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May 2nd, 2012

Fast tracking of development applications is said by Michael Ellery of the Fraser Coast Council to be under way and working after it was launched a few weeks ago to assist developers in getting approvals in a timely manner

Micheal Ellery who is a council executive manager for development assessment indicates a ten day turn around period for applications is a reality despite some teething problems.

He has quoted some examples of the fast tracking that has taken place over the last few weeks

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So is the local Fraser Coast council finally on track? The results will speak for themselves in the near future as we have tackled rising high council application & headworks charges, slow processing times and decreased perceived property values by professionals in the industry and the public alike. How can it be justified that the smaller areas of the Fraser Coast like Howard, Torbanlea, Tiaro etc have to pay the same development charges to council as the Maryborough & Hervey Bay  areas do when the value of property resales bears no resemblance in recent times & developers are unable to makedevelopments in these areas financially viable as the returns are just not there.

Perhaps the council can take/ some space in these areas to give the general public & developers confidence  in these outlying areas when they see the council actually supporting these locations by taking direct action

We shall see where this all goes under the new leadership of the new mayor Gerard O’Connell and his new team recently elected.


NOTE-I have one such project called the Fraser Coast Trades & Services Centre which would benefit greatly as would the Howard community if the Fraser Coast Council would committ to some space there.

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May 1st, 2012 Business & Entertainment Directory

As you are no doubt aware the Fraser Coast Opportunities partnership was launched early in 2011 to provide a network of support for doing business on the Fraser Coast.
In order to maintain the momentum of this initiative, we would appreciate it if the short article below could please be included in your enewsletter:
The Fraser Coast Opportunities partnership has been established with the goal of attracting and encouraging business and creating opportunities for investment, innovation and industry.
In order to maintain the flow of information to businesses, the Fraser Coast Opportunities enewsletter is distributed on a monthly basis and provides information on the latest news and initiatives in place to assist businesses in achieving their goals.  The enewsletter is designed to help keep the business community aware of events taking place across the region, enabling them to maximise opportunities to welcome visitors to the Fraser Coast.
A business profile is also included toward the end of each edition and that profile is copied across onto the soon to be launched Fraser Coast Opportunities website.  Business profiles allow a business operator to put forward their story and gain valuable exposure, as well as providing readers with ideas they may not previously have considered for their own business.
Click here [LINK –] to receive the Fraser Coast Opportunities enewsletter direct to your inbox; or click here [LINK –] to nominate yourself or another business operator for a business profile, or to receive the most recent version of the Fraser Coast Opportunities enewsletter.
Website – / Email –
 Thank you in advance for your assistance with this and please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any clarification on the above.
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Kathryn Massingham
Executive Officer
Office of the CEO
Fraser Coast Regional Council
Telephone: (07) 4197 4547
Mobile:  0400 210 703
Fax: (07) 4197 4338
Web site:

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March 13th, 2012

You are invited to the launch of Council’s latest development initiative – Expressway.

Council has established a range of fast track measures which will significantly reduce timeframes for the assessment of applications.

It is estimated approximately 70 percent of all development applications will be processed through one of the Expressway initiatives.

To find out about the key components of Expressway come along to the launch to be held on

Thursday 22 March 2012   

at 3.45pm (for a 4.00pm start)   

in the Executive Suite / Seminar Room at the USQ Campus in Old Maryborough Road, Pialba. 

Light refreshments will be available after the presentation and Council staff will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding Expressway.

Please RSVP to by Friday 16 March, 2012.


Michelle Knapp
Executive Assistant | Community and Development | Fraser Coast Regional Council | Hervey Bay Office
77 Tavistock Street TORQUAY | PO Box 1943 HERVEY BAY  QLD  4655
Telephone:  (07) 4197 4346 | Facsimile:  (07) 4197 4455

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March 4th, 2012

Representatives from the Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce Executive currently sits on the Fraser Coast Opportunities working group.
The Chamber is delighted to forward you their latest information.
CLICK HERE for more details.

$150K Injection for Fraser Coast Opportunities

Also in this issue:
Alliance Airlines to fly out of Hervey Bay
Survey results are in!
DA ExpressWay
Sports, Recreation and Events Precinct
Friendly Fraser Coast
Sponsorship opportunities for Fraser Coast events
Ergon Energy Sense Workshops
Fraser Coast major projects
Business Profile:
Current opportunities for tender
Profile your business

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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 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

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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:

To nominate services available from your business or to provide feedback on the Small Business Incentive Package, email us at:

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August 16th, 2011

Dear Members & Supporters,

Fraser Coast Opportunities
Big in Business
Message from
Lisa Desmond, CEO, Fraser Coast Regional Council

Invitation to Helping Small Business on the Fraser Coast

Fraser Coast Opportunities establishes a strong collective marketing umbrella for “Doing Business on the Fraser Coast”.  It is a collaborative partnership between the Fraser Coast Regional Council, Urban Development Institute of Australia (Fraser Coast); Chambers of Commerce and the Economic Development and Enterprise Collaboration Unit of the University of Southern Queensland.

CLICK HERE to read the open letter from Lisa Desmond, CEO, Fraser Coast Regional Council.

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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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