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READ TO KIDS VOLUNTEERS WANTED ONCE A WEEK

June 25th, 2010

The Pyjama foundation is asking you to think of the kids for one hour a week.Read on…

Good Evening

My name is Cressida Toorenburg and I am the Regional Coordinator for The Pyjama Foundation.

The Pyjama Foundation recruits, screens, trains and supports Pyjama Angels – volunteer members of the community who work with foster children and support our true heroes – Australia’s foster families. Pyjama Angels deliver The Pyjama Foundation Love of Learning Program™, a literacy-based mentoring program which addresses statistics around children in care:

  • 92% of children in care are below the average reading level at age seven
  • 75% of these children do not complete schooling
  • 50% of the homeless come from a care background
  • 35% enter the juvenile justice system at some point (82% of Australian prisoners have below grade 4 level of functional literacy)
  • 28% of care-leavers are parents within 12 months of leaving care

I am currently looking for members of the Fraser Coast community over 18 years of age to be trained as Pyjama Angels. Angels visit a child in foster care once a week for one hour to read and engage them in literacy activities. The range and professional qualifications of our Pyjama Angels is diverse and they are made up of business and academic professionals, students, retirees and generally people who have a love of reading.

In an attempt to notify as many people and get the message out about this great not for profit organisation I would appreciate it if you could forward this email onto your networks please.

I have attached a copy of our Frequently Asked Questions and an application form should you or someone you know be interested in volunteering one hour a week. You may also like to visit the website  www.thepyjamafoundation.com where you can find further information including collection centres in the area for our annual pyjama drive.

pyjama foundation Frequently Asked Questions

Pyjama Angel Application _

If you have any questions or would like me to visit to discuss further fundraising ideas to support the role of Pyjama Angels in the community please feel free to contact me –

Cressida Toorenburg on 0417761593.

Warm Regards

Cressida

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PINK CHAMPAGE PINK DIAMONDS AND PINK LADIES EVENT @ THE FRASER COAST QLD

June 24th, 2010

Dear Members and Guests,

Friday, 30th July

Pink & Pampered




Save the date

for our next ‘Women in Business’ Luncheon.

The theme for the afternoon will be awareness, fun & friendship.

Our aim is to raise as many funds as we can to go towards much needed support for local breast cancer patients.

Our guest speaker for the afternoon will be Angela Wotherspoon – our local Breast Care Nurse. But it’s not to be all serious, the ‘pink bubbles’ will be available and we need some pampering to celebrate all the good stuff that comes with being female; with support from local businesses to highlight the upcoming trends in hair, make-up and fashion.

As with most fundraising events we need your help, so if there are any businesses out there who wish to assist by way of sponsorship or in kind – we need raffle prizes, lucky door gifts etc.  We will have a special ‘auction’ item in the form of a certain type of swimwear that is signed by Tony Abbott – you could be the lucky owner of the potential PM’s signed swimwear.

Date: Friday 30th July 2010

Time: 11:45am for noon

Cost: $50 per head for members and $60 non-members OR $450 per table of 10


Venue: Fraser Room – Hervey Bay Boat Club

And this event is not just for the Women, our male supporters are encouraged to come as well, so if you know of someone who would like to attend, please forward this email.


Official invitations will be forwarded in the next few weeks advising of more detail but at this point just mark your diaries off for the afternoon and contact Debbie Potts with your sponsorship and/or gift items on 4128 2066 or debbie@clm.net.au

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FRASER COAST MAYORAL BALL CANCELLED

June 24th, 2010

Dear Members and Supporters,

Cancellation of 2010 Chamber Mayoral Ball

For many years, the annual Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce Mayoral Ball has been the premier event for the local business community. This event has provided sponsors an opportunity to showcase their business as well as valuable networking opportunities to members and guests.

Unfortunately we have not been able to save this year’s ball. In part this is due to the economic downturn in the region which is reflected by an insufficient number of sponsors and not being able to secure a new Platinum Sponsor.

Whilst we have no doubt that this year’s event would have been traditionally sold out, revenue raised from ticket sales does not cover the shortfall of costs for such a prestigious event.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our current sponsors for their ongoing support and our members who continually look forward to our annual Chamber Ball.

We look forward to your support for this event in 2011.

Caroline Vinson

Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Ball Committee

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GILLARD RULES THE DAY IN AUSTRALIA – RUDD OVERTHROWN BY LABOUR MEMBERS

June 24th, 2010

Did the union heavyweights exert pressure on labour members to evict the then current prime minister?

Gillard now rules with no say from the people.

The elections are coming so what will happen then?



Australia has a new prime minister.  For the first time in the nation’s history it is a woman, but that’s one of the least most remarkable points from a tumultuous 12 hours in Canberra.

As Kevin Rudd finally falls on his sword, standing aside for Julia Gillard to take the Lodge unopposed in this morning’s shock party room meeting, Crikey will have the most extensive coverage in a bumper lunchtime edition:

Julia Eileen Gillard (born 29 September 1961) is a Welsh-born Australian politician who is currently the Prime Minister designate of the Commonwealth of Australia. Gillard is due to be sworn in as Australia’s 27th Prime Minister on 24 June 2010 after a leadership ballot confirmed she had the support of the Australian Labor Party to acsend to the party leadership and hence the Australian Prime Ministership. Before her election to leader of her party, Gillard was the Deputy Leader and the 13th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.

On 11 December 2007[2] she became the first woman in Australia’s history to assume the prime ministerial role, when she acted as prime minister while Kevin Rudd attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali.[3] She is also the Minister for Education, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and the Minister for Social Inclusion.[4]

Gillard was elected unopposed as Leader of the Australian Labor Party at a special caucus meeting on 24 June 2010, making her the first female leader of the Australian Labor Party. Gillard will be the first woman in Australian history to become the Prime Minister.

Gillard has been an ALP member of the House of Representatives since the 1998 federal election. She represents the Division of Lalor in Victoria.

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FEDERAL MEMBER TANYA PLIBESEK @ FRASER COAST WOMEN IN DEVELOPMENT LUNCHEON

June 24th, 2010

Dear Members and Guests,


UDIA Women in Development Lunch

Tuesday, 6 July, 2010

SPEAKER: Federal Minister Tanya Plibersek


You are invited to attend the UDIA Women In Development Lunch on Tuesday 6 July 2010.  We believe that this function would be of great interest and value to you and also provide a great opportunity to network with the Local Development & Business Industries.

Where: Hervey Bay RSL, Pialba

When: 6th July, 2010 (Tuesday)

Time: 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start

Cost: $40 members and $45 non members

Please note that this event is not a women only event.

Please CLICK HERE to download information and registration form

We encourage you to attend this event and look forward to seeing you there.

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NASA FREE COMPETITION FOR $20,000 – YOUR IDEAS PLEASE

June 23rd, 2010


Dear HENRY:

This is it! Only one week left to enter the 2010 "Create the Future" Design Contest and compete for
$20,000 USD, other great prizes, and global recognition. Submit your innovative product ideas by
next Wednesday, June 30. There is no cost to enter. Visit www.createthefuture2010.com for complete
details.

Engineers, entrepreneurs, and students worldwide are invited to submit team or individual entries
in six categories: Consumer Products; Machinery/Equipment; Medical; Safety & Security; Sustainable
Technologies; and Transportation.

In addition to the $20,000 grand prize competition, first prize winners in each of the six categories
will get an HP workstation. The 10 most popular entries, as voted on by site registrants, will win
a 3D mouse. All qualified entrants will be included in a T-shirt drawing, and the Top 100 entries
overall, as determined by an industry panel of judges, will receive a certificate of achievement
suitable for framing.

Best of all, winning entries will benefit from publicity to business leaders and executives who
could help bring the idea to market.

Hurry! The entry deadline is June 30, 2010 at 11:59 pm ET. Click here to get started:
http://contest.techbriefs.com/getstarted.
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SUSTAINABLE FRASER COAST CHARTER – REGISTER YOUR COMMENTS NOW

June 23rd, 2010

Fraser Coast Regional Council

www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au

is inviting the community to make submissions on its draft of

our Sustainable charter

View it on the council web site or at council offices/service centres or libraries

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE NINTH JULY 2010

Register on line or address your comments to:


Chief Executive Officer

Fraser Coast Regional Council

PO Box1943

Hervey Bay Q4655

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CLOSURE OF FISHING GROUNDS ON AGENDA WITH CHAMBER BREAKFAST @ FRASER COAST

June 23rd, 2010

Dear Members and Guests,
Hervey Bay Chamber Breakfast – Wednesday 30 June, 2010
at 6.45am for a 7.00am start at the Boat Club, Buccaneer Drive Urangan


Find out how the potential closure of our local Fishing Grounds could impact your business


Can Hervey Bay afford to let an industry that generates 100’s of millions of dollars for our local economy be put at risk through the potential closure of our fishing grounds?

Recently the Environment Minister Peter Garrett announced a series of areas for further assessment in a move to assess the unique economic and environmental values of the country’s east coast marine environment.  Unfortunately for the Fraser Coast region one of those areas is directly off the coast of Fraser Island and takes in some very prominent and highly productive fishing grounds.  Whilst the Federal Government has suggested that these are simply areas where more detailed information will be collected, history has shown that when fishing grounds are closed the impact of these closures on the economies of the coastal communities is significant.

In a 2000 report prepared by Mr I Murphy titled “Spending Habits of Recreational Fishermen and their Contributions to the Economy, Pumicestone Passage”, to quote the ozcoasts.org website,  it was estimated that fishers spend $38m to go fishing in the Hervey Bay and Great Sandy Straits area whilst fishers visiting the area are estimated to spend an additional $102m on accommodation. These estimates are for direct expenditure and do not include expenditure on capital such as boats, trailers or boat storage facilities. When the direct expenditure is considered together with the flow-on effects to the regional economy then the total impact on the region is considerable.

And this is just recreational fishing.  Consider the impact on the community of our commercial fishing industry and the money it generates for our economy.  If this Federal Government assessment results in the closure of our fishing grounds then all businesses in Hervey Bay will be affected. It is important that we all fully understand what the Federal Government is proposing and what this means for you.  .

To help us understand what is happening the Chamber will present three speakers:

  • A representative from the Federal Government to explain what the assessment is and why it is happening
  • Mr Scott Mitchell, Chairman of Sunfish Fraser Coast, who will explain the concerns of the recreational fishing industry; and
  • Mr Michael Garrahy, Director of Law Essentials and representative for the Queensland Seafood Industry Association who will explain the concerns of the commercial fishing sector.

DON’T MISS THIS IMPORTANT BREAKFAST

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 $20 for Chamber members or $25 Non Members you really can’t afford to miss these great speakers.

Please RSVP before close of business Monday, 28 June, 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 JULY, 2010

Sharon Philp
Chamber Secretariat
T: 0428 725 662

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FRASER COAST BUSINESS SURVEY – TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT NOW HERE

June 22nd, 2010

USQ Fraser Coast Business Barometer Survey

The following USQ Fraser Coast Business Barometer survey is the result of collaboration between USQ, Fraser Coast Council, and local Chambers of Commerce.  The goal is to try and gauge the level of business confidence in this region, and the issues most concerning local businesses.  It is the chance for you to have your voice heard amongst the various communities that support and regulate businesses.

We would greatly appreciate your time in giving us your insight into the most pressing business issues facing you right now.  With the Federal election on the horizon, it is also a great opportunity for you to provide feed back through the survey your thoughts regarding the issues the political parties should be tackling.

This is the first USQ Fraser Coast Business Barometer survey to be issued, and follow up surveys are planned to be released every six months.  Your assistance with completing it is very much appreciated, but is completely voluntary.  It is intended to be completed by senior business managers/owners within the Fraser Coast region.  The survey should take between five and ten minutes of your time to complete, and is completely anonymous.  Further instructions and information are contained within the survey itself.  If you have already answered this survey, then please ignore and delete this message.

Follow this link to the Survey:
Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
http://usqbusiness.qualtrics.com/WRQualtricsSurveyEngine?Q_SS=6nIbkq95TDi9jCc_1za0J7lnMl9lpn6&_=1

For any questions regarding this survey, please contact Graham Young at the University of Southern Queensland, email address Graham.Young@usq.edu.au, or telephone 4194.3170.

Thank-you for you assistance.

Graham

Graham Young
Lecturer and Campus Coordinator
Faculty of Business
Fraser Coast Campus
University of Southern Queensland

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BUSINESS PLAN TEMPLATE FREE DOWNLOAD HERE

June 21st, 2010

Want to prepare a business plan as part of a funding application and need a structured format you can easily follow, then…do it here for FREE

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