism operators) and a new program to measure local tourism activity which is under consideration.

Click here to download Tourism Talk (206kb PDF).
Free Seminar Tonight
About WorkChoices
June 13, 2006 - A free seminar will be held in Kingaroy tonight to help business owners learn more about the Federal Government's new WorkChoices industrial relations legislation.

The Commerce Queensland seminar, which is being held in conjunction with the Federal Government's Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, will be held at the South Burnett Enterprise Centre from 6pm-9pm.

The seminar is free but registrations are necessary. Phone 1300-138-470. For more information download brochure (164kb PDF)
SBBiz On The Move
June 12, 2006 - Southburnett.biz is being relocated to a more powerful server over this long weekend.

This may cause some problems when searching for entries. Some outages have already occurred and may reoccur over the next few days.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and assure you everything will be back to normal ASAP!
Public Input Sought
On Draft Regional Plan
June 9, 2006 - The draft Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan - covering 22 shires including all South Burnett shires except Rosalie - has been released by the State Government for public comment.

Planning Minister Desley Boyle said the plan would set guidelines to help local councils cater for the region's expected population growth of 100,000 people over the next 20 years.

A community meeting to discuss the draft will be held in Kingaroy next Tuesday, June 13, at the Town Common Hall, Oliver Bond Street, from 7pm-8:30pm.

The draft regional plan can be downloaded from the department's website. Feedback should be provided in writing to the Department of Local Government, Planning, Sport and Recreation, PO Box 979, Bundaberg, 4670 (or by email) by Friday July 7, 2006.
Great Bunya Drive Map On SBBiz
June 8, 2006 - The map of the Great Bunya Drive, which winds its way from Toowoomba to Gympie via the South Burnett, is now available on Southburnett.biz to help readers locate the numerous towns and districts in the region.

The map also provides quick and easy "clickable" links to each town's business directory (from the South Burnett Towns link in the column at left).

The Great Bunya Drive map has been reproduced with the permission of the Great Bunya Drive Steering Committee, a joint project of Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism and Toowoomba & Golden West Tourism
Regional Forum To Meet In Kingaroy
June 7, 2006 - The next Wide Bay Burnett Ministerial Regional Community Forum will be held in Kingaroy on June 19 ... and everyone is invited to attend!

The forum, which follows community consultations earlier this year (see story April 19), will discuss how the region can best meet its employment needs. It will be held at the Kingaroy State High School Sports Complex in Markwell Street from noon to 4pm. Employment Minister Tom Barton and Emergency Services Minister Pat Purcell are scheduled to attend.

There is no formal opportunity at the Forum for public input however the public can raise relevant points with Forum members during breaks. To RSVP phone (07) 4151-9751.
B&B Cottages Offer Panoramic Views
June 6, 2006 - A new luxury B&B will be opening soon on Deep Creek Road at Inverlaw (just 18km south of Kingaroy).

Mulanah Gardens is set on a 170 acre cattle property and features two self-contained B&B cottages with wood heaters, reverse-cycle air conditioning, spas and panoramic views to the Bunya Mountains. As a special bonus, Swedish massages are also available from a fully qualified masseuse.

Owners Lindsay and Rhonda Kath can be contacted on (07) 4164-3142 or by by email.
Free Seminar To Explain Retirement Loans
June 5, 2006 - Jaime Warner's Mortgage Maestro mortgage broking business is holding a free seminar in Kingaroy on June 15 to explain the pros and cons of home equity loans to fund retirement.

The seminar, entitled "Under Funded, Over 60 - A New Solution", will be held in the Anzac Room at Kingaroy RSL Club from 10am to noon. The guest speaker will be from Bluestone Equity Release.

Contact Jaime on 0421-546-223 to book a seat.
Place For The Leaders Of Tomorrow
June 2, 2006 - The National Indigenous Centre for Enterprise Development, at the Silver Lining Foundation's Bahun Jal Mono ("Place For People Of Tomorrow") property at Ficks Crossing, was officially opened by High Court Justice Ian Callinan and lawyer Noel Pearson on Wednesday.

The centre, which will assist Aboriginal people to reach career goals, is directed by Eric Law, well-known in the South Burnett through his work at Nurunderi TAFE College.

For more information about the new centre, download the Silver Lining Foundation's June newsletter Stepping Stones (731kb PDF)