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CALLING CONSTRUCTION TENDERS FOR NEW PROJECTS IN THE FRASER COAST

August 25th, 2011

Current opportunities to tender

Building Construction Services
Maryborough Special Needs Centre and Toy Library Redevelopment and Extension Project.

Tenders close on Monday 5 September.

More Information:
Click here to obtain more information in relation to this project.

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DR ERNESTTO SIROLLI TO SPEAK ON BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT @ THE USQ CAMPUS IN HERVEY BAY-SEPTEMBER

August 25th, 2011

INVITATION TO HEAR SPEAKER ON BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Dr Ernesto Sirolli will share his highly successful approach to local economic and business development at a one-day seminar in Hervey Bay in September.

The founder of the internationally acclaimed Sirolli Institute will outline how businesses can improve their bottom line results at the USQ Fraser Coast campus in Hervey Bay on Tuesday, 13 September.

The seminar is supported by Council, the Noosa Institute for Socio-Economic Research, the Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation and USQ Fraser Coast.

More Information:
Click here to register or find out more information.

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THE VERY SUCCESSFUL JOB MART EXPO IS ON AGAIN AT THE FRASER COAST QLD

August 25th, 2011

FRASER COAST JOB MART EXPO IS ON AGAIN

Fraser Coast JobMart
Fraser Coast JobMart is an annual showcase of education providers and businesses offering a diverse range or training and employment opportunities and advice.

It is a fantastic opportunity for business to get involved with our community, raise awareness of your business and promote the careers and employment opportunities available in our region.

This year’s JobMart will be held at the Brolga Theatre on Tuesday 6 September from 3.00pm-5.30pm.

More Information:
Click here to register your business using the Exhibitors Registration Form.

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DEEDI GOV DEPT TO HOLD BUSINESS SUCCESS WORKSHOPS IN THE FRASER COAST

August 25th, 2011

Uncover essentials for success

The Essentials for Business Success will be revealed at a comprehensive activity-based workshop series being run by the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.

The workshops will be held at Mantra Hervey Bay in Buccaneer Drive, Urangan, from 2pm to 5pm on:

  • 30 August
  • 20 September
  • 11 October
  • 8 November
  • 22 November and
  • 13 December.

The cost is $44 per person per workshop and topics include:

  • Planning Your Successful Business;
  • Financial Management: Back to Basics; and
  • Retaining Your Profitable Customers.

More Information:
Contact the Maryborough Service Centre of the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation on:
phone:  4121 1780
email: maryborough@deedi.qld.gov.au

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OPEN YOUR ECO GREEN HOUSE FOR VISITORS

August 25th, 2011

Owners urged to open their doors

Owners of sustainable houses are being encouraged to open their doors to the public as part of Sustainable House Day on Sunday, 11 September.

Sustainable House Day has been held on the Fraser Coast for the past three years, with about 400 people visiting each of the open houses.

Visitors can obtain information and view displays during the open day.

More Information:
Click here to find out more about Sustainable House Day

CONTACT MASTERS DEGREE HOLDER IN ECO SYSTEMS HERE

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HERVEY BAY QLD AIRPORT HAS JUMP IN PASSENGER TRAFFIC

August 24th, 2011

Passenger numbers take off
Passenger numbers take off

An 8.5% increase in passenger numbers at the Hervey Bay airport in the past 12 months would strengthen Council’s case for increased services to the Fraser Coast.

A total of 169,893 passengers moved through the airport en route to and from Sydney, Brisbane and other destinations.

Fraser Coast residents and tourists continued to take advantage of Virgin Australia’s direct flights from Hervey Bay to Sydney, with an increase of 16,824 passengers in the past year.

Qantaslink flights to Brisbane also increased, up by 3,389 passengers.

“The figures show that air travel is still popular despite the tougher economy,” Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said. “It also shows that there is room for expansion.

“If the trend continues we will have a good case to pursue more services on existing routes; more routes, especially a northern service linking the Fraser Coast to the Mackay and Townsville regions; or bigger aircraft servicing existing routes.”

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FRASER COAST INCENTIVES FOR NEW BUSINESS

August 24th, 2011

Initiative to back new business

New businesses will be offered a package that includes key contacts and discounted services in an initiative to be launched by Fraser Coast Opportunities.

Existing local businesses are being encouraged to offer their services to encourage small business growth on the Fraser Coast.

The response to the small business package to date has been extremely positive and it is refreshing to see the support the Fraser Coast business community is demonstrating to fellow businesses.

Over the coming weeks the Fraser Coast Opportunities team will be preparing promotional collateral and finalising processes to ensure all eligible businesses are aware of the opportunity to take part in this initiative.

A range of services have already been put forward including accounting, legal, advertising, financial and mentoring services, as well as business and life coaching and office productivity assessments.

Thank you to those businesses who have already nominated services on offer.

More Information:
www.fctsc.com.au

To nominate services available from your business or to provide feedback on the Small Business Incentive Package, email us at: opportunities@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

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FRASER COAST COUNCIL SAYS DEVELOPERS ARE HAPPIER BECAUSE OF INCENTIVES

August 24th, 2011

Incentives pay off for larger developers, but what of the smaller operator, who is still very nervous & reluctant to move.

Council’s Infrastructure Incentives Policy has been designed to attract investment and encourage innovative and sustainable development – and developers are already reaping the rewards.

“The incentives will stimulate the development industry,” Mayor Mick Kruger said.

The incentives will apply to development that meets one or more of the following categories:

  • Category 1: Contribution to Fraser Coast economy
  • Category 2: Infill residential development; Central Business District development; employment generating; or small residential lots
  • Category 3: Medical facilities
  • Category 4: Roll-in provisions for development in the former local government areas of Maryborough, Tiaro and Woocoo
  • Category 5: Development considered to be of Special Community Benefit

Cr Kruger said that developers were already benefiting from the incentives which could equate to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The policy is designed to attract investment, especially in the Central Business Districts, in-fill development, small lots and medical centres and applies to existing approvals and new applications.

Click here to view the incentive categories and related subsidies.

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FRASER COAST AS A MINING HUB FOR THE ENTIRE REGION

August 24th, 2011

Fraser Coast well positioned for the mining boom

18 August 2011

The Fraser Coast was well positioned to be a one-stop-shop employment hub for the booming mining sector, Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said.

Cr Kruger was responding to plans by the Queensland Premier Anna Bligh to target coastal areas to address critical skills shortages in the resource sector.

“The government believes there are 3,500 jobs available now in the resource sector and another 60,000 people will be required (48,000 in construction and 13,000 ongoing),” Cr Kruger said.

The State Government and the resources sector agreed at a summit on the Gold Coast on Tuesday to seek out new skilled workers for the resources industry from coastal areas with high unemployment and plug them into the mining boom.

Work for Queensland jobs expos will be held in Wide Bay Burnett, Cairns, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and the Whitsunday regions from October.

Cr Kruger was invited to the summit and represented the Wide Bay Burnett as a key employment hub.

The summit identified the need to upskill workers and streamline training programs to shorten lead times to workers obtaining the necessary competences.

“The Fraser Coast already has training schools and a good reputation for producing skilled workers for the resource sector,” he said.

“To streamline the process we could create a one-stop-shop for training and integrate medical checks and screening with other aspects of the training program.

“As well we can offer a stable environment for workers’ families and direct transport links to the mine sites, especially for the fly-in-fly-out workers.

“And training workers for the mining industry would not adversely affect our existing industries or dilute the regional workforce.”

At the summit Cr Kruger presented a profile of the Wide Bay Burnett region as an employment hub and tabled the following strategies:

  • Establishment of  a one-stop-shop within the region to source local employment;
  • Co-ordinated regional approach to fly-in-fly-out and drive-in-drive-out workers;
  • Establishment of training facilities targeted at resource sector;
  • Provision of incentives for resource sector to relocate employees from SE Qld to the regions;
  • Identification of key resource sector service industries and moving them to regional areas; and
  • The region already has a manufacturing base that can cater to the resource sector such as Downer EDI, Bombardier and CQMS Fraser.

“There are opportunities for mine medicals and mine readiness training centres to be established in regional areas,” Cr Kruger said.

“The existing training facilities on the Fraser Coast show that it can work. We can add to that by combining medical screening with the new e-medical facilities which Council pioneered here when it introduced Widelinx.

“We can also promote the region to mining employees as a destination for their days off, or a safe place for their families to live while they are at work.

“The summit was very informative and productive and a welcome initiative by the Premier.

“This is an opportunity for the regions to actively participate in achieving a more diverse and multi functioning workforce.”

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SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE INFO SHEET ARTICLE

August 24th, 2011

SAFETY IN THE WORK PLACE ARTICLE


Safety First: Preventing Accidents in the
Industrial Workplace

Thanks to comprehensive injury prevention programs, today’s industrial work environment is safer than ever before. But despite extensive safety measures, accidents can still occur at any time. According to the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, almost 6,000 American employees are killed on the job each year. Another 50,000 die from illnesses caused by exposure to hazardous or unsafe working conditions, and 6 million sustain nonfatal workplace injuries. These incidents have a massive impact on all industries, costingbusinesses billions of dollars every year.

When an employee is injured on the job, the effect can be widespread. The worker and the worker’s family are now forced to cope with the sudden loss of income and benefits. The business may find itself in a position where financial compensation is required, in addition to the loss of manpower.

Doing everything you can to prevent injuries in the workplace is an intelligent investment that will benefit both the company and the people it depends on. Follow these tips to create an industrial injury prevention program that saves money while keeping your employees happy and safe.

Preventing Eye Injuries In The Workplace
More than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work every day, making eye incidents one of the most common work-related injuries. 1 out of every 10 of these cases requires missed recovery days, and 10 to 20 percent of all cases lead to temporary or permanent blindness.
The easiest way to instantly reduce the risk of eye injuries is to provide adequate safety eyewear to all employees. Proper eye protection addresses all of the common causes of eye injuries: flying objects, particles, chemicals, and tools. Make a careful assessment of the hazardous areas in your workplace, and then provide at-risk employees with safety goggles, full-face respirators, glasses, or welding helmets depending on the conditions.

Just how effective is safety eyewear? Prevent Blindness America’s “Wise Owl” Program has recognized over 86,000 individuals whose sight was saved or protected by proper eye protection at work. Take advantage of this inexpensive investment to reduce the frequency of preventable eye injuries in the industrial environment.

Preventing Hearing Loss In The Workplace
Hearing loss is another common condition that can be prevented by taking simple safety precautions. Address hearing safety by providing employees who work in loud environments with ear plugs or ear muffs designed for their level of exposure. Make sure to routinely check hearing equipment for wear and tear that might reduce its effectiveness.
Some tasks require time spent in an environment louder than 85 decibels. If your employees work in these conditions, provide frequent breaks in addition to mandatory hearing protection. Reducing the amount of time spent in extremely loud settings can help prevent permanent damage to the sensitive inner ear.
Make sure that employees who work in loud industrial environments have their hearing tested regularly. Experienced ear specialists and audiologists can diagnose conditions in their early and most treatable stages.

Preventing Falls In The Workplace
To prevent dangerous falls in the industrial workplace, examine work areas carefully to uncover hazardous conditions before employees ever step foot near them. Address obvious hazards with safety railings, harnesses, ropes, nets, or scaffolding. Routinely check these safety measures to make sure they are in good functioning order. If any unsafe conditions develop, do not wait to fix them! Prioritize safety and take care of them immediately, and do not allow any employees near the work area until the hazard is removed.
You can also take preventative measures against falls by ensuring proper lighting throughout the workspace. The easier it is to see, the less chance of a misstep or accidental fall. Staircases should be well-lit and completely free of any obstacles.

Make an effort to educate workers continuously about safety in the workplace.

Use appropriate signage in higher-risk areas, and make sure employees are well-trained in the proper use of safety equipment. Workers will appreciate your efforts to keep them out of harm’s way.

Preventing Head Injuries In The Workplace
Many head injuries occur when workers slip, trip, or fall – so it’s important to follow the fall prevention guidelines outlined above. In addition, head injuries can be prevented by distributing hard hats and head safety equipment to protect workers in areas where objects are being moved overhead. Outline expectations to employees to make sure that objects
are never moved when unprotected workers are present.
Hard hats should always be used in environments with exposed beams, pipes, or lowhanging obstacles. It’s easy for busy employees to get distracted in the midst of work and bang their heads in these types of conditions, so make hard hats mandatory.
Training Employees and Promoting the “Safety First” Mindset
Complimenting effective safety gear with high-quality training significantly cuts the risk of industrial workplace accidents. Establish a focus on safety and consistently promote a “safety first” message to all employees as soon as they start working for your company. By encouraging this mindset, you can train employees to maintain a high level of awareness and caution that will help them naturally avoid accidents.
It’s a good idea to schedule regular audits to stay on top of important safety issues throughout the year. Information gathered from these comprehensive safety checks can be used to create updated training and educational material that will further reduce the risk of accidents. It’s your responsibility to dictate a responsible and safety-oriented mindset in all employees. Use regular internal communication to your advantage and reinforce the
message repeatedly. When safety is clearly the company’s number one priority, it becomes the top priority of its employees as well.

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