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Ring Bill Before You Dig
December 12, 2005 - A new service starting in Goomeri - but servicing all the South Burnett - should prove useful to anyone who has ever feared severing a telephone cable, waterpipe or worse when they have started digging.

Bill Giles, from Bill Giles Plumbing, has launched South Burnett Pipeline and Cable Locations to help solve the digging dilemma. They will locate underground cables, Telstra cables and pipelines on your property before you start your excavation.

Bill can be reached on (07) 4168-4365 or mobile 0409-684-365.
Kingaroy Businesses On The Move
December 9, 2005 - Kingaroy Clothing Manufacturers, formerly located in River Road, have moved into the old South Burnett Honda building at 13 Markwell Street, Kingaroy.

South Burnett Honda has moved across town, joining Kingaroy Yamaha at 2 Sawtell Street.

All contact details for both businesses remain the same.
Hotline To Explain Workplace Changes
December 8, 2005 - The State Government has set up a free 1300 phone line to assist employers and employees seeking information about the new federal workplace relations changes.

The "Fair Go" hotline, 1300-737-841, opened on Tuesday and is manned by staff from the Queensland Department of Industrial Relations.

Industrial Relations Minister Tom Barton said other features of the advisory service would be announced over the next few weeks as they were finalised.
Narelle Talks Tourism
December 7, 2005 - South Burnett Local Government Association Tourism Project Officer Narelle Duggan has released her first edition of South Burnett Tourism Talk, a regular newsletter on tourism happenings around the region.

The December edition includes Visitor Information Centre visitation statistics - up nearly 50% in Kingaroy! - as well as lots of other interesting information. Do you realise we have 10 different weekend markets - not counting the new Kingaroy Showground markets - currently operating in the region?

Click here to download Tourism Talk (253kb PDF)
Crane Wins Gold At Qld Wine Awards
December 6, 2005 - Congratulations to all the South Burnett wineries who won medals at the recent Courier-Mail Queensland Wine Awards, especially Gold medal-winning Crane Wines.

SBT Publishes Burnett Directory
December 5, 2005 - The South Burnett Times has released the first edition of the Burnett Business Directory, (right), a printed booklet listing many businesses in the South, Central and North Burnett regions.

The magazine, which has been widely distributed, includes local maps, a street directory and hundreds of advertisements.

The SBT hopes to make the Burnett Business Directory a regular publication. For more information, phone them on (07) 4162-9720.
Four Local Restaurants In
2006 Good Life Guide
December 2, 2005 - For the first time four South Burnett restaurants have earned the honour of being listed in the Courier-Mail's Good Life Restaurant Guide.

Burning Beats (Kingaroy), the Bell Tower Restaurant (Booie Range), Cider Gum (Bunya Mountains) and Copper Country (Nanango) all feature in the 2006 Good Life Guide which was released yesterday.

This is the third year running that Burning Beats and the Bell Tower have been listed, which has earned them both a "red star" with their listings.

Congratulations guys!
Aid Available For Producers
Affected By Vegetation Laws
December 1, 2005 - The State Government has appointed a team of regional officers to assist primary producers affected by last year's changes in Vegetation Management legislation.

Seminars to explain the compensation package were held yesterday in Yarraman and Murgon and will continue this month in other Queensland towns.

The new Vegetation Client Liaison Officers, which can provide one-on-one advice, will be based in Gympie and Dalby. They can assist affected farmers to access funding available under the Vegetation Financial Assistance package. The package also includes "exit assistance" for producers whose farms are no longer viable due to the new laws.
KCCIRob Re-Elected KCCI President
November 30, 2005 - Rob Patch from The Peanut Van was re-elected president of the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the postponed AGM on Monday night.

Vice-President is Dave Chadwick, treasurer Trudy Muller and secretary Anne Miller. Committee members are Bruce Partridge, Jenny Walters, Karen Bjelke-Petersen, Sally Charlton, Bernadette Upton and Martin Stern. Keith Campbell is representing Kingaroy Shire Council.
Magical Move For Julie
November 29, 2005 - Julie Castro, formerly of Julie's Pre-Loved Furniture in Kingaroy, is now The Wizard of Secondhand in Nanango.

"The Wizard" is located at 2-3 Appin Street, the old home of Parry's Hotter Discounts, and can be contacted on (07) 4163-2669.

Julie has a wide range of secondhand goods for sale including furniture, knick knacks, exercise equipment and electrical goods.
Chris Features in Country Club
November 28, 2005 - Chris Ganzer from Kingaroy Cheese has been featured in the Summer 2005 edition of the South-East Queensland Country Club brochure.

Chris answers questions about his cheese as well detailing some of the awards his creations have won. Kingaroy Cheese, located in William Street, Kingaroy, is open for inspection at 10am and 2pm daily.

Also featured in the brochure, which is mailed to intending holidaymakers all over Queensland, is John and Marg Boland's Shadylane Farm and Vineyard Cottages, located just south of Kingaroy.
New Faces at Goomeri Motel
November 25, 2005 - There are new faces at the Goomeri Motel which is conveniently located just near the crossroads in the heart of town.

Ted and Jan Bunch, who took over this month, can be contacted on (07) 4168-4141.

The motel boasts nine motel units and one self-contained two-bedroom unit as well as undercover parking
Networking Opportunity In Kingaroy
November 24, 2005 - The Department of State Development will be holding another one of their popular "Networking for Success" workshops in Kingaroy next month.

The workshop will be held at the South Burnett Enterprise Centre, 6 Cornish Street, Kingaroy, on Tuesday December 13 from noon to 2pm. Cost is $27.50. It will focus on identifying the benefits of networking, methods to overcome barriers, developing an effective personal introduction and assessing business cards for their effectiveness.

For more information or to book phone Deborah Stevens on (07) 4125-9270 or download a registration form (112kb PDF)
SBBiz Available On Kilkivan Website
November 23, 2005 - is now also available through Kilkivan Shire Council's new-look website, making access to up-to-date business listings even easier for Kilkivan Shire residents.

Plans are underway for SBBiz to become available on other South Burnett Council websites. became available through Nanango Shire Council's website on October 11.
Da Vinci Moves To Kingaroy
November 22, 2005 - Da Vinci Art, formerly located at Westfield Strathpine, has come to Kingaroy.

Caroline Hutchinson has been slowly relocating stock to her new home at 49 Railway Terrace for the past three months but now she is ready for business! She does custom framing of tapestries, certificates, paintings, prints and sporting memorabilia as well as having the latest art prints available to order.

She can be contacted on (07) 4162-4035 or by email
Turn Your PC Into a Music Box
November 21, 2005 - Nanango couple Eddie and Lyn Lake (better known as the Barkers Creek Bush Band) have set up a business that they promise will help you turn your home PC into a recording studio.

They'll bring their Music Box Workshops to you (anywhere from Bundaberg to Toowoomba) teaching participants how to use the popular "Band In A Box" software.

They also run workshops at the Nanango RSL Club for a maximum of five participants per workshop. Eddie and Lyn can be contacted on (07) 4163-1649 or by email.
New Website For Homestead
November 18, 2005 - Homestead Caravan Park and Cabins, located at 17 Arthur Street, Nanango, has a new website.

The caravan park, run by Ray and June Shah, offers a range of on-site caravans (including ensuite caravans) and cabin-style accommodation. There are also large drive-through and bus friendly sites, disabled facilities and a modern camp kitchen.

Bookings can be made on (07) 4163-1733 or by email
Congratulations to Wondai Winners!
November 17, 2005 - Congratulations to all the "top dogs" announced at the Wondai Chamber of Commerce business awards last week.

Plaques were presented to the winning businesses by WBBACC Small Business Answers Officer Peter Gregory.

Family Furnishers Shifts Shops
November 16, 2005 - Kingaroy family-owned business Family Furnishers is on the move ... shifting from Haly Street back to Alford Street (into the old Tombay Paints shop at 30 Alford Street).

Residents with good memories will recall that this is not the first time Family Furnishers has been in Alford Street. For many years they were located on the corner of Alford and Glendon streets (now the site of Retravision).

All the contact details for the business remain the same. Owners Ray and Mara Curtis can be reached on (07) 4162-2133 or by email.
Embroidery Needs Stitched Up
November 15, 2005 -'s latest poster page is for In Stitches Embroidery located at 13898 D'Aguilar Highway, Nanango.

Rose Christie has all the latest equipment to cater for your embroidery needs. She can be contacted on (07) 4163-1214 or by email.

In Stitches can also provide a wide range of promotional items including golf tees, mouse pads, cups and pens.