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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FUNDING OF $200M FOR SKILL SHORTAGES

February 25th, 2011

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The Critical Skills Investment Fund (the Fund) provides $200 million Australian Government co funding for industry partnerships to undertake projects that provide training and employment opportunities in critical industry sectors.

The goal of the Fund is to help increase the supply of skilled labour for enterprises in these sectors.  To achieve this, the Fund will support projects that train and place job seekers into available positions, or that up-skill existing workers to meet new demands. The Fund may also be used to support the recommendations of the National Resources Sector Employment Taskforce (NRSET).

The Advisory Board for the Critical Skills Investment Fund was announced on 12 November 2010 by Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations. The Board, comprising seven external members with relevant expertise in employment, training, labour market and skills development, will be responsible for overseeing the Fund’s administration.

The Critical Skills Investment Fund Guidelines set out the funding arrangements, eligibility requirements, application process and assessment criteria for project proposals under the Fund.  The Guidelines are now available to assist organisations in understanding the program.

The first funding round will be announced soon.

Consultations on the Draft Guidelines occurred in late 2010 and all submissions were considered before finalising the guidelines.

This fact sheet provides an overview of the Critical Skills Investment Fund.

FRASER COAST YOUNG PROFESSIONALS FIRST BREAKFAST MEETING FOR 2011

February 14th, 2011

Dear Members and Supporters,

FCYP Maryborough’s First Breakfast for the Year 2011


‘The Road to Recovery’

After a rocky start to 2011, Maryborough along with the rest of Queensland is ready to get back on its feet – the question is… what can you do to help?

Our first Maryborough breakfast for 2011 will focus not only on how new visitors will be brought to our region but what can we as individuals and Young Professionals do to help rebuild our local economy. Our guest speakers will be General Manager of Fraser Coast Tourism, Damien Massingham, Marketing and Media Manager Tourism Fraser Coast, Danielle Andreuzzi and Executive Manager Customer Service, Marketing & Tourism for Fraser Coast Regional Council Lisa Stephenson who will all share with us some important information on our current tourism situation and how we can help assist the rebuilding of our region practically and economically.

The smallest efforts are often the most important!

Spread the word!

RSVP HERE TODAY:  fcyp.whosattending.com/events/34

Event Details

When: Thursday 24 February 2011
Where: Maryborough RSL
Time: 6:30 am arrival for a 6:45 am start, finishing at 8:00 am
Cost: $15.00 per person (includes guest speaker, full buffet breakfast and hot / cold beverages)


Don’t miss this very special morning!

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MELBOURNE TO FRASER COAST FLIGHT SUPPORT MESSAGE FROM FRASER COAST COUNCILLOR MESSAGE

February 13th, 2011

Melbourne Flights Update
Dear Maybe Melbourne Supporter

Firstly, let me thank you for the incredible support that this campaign has generated. We received over 3600 emails or letters in support of a new air route to be established between Melbourne and Hervey Bay.

At this stage, I do not have anything super positive to report. We have been in constant negotiations with the airlines and they are still very keen to explore the establishment of a new route when the economic climate is more stable. Whilst we missed out on the summer scheduling, we are by no means out of the race.

Please be assured that I will continue to give this project my energy and dedication, and hopefully in the future, we will all be able to fly to Melbourne on a direct flight.

Once again, your support is not only much appreciated, but critical to the cause.

Kind regards

Anne Nioa
Cr Anne Nioa
Fraser Coast Regional Council

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ELECTION PROMISE BY A CONTENDER FOR THE NEXT LOCAL FRASER COAST ELECTIONS.ARE YOU A STARTER?THEN SEND US YOUR MESSAGE.

February 13th, 2011

Invest in Your Future

The unedited article is posted with no input or opinion from the editor


Help ensure that we elect better Councillors to the Fraser Coast Regional Council (FCRC) at the next elections.

If you desire a proactive Council that will provide us with –

Ø  A more realistic system of rates and Charges;

Ø  More transparent and responsive representation;

Ø  More accountability of where our money is spent;

Ø  More responsible use of Council money;

Ø  Opportunities for our children and grandchildren to have a better lifestyle.

Then we need your help to secure these results at the Council elections.

There are three (3) ways you can invest in the future of the Fraser Coast –

1.       Invest Your Time – Invest some of your time to talk to your friends and neighbours about what we are working to achieve. It is achievable if we all pull together. Also invest a little time to tell us about the issues that concern you and any solutions would like to see the Council implement. Help us to spread the word – there is a better way.

2.       Invest Your Energy – Through this year we need people to help deliver newsletters. If you walk for exercise or have some spare time and energy, you could be of great assistance to the cause by dropping off some newsletters along your way. The more we can deliver the wider we can spread the message that there is a better way.

3.       Invest Your Money – Just $10 to $20 each month will help us to continue to spread the word around the Fraser Coast. Think of pledging $10 – $20 each month as an investment. When we elect a new Council, the Councillors can vote to return the money paid by Wide Bay Water (WBW) to the FCRC back into the water and sewerage rates where it rightfully belongs. And this will mean a saving of at least $250 each year for you and every other user of the services.

It is a big job, there is no denying that, but with your help we can do it. Because we believe passionately that there is a better way for our Council to serve its people. We must make this potential into a reality before it is too late and we are forever condemned to be the poorest people of Queensland with too few employment opportunities, and too many expenses.

Please call Jim MacKellar on 0418732506 if you can be of assistance

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BURRUM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAVE FIRST MEETING OF 2011.

February 8th, 2011

FRASER COAST BURRUM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAD THEIR FIRST MEETING OF 2011 WITH TWO LOCAL FRASER COAST COUNCILLORS IN ATTENDANCE.

Also in attendace were representatives from the ‘friends of the burrum’ group who sought our support for a government grant to increase their web presence

Various items were discussed and the details will be supplied in due course by the secretary in the minutes that will be published & sent out to members.

In the meantime here are some pics of the evening.

Tiaro ex councillor Jim & his partner Bec attended & were invited by Henry Sapiecha.

Photos & Published by Henry Sapiecha

FRASER COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL REPRESENTATION MODELS TO CHOOSE HOW YOU ARE REPRESENTED HERE…

February 7th, 2011

THE FRASER COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL HAVE ASKED FOR SUBMISSIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AS TO WHAT MODEL SHOULD BE USED FOR THE BEST COUNCILLOR REPRESENTATION OF THE CITIZENS IN THE FRASER COAST COMMUNITY QUEENSLAND

View here for the details  >>> COMMUNITY VOICE_Councillor_Representation_Models

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CANDIDATES FOR THE NEXT LOCAL ELECTIONS @ THE FRASER COAST ARE WELCOME TO SUBMIT THEIR MESSAGE HERE FOR PUBLICATION

February 7th, 2011

This article was supplied to me by Jim Mackellar who has aspirations to become the Fraser Coast’s next lord mayor.



The unedited article is posted with no input or opinion from the editor

Any prospective candidate for positions in the next local elections is welcome to also submit a policy statement or comment for viewing in this commerce site

Socioeconomic Disadvantage

According to the draft Community Safety Plan presented to the Fraser Coast Council on Thursday 27/1/2011 almost half (49.8%) of the residents of the Fraser Coast are among the most socioeconomically disadvantaged people in the state of Queensland.

Only 3,300 people in Maryborough are considered to be among the 60% least disadvantaged people in the state. 24,000 are among the 40% most disadvantaged.

These are appalling and distressing facts. Especially as there are no apparent reasons for our region to be so poor, for our people to be so disadvantaged compared to the rest of the state.

We have a wonderful climate, ready access to road, rail and air transport, a ready pool of employable people and ample available land. Why are we so disadvantaged?

Even more appalling is the fact that this report was presented to Council on the same day as they chose to increase their salaries to cover the proper reduction in their allowances. Where is the empathy?

What is to be done? Professional regional economic development presents the only real opportunity to improve the situation. And the organization best placed to implement regional economic development is the regional Council.

But what are they doing? The Council’s economic development efforts are directed only to major projects and tourism. And the last few months have proved how fickle the tourism market can be. Why are we pouring millions of dollars into it at the expense of all other forms of business development?

Economic wellbeing is based upon a solid foundation of small to medium size businesses producing goods and services for local and external markets. Building this base can only be accomplished by following the well proven steps that have been successful in the past.

Where are our small business incubators? Where is our business retention scheme? What has Council done to improve the regulatory environment for small business investment on the Fraser Coast?

Are our present Councillors seriously interested in improving the desperate degree of socioeconomic disadvantage on the Fraser Coast or are they more focused on the preparation of their fancy reports and strategies to create the impression they are doing something?

‘Words, its only words’, may very well be the theme song of this Council but the people of our region need more, much more.

Jim MacKellar

Fraser Coast

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MARYBOROUGH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BREAKFAST TO BE HELD 8TH FEB 2011 @ THE BROLGA THEATRE

February 4th, 2011

Good morning,


The Maryborough Chamber of Commerce will hold its first breakfast meeting for 2011 at the Brolga Theatre on Tuesday 8th February, 2011.

Our focus will be on sharing information applicable to the “23rd Australian Jamboree” with Robyn Devine, Director Marketing and Communications as our guest speaker.

With the Scouting Fraternity having such a strong and reputable history around our Nation, it’s a privilege that Maryborough has been selected as the accommodating and hosting City of some 12-13000 participants for its next National Jamboree!  Robyn will outline the range of activities planned so far and highlight some of the logistical challenges in pulling an event of this magnitude together.

With the number of visitors expected to descend upon our city, it provides us with a unique opportunity to showcase the best of what we have to offer, but to also capitalise on a number of business, supply and service opportunities to make this event a streamlined, safe, enjoyable and memorable one for all involved.

Don’t miss your chance to get this information first hand – RSVP now!

CLICK HERE to RSVP online.  RSVP’s please by Friday 4th February.

Regards, Stace.

Stacey Foster

Secretary


www.maryboroughchamberqld.com.au

PO Box 282

MARYBOROUGH  QLD  4650

Mobile: 0407 589 398

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