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TAFE Courses Cater For Food and Wine Lovers
February 16, 2010 - The Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE has planned a serious of workshops that should appeal to both home chefs as well as professionals employed in the hospitality industry.

On March 16, coffee lovers can up learn all they ever wanted to know about serving their favourite beans from a qualified barista.

On March 18, local celebrity chef Jason Ford will be teaching the "cutting edge techniques"of kitchen knife skills.

On April 27, people wanting to learn the basics of wine will learn how to visually appraise wines and evaluate different wine styles. This is a pre-requisite for the next course ... on June 1, owner, workers and managers of cellar doors will get the chance to brush up on their skills under the guidance of a leading Granite Belt winery operator.

There are also Responsible Management of a Licensed Venue, Responsible Service of Alcohol, Food Safety and Responsible Gaming Services courses being organised.

For more information, contact Kingaroy TAFE on (07) 4160-4400
Erin Lawless and David O'DonohoeLandcare Group To Test
Strategies At Booubyjan
February 15, 2010 - The South East Burnett Landcare group is aiming to increase the adoption of sustainable land practices in the region with the start of a new major project.

Between 10-12 demonstration sites will be set up on farms in the Booubyjan/Tansey area, followed by a series of six seminars to share practical information about the sites.

Project Manager Erin Lawless, (pictured at right with SEB Landcare President David O'Donohoe), said the demonstration sites would allow land managers to view how sustainable land management techniques could be implemented. At the on-site seminars they would be able to ask questions about the practical day-to-day steps required to implement the techniques.

"For many farmers, not knowing what to do, and the uncertainty about how much real difference these techniques are making to ecological and productive systems, can hinder their uptake. This is what we want to change. We'll provide the funding, do the testing, and use scientific processes to find out which techniques will work to make our farming businesses and ecosystems stronger," she said.

For further information about the project and the demonstration sites, contact Erin on (07) 4168-6014 or 0418-188-365.
State Government To Fund
Regional Development Groups
February 12, 2010 - Regional development organisations within the Wide Bay-Burnett region have been invited to apply for State Government funding designed to stimulate economic growth and create jobs.

The 2010-2014 Queensland Regional Development Initiative will provide a total of $7.52 million to support regional economic development projects across the State.

Wide Bay-Burnett regional development organisations will each be able to access a total of $920,000 over the four years.
Truss To Formally Open Crematorium
February 11, 2010 - Virgo Funerals' new office, funeral home and crematorium, located adjacent to the Taabinga Cemetery in Kingaroy, will be formally opened by Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss on March 22.

The crematorium is the first such facility in the South Burnett. Virgo Funerals shifted into their new premised last November and held an open night in December to allow local residents to inspect the premises and chapel.

Mr Truss, a former Kingaroy Shire Mayor, is Federal Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Trade, Transport Regional Development and Local Government.

He is a third generation farmer from the Kumbia District near Kingaroy, Queensland. He entered Federal Parliament in March 1990 as a National Party Member representing the electorate of Wide Bay.
Cougar 'Mobilises' For UCG Start
February 10, 2010 - Cougar Energy says it has begun commissioning its pilot Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) plant at Coolabunia and is on track to begin gas production by early March.

Kingaroy site manager Andrew Brown told the Minerals Processing website the company has recruited an operations team for the plant and "many are from the Kingaroy region".

"All staff have mobilised to site for an intense period of training and familiarisation ahead of the impending start-up," he said.

Mr Brown said final tests at a new fourth production well, conducted last week, had produced positive results.

"The result increases our confidence that we will have a smooth and successful start-up at Kingaroy," he said.
Local Producers To Star at Wine and Food in the Park
February 9, 2010 - This year's South Burnett Wine and Food in the Park festival - in Kingaroy on March 13 - will have an extra special focus on food this year.

As well as the popular PCA South Burnett Regional Cook-Off, there'll also be a Food Producers Tent featuring Sheree Strauss from Kingaroy Caterers, Bronywn Bisley from Taste South Burnett and well-known local chef Mike Giles.

The trio will prepare tasting plates - both hot and cold platters - which will be available for sale for $10. The platters will feature local foodstuffs including Barkers Creek pork and Ivyhome Dairy.

There will also be displays from local producers including Proteco, Kingaroy Cheese, Butterfly Country Kitchen, Kingaroy Gourmet Peanuts, Windera Hydroponics, Red Fox Pitaya, Kinbombi Beef, Bunya Gold and The Peanut Van.

For more information about this year's Wine and Food in the Park Festival - including the full entertainment rundown - visit the festival website
Gas-Powered Future For Tarong?
February 8, 2010 - A further question mark has been raised over the postponed Kunioon coal mine with confirmation that the State Government is considering building a gas pipeline from the Surat Basin to power the stations.

ABC Radio reported today that a feasibility study is being conducted into the proposal.

Tarong Energy business development manager Andrew Burge told the ABC a decision on whether to go ahead with the project would be made at the end of the year.

"There's a lot of different options to look at involving different generation configurations, different ways of using the gas but all of them involve modifications to the power station," he said.

The gas pipeline, and a water pipeline, would be built underground.

"We're not looking at major acquisitions of land, we're looking at an easement that we can access to put the pipeline in. Once the pipeline's buried then there are very few restrictions of what the landowner can do with the land," he said.

BIEDO's Latest Newsletter
February 5, 2010 - The Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO) has release its latest email newsletter.

Information includes details of upcoming grant funding round deadlines, details about BIEDO's Business Centre which is available for hire in Goomeri and upcoming events and grant writing assistance.

You can download a copy here (1.18 Mb PDF)
Dylan Flood and Jarrad JeffreyLocal Youths Join Ergon Team
February 4, 2010 - Three candidates from the South Burnett have been successful in gaining hotly contested 2010 apprenticeships and technical traineeships at Ergon Energy.

Dylan Flood (Kingaroy) and Jarrad Jeffrey (Proston), (right), are distribution power line apprentices, while Mitchell Potter, (below left), is a trainee in Kingaroy.

The trio was among 71 apprentices and 13 technical trainees who attended induction ceremonies for the 2010 intake in Townsville, Rockhampton and Brisbane.

Mitchell PotterErgon General Manager Operations Paul Jordon said the successful apprentices had been chosen from a field of almost 2000 applicants.

"They represent the best quality applicants from a large and highly impressive pool of potential employees. They have made a great career choice and we welcome them to Ergon Energy," he said.

"In the past five years, Ergon Energy has recruited 393 new apprentices."
Community Assistance Grants Open
February 3, 2010 - The South Burnett Regional Council has encouraged not-for-profit organisations based in the South Burnett to apply for funding under Council's Community Assistance Grants scheme.

Mayor David Carter said the program was designed to provide a helping
hand for regional organisations and projects.

"This funding program has been specifically designed for those hard-working, non-profit groups who manage our community events, facilities and activities," he said.

"Council recognises that it can sometimes be difficult for these organisations to find the money to carry out improvements or grow their event, and that's where these grants can help."

The program also offers financial assistance to elite performers at State and national level.

The three strands of funding available include:
  • Major Events and Projects - Funding of up to $10,000 per organisation in support of major cultural and/or community events or projects.
  • Minor Events and Projects - Funding of up to $4000 per organisation in support of cultural and community events or projects.
  • Elite Performance Grant - Funding in support of elite performers in the areas of sport, music, art and education.

The amount of funds available in this round, which opened on February 1, is $45,000.
Women - It's Time To Be Pampered
February 2, 2010 - Centacare South Burnett has secured funding to run more of their "Women's Wellness Pamper Days" across the region ... and the first one is today at the Proston Hall!

But don't worry if you miss out on this opportunity ... there are plenty of more opportunities to de-stress.

Future Pamper Days will be held at:
    Cloyna Hall - Tuesday, March 9
    Coalstoun Lakes Hall- Wednesday March 17
    Tansey Hall - Tuesday March 23
    Durong Hall - Tuesday March 30
    Yarraman Hall - Tuesday April 13
    Monogorilby Hall - Wednesday April 14
    Wooroolin Hall - Tuesday May 11
    Booubyjan Hall - Tuesday May 25
    Manumbar Hall - Wednesday May 26
    Ironpot Hall - Tuesday June 1
    Inverlaw Hall - Wednesday June 2

The events are also supported by BIEDO and are funded by the Federal Government.

For more information, contact Karen Seiler on 1800-282-775.
Two Well-Known Cafes For Sale
February 1, 2010 - Kilkivan's iconic The Left Bank cafe, gallery and B&B and Kingaroy cafe Utopia are two more well-known South Burnett businesses currently looking for buyers.

Bruce and Rae Hurley have operated The Left Bank for more than 10 years and have been extremely active in local tourism circles. They are now looking for new challenges.

Kingaroy's Utopia Cafe has adopted an unusual incentive for trying to attract buyers. Owner Beryl Rankin is offering $2500, paid on settlement of the sale, to anyone who introduces a successful purchaser of the business.
D'Aguilar Strikes Gold Near Goomeri
January 29, 2010: D'Aguilar Gold has announced that is has identified what could be a large but low-grade copper / gold deposit south-east of Goomeri.

Assay results showed "strongly anomalous copper gold mineralisation" to the end of a test bore hole on what is known as the Peenam Prospect.

D'Aguilar said the site was on the southern edge of a feature which had been identified by airborne magnetic imagery. This suggested the test hole had been drilled on the edge of a large porphyry copper gold system.

Most of the porphyry system is underground but it is exposed in some low areas, including stream beds. Rock chips taken from an exposed creek bank assayed 3.05 g/t of gold.

D'Aguilar has formed a new subsidiary company, Barlyne Mining Pty Ltd, to specifically focus on the identification and development of porphyry copper gold systems in Queensland.

It is transferring its Peenam and Gayndah exploration permits to Barlyne and the subsidiary has also applied for a larger exploration tenement surrounding the Peenam permit area.

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Trading in Cougar Energy shares was halted yesterday to allow the company to prepare a response to an ASX query over a sudden rise in its share price. At the close of trading on Wednesday, Cougar shares had risen 7.53% over the price on Monday; the volume of shares traded also increased from 2.3 million to more than 18.4 million.

  • Cougar Energy's response to the ASX query
Award-Winning B&B For Sale
January 28, 2010 - Kingaroy Bed & Breakfast Hillview Cottages has been put on the market for "under $1 million".

Hillview Cottages, owned by Steve and Cathy Davis, has won a number of Fraser Coast South Burnett tourism awards.

The property on the Booie Range consists of a three-bedroom family residence plus three furnished, self-contained cottages and a large workshop on 1.74ha. Also for sale is an adjoining 62ha grazing property.

Before it was purchased by the Davis family in 2002 and turned into a B&B, Hillview was a popular wedding venue, craft shop and tea garden.

UPDATE: The Tingoora Hotel (see story September 28, 2009) is now under contract and settlement is expected at the end of February
South Burnett Celebrates Its Winners!
2010 Kingaroy Pie Eating competition

ABOVE: Pie-eating competition winner Esther Treiguts, centre, displays
her winning style at Kingaroy's Australia Day Fun Day in the Park.
Runners-up were Christine Haydon, right, and Geoff Hancox, left.

January 27, 2010 - Congratulations to all the Australia Day winners that have made the South Burnett region so proud!
  • Cricketer Matthew Hayden was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

  • Kingaroy veterinarian Julian Mullins was given an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his work in veterinary science.

  • Pam Brunjes (Goomeri) was named Gympie Region Citizen of the Year for her 40 years of community work in the region.

    Keith Campbell and Louise Judge
  • Louise Judge, (pictured at right with Deputy Mayor Keith Campbell), was named South Burnett Citizen of the Year.

Other South Burnett Regional Council winners were:
  • Kingaroy Citizen of the Year - Debbie Jackson
  • Murgon Citizen of the Year - Raelene Dennis
  • Nanango Citizen of the Year - John Atkins
  • Wondai Citizen of the Year - Lyn Manthey
  • South Burnett Young Citizen of the Year - Melissa Crawford
  • Kingaroy Young Citizen of the Year - Jessica Case
  • Murgon Young Citizen of the Year - Andrea Taylor
  • Nanango Young Citizen of the Year - Lauren Hume
  • Wondai Young Citizen of the Year - Pascha Robbins
  • South Burnett Community Event of the Year - Bloomin' Beautiful Blackbutt Festival
  • SB Small Communities Award - Kumbia Historical Society
  • SB Cultural Award - Kingaroy Eisteddfod Inc
  • SB Junior Sportsperson of the Year - Shaylissa Rout
  • SB Senior Sportsperson of the Year - Joel Smallwood
  • SB Sports Administrator of the Year - Eddie Krauksts
$4m Support For Royal Flying Doctor
January 25, 2010 - Ergon Energy customers in the Wide Bay-Burnett region are making donations totalling approximately $40,000 every three months to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

At the end of December 2009, Ergon had 12,602 customers in the Wide Bay-Burnett region pledging $2 with each quarterly electricity bill, 2393 pledging $5 and 496 pledging other amounts.

Overall, Ergon customers have donated a total of $4 million to the RFDS since the donation scheme started in 2000. The customer support comes via regular voluntary donations added to electricity bills.
Discover Kilkivan & Goomeri on You Tube
January 22, 2010: The Gympie Cooloola Tourism organisation has produced a series of TV advertisements and short videos to help promote tourism in Kilkivan and Goomeri.

Cooloola Regional Development Bureau General Manager Amanda Le Peilbet told the Gympie Times today that the branding campaign had been put together "in-house" using photos of the region and saving thousands of dollars.

View one of the new You Tube videos below:

Salvos Getting Ready For Centenary
January 21, 2010 - The Salvation Army Corps is yet another local group getting ready to celebrate 100 years in Kingaroy.

The Salvos are preparing a history book to mark their centenary which will be launched at a special function next year.

They have already gathered a lot of information but are looking for anecdotes, stories or photos from anyone in the local community.

If you can help, please contact Coral Underwood on (07) 4162-1923.
Recycling Depot Temporarily Closed
January 20, 2010 - The recycling bins for glass bottles and aluminium cans have been removed from the Kingaroy Transfer Station on Luck Road.

SBBiz has been told that a dispute has arisen between South Burnett Regional Council and the contracting recycler which has yet to be resolved and this led to the bins being removed. A council representative said he was hopeful of a successful outcome soon.

Cardboard to be recycled in Kingaroy can be left at South Burnett Transport's Depot in First Avenue (formerly Kingaroy Haulage and Recyclers).
Bauxite Explorers Take Over Mining Claims
January 19, 2010 - More interest is being taken in potential bauxite resources in the region with the news that Australian Bauxite Limited has taken over mining claims previously held by Hudson Resources Limited.

ABx3 Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Australian Bauxite, has taken over two exploration permits for minerals located between Cooyar and Toowoomba. The EPMs total 531sq km and cover the Pinelands area, Pechey State Forest and the Pechey-Geham Plateau.

Australian Bauxite says testing has shown alumina values are consistently high and silica values are low. Iron is also elevated. A potential target area of 48sq km has been identified.

Australian Bauxite also has an 150 sq km EPM on the Binjour Plateau near Mundubbera.