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NORTHERN ENERGY TO HAVE INFO SESSIONS AT FRASER COAST

March 31st, 2010

Mr Keith Barker of Northern Energy will hold two info sessions re mining operations

Keith Barker speaks NEC MD

Mr Keith Barker with councillor Les  in an earlier discussion on local mining in the Fraser Coast at a previous meeting at Hervey Bay

Information sessions wild be held at the following days, places and times.

Maryborough City Hall 9th April 2010   [5-7pm] Friday

Howard Community centre 10th April 2010   [9-11am] Saturday

The public are invited to attend and be informed

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Sharon Dixon

Industry Training Consultant

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Posted by Henry Sapiecha 31st March 2010

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BURRUM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MARCH MINUTES 2010

March 27th, 2010

133rd  MEETING OF THE BURRUM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BURRUM CHAMBER LOGOINCORPORATED HELD ON MONDAY, 1st MARCH 2010

Meeting commenced at 7.35pm

ATTENDANCE:

Donna Gibson, Mal Chard, Helen Day, Bruce  Noble, Tania Durham, Greg Harth, Scott Kelly, Bill Brown,  Carol Robertson, John Turnbull, Henry Sapiecha, Paul Deakin,

VISITORS: Tony Weaver, Cr David Dalgleish, Cr Les Muckan, Justin Laughton, Paul Moller

APOLOGIES:

Bill Gosewisch, Von Noble, Gerard O’Connell, Barbara Hovard, Andrew Jackson, Chris Foley, Margaret Tracey, Lloyd & Ann Madden

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

Moved Mal Chard, seconded by Scott Kelly that minutes of previous meeting be accepted as true and correct

BUSINESS ARISING FROM LAST MEETING:

Railway land – Mal is having a meeting next week the ministers minders and 3 representatives from QR

GUEST SPEAKER: Mr Tony Weaver (Director of Better Development & Training)

Tony has been involved with the Mackay Bowen Basin mining commission for 9 years.

Now working  with State government program, & Focus group with State managers for mining companies.

Mackay  & mining region expanded without infrastructure causing a lot of issues.

Using this information to identify infrastructure required to avoid the same problems.

The Wide Bay Focus group (currently operating out of Bundaberg) will have representatives from the Community,  Industry bodies, State & local Government & mining companies. There is a hope that having representatives from all levels of federal & state government that if hold ups arise in particular areas / departments that they can be sorted out. Has been more flexibility from State Government with Local and Federal involvement.

Tony will send through details of a Public website that has information regarding the mines, recruitment, professional development, How it will affect business and what opportunities there may be.

They are wanting to work with Business’s and the focus group will be having public forums.

Next phase is working out required infrastructure and long term development plan.

There will be additional support and subsidies for local companies that want to support the mines. They want to use as many local businesses as they can to either supply direct or sub contract to larger companies. Hopefully will see some local businesses grow from small – medium or medium to large businesses.

Working towards changing culture & barriers within communities.

Sending in infrastructure support staff to help redesign businesses to come in line mining industry business. Frame work available on line.

Transport and distribution have to be in place.

The Focus Group will be setting up a realistic time frame of events. This will be released publically in about 5-6 weeks. It’s all about transparency.

There is federal & State funding to help develop business.  Be patient, information will be coming through.

Aldershot is one of 4 sites. Looking at Low impact on eco systems, coal Dust etc

Gas – a couple of companies have done exploration in the area, but no definite information at this stage.

Henry asked compared to Hervey Bay, Maryborough & Bundaberg – what can Howard offer?

Howard is central and has space.

Henry asked what type of tenants for the Fraser Coast Trades & Service Centre would support the mine requirements.

Tony said need to look at time frames that compliment requirements. Wait a month or 2 and will be able to get answers direct from mine representatives.

Carol asked if they are building new railway.

There are proposals for the Bowen  – Dalrymple and  Surat Basin to Burnett Heads

Road transport will be used to transport to train initially.

Helen asked if are looking to mine all 4 sites, Depends on testing.

They will have a better idea of employment numbers in about 4 weeks.

The Surat Basin employment numbers are expected to grow to 53,000

The suction of local staff to the mines nearly crippled Mackay and they are wanting to avoid it happening again.
Aldershot has a deeper seam  than Bowen Basin & Surat

Distance of mines from main towns is not usually a big issue.

There is possible development of airports for fly in / fly outs.

Pipeline not operational until 2014.

Aldershot would be open cut mine. Re vegetation gets put in place when mining of the site has been completed. Have had success with relocating eco system to a near by alternative site and move back when mining completed.

Question was asked about water consumption used for mining, most water from Bores and recycled water. There are new technologies for water recycling.

Large parcels of land will be needed for training site for use of machinery etc.

EQI Program –  Skills shortage report,

Fraser Coast said they have their own, Bundaberg said “we’ll help you.”

Question was asked about Sewerage – The mine companies have assisted with Sewerage and power in the past but Tony could not say either way if there would be any assistance in up grading these services here.

Information will be distributed through the Chambers and media releases. There will be more public consultations across the Wide Bay Burnett area.

There is still a lot of speculation as decisions still have to be made.

Northern Energy have speculated Aldershot mine could be mined for 25 years.

Some indigenous  representatives have already been employed to walk the cultural areas and sites etc, To Les Muckan’s delight is what said it is their land they are using.

Couple of programs have been testing, Preparing for 3-5 years, a developed program will expand to look at employing apprentices and have them work in local businesses for the first 2 years. Helps to expand local business with staff cost being covered.

The next step is the timeline for the Surat and local mines. Should know the resources needed by the end of April. Each of the board members will be looking after specific areas.

Community Services Section will be looking at infrastructure into communities for activities, events etc for families.

Medical requirements / facilities would need to be expanded.

Henry asked about Eco friendly Systems outside of the mines,  The Fraser Coast Trades and Service Centre (FCTSC) are proposing to have Solar Generators on the sheds roofs and if the mines would be interested in supporting the proposal to use the FCTSC as their base of operations for servicing the mines.

Tony advised some representatives of the mines will be addressing the community in a few weeks and to speak to them then.

Greg asked how large an area the Aldershot mine will cover. Size is not definite yet.

Question was asked about accommodation, whether it would be onsite or local. Probably some of both.  Could have transportable resort style set up onsite.

Bundaberg company are developing / producing a flat belly donga that they are very interested in.

Henry made reference to his proposed development of  300 modular homes of the Bruce Highway, as something that may suit their requirements

Tony said they will be talking at council level after the meeting in about 3 weeks.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Bank Statement

Email Brochure for the Fraser Coast Trades & Services Centre

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Treasurers report February

Balance as at 1/3/2010   $1092.48

Moved by Helen , Seconded by Greg as true and correct.

GENERAL BUSINESS:

Health Focus Group had a meeting with developer, looking at building  purpose built medical facilities. Maryborough Private Hospital is thinking of moving to Hervey Bay because have no ICU.

Update on dialysis, through inquiries of deliveries they have found 2 dialysis machines in a room at Maryborough not in use. David Dalgleish  will be looking into why this has happened. The Dialysis group have been trying to raise money to buy more machines

Power and Water issues in the area mean a lot of people are unable to have dialysis machines at home.

Infrastructure charges for medical services are being looked at.

How do we entice doctors to rural areas?

The proposed development in last months minutes has a red zone in the middle of it. Letters of support have been sent from the Burrum Chamber, the Burrum District Community Centre and the Howard & District Progress Assoc.

The burrum & district Heritage Society has accepted a Council lease and will be relocating some of the buildings from the old Torbanlea Museum to make a small village in front of the Burrum & District Heritage Society Museum (Howard Museum)

The old Railway signals will be relocated in front of  Burrum Street to make an Entrance

Bruce Noble – New Septic system will be complete next week.

Henry discussed with David (on behalf of John from Solarlife) the idea of the Council using Solar Systems on Council buildings, could create some employment and Council using Eco power grids being environmentally responsible. Talking about a complete new industry.

David said if presented, it would have to then go to tender.

He suggested the possibility of proposing to use Solar to power lighting on the bus shelters. John said the risk of the Solar Panels being stolen would be too high .

200 bus shelters have to be replaced to comply with disability standards. The ones they are trialing cost $15,000 in kit form – $25,000 to completed.

Henry asked for support from the council to promote the Fraser Coast Trades and Services Centre. David said the Council is reluctant to promote private business.

There are ways to expose it with out pushing it, e.g the Sustainability House was a good project for participating companies to have exposure.

MEETING CLOSED AT 9.20PM.

NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY 5th APRIL 2010

Donna Gibson-Secretary

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YOUNG LIONS COMPETITION CLOSES SOON

March 25th, 2010

Young Lions Competition

Received and published by Henry Sapiecha 26th March 2010

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WOMEN SHAPING INDUSTRY CONFERENCE – BE A SPONSOR

March 25th, 2010

WOMEN SHAPING INDUSTRY

CONFERENCE 2010

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Caution Women on the Move!!!!

Be part of this exciting event; exclusive sponsorship opportunities available now!!!

Are you committed to empowering Women in the workforce? Are you an employer who can identify excellent potential in many of your female employees? Are you freshly out of university and ready to introduce yourself to the world as the capable, intelligent and successful Woman that you are? If so, the GEA & GAGAL

Women Shaping Industry Conference 2010 is for you!

Encourage women to take up meaningful careers in Industry and Leadership Roles in the community by sponsoring the Gladstone Engineering Alliance Inc. in association with GAGAL, inaugural Women Shaping Industry Conference 2010

Why should my organisation be involved?

  • Reinforce company profile and establish brand recognition
  • Instantly reach an estimated 200 delegates
  • Highlight your place in Industry
  • Network and develop new partnerships
  • Gain key contacts within Industry and Business
  • Coverage in the leading media
  • Raise the profile of Women in Industry
  • Encourage young Women to take up meaningful careers in Industry
  • Provide Sponsors and Speakers with linkages to Women studying for careers in Industry
  • Official Conference Dinner and exclusive Sponsor and Speaker ONLY networking event

Tell me more about sponsorship packages available?

Exclusive ‘Sponsor & Speaker Harbour Cruise’ Sponsorship package:

Enjoy a relaxed evening on Gladstone’s magnificent Harbour enjoying a variety of seafood delights over a cold beverage whilst promoting your Business to over 200 delegates.

Benefits –     Logo Acknowledgement on all promotional material

–       Receive exclusive naming rights for the Cruise

–       Verbal recognition as Sponsor and opportunity to address Harbour Cruise guests

–       Complimentary tickets to Conference, Cruise & Dinner worth over $2200.00

–       Much more!!! Please contact Allison at GEA for more information on benefits of this sponsorship package! 07 4972 9060

Exclusive ‘Formal Dinner’ Sponsor:

The Grand Finale! Enjoy the luxuries of a two course meal whilst being entertained by one of Australia’s funniest Comedian’s.

Benefits –     Logo Acknowledgement on all promotional material

–       Receive exclusive naming rights for the Dinner

–       Verbal recognition as Sponsor and opportunity to address Formal Dinner guests

–       Complimentary tickets to Conference, Cruise & Dinner worth over $3000.00

–       Much more!!! Please contact Allison at GEA for more information on benefits of this sponsorship package! 07 4972 9060

Other Packages available.

–       Conference Pen and Notepad Sponsor

–       ‘Delegate Industry & Regional Highlight Tour’ Sponsor

–       Conference Bottled water Sponsor

–       Conference Satchel Sponsor

–       Gold

–       Silver

–       Bronze

Contact Allison Andrewartha for more information on our Women Shaping Industry Sponsorship packages.

Ph: 07 4972 9060 Mob: 0429 729 061 Email: events@gea.asn.au

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Received and published by Henry Sapiecha 25th March 2010

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GOVERNMENT FUNDS FOR BUSINESS – UP TO $32K – APPLY NOW

March 24th, 2010

MONEY FROM THE GOVERNMENT FOR BUSINESS

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How would your business like to obtain up to $32,000 worth of funding?

Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland is giving you the opportunity to assess your eligibility and apply for current government funding available for business consulting, training and family funding initiatives.

Business advice & consultancy services

Grants of up to $8,000 are now available under the JobsAssist Program to eligible Queensland businesses for advice and consultancy services to help businesses weather current economic conditions, retain employees and seed for growth.

CCIQ can work with your business to provide funded advice across a range of areas including:

  • business planning
  • human resources
  • management/leadership
  • strategic planning, and more

For full details and to commence your application visit www.cciq.com.au/JobsAssist or call 1300 138 470. Funding is limited so make your application now!

Make your workplace more family friendly

Grants of up to $15,000 will be made available to help make workplaces more family friendly. The grant may be used to develop and implement work or family related policies, acquire equipment and technology to allow for work from home and remote access or a family room fit out.

Funding is available to businesses with a minimum of one employee and less than 15 employees who engage in good work practices.

Visit www.cciq.com.au/Fresh-Ideas to assess your eligibility for the grant but

hurry as applications close 31 March 2010.

$4,000 to up-skill your staff

Grants of up to $4,000 for nationally recognised training are now available to all Queensland businesses with eligible employees. Your business can obtain:

tick $4,000 in Australian Government funding (in some cases more)
tick enhanced skills and broader skill-sets for your employee
tick increased productivity from your staff
tick a nationally recognised qualification for your employee

Visit www.cciq.com.au/Funding-Assessment to complete the online questionnaire and receive an instant funding eligibility assessment.

Business eco-efficiency

CCIQ has helped businesses across Queensland access federal and state government funding to improve business eco-efficiency. Contact CCIQ’s Business Sustainability team now to find out more.

CCIQ is also offering businesses a free eco-efficiency report with the launch of a new assessment tool. Those who complete the brief questionnaire will receive specific eco-efficiency feedback from CCIQ’s Business Sustainability team.

Up to $20,000 available through Enterprise Connect

Manufacturing and manufacturing service companies may be entitled to a free business review leading to funding up to $20,000 to implement recommendations. Enterprise Connect provides eligible firms with a comprehensive business review, delivered on site at no cost to your business.

Further information

For further information about CCIQ products and services, including training and consulting services, contact us on 1300 138 470 or email contact@cciq.com.au.

Received and Published by Henry Sapiecha 25th March 2010

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TELSTRA BUSINESS AWARDS NOW OPEN TO NOMINATE

March 22nd, 2010

Telstra Business Awards – Nominations Now Open!

March 22nd, 2010

TELSTRA BUSINESS AWARDS NOW OPEN!

On behalf of Telstra, ZOOBA is pleased to invite our subscribers to nominate for the 2010 Telstra Business Awards, now in its 18th year.

The benefits that can accompany success in these Awards have been widely recognised. Winners and finalists have found their businesses can reach new levels of success when they’ve taken advantage of the national exposure, unparalleled business networking opportunities and unique competitive advantage that the Awards can provide.

Importantly this year, Telstra has made some significant improvements to the program that can reward every business that enters. Entrants are offered a free Business Health Check to help identify opportunities to grow and expand. It provides an objective snapshot of how a business is currently performing.

TO NOMINATE CLICK HERE…

Published by Henry Sapiecha 22nd March 2010

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GATAKERS BAY ART GALLERY FUNCTION ON 27TH MARCH 2010

March 22nd, 2010

Dear Members and Supporters,

GATAKERS ARTSPACE, Maryborough
SATURDAY, MARCH 27

Mayor Mick Kruger and the Fraser Coast Regional Council cordially invite you to an Open Day at Gatakers Artspace.

Please join us to view the first exhibition featuring the artworks of Garry Duncan, in Maryborough’s fabulous new arts and cultural venue.

Date:        27 March 2010

Location:  Gatakers Artspace, 311 Kent Street, Maryborough
Time:       10am to 4pm

Please click here to download interactive flyer

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Published by Henry Sapiecha22nd March 2010

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HERVEY BAY CHAMBER BREAKFAST WITH SPEAKERS

March 19th, 2010

Dear Members and Supporters,

HARMONY DAY GALA DINNER
FRIDAY, MARCH 26


Harmony Day is celebrated on the 21 March each year.

Come and listen to Yannick Tona – International Youth Ambassador 2010, and join:

Master of Ceremonies:   Robert Garland – JobSmart

Speakers:                     Jorge Pujol – Art for Earth
Phil Cannane – Hervey Bay RSL

CLICK HERE to download the information flyer and RSVP details.

DATE: Friday, 26 March

TIME: 6.30pm for 7.00pm start

WHERE: Hervey Bay RSL

COST: $60 per ticket, includes 2 course dinner.

RSVP: Wednesday, 24 March

Book your tickets TODAY. Contact Julie on 4197 7444 or purchase them at the Hervey Bay RSL, 11 Torquay Road, Pialba.


Posted by Henry Sapiecha 19th March 2010

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HERVEY BAY CHAMBER AGM – PROFESSOR SPEAKS ON ECONOMIC RESEARCH

March 18th, 2010

Dear Members and Guests,


Hervey Bay Chamber Breakfast – Wednesday 31 March, 2010
at 6.45am for a 7.00am start at the Boat Club, Buccaneer Drive Urangan

MARCH – HERVEY BAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BREAKFAST

An important morning for all Chamber Members


Speaker: Professor Graham Baker, USQ

Professor Baker from the University of Southern Queensland will outline the benefits for the community by the establishment of a new Chair for Economic research in Hervey Bay.


This project will be assisted financially by the Fraser Coast Regional Council, the Chambers of Commerce and the business community.  Maryborough Chamber has already given $10,000 to the project.  Your Executive needs to guage the level of support from the business sector and particularly Chamber Members, before determining their support. Please click here to download the USQ CEDE proposal.

Nominations

Our monthly breakfast on 28 April 2010 is our Annual General Meeting for election of Office Bearers for the ensuing year.  Now is the time to put up your hand if you wish to nominate.

Constitution

At the February meeting, we outlined proposed changes to the Constitution which are being put forward for your approval by vote at the General Meeting in March. Click Here for a copy of the changes.

DON’T MISS THIS IMPORTANT BREAKFAST

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PRE-PAYMENT OF CHAMBER BREAKFASTS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM AND PAY BY CREDIT CARD OR EFT.
CASH AND CHEQUES STILL BEING ACCEPTED AT THE DOOR


For a low Cost of of $15 for Chamber members or $20 Non Members you really can’t afford to miss this great speaker.

Please RSVP before close of business Monday, 29 March, 2010

Click Here to RSVP (if you wish to pay at the door)
Click Here to RSVP (f you wish to pay by EFT or Credit Card)


OUR NEXT FUNCTION WILL BE OUR MONTHLY BREAKFAST ON  28 APRIL, 2010

Sharon Philp
Chamber Secretariat
T: 0428 725 662

Posted by Henry Sapiecha 19th March 2010

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BUSINESS AWARDS HERVEY BAY 2010 COMING AUGUST 2010

March 18th, 2010

HERVEY BAY 2010 BUSINESS AWARD BLACK TIE GALA EVENT AUGUST 13th 2010

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Will keep you posted as info becomes available

Posted by Henry Sapiecha

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