Are you a proud South Burnett local business? It’s not too late to be part of our buy local campaign to help bring economic growth to our region.

The idea is quite simple, rewarding you for choosing local.

Shoppers earn points using their Rewardle card which gives them access to discounts, offers, random prizes and overall creates a better, stronger local economy.

You may have seen a growing number of red flags popping up all over the region, these identify local businesses who are participating in the campaign, and where customers can scan their Rewardle cards and collect points.

Want to be part of this program? We are still signing up businesses now!  Get in quick to get set up before Christmas.

Do you want free promotion for your business on Facebook?

Do you want to increase foot traffic and customer loyalty?

Do you want to be part of something BIG and unique to the South Burnett?

We know you love and support local, let’s make sure the rest of the community does too.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this regional initiative.

The program can:

  • Improve customer retention.
  • Increase transaction frequency and size.
  • Establish communication channels with your customers.
  • Improve the bottom line.
  • Create a database for you and the region


As part of our Economic Development Strategy, and from research undertaken, support for a shop local campaign has been identified as a tangible and visible way to support local business development and growth.

South Burnett Directions is proud to be supporting the South Burnett rewards campaign supported by our local Business Builders – Heritage Bank Nanango, Swickers, Burnett Business Centre, Ken Mills Toyota, JobMatch Employment and Bishopp Outdoor Advertising.


For more information please contact Sharyn Garrett at South Burnett Directions on 4189 9538, or email



South Burnett Culinary Tourism Food Forum was delivered on the 28 November in the Kingaroy Town Hall. Around 75 people made the attendance with the audience including farmers, producers, value adders, café and other eatery businesses, local government, Southern Queensland Country Tourism and Tourism Events Queensland representatives. The crowd gathered to hear presentations by James Corvan – tourism guru, Amanda Hinds – owner Indulge Café and passionate champion of local produce, Anthony Rehbein – farmer, Bunda Ginga & Hummock Produce, Wendy Hughes – journalist and food writer.

Post presentation there was the opportunity to network with like-minded people and make connections in the South Burnett regional produce area.

The audience was invited to enjoy the refreshments on offer – all local of course, catered by Roberta Schablon from The Saucy Fork Functions. The next step is to build a regional produce database and work with interested parties by developing a food networking group.

Some feedback from the event gathered from thank you emails and surveys:

  • “Thank you so much for bringing such inspiring speakers to the town hall”
  • “Endless possibilities”
  • “Very informative and got some great ideas”
  • “Excited by the opportunities”
  • “Great event to appreciate the opportunities available in the region”
  • “Exciting time to be starting our food production journey in the South Burne
  • “Was great to talk food and farming with folk”

If you are a producer or operate a dining establishment and would like to register your interest to be involved please email


The presenters L – R: James Corvan, Anthony Rehbein, Amanda Hinds, Wendy Hughes


Minister urges Producers to ‘Get Ready’

Producers need to get ready now for nature’s worst.

With the potential for extreme weather in the coming months, Queensland’s producers, and livestock and pet owners are being urged to be prepared.

Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne said experiencing the full force of Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia in 2015 had driven home how devastating the Queensland summer storm season could be.

“Being prepared for natural disasters is crucial as we enter summer,” the Minister said.

“We’re coming out of last summer’s El Nino pattern and the latest Bureau of Meteorology forecasts are indicating average to below average rainfall for the next three months with an average chance of cyclones for Queensland, after a very quiet cyclone season last year.

“Natural disasters can have a devastating impact on producers as we saw during Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia in February 2015.

“By preparing now you can reduce the risk of disaster damage and financial loss, and potentially save lives.

“That’s why I’m strongly encouraging all producers to use the Queensland Government’s specially-tailored natural disaster guides to help protect their property, business, livestock and crops.

To view these guides go to and search for ‘natural disasters’ and ‘preparing your animals for natural disasters’.

Some of the tips in the guides include:

  • photographing assets in their pre-disaster condition
  • ensuring records and deeds are stored in a secure place
  • developing an emergency plan for your business
  • organising evacuation procedures.

For livestock, tips include:

  • ensuring animals are identified with NLIS devices or brands
  • make sure stock registers are up-to-date
  • designate safe paddocks on higher ground where you can move stock to easily
  • have emergency fodder supplies on hand
  • mark gates and water locations on property maps in case someone has to move your stock.

Don’t forget to ensure your pets are properly identified and keep emergency phone numbers handy for your vet, local animal welfare agency and pet information and advisory services.

Minister Byrne said the Queensland Government worked closely with producers to help them to recover quickly from natural disaster.

“If a disaster hits, we have a range of financial assistance available to help producers to recover quickly,” the Minister said.

“This is vital as agriculture plays a significant role in Queensland’s economy.

“For example we produce 50% of Australia’s beef, worth $3.2 billion; we’re Australia’s largest producer of vegetables worth $1.2 billion and the second largest fruit producer worth $1.5 billion. We also produce 94% of the nation’s sugar.

“We are also working with industry to build resilience. Our partnership with the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation will help North Queensland crop producers to cyclone-proof their crops.

“We’ve been looking at suitable trees for windbreaks, removing leaves from fruit trees when a cyclone is imminent, new growing methods such as trellising, and producing plants with stronger root systems through new pot designs.

“We’re helping producers prepare for, and to recover from, a potential natural disaster and we can’t stress enough to producers that the key is to act early and assess the potential risks to your property and business now.

“By getting ready now, you can save yourself a lot of heartache after a disaster event and recover more quickly.”

For more information on preparing for a natural disaster contact DAF on 13 25 23 visit or

For further information on cyclone preparations in your local area, such as evacuation routes and public shelter arrangements, phone your Council (07) 4189 9100.

Media Release from the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development The Honourable Bill Byrne



In two (2) years, the South Burnett Regional Council has been successful in applying for a total of eight (8) new sites as part of the Mobile Black Spot Funding Program.

The South Burnett is one of only three (3) local government areas in Australia to be awarded four (4) or more sites as part of the Mobile Black Spot Funding Program Round 2, which is a joint initiative between the Federal and State Governments.

South Burnett Directions’ has been focused on collating data for funding submissions aimed at reducing mobile phone black spots in the South Burnett as part of one of the key priorities in the Economic Development Strategy.

The Macrocells will increase mobile phone connectivity in four locations with three (3) new Telstra sites and one (1) new Optus site to be installed. The first Round 2 base stations are expected to commence rolling out in 2017.

Gordonbrook MBSP2-QLD-031 Telstra QLD South Burnett Macrocell
Maidenwell MBSP2-QLD-046 Optus QLD South Burnett Macrocell
Tingoora MBSP2-QLD-064 Telstra QLD South Burnett Macrocell
Windera MBSP2-QLD-070 Telstra QLD South Burnett Macrocell

It is highlighted in the South Burnett Economic Development Strategy 2014-2019 that the enhancement or building of key infrastructure can assist and enhance our economy to develop. Mobile phone reception in the South Burnett is essential to the advancement of our region and these four sites will assist in reducing mobile service blackspots for our rural producers within the South Burnett.

South Burnett Directions and Council are working on equitable access for our regional area so that we can increase business productivity, be globally connected; as well as increase liveability to extend beyond our lifestyle benefits.

Other useful notes

  • Round 2 applications submitted 29 April 2016.
  • Round 2 announcement 1 December 2016
  • The Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation sent a previous site submission list deeming locations eligible and non-eligible for this round. This list was then assessed and rationalised against co-funding opportunities, number of serviceable dwellings, economic value for area, tourism hotspots etc.
  • Small Cell applications were also put forward, however information only came to light after the application process that deemed sites ineligible due to no proximity of a required exchange point. N.B (Small Cells only service a 200m radius and must have no obstacles (including trees) within this distance; a tight coupling of dwellings and be a high use area.)
  • Installs for Round 2 commence in 2017; lists yet to be released.
  • Install schedule for Round 1 is currently as follows. No sites have been installed in the South Burnett yet.


Kumbia Not Specified 2017 – Q1 Vodafone
Boyneside Not Specified 2017 – Q3 Vodafone
Wattlecamp 3G & 4G 2017 Telstra
Durong 3G & 4G 2018 Telstra


For any further questions/enquiries, please contact Council’s Economic Development Office on 4189 9100.



Qld Wine Industry Assoc welcomes Equalisation Tax reform outcomes

The Federal Government announced its reforms to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) rebate on Friday December 2.

“Reforms to the WET rebate system were announced in the 2016 budget and the Queensland Wine Industry Association (QWIA) has been actively involved in the consultation process to obtain a fair and equitable outcome for our industry. Driven by Minister Ruston, the consultation process demonstrated the Government’s willingness to listen to industry concerns and deliver a positive outcome. Today’s announcement by the Federal Government will put an end to the uncertainty surrounding the reforms,” Nicholas Pesudovs, QWIA President said.

“QWIA is pleased that the Government has reconsidered its decision to reduce the WET rebate cap from $500,000 to $290,000, instead the cap will reduce to $350,000. Importantly, the
Government announced a deferral of the rebate reduction until 1 July, 2018, which will allow affected Queensland producers time to adjust. This rebate is critical in supporting jobs throughout
rural and regional communities, as well as future investment and growth in our industry.”

“There has been a need to return integrity to the WET rebate and during the consultation process we worked hard to tighten the eligibility definitions which were struggling to deliver what was
initially intended. These revised eligibility criteria strengthen the industry by recognising alternative business models including emerging wine producers and promotes investment at the local level.”

“In addition, the Government announced a $100,000 grant scheme, which focusses investment in cellar doors. This scheme will be a strong contributor to regional growth and is a welcome and positive outcome for small and medium wine producers which are the backbone of the Queensland wine industry.”

“Overall, the $350,000 rebate cap, tightened eligibility and the $100,000 grant scheme are significantly better outcomes than what were proposed in the 2016 Federal Budget and the Queensland Wine Industry Association looks forward to working on the future of our industry.”

The WET imposes a 29 per cent tax on wine products, seperate to the GST and the capped rebate is used by the industry to reinvest in their businesses to create growth and jobs in rural and regional Queensland.