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April 24th, 2013

ANZAC DAY – WE WILL NEVER FORGET-THANK YOU

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MEET & GREET THE NEW FRASER COAST COUNCILLORS @ COMBINED CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE BREAKFAST MEETING @ THE BROLGA THEATRE

May 30th, 2012

COMBINED FRASER COAST CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE INTRODUCE NEW COUNCIL TEAM ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE @ BROLGA THEATRE BREAKFAST.




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URGENT MESSAGE REGARDING THE COMBINED CHAMBER BREAKFAST 31st May  2012

We have had a fabulous response and great interest across all Chambers in meeting our new Mayor and Councillors.

As there will be 160 people in attendance, the format has had to change.

Registration will commence at 6.15am and a buffet breakfast will now be served from 6.30am. Please arrive early or you will miss out.

For those who have not registered, please do not just turn up as there is no further seating available.

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FRASER COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL OCTOBER 2011 NEWSLETTER

October 19th, 2011

LATEST NEWSLETTER FROM THE FRASER COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL ON WHAT’S HAPPENING @ THE FRASER COAST

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

Please help us broaden the network of support by forwarding this enewsletter to a business colleague.

Click here for the latest issue to be sent directly to your inbox.

IN THIS ISSUE
» 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 www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au.

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 www.frasercoastopportunities.com.au.

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 www.frasercoastopportunities.com.au or www.businessherveybay.com.au.

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 www.skills.qld.gov.au

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 www.hervebaybutchers.com.au.

Current opportunities to tender

There are currently no opportunities to tender.

More information:

Go to www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au to monitor opportunities that may arise.

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha

FRASER COAST APPOINTMENT OF NEW CEO @280K PER YEAR LISA DESMOND

April 28th, 2011

Lisa our first female CEO

28th April 2011

THE Fraser Coast Council's first female CEO kicked up her four-inch heels yesterday as one of her most eagerly awaited days came to an end.New Fraser Coast Council CEO Lisa Desmond.

Karleila Thomsen Fraceo

THE Fraser Coast Council’s first female CEO kicked up her four-inch heels yesterday as one of her most eagerly awaited days came to an end.

Former Director of Corporate Services Lisa Desmond, who has been acting chief since Andrew Brien packed up for Western Australia last year, was officially handed the top job in yesterday’s council meeting.

There were 56 applicants for the position, six of whom were short listed, but ever since the position was declared vacant Ms Desmond has been the hot favourite.

Still, the relief and joy was obvious on Ms Desmond’s face when mayor Mick Kruger re-opened the confidential section of the meeting and announced she had been the successful applicant.

When the meeting was over Ms Desmond was embraced by fellow directors Wayne Sweeney and Peter Smith and the 10 councillors present.

For almost 20 years Ms Desmond has been crunching numbers in council departments and has put together countless budgets.

While council officials have never been drawn on the exact salary the former CEO received, the position reportedly fetches about $280,000.

Ms Desmond said she was proud to be the first female to take on the role and hoped she would be a positive role model for young women in the region.

“It’s a privilege to be one of the few senior females in local government in Queensland,” Ms Desmond said.

“I hope I can live up to the expectations that go with that.”

Sourced from Fraser Coast Chronicle by Henry Sapiecha

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Comments to the editor of the FC chronicle

We hope that the number crunching by our newly appointed Fraser Coast Council CEO Lisa Desmond differs from days past as it did not work for this area as of late.

Are we in for more of the same or what is going to be so different.

What is she going to do that is going to change things?

Will she change things for the better prior to the next local election?

Councillors have been privy to Lisa’s arguement why she should be appointed but not us the public. So since they made the decision for us, they will have to answer to the public at the next local elections if Lisa Desmond does not deliver the goods before the election

If not , then the current councillors who supported this appointment will be facing the polls and the people.

Women are great people and they play a very important part in business & governments throughout all regions. One must however note that they now over dominate the FC councillor numbers in addition to this very important appointment.

Council records past decisions by women councillors have indictaed a support to increase development charges with  male councillors voting against increase of developers charges.[One is told]

There  are currently 7 female and 3 male FC councillors.

Is this appointment going to continue such an approach to increasing charges & squeezing dollars from developers already on the edge or moved out of the area.?

The shovel ready approach by council appears merely to be a band aid approach and has serious flaws, but sound in concept nevertheless.

The new CEO needs urgently to mean business when it comes to attracting developers back to the region as well as fast tracking applications, where jobs are at stake

What part was played in the past and or input had by the new CEO Lisa Desmond in the developers crisis that mushroomed here & is still here @ the Fraser Coast???

We elect our representatives carefully as the councillors should elect the CEO carefully.We all hope that this decision is the right one and wish her success working for the people who pay her and the Councillors. This appointment would not have been an easy task for the council, but it had to be done.

CONGRATULATIONS LISA & ALL THE BEST WITH YOUR NEW APPOINMENT

The persons from council on the appointment committe.Mick Kruger, Julie Arthur & Dave Dalgleish are competant persons and we all hope have made the right choice for the future prosperity of the region.


Our newly appointed CEO Lisa Desmond will certainly be under intense scrutiny during the following several months leading up to the next local elections.Was she just a safe bet for the councillors, better the devil you know etc., or did she present an outstanding arguement to the appointment committee

The voting public should be aware of the imbalance of sexes in council at the next local election perhaps or if happy maintain the staus quo.

The above comments are open for discussion generally and correction if information herein is deemed to be inaccurate or misleading

www.fcci.com.au

Fraser Coast Commerce & Industry Web site

INVITATION TO ATTEND OPEN FORUM ON ALDERSHOT MINING OPERATION SHORTCOMINGS

March 14th, 2011

This corressponce & invitation was forwarded to us

ALDERSHOT AND DISTRICT AGAINST MINING

Pres. Steve Harding-Vice.Pres. Brian Linforth-Sec.Sue Crickitt

Tres. Col Renyolds

72 Smelter St. Aldershot 4650

Tel 41221011—e-mail  brisue@dodo.com.au

14/03/11

Chambers Of Commerce Fraser Coast

The committee of our organization invites you to a very factual and informative documentry film regarding COAL SEAM GAS EXTRACTION.

Apart from the possible income from these wells we believe it is in your members interest to be aware of the potential damage the proliferation of this form of mining can have.

The attached brochure gives details and we hope to see some of you there.

REGARDS

BRIAN LINFORTH

VICE PRES .

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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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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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HOME & BUSINESS LIGHTING SPECTACULAR AT THE FRASER COAST

December 6th, 2010

Christmas Lights Competition

Light up The Fraser Coast

(includes a Section for Businesses)


It is that time of year again when the residents of The Fraser Coast know how to put on a light show. They have untangled the cords, replaced the light bulbs, and spent hours ensuring that their light display will put a smile on your face.

For the first time, in many years, the Light Up The Fraser Coast Christmas Lights Competition includes a section for businesses.

If you would like to nominate a business for the competition, CLICK HERE to download a nomination form.

ENTRIES CLOSE 10 DECEMBER, 2010


For more information, visit the Fraser Coast Regional Council website at www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au

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REZONING OF LAND PARCELS BY COUNCIL TO FIT IN WITH PROPOSED EVELOPMENTS IN THE FRASER COAST REGION

December 2nd, 2010

Hervey Bay City Planning Scheme Draft Amendments


Council is proposing to amend the Hervey Bay City Planning Scheme in order to provide a sound planning tool to manage development within the former Hervey Bay City local government area until the completion of a consolidated scheme for the Fraser Coast Regional Council area.

You are invited to review the proposed amendments and lodge a submission during the public notification period, which extends from 29 November 2010 to 31 January 2011.

MARYBOROUGH & DISTRICT HISTORICAL RECORDS/PHOTOS AVAILABLE IN GRAND OLD BUILDING

December 1st, 2010

MARYBOROUGH HISTORICAL BUILDING HOUSES DATA RECORDS

Perhaps you are after some history in the area to help with some marketing programme for your business.

Perhaps you just want to find something out from the past

Ask the staff at the historical society, they are only too willing to help out.

41216646   or  shirley.h@live.com.au

Opening hours are Wednesdays & Fridays 9am-12 noon

and each Thursday 9am to 12 noon

MARYBOROUGH WIDE BAY & BURNETT HISTORICAL SOCIETY

QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA

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