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John Bjelke-PetersenJohn B-P Throws Hat
Into The Ring For LNP
October 13, 2008 - Well-known local businessman John Bjelke-Petersen, (right), is expected to be ratified tomorrow as the LNP candidate for the seat of Nanango at the next State election.

The LNP was formed earlier this year by the merger of the Queensland Nationals and the Queensland Liberals.

John, who is president of the South Burnett Tourism Association and operates Bethany Cottages, stood for the seat as a National at the 2006 election and polled just 826 primary votes fewer than sitting MP, former One Nation member Dorothy Pratt. Since then, the boundaries of the seat have been extended to include Crows Nest, Goombungee and Meringanden West from the former seat of Darling Downs.

When LNP nominations closed last week, John's nomination was uncontested. It has now been endorsed locally and is expected to be confirmed by the party's candidate review committee tomorrow.
Beef Summit At Durong Hall
October 10, 2008 - Beef producers from throughout the South Burnett are expected to gather in Durong on Monday for the Durong 2020 Beef Summit.

The Durong AgForce Branch is celebrating 50 years of industry representation in the Durong / Boondooma district at the Durong Community Hall.

Keynote speaker will be Iain Mars, chief executive officer of JBS Swift Australia. Other guest speakers will include Drew Wagner (AgForce), Rod Knight (KLR Marketing), Diana Leemon (DPI&F), Isobel Knight (proAGtive), David Thomason (MLA) and former Test cricketer Carl Rackemann.

For more information, phone Georgie Somerset on (07) 4168-0246 or contact her by email
Last Chance To Nominate
Your Favourite Business!
October 9, 2008 - Nominations close tomorrow for the 2008 Heritage Kingaroy Business Excellence Awards.

Coupon to nominate your favourite business have appeared in the South Burnett Times newspaper and can be downloaded from the KCCI website.

Just by nominating a business or employee for an award, you could win one of five $50 Heritage accounts.

Three independent judges will assess the entries and trophies will be awarded in a number of categories. The overall winner will be presented with the Business of the Year Award at a gala dinner in Kingaroy Town Hall on Saturday November 8.

For more information about the Business Awards Dinner, phone Polly Birchall at the KCCI on (07) 4162-8466.
Uncommon Variety at Nanango Shop
October 8, 2008 - The Uncommon Variety Shop at 38 Fitzroy Street, Nanango, has a little bit of everything ... from gifts and crafts to sarongs and a book exchange.

Owner Rose Hookailo took over the former Discount Den seven months ago. As well as changing the name, she greatly extended the range of items available, creating a "country craft" atmosphere which includes porcelain dolls, children's lamps, wicker and country kitchenware and painted ponies and cows.

Rose and her husband were formerly in the resort management business. They chose Nanango to be their home four years ago and built a house two years ago. When the Discount Den came on the market, Rose snapped it up.

The Uncommon Variety Shop is open seven days and Rose can be contacted on (07) 4171-0299.
Union BankNew Chapter Begins For Union Bank Building
October 7, 2008 - Chris Cross Hair Studio has re-opened at its new premises ... the historic former Union Bank building, (right), at 194 Kingaroy Street, Kingaroy.

The freshly repainted two-storey building - known to many local residents as Harbison's surgery - has been a focal point in Kingaroy Street since about 1909.

In 1987 it was identified as a significant historic site in the "Survey of Historic Sites: Shire of Kingaroy" by Heathwood, Cardillo and Wilson and was included in the "Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture" report by Fiona Gardiner in 1988. It was entered onto the Register of the National Estate by the Australian Heritage Council in December 1997.

The building ceased to be a bank in 1972 when ANZ relocated to new premises. More recently it housed Mission Australia and was the National Party campaign office during the last State Election campaign.
Push For 100-Bed
Hospital in Kingaroy
October 6, 2008 - ABC Radio is reporting today that the South Burnett Community Health Council is recommending that Kingaroy Hospital be upgraded to "base hospital" standard.

The Health Council is about to release a draft of the first evidence-based study of the region's health services.

Health Council chairman and South Burnett Regional Mayor David Carter told the ABC a 100-bed hospital was needed to service the region's growing population.

"One of the big issues we've got is people have to travel out of the region for medical services," he said.
Meet'n'Greet at Heritage Kingaroy
October 3, 2008 - South Burnett Regional Mayor David Carter will provide an update on parking issues in the Kingaroy CBD at the next Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry Meet'n'Greet which will be held on October 13.

The Meet'n'Greet will be held at the Heritage Building Society branch in Shoppingworld from 5:30pm.

As this is a special promotional event for the upcoming Heritage Kingaroy Business Awards For Excellence, there will be no cover charge but RSVPs would be appreciated for catering purposes by October 8.

Refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, phone Polly Birchall on (07) 4162-8466.
A Touch of Glass for the South Burnett
October 2, 2008 - The Visitor Information Centre in Kingaroy has unveiled a new South Burnett wineglass to join its selection of quality souvenirs - just in time for the holiday season and Christmas gifts!

The new wine glass, (pictured at centre, right), is available for just $7.95 and joins the shot glasses ($3.25) and water glasses ($6.50) already available. All feature the South Burnett regional logo and would make a great souvenir.

On a "lighter" note, the Visitor Information Centre also offers two great examples of "Kingaroy crystal" (ie plastic) wineglasses with stems that include flashing lights. The claret glass or champagne flute would brighten up any party and are available for just $5.95 each.
David Takes Over
At Kingaroy Cheese
October 1, 2008 - David Kemp is the new general manager at Kingaroy Cheese, taking over from the well-known Chris Ganzer who has relocated to the Hunter Valley.

David is already getting into the swing of things and is keen to get Kingaroy Cheese involved in community activities.

Later this month (October 24), David will be hosting the drivers from esCarpade when they pass through Kingaroy as part of a seven-day motoring event which is raising funds for Camp Quality. The esCarpade drivers are travelling from Windsor to Gympie and are raising money along the way for children and their families who are living with cancer.
New Kitchen For Captain's Paddock
September 30, 2008 - The kitchen at Captain's Paddock Vineyard, Cafe and B&B is undergoing renovations and will be closed for the next five weeks.

Owners Maryanne Pidcock and Peter Eaton say there will be no food served at Captain's Paddock for that time however they are keen to remind everyone that there will still be wine tastings, wine sales and tea and coffee available from 10:00am to 5:00pm every day.

Captain's Paddock is located at 18 Millers Road, Kingaroy, and can be contacted on (07) 4162-4534.
Andrew FraserChanges At Government-Owned Corps
September 29, 2008 - Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser. (right), has released details of new appointments for many of the State's Government-Owned Corporations (GOCs). Forty people were appointed to 13 GOC boards by the Governor-in-Council (26 reappointments and 14 new appointments).

Appointments of interest to the South Burnett include:

Ergon: Former CEO Dr Ralph Craven is replacing Chairman Dr Keith Hilless who is retiring. Ian McLeod, who has been Acting CEO, has been confirmed in the CEO position. Four existing Board members - Terri Hamilton, Helen Stanton, John Bird and Wayne Myers - have been reappointed for staged terms along with new members former Townsville Mayor Tony Mooney and Susan Forrester. Andrew Robertson and Barry Taylor are retiring.

Powerlink: Else Shepherd has been reappointed Chair and Christina Sutherland has been reappointed to the Board. Julie Beeby is a new appointment as an additional Director.

Tarong Energy: Kym Collins has been reappointed to the Tarong Energy Corporation Board.

SunWater: Former National Party Minister Neil Turner and lawyer Kirstin Ferguson join the Board, replacing Julie Boyd and Alan Millhouse.
Show Society Pulls Out Of Sir Joh Project

September 26, 2008 - The proposal to build the Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen Memorial Cultural Centre, (above), on land at Kingaroy Showground has been scrapped following a decision by the South Burnett National Show Society to withdraw from the project

The proposal, which has been under development for several years, had been to locate the Cultural Centre on Showground land adjacent to Avoca Street.

It would have included, (right), a large show pavilion suitable for conferences, a performance auditorium, rooms for music and drama classes for school students, a kitchen and an "interpretative area" for tourists looking for information about Sir Joh.

However the Show Society has declined the offer to be included in the project due to time and financial constraints and the need to replace current pavilions urgently.

It has been suggested a smaller project involving an auditorium, music rooms and a small museum space may now be considered for the grounds of Kingaroy High School.

PS. Don't forget to tune into Channel 7's The Great South East on Sunday at 5:30pm. It will feature many parts of the South Burnett during the "Bunya To The Bay" feature.
Towns Push For Community Banks
September 25, 2008 - Two South Burnett towns are currently working towards establishing community banks in their areas.

ABC Local Radio is reporting that a group of Nanango residents is meeting today to form a steering committee to work towards the establishment of a Bendigo Bank in Nanango. This follows the decision by the National Australia Bank to close its branch on the grounds it was no longer viable.

SBBiz understands Blackbutt residents are also interested in establishing a Bendigo Bank in their town and have already begun collecting pledges for its establishment.

There is already a Bendigo Community Bank operating in Yarraman.
Community Store Moves Up Kingaroy Street
September 24, 2008 - The Kingaroy Community Store, a not-for-profit secondhand shop that supports local charities and projects, has shifted location closer into the Kingaroy CBD.

It is now at 129 Kingaroy Street, in the old Budget Fabrics location.

Steve Ogden Real Estate has reclaimed the Kingaroy Community Store's former home at 99 Kingaroy Street.

The Kingaroy Community Store, which is open 9:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday, can be contacted on (07) 4162-1920.

Steve Ogden can be contacted on (07) 4162-1759.
Welcome UAVers!
September 23, 2008 - A very warm South Burnett welcome to all the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) teams who are in Kingaroy today competing in the second annual UAV Outback Challenge!

University and high school students, as well as professional UAV enthusiasts from all over the world, will be competing over the next three days for a total of $70,000 in prize money:

  • $50,000 winning team (open category)

  • $10,000 winning team (high school category)

  • $8000 winner documentary challenge (open category)

  • $2000 winner documentary challenge (high school category)

Teams are searching high and low for "Outback Joe", a "missing bushwalker" who is "lost" somewhere in the scrub. The UAVs will be using high-tech sensors to find Joe and drop him a bottle of water.
John Bjelke-PetersenJoint Committee To
Investigate Tourism Move
September 22, 2008 - All members of the South Burnett Tourism Association - and all interested tourism stakeholders - have been urged to attend the Association meeting which will be held this Thursday from 5:30pm at Ringsfield House, Nanango.

The SBTA membership will be considering a recommendation from the SBTA Executive that the Association be represented on a new Joint Steering Committee which will examine the possible formation of a new Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) which would also incorporate the Southern Downs RTO and Toowoomba and the Golden West RTO.

SBTA President John Bjelke-Petersen, (above right), said there were a lot of issues to be considered before a new RTO could be formed. These included different fee structures and the issue of paid employees in some regions.

"My feeling is that we should head down this track," John said. However this was not meant to suggest the Fraser Coast South Burnett RTO had not been doing the right thing by the South Burnett.

"People aren't aware of a lot of the things that are done and the assistance they do give. I believe Fraser Coast has done all it could with what it was given by the State Government to work with."

A light meal will be available on Thursday night at a cost of $15. Please RSVP to Tony at the SBTA by email

NB. One of the options suggested earlier this year in the Queensland Tourism Network Review report was the formation of a new body to be known as the South East Queensland Country Regional Tourism Organisation.
Nominate Your Favourite Kingaroy Business!
September 19, 2008 - Nominations opened today for the 2008 Heritage Kingaroy Business Excellence Awards.

A coupon to nominate your favourite business is in today's South Burnett Times newspaper and will appear in every edition until Friday October 10. By nominating a business or employee for an award, you could win one of five $50 Heritage accounts.

Three independent judges will assess the entries and trophies will be awarded in a number of categories. The overall winner will be presented with the Business of the Year Award at a gala dinner in Kingaroy Town Hall on Saturday November 8.

For more information about the individual award categories, see the South Burnett Times or visit the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry website

For more information about the Business Awards Dinner, phone Polly Birchall at the KCCI on (07) 4162-8466.
Country FreshFresh From The
South Burnett
September 18, 2008 - South Burnett pigs are proving popular with consumers eager for "country fresh" ham.

Hans Continental Smallgoods' new premium ham brand Hans Country Fresh is being sourced from piggeries in the South Burnett and Darling Downs.

"To be selling more than 91,000 units per month already from a sales base of zero proves we got it right," Hans general manager marketing Terry McMahon said this week.

"With sales results exceeding our expectations, we are shifting between 10 and 12 tonnes a month. This is great news for our farmers."
South Burnett RADF Funding Available
September 17, 2008 - The next round of the South Burnett's Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program opens on September 29.

The program is a continuation of the arts funding programs which were managed by individual councils prior to amalgamation and will operate under the same guidelines.

For more information, contact South Burnett RADF Liaison Officers Paul and Fran Van Vegchel on (07) 4162-6273. Application forms are available from all South Burnett Regional Council libraries and art galleries and online.

Applications must be received at the South Burnett Council office in Kingaroy by 4:00pm on Friday October 10.
Robertos Opens At Dusty Hill
September 16, 2008 - There are new faces (and a new name) at the Dusty Hill restaurant at Barambah Road, Moffatdale.

Robert and Jenny Davidson are now looking after the re-named Roberto's on Dusty restaurant (located on the Dusty Hill Estate). The restaurant, formerly known as Molly's Cafe, offers lunches Friday-Sunday and breakfasts on Sundays and is open for dinner on the last Saturday of each month. A separate function room is available for booking any time.

Robertos incorporates the Dusty Hill cellar door and Robert and Jenny say bus tours are welcome, although prior notice is required. Roberto's on Dusty can be contacted on (07) 4168-4700 or by email

NB. Frank and Margaretha Prendergast are still the correct contacts for Dusty Hill Estate