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BUSINESS EXPO TO GO AHEAD AT THE FRASER COAST

January 31st, 2011

Inaugural Fraser Coast Biz Expo to go ahead


The Inaugural Fraser Coast Biz Expo is an initiative of the

Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce, the University of Southern Queensland

FraserCoast Campus, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Wide Bay TAFE, the

Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation and

Maryborough Chamber of Commerce. The Fraser Coast Business Expo 2011

will provide business people on the Fraser Coast with a one stop event to

help put the puzzle together.The expo will have 15 sessions running

throughout the a f t e r n o o n  w i t h information covering most

aspects of business as well the future of the Fraser Coast and how to win extra

business.
Starting at 12.30pm and finishing….More here biz expo

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FRASER COAST BUSINESS EXPO IS ON & YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE

January 27th, 2011

Dear Members and Supporters,

REGISTRATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FORM

16TH FEBRUARY, 2011

VENUE: USQ HERVEY BAY


The inaugural Fraser Coast Biz Expo will be held on the 16th February 2011 at the University of Southern Queensland, Hervey Bay Campus.  This exciting event will provide the business people and the community of the Fraser Coast with the answers to:

  • Where the Fraser Coast is headed
  • Where to get help for your business
  • How to make your business more profitable

This event will provide the business community with valuable tools and advice to take back to their organisation. Anticipated topics include social media, marketing, banking and finance, industrial relations, tendering processes, customer service, employee skilling and retention, advertising, case studies of successful businesses and more.

The event is an initiative of the following:

  • Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Maryborough Chamber of Commerce
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • Wide Bay Institute of TAFE
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Queensland Government – Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation

Who should attend?

  • Business people on the Fraser Coast
  • People wanting to start a business
  • Anyone interested in the future of the Fraser Coast
  • Anyone looking for new ideas to improve their future.

CLICK HERE for details on the event and to download the registration form. Forms and payment must be received no later than 11 February, 2011.
It would be appreciated if you could circulate this email/flyer to your networks or anyone else who may be interested.
For more information about this event please contact, Sharon Philp, Secretariat of the Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce on admin@herveybaychamber.asn.au

RESERVE THE 16th February 2011 in YOUR DIARY NOW

*errors and omissions excluded, event specifics are subject to change

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A CALL FOR THE FRASER COAST TO BECOME SMARTER.GET IBM GRANT $$$$

January 10th, 2011

IBM Pledges $50 Million to Create 100 Smarter Cities
IBM has inaugurated its Smarter Cities Challenge, a competitive grant program in which IBM will award $50 million-worth of technology and services to help 100 municipalities across the globe. Teams of IBM experts will provide city leaders with recommendations for successful growth, better delivery of municipal services, more citizen engagement, and improved efficiency. Watch the video >

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FLOOD VICTIMS IN QUEENSLAND CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE GOVERNMENT FINANCE ASSISTANCE PACKAGES

January 7th, 2011

FLOOD VICTIMS IN QUEENSLAND GET MONEY

Bundaberg – Fraser Coast District


Keep Australia Working Newsletter Issue No.11, January 2010
January
What a start to the year of 2011!

Our thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected by the floods in Queensland over December and January. Communities, businesses and individuals have all been affected. It takes time to recover from these unfortunate events but there is assistance available. All levels of government are working together to make sure assistance is available to those who need it. Below is a summary of the assistance that may be available to help individuals and businesses recover. This information is provided as a guide only and everyone will need to check their entitlement with the agency concerned.
DISASTER ASSISTANCE


The Australian Government Disaster Assist website:- http://www.disasterassist.gov.au/www/disasterassist/disasterassist.nsf/Page/Home
has been set up to give people access to information about recovery assistance following a disaster. Assistance is available for people adversely affected by the Queensland flooding.
Individual Support
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) will be provided to eligible people affected by the Queensland flooding during the December 2010 – January 2011 period. The payment is to provide immediate, one-off financial assistance to eligible Australians adversely affected by the disaster. The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment rate is $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per child.

Details on how to claim are available from the Centrelink website:-

http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/emergency/qld_flooding_dec10_claiming.htm

or by phoning 180 22 66.

Claims for this assistance can be lodged at Centrelink until 4 July 2011 as application for the payment is available for a period of up to six months.

The Queensland Government, through the Department of Communities, also has financial assistance available.

The Community RecoveryWebsite:-
http://www.communityservices.qld.gov.au/community/community-recovery/about.html

has information on the personal Hardship Assistance grant, which is non-means tested. This grant is to help people meet immediate and unexpected basic costs such as food, clothing, medical or accommodation costs associated with the disaster.
For those without house and contents insurance some means-tested assistance may also be available.

Phone 1800 173 349

for more information on assistance from the Department of Communities.
Business Assistance
The Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority:-

http://www.qraa.qld.gov.au

has grants of up to $25,000 for primary producers and businesses which have suffered direct damage as a result of the flooding. The grants are to help with direct costs of repair after the flooding. In our region, businesses in the local government areas of South Burnett, North Burnett, Cherbourg and Bundaberg are eligible.

Phone the QRAA on 1800 623 946 for details.
Concessional interest rate loans of up to $250,000 as well as freight subsidies of up to $5,000 are available for small business operators and primary producers across these Local Government Areas.

Call the QRAA on 1800 623 943 to discuss your situation.

Don’t forget that during times of natural disaster take
time to look after yourself as well as others. Some tips
on disaster resilience from the Disaster Assist website include:
Adjust your lifestyle to your needs.

Don’t just do things out of habit or because you planned them some time ago.
Avoid making important life decisions until you can be objective. Make as many small decisions on a day to day basis as you like to ensure you have control over your life.
Make time to practise relaxation or absorb yourself in a relaxing activity such as listening to music – this helps your body and nervous system to settle and readjust.
Above all, be kind to yourself.
Regards

Jason Millward | Local Employment Coordinator |

Phone 0412 772 307

Email — Jason.millward@deewr.gov.au

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