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October 19th, 2011


The Fraser Coast Opportunities partnership continues to gain momentum as it works towards delivering a network of support for businesses across the region.

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» Airport master plan will attract investment
» BOOST your business is here!
» Work for Queensland mining & gas jobs expo
» Fraser Coast major projects
» BUSINESS PROFILE: Whale City Butchery
» Current opportunities to tender

Airport master plan will attract investment

The Fraser Coast has set itself as a major player in the aviation industry with the adoption of the Fraser Coast Airport Master Plan 2011-2031.

The plan will guide the development of the airports for the next 20 years to ensure they are safe, competitive and attract development.

This plan will allow the Fraser Coast to firmly position itself as an aviation industry hub for aircraft maintenance and refurbishment and aggressively pursue new business,” Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said.

Council estimates that if the airport precinct was developed to its full potential it would generate 1,432 jobs and inject $71 million into the local economy stimulating the construction industry; creating jobs; attracting new, technology based businesses to the region; and positioning the Fraser Coast as a front runner in regional development initiatives.

More information can be found at

BOOST your business is here!

Don’t miss the launch of BOOST Your Business, the Fraser Coast Opportunities small business package to take place as part of the Business Hervey Bay networking evening to be held on Friday, 21 October from 5.30 to 7.30 pm at the WetSide Cafe and restaurant.

As part of the BOOST Your Business package, Council asked businesses to offer services to new and established small businesses as they set about achieving their goals.  Services available include accounting, legal, advertising, financial and banking, business coaching and mentoring.

The BOOST Your Business package is an ongoing initiative of the Fraser Coast Opportunities partnership and interest can be registered at any time following Friday’s launch by completing the webform located at

Business Hervey Bay fosters a strong sense of community, while providing a social atmosphere for business people to mix and mingle. It is a free service offered under the Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce. You don’t have to be a chamber member to attend and events are open to business owners, managers and staff.  Entry is by gold coin donation.

More information can be found at or

Work for Queensland mining & gas jobs expo

The Work for Queensland Mining and Gas Jobs Expo is just days away and will be held at the Brolga Theatre in Maryborough on 28 October.

The expo is an opportunity to showcase to mining company executives the region’s capacity to service their industry with employees, goods and services and is being organised by the Queensland Government in partnership with regional councils and major mining and gas industry employers.

Major mining and gas industry employers will be on hand to provide job seekers with information on current job opportunities, the range of jobs and careers available in the resources sector; industry pay, conditions and lifestyle and future job opportunities.

Resources sector training providers will provide free training and career information and will outline the training options available to pursue a career in the mining or gas industry.

For more information on the Work for Queensland Mining and Gas Jobs Expo and the Work for Queensland initiative, visit

or call 1800 773 048.

The Fraser Coast is bustling with activity as work on the following projects progresses:

Chinese Garden:

Work has commenced on the construction of a Chinese Garden within the grounds of the Hervey Bay Botanical Gardens. The Chinese garden will be visible and accessible from Elizabeth Street and will be bordered by Dayman Street.  The works are being completed internally by Parks Coordinator Glen Rae and his team.  An order has been sent to China to supply authentic ‘Chinese’ components for the garden.  These authentic pieces will be included within the main entry with dragon and phoenix statues, bluestone flooring and a feature wall.  The contemplation court, fountain and moon gate will also feature the authentic Chinese pieces.

Hervey Bay Animal Refuge:

With the completion of the Maryborough Animal Refuge, plans are now underway to construct a new facility for Hervey Bay.  This facility will be constructed off Cicada Lane and will comprise blocks of kennels similar to Maryborough, as well as a new refuge administration facility.

Hervey Bay Community Centre:

Construction of the new Hervey Bay Community Centre is progressing and it is expected to be completed late November 2011.  The facility will be the home of the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre who will be managing the complex.  More than 20 community groups will also call the centre home.  The centre will give Hervey Bay another venue for functions.  An accredited day care centre will also be housed within the building.  The outdoor area of the facility will include a long timber seat that is being constructed with timbers recycled from the iconic Urangan Pier.

Maryborough Aquatic Centre:

Win Constructions Queensland, a local company, has been awarded the contract for the redevelopment of the Maryborough Aquatic Centre.  A new 50 metre pool, new hydro therapy pool and a new children’s play area will be part of the redevelopment.  Work will be done on the current heated 25 metre pool.  All current dressing sheds and administration centre etc will be demolished and replaced with new modern facilities.  Construction has commenced and it is expected the works will be completed mid 2012.

Tiaro Medical Centre:

Construction of the Tiaro Medical Centre is well underway taking over the site of the old Tiaro Shire Council administration centre.  The centre will house doctors in general practice and will be used by associated medical agencies in consultant capacities.  The centre is scheduled for completion in October.

Hervey Bay Cultural Centre:

The tender for the construction of the Hervey Bay Cultural Centre has closed and the tender assessment process is underway.  At the completion of this process the successful tenderer will be announced and construction of Stage 1 will commence almost immediately.  Stage 1 will include the Regional Art Gallery and Interpretive/Discovery Centre. The facility when completed will sit opposite the new Hervey Bay Community Centre.

Maryborough Special Needs Centre & Toy Library:

Construction has commenced on the redevelopment and extension of the Maryborough Special Needs Centre & Toy Library in Lennox Street Maryborough.  The redevelopment will give much needed extra space for the centre with the construction of a large storage area.  The new area will have complete PWD access.  Local construction company, Metcalfe Constructions, was awarded the contract.

BUSINESS PROFILE: Whale City Butchery

Gary Richards, Hervey Bay Business Awards 2011 Retailer of the Year and sole owner of Whale City Butchery is leading the way in embracing new opportunities for existing business.

Recognising the need to develop your business as the economic climate and ways of doing business change, Gary has recently added an online ordering facility to the factory and 2 shop fronts operating under the Whale City Butchery banner.

This unique facility is supported by free delivery for orders over $50, and includes delivery to homes outside of Hervey Bay once per week.

Despite never having gone online or been one to send emails, Gary works on the basis that, “you’ve got to try anything and everything to try and survive”.

In addition to opening a new avenue for his customers, Gary has spent the past 12 months exploring the opportunities that exist for him as the resource sector booms on the doorstep of the Fraser Coast.

In early September 2011, Gary attended the Surat Basin conference and personally experienced how other industries can leverage and benefit from the boom in the resource sector.

It was eye opening to see for myself how things operate on a mine site and I would encourage other business owners and stakeholders to do the same thing” Gary said.

Gary is continuing to research how his business can become involved in supplying meats to the mines and hopes to soon add them to the list of testimonials he has received as a result of supplying locally to the likes of the Torquay Hotel, Kingfisher Bay Resort and Wide Bay Institute of TAFE.

The recent accreditation of Whale City Butchery as a member of the Industry Capability Network (ICN) is sure to help Gary as he continues to work towards ensuring the continued sustainability of a local business that has been in operation for the past 23 years.

More information:

Contact the Whale City Butchery on 4128 3841 or see their website

Current opportunities to tender

There are currently no opportunities to tender.

More information:

Go to to monitor opportunities that may arise.

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha

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