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Mix of new and old faces on board as FCO looks to the future in business opportunities in the Fraser Coast

July 15th, 2015


THE new board members of the previously embattled tourism entity, Fraser Coast Opportunities have been announced, featuring a mix of new and old faces.


Fraser Coast USQ executive manager Brett Langabeer, Stockland Hervey Bay centre manager Paul Kelsey and former CEO of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Libby Anstis are the three new members of the FCO board.

Southern Cross Media Fraser Coast and Bundaberg general manager Greig Bolderrow and Fraser Coast man, Dr Paul Cotton successfully re-applied for their positions, with Dr Cotton replacing Mayor Gerard O’Connell as chair.

Cr O’Connell said he was pleased with the mix of new and old faces selected.

“They have varied skills, including running large organisations, and are passionate about the Fraser Coast,” he said

The five members have been appointed for two years.

Henry Sapiecha

*Comment-So how is the new team going to change anything when previous members are in control of the panel?

We shall wait & see I suppose..Hi Paul. Doug Kelsey’s son.


May 2nd, 2013


Some pics below of bikes etc at the Brolga theatre Maryborough Qld recently

Recent major events in the Fraser Coast have given a boost to businesses in the Fraser Coast region and more to come such as the Motorhome & Caravan Rally at the Maryborough show grounds on the 4th May 2013 @ only $3 per head admission. Councillor Darren Everard of the Fraser Coast Regional Council says organizers predict the Motorhome & Caravan rally will inject more than $3m into the local economy.

The recent scout jamboree was also a money spinner for the area

Fantasy Lingerie

Henry Sapiecha


January 5th, 2013

Photo record of Fraser Coast scout meeting at Maryborough as per these pics

Scout leader Tomohide Sato from the 6th Ishinomaki Scout group in Japan – 400km north of Tokyo, 2 scouts from their group lost their lives in the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami. He and four Japanese scouts came over with the help of the Australian and Japanese scouting organisations. He’s pictured with scouts from the Hume region in NSW
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Girl scouts from Jakarta, Indonesia image

Scout Activities included six flying foxes image

Scout Connor Affleck, 14, from Broadford, VIC, on the climbing wall image

Scout-Christopher Kirkman, 14, from Manly-Lota, QLD, goes through the mud

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Scout-Reece Williams, 12, from Alice River, Townsville QLD – in the mud
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Scout fraser coast Activities included the 6 flying foxes
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Scout-Meg Wilhelmi, 13, from Alice River, Townsville, QLD, goes through the mud obstacle course image
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Scout-Daniel McLeod, 12, from Nagambie, Victoria, goes through the mud obstacle course image
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Scouts Caitlyn Fussell, 13, Laura Moore, 13, scout leader Gavin Moore, Matthew Kirton, 12, and Simon Cottee, 14, from Nepean District scouts, NSW image
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Scouts fraser coast are covered in mud going through the mud obstacle course
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Scouts Gerry Wright, 12, Kailan Degnian, 13, Kyle Bennett, 13, Duncan Paterson, 11, Nicholas Rawson, 12, and Kael Walter, image
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Scouts Jarrod Harrison, 13, from Frankston, Victoria, is helped by his fellow club members in the crate stacking challenge image
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Scouts-Olivia Hallam, 13, from Eden Hills, SA, meets Reece Mastin image
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March 4th, 2012

Dear Members & Supporters,

Invitation to the Launch of
Fraser Coast LEIP (Learning and Earning Inclusion Program)
20 March (Maryborough) and 22 March (Hervey Bay)

Need financial assistance and support to employ new staff?
Like to meet some work ready job seekers who want to work?
Confused by all the different job agencies and government departments?

You are invited to the launch of Fraser Coast LEIP (Learning and Earning Inclusion Program)

LEIP will provide information to employers on a range of financial incentives and support services available to them to employ and train staff.

The launch will provide information to employers from a number of Government Agencies, Community groups and Job service providers all in one place including:

Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations,.Disability Employment Services, Job Services Australia and Department of Education and Training.

The launch of LEIP will also provide an opportunity for employers to meet potential new employees in a relaxed informal situation. A number of Job seekers that are eligible for assistance will be invited to come along after the information session and meet with local employers.  After the sessions agency representatives will be available for a one on one talk with employers. You are welcome to attend one or all sessions.

Come along to the information session from 7am-8.30am and enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast!

Venue:    Brolga Theatre Maryborough
Date:      Tuesday 20 March 2012
Time:      6.45 am for a 7am start – 8:30am
– Information Session and Breakfast
8.30 am -9.30am –    Meet and Greet with Job seekers
9.30 am – 12 pm – (Employers can talk one on one with
agency representatives)

Venue:    Hervey Bay Boat Club
Date:      Thursday 22 March 2012
Time:      6.45 am for a 7am start – 8:30am
– Information Session and Breakfast
8.30 am -9.30am (Meet and Greet with Job seekers)
9.30 am – 12 pm (Employers can talk one on one with
agency representatives)

RSVP     Nicole McBride by COB Friday 9 March
p            0409 741 427
*             Please indicate if you will be attending the breakfast for
catering purposes

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August 16th, 2011


Maryborough Young Professionals are pleased to announce The Hon Warren Truss MP, as special guest speaker at our August breakfast.

How has he outlasted many of his colleagues and opponents in a career that has spanned more than two decades in one of the toughest jobs around? Mr. Truss will share with us some of this inspiring story and discuss the young professionals he has encountered along the way – what did they do right and more importantly, what did they do wrong? What can you and I learn from them?

Event Details:
6.50 am for 7:00 am start
Venue: Maryborough RSL  (173 Lennox Street)
Date: Wednesday 31 August 2011
Price: $15

Click HERE to RSVP today!

The Hon Warren Truss MP:

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May 25th, 2011


New Brand and Website

Dear valued members and customers,

Recently, we have launched a new CCIQ brand and website.

In recent months, you have let us know that you – as business owners, entrepreneurs and managers – are time poor and need accurate and easy to understand information at your fingertips. Our new website is evidence that we are listening and responding.

To meet our sole goal of better serving Queensland businesses, we took a good, hard look at the way we structure our services and communicate them to you – our members and customers.

Key features of the new CCIQ website include:
  1. A direct link to search for upcoming training courses on our homepage. This is in response to your feedback that training is a highly valued service. Click here.
  2. Comprehensive information on all the services we offer to help your business, found under the services button on the top navigation bar.  These include CCIQ Advocacy, CCIQ Apprenticeships, CCIQ Consulting, CCIQ HR, CCIQ International, CCIQ Law, CCIQ Safety, CCIQ Sustainability and CCIQ Training. Click here.
  3. Map and directions to all CCIQ offices & Local Chamber of Commerce Offices found under the regions button on the top navigation bar. Click here.
  4. Information on our community programs including our School Business Community Partnership Brokers Program, Youth Invest. Click here.
  5. Information on upcoming events and webinars to keep you up-to-date on latest legislation, and to connect you with state and national leaders and decision makers. Click here.
Information you value

To make sure that we provide you with the most relevant information, we have also developed a CCIQ customer portal.

First and foremost, this will allow you to choose your areas of interests and subscriptions. You will also be able to view and update your contact details and to track online enquiries with the ‘member-only’ employer assistance line (EAL) team. More features will be added over time for your benefit. Click here to register for our portal.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us on             1300 731 988      . We value your opinion, so please also take this opportunity to let us know what you think of our new website by clicking the feedback button at the bottom of the site.

This is the first of many new initiatives that you will see rolled out over the near future to improve our service and value.

We’re doing everything we can to make your experience with us better.

CCIQ team

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March 14th, 2011

This corressponce & invitation was forwarded to us


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

Tres. Col Renyolds

72 Smelter St. Aldershot 4650

Tel 41221011—e-mail


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.




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March 6th, 2011

Dear  Henry Sapiecha,

Just a reminder.  There are only a few days left to join us for this
practical,60-minute webinar.  

"Proven Employee Recognition Strategies that Boost Morale & Reduce
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET


How to Keep Your Best Employees from Leaving: Rewards & Recognition
**   Creative ways to reward without money - what's working in 2011
**   Don't underestimate the power of praise- how to use it effectively
**   What your best employees want from you & how to deliver consistently

What Supervisors Can Do Today to Inspire & Motivate Your Superstars
**   Simple ways to integrate employee recognition into your daily routine
**   Ways to spark passion in drained high performers & build loyalty
**   How to liven up boring & redundant tasks for discouraged employees

How to Avoid the Top Mistakes that Cost Supervisors their Best Employees
**   Coaching tips to make your best employees feel valued & appreciated
**   Identify & remedy the most common causes of boredom & burnout
**   How to pinpoint the problem BEFORE they get to the exit interview

Live question and answer session - Have your specific questions answered
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March 5th, 2011

26 February 2011

Fly In Fly Out-Fill out the survey

Our collegaues at Regional Innovations Australia are conducting an online survey to ascertain the number of people who are interested  in living in the Wide Bay area of Queensland and using the Fraser Coast  airports as a fly in fly out hub to mining destinations.

The establishment of a Fly in Fly Out (FIFO) hub during the curent Australian mining boom could be a major economic boost for lifestyle areas who otherwise will miss out on the  great mining boom.

Achieving a target of even 1000 people living  in a coastal area and working in remote mining locations could generate a minimum $100,000,000 to $150,000,000 in wages to an economy.

The aim is to determine commercial and economic opportunities around the creation of a FIFO hub on Queensland’s Fraser Coast for those within 1 1/2 hours driving distance of Hervey Bay.

The survey can be taken at:

Please pass the link on to your networks and people who may be interested.

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March 3rd, 2011

2011 Telstra Business Awards-

Australians are urged to celebrate the nation’s best small and medium businesses by nominating them for the 2011 Telstra Business Awards.

Entries are open  for the Awards program in its 19th year of recognising excellence in business. It is bigger than ever in 2011 with the introduction of two new Awards, the Telstra Regional Business Award and the People’s Choice Award.

For the second year, entrants in the Awards can elect to receive a 70-page Business Health Check, an independent report that assesses a company’s performance against best practice and can help in identifying opportunities for growth.

For finalists and winners, the Awards offer accolades, public profile and the privilege of joining an exclusive national business alumni. Winners will share $500,000 in overall cash and prizes.

Deena Shiff, Telstra Business Group Managing Director and Telstra Business Awards Ambassador, said the Awards were the best way to recognise the contribution made by small and medium businesses.

“Many are built on adversity and overcome obstacles – as communities across Australia face immense challenges such as rebuilding after the recent natural disasters, small businesses are making an enormous contribution,” Ms Shiff said.

“As Australia’s longest-running and most prestigious national business Awards, they play an important part in supporting the development of this diverse sector. The Awards celebrate not just success in business but also the skills and innovation needed to breathe life into an emerging business idea.

“Nominating businesses for the Awards shines a light on the courage, persistence and sheer hard work behind their achievements as well as opening entrants to a unique evaluation process that provides a ‘health check’ of invaluable insights that can help them grow and thrive.

“Winning a Telstra Business Award often catapults a business on to bigger and better things, with previous winners expanding across the country and overseas.

“The state and territory Telstra Regional Business Award is a chance to highlight the success and importance to local economies of regional businesses while the Telstra Business Awards People’s Choice Award will allow customers and supporters to vote for their favourite businesses and recognise the service, values, innovation and other strengths that the businesses offer,” Ms Shiff said.

Mr Peter Lilley, co-founder and CEO of the 2010 Telstra Australian Business of the Year, stratsec, said winning the Award was a fantastic honour for the company that provides independent information security consulting and testing services. The win has been followed by stratsec’s acquisition by British information security company BAE Australia as well as new cyber security opportunities for stratsec in South-East Asia and the Middle East.

“The reputation boost and recognition in international markets afforded by that kind of independent Award is incredibly important,” Mr Lilley said.

The 2011 Telstra Business Awards have six Award categories:

1. Business Owner Micro-Business Award – For businesses with five employees or fewer.

2. MYOB Small Business Award – For businesses with more than five employees but less than or equal to 20 employees.

3. Panasonic Australia Medium Business Award – For businesses with more than 20 employees but less than or equal to 200  employees.

All entrants will be considered for the following two specialist Awards:

4. AMP Innovation Award – For businesses that have successfully introduced an innovation.

5. Yellow Pages Social Responsibility Award – For demonstrated leadership and contribution by a business to the environment, people, education or the community.

6. Telstra Regional Business Award – For businesses in each state and territory located outside the metropolitan areas of the capital cities.

The  People’s Choice Award is open to all submitted entrants in the Telstra Business Awards. It gives the Australian public the opportunity to vote for their favourite businesses via the Telstra Business Awards website from early April.

To nominate and enter go to telstrabusinessawards.comor call the Telstra Business Awards Team on 1800 262 323 between 9am and 7pm AEST Monday to Friday. Entries close at 5pm Eastern Standard Time on Monday 4 April 2011.

Category Awards are offered in each state and territory, and an overall state or territory winner is selected from the category winners.

Winners of state and territory categories are then eligible to take out national categories, with the overall state and territory winners eligible to win the 2011 Telstra Australian Business of the Year, which will be announced at a gala event in Melbourne on 26 August 2011.

Media contacts:
Kathryn McFarlane    0419 850 201      Telstra
Marcela Balart             0422 483 371      Lighthouse Communications Group

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