The Australian Government has committed $13.1 million in funding under the Rural General Practice Grants Program (the Program) for grants up to $300,000 each to deliver improved health services through additional infrastructure, increased levels of teaching and training for health practitioners, and more opportunities to deliver ‘healthy living’ education to local communities.

The Program will provide an opportunity for general practices within Modified Monash Classification 2-7 to deliver increased health services in rural and regional communities.

The Program commences with a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI), in which suitable organisations will be identified and subsequently invited to submit a full application.…/main/publishin…/Content/H1617G020



Connected to the NBN? You could be eligible for a business, community or education category $25K grant.

The AIIA is partnering with nbn to encourage growth using better, faster internet connectivity.

Grants of up to $25K are available to organisations across business, community and education categories.

Tell us how nbn™ network connectivity is driving your growth and you could share in $150K.

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The Southern Queensland Tourism Industry Conference will be held in Kingaroy, 21-22 February 2017.

Early bird registration prices are $360, after the 20th December prices will rise to $460.

Southern Queensland Country Tourism RTO partners are eligible to receive a 10% discount off their registration costs.

The draft program is now available, click to view the registration form.

For further information please contact the conference organiser Ange, or call the SQCT office on 07 4632 1988



The Small Business Digital Grants Program provides small businesses with access to digital technologies and services to enable them to work smarter, engage with the global economy and make the most of online business opportunities arising from digital disruption.

Matching funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses for the purchase of hardware, software and services (such as digital coaching). The business must show that the digital technology or service purchased and adopted will enhance the digital capabilities of their business and help them to be more competitive and employ more staff.

Up to 20% of the applicant’s co-contribution amount can be an in-kind element for their personal time being trained in new technologies.

The digital technology or service must fall under one of five identified priority areas:

  • digital marketing and social media
  • digital content (web pages, mobile apps, media etc.)
  • receiving payments or selling online
  • specialised digital technology or software (business specific)
  • digital planning and advice/training.

For more information contact Paul Stewart, Department of Science, Information and Technology (07) 4616 7326 or

Youth employment apprenticeships


Queensland employers will have a $20,000 additional incentive to hire local young people this festive season with the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announcing the doubling of the Government’s $10,000 incentive when hiring unemployed youths.

“Youth unemployment was unacceptably high in some regions and my Government is redoubling its efforts to address this challenge,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“This is a massive incentive for businesses to hire, especially as school leavers start to look for work after Christmas.

“This offer applies to unemployed people aged between 15-24 and expires on 28 February 2017.

“So when the Back to Work ‘Youth Boost’ opens on 1 December, employers will need to act quickly.”

Treasurer Curtis Pitt announced the $100 million Back to Work scheme in the State Budget offering $10,000 to businesses who took on an unemployed worker and $15,000 when they hired a long-term unemployed worker (out of work for 12 months or more).

“Our resolve to drive down regional youth unemployment is unwavering which is why we’re offering a specific bonus to regional businesses who hire young people,” Mr Pitt.

“Everyone in our community is concerned about young people being out of work and needing new opportunities for their futures.

“That’s why for every 15-24 jobseeker a business hires between 1 December 2016 and 28 February 2017, my Government will double the existing $10,000 Back to Work payment.”

Employment Minister Grace Grace said the Back to Work scheme would still only be available to regional employers.

“The new Back to Work ‘Youth Boost’ has been strategically timed to coincide with the end of the senior school year,” Ms Grace said.

“Our decision to initiate a regions-only jobs scheme is in-line with the Palaszczuk Government’s aims and economic plan to support to support regional Queensland.

“This is evidence of our commitment to ensure regional Queensland remains strong in what we know is a challenging environment.

“I’ve seen first-hand the positive difference our Back to Work package is delivering for regional jobseekers and employers, and I want to see this continue.”

Visit the Back to Work website – or contact South Burnett Directions for more information, or by phone (07) 4189 9538




The South Burnett Business Expo is a great opportunity for the community to see what local businesses have to offer and for local businesses to build connections.

The evening includes information, trade stands and networking opportunities featuring guest speaker ‘Stay At Home Mum’ (SAHM). SAHM  is a multi-chanel network of money saving ideas, discussion, recipes, news and heartfelt stories founded by Jody Allen. SAHM currently has more than half a million fans following her Facebook Page.

The event will be held on Monday 21 November 2016 (from 5:30pm) and is open to the public at no cost.

For more details contact BIEDO at



At an event hosted by South Burnett Directions on Monday 15th November, Mayor Keith Campbell commended Swickers on their business continuity plan and congratulated the management of Swickers for their work since the incident last weekend.

CEO of Sunpork Rob van Barneveld  and GM Operations Linchon Hawks reaffirmed their commitment to their staff and the South Burnett Region.

“We know that this (incident) could have been much worse. For our business, Swickers is a very important part of our overall supply chain. Without our supply chain, we are just an abattoir. It’s a no brainer for (the facility) to be rebuilt, it has to be operational and has to again be an integral part of our supply chain again.”

Rob van Barneveld also spoke about the efforts that Swickers has gone to retain their staff. “ If you’ve ever had any doubt in our investment in teambuilding, come and meet our team. We took the position early on that you can rebuild a building but you can’t rebuild your staff, so we have placed a large investment in them so that their interruptions to their income and lives were minimalized.”

The CEO of Sunpork then gave confidence to local businesses and the community, ‘from your businesses perspective we are rebuilding in Kingaroy, in the next 2 years we have upwards of $100 Million to inject in the community, and we want as much of that to be spent locally as possible. The re-build needs to occur as quickly as possible.”

The Mayor also commented on the tremendous support from the Palaszczuk government through Dr Anthony Lynham, as well as support from local members Mr David Littleproud MP and Mrs Deb Frecklington MP.

Over 40 KCCI members attended the update from Swickers with light refreshments provided by the Department of State Development, who has also been a tremendous support throughout the situation to Swickers, Sunpork and the Disaster Management Group led by South Burnett Regional Council.

This event was a joint initiative between, South Burnett Directions, South Burnett Regional Council, Swickers, Sunpork, State Development and KCCI.