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.




The Palaszczuk Government has today welcomed the announcement that the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, Toowoomba, has secured a deal for a weekly Cathay Pacific freight flight to Hong Kong.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Jackie Trad said the announcement demonstrated the strength of Queensland’s agricultural export sector.

“I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate Brisbane West Wellcamp and Wagners on this fantastic initiative for the Darling Downs and Toowoomba region,” Ms Trad said.

“This announcement is a clear endorsement of the ever-increasing export opportunities for our Queensland agricultural producers and exporters who now have a direct line to one of our region’s most lucrative markets.

“The emerging Asian middle-class is driving up demand for clean, green produce and Queensland is perfectly placed to capitalise on this demand, delivering jobs and economic growth right throughout Queensland.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to driving opportunities for our exporters which is why in May this year we declared the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport a strategic airport to support its growth.”

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Leanne Donaldson said that the announcement would support local producers.

“The practical effect of this announcement is that producers in the Darling Downs and Toowoomba can now export their fresh produce directly from the region in which it was produced,” Ms Donaldson said.

“On my recent trade mission to Hong Kong it was clear that there is a significant appetite for Queensland products and this announcement will help our farmers to take advantage of this demand and increase efficiency.”

In announcing the news Global Chairman of Wagners and airport developer John Wagner said the announcement was a coup for local producers.

“We are absolutely delighted Cathay Pacific has committed to operating a scheduled weekly service out of the airport,” Mr Wagner said.

“The opportunities this creates for Queensland exporters to access the world’s biggest consumer markets are unlimited.”

The service will be operated on a Cathay Pacific 747-8F. Menzies Aviation, in partnership with Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, will manage the ground handling and cargo terminal operations.



 Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment The Honourable Jackie Trad

MEDIA RELEASE: New flights to boost regional exports

Media Contact 0432 446 268



Get Your Capability Statement

A Capability Statement Writing Workshop, facilitated by Department of State Development, was held on 23 September 2016 and was attended by 15 local business representatives, who gained knowledge on the preparation of a good capability statement, and its value for winning tenders for major projects.

This was an opportune time, given the upcoming AGL Wind Farm project.

A capability statement outlines capabilities and skills of your business. It is a tool that allows procurement teams to assess its expertise, achievements and potential to deliver goods and services. A capability statement is essential for participating and securing tendering opportunities in government and private sector projects, including sub-contractor work.

If you would like assistance to develop a capability statement, please contact Sharyn Garrett on 4189 9173 or email

We are continuing to liaise with TSBE on the potential for other opportunities for local suppliers, and of course we are only too happy to share the information on what our local suppliers can do.


Details from AGL Local Supplier Requirements

South Burnett Directions hosted an information session on the Coopers Gap Wind Farm Development Proposal with AGL.  The purpose of this session was to assist local suppliers wishing to participate in this opportunity to understand what is required.

Over 40 people attended the first AGL information session outlining the scope and timing of the AGL wind farm project, and what is required by businesses wishing to gain work out of this opportunity.

To ensure local contractors and suppliers are considered, they need to be proactive in their approach to securing work with the EPC contractor, once awarded.  To support local businesses with this, in addition to hosting more information sessions, South Burnett Directions will be assisting with developing capability statements and increasing our intelligence on local suppliers and what they can do.

The development is expected to commence construction in the second half of 2017, although tenders will be potentially be sought from the principal contractor late October.  Local suppliers wishing to tender will need to start preparing now.

What does the Major project sector seek in local suppliers?

They must meet these minimum requirements:

  • Prequalification when requested
  • Quality – a system or accreditation
  • Financial Capability & Insurances
  • Project Readiness or Evidence of track record
  • WHS&E Management Plan
  • Tendering credentials
  • Additional requirements of significant sub-contractors:
  • Industrial Relations
  • Resource Availability – the ability to ramp up quickly!


We are liaising with AGL regarding the opportunities, and if you think your business may be able to benefit from this opportunity, please contact South Burnett Directions on 4189 9538.


Sign Up to South Burnett Rewards Now

We are signing up businesses now!

Do you want free promotion for your business?

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 to.

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

Support from businesses is the most crucial element of South Burnett Rewards, an exciting 6 month highly visual shop local campaign. The more participating businesses involved, the more momentum we have to create the groundswell movement necessary to really get the community thinking, talking and re-considering their purchasing habits, so that our local economy and your business reaps the rewards intended.

There are many direct benefits to participating in the campaign, in addition to the feel good element of supporting your community and uniting with other businesses. We have many exciting incentives to ensure your business and the community gain the most it can from this campaign.

To sign up, download your Business Registration Kit now.



South Burnett Directions is excited to be able to introduce our South Burnett rewards campaign supported by sponsors Heritage Bank Nanango, Swickers, South Burnett Regional Council, Burnett Business Centre, Ken Mills Toyota, JobMatch Employment and Bishopp Outdoor Advertising.

Support from businesses is the most crucial element of the campaign, to create the groundswell movement necessary to really get the community thinking, talking and re-considering their purchasing habits, so that our local economy and your business reaps the rewards intended.

This is a 6 month highly visual campaign, beginning in October 2016. Promotional items are designed to clearly identify you as a participating business, but also to be a constant reminder for consumers to think and choose local first.

The concept is to generate community pride with businesses putting on a united front to encourage people back in to the habit of exploring local businesses and consciously choosing local first.

Your investment in the campaign is heavily subsidised by our sponsors. The cost for retail businesses is $330 (GST inc); and for non-retail is $110 (GST inc).   For all businesses, this includes promotional material, free promotion, free and subsidised advertising, and all the benefits associated with the co-ordinated marketing campaign. Retail businesses also get a Rewardle tablet to be part of the competition.

There is an additional commitment of a $100 ‘voucher’ (retail value) for retail businesses, as a collaborative prize as part of the competition. Please refer to the details included in this kit.

Download your Business Registration Kit here

For more details or to further discuss ideas for the campaign please contact:

Sharyn Garrett
Phone: (07) 4189 9173




Professor Mark Radford in his speech on Opening Day of the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital outlined a couple of key items during the opening on what this hospital can deliver.

My vision for the future is that Kingaroy can be the centre for health care delivery in the region.  We have both public and private/community hospital facilities.  We have radiology services. We have dental and allied health services, and we have a good network of GP services.

We have the potential for effective and innovate public-private partnerships, where the focus is on delivering good and effective health care services that meet the needs of the local community.

There were a number of reasons why we (South Bank Day Hospital) decided to go ahead:

  • First of all, it fits with our mission, which is to provide state of the art medical services – research, education and clinical care – to the people of Queensland;
  • A belief in the need that regional and rural communities should have access to good health care, and not be penalised because of where they live;
  • The very strong community support, including the generous support of Gina Rinehart;
  • The existence of good infrastructure;
  • The chance to do something innovative; and
  • And the fact that Kingaroy is perfectly positioned to be a centre of health care in this part of Queensland – not just the South Burnett.  We have a public hospital, we have a good group of GP and other health services… and now we have a community hospital.”

 Having been operating for a couple of months now the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital has already introduced the following services:

  • Dental,
  • Ophthalmology,
  • Gastroenterology, and
  • Intragam injections services.

The Hospital is working on reintroducing the following services in the near future:

  • Gynaecology,
  • General surgery,
  • Orthopaedics,
  • Urology, and
  • Oncology.

Although officially opened as the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital, the hospital will be affectionately referred to as the Lady Flo Hospital. All enquiries can be further made to directly to the Lady Flo Hospital on (07) 4162 1444.



Attend our Capability Statement workshop if you want your business to stand out from the crowd and improve your chance of securing contracts. Hosted by the Queensland Government, this interactive workshop aims to help businesses develop and prepare effective capability statements.

What is a capability statement?

A capability statement outlines capabilities and skills of your business. It is a tool that allows procurement teams assess its expertise, achievements and potential to deliver goods and services.  A capability statement is essential for participating and securing tendering opportunities in government and private sector projects, including sub-contractor work.   Ultimately, an impressive capability statement can help your business thrive.  This workshop will show businesses how to use a capability statement to market their product or service and how it can be used to accompany tender submissions for contracts, upload onto online databases and used to support applications for finance to expand your business.

How will this workshop help my business?

Workshops are interactive and will help participants learn:

  • why it’s important to have a capability statement
  • how to use a capability statement to market a product or service
  • how to use a capability statement to accompany contract tender submissions
  • best-practice fundamentals for developing and drafting a powerful capability statement
  • how to access the latest information on Queensland’s major projects
  • how to improve your understanding of the major projects supply chain.

Event details:

23 September 2016


Kingaroy Enterprise Centre, Cornish Street, Kingaroy

$50 (incl. GST) Light lunch provided

Book your ticket here:* (Pre-payment is required and a tax invoice will be issued as confirmation of booking and payment.) 


For more information contact:

Simon Parnell

Wide Bay Burnett Regional Office

07 4331 5609


Sharyn Garret

Economic Development Officer

07 4189 9173



*DSD collects registration information, including personal details, related to attendance at business seminars run by the department. The information will not be disclosed to any third parties, unless authorised or required by law. Workshops may be cancelled if registration levels are not met. You will be notified of alternatives available to you.



In November, we’re hosting a Culinary Tourism Food Forum for the South Burnett.

The forum has been put together to discuss what does and will culinary food for tourism look like in the South Burnett.

Discussion points will include:

  • What is culinary tourism?
  • Why is it important to the South Burnett?
  • What do our visitors want?
  • How to add the extra into ordinary!
  • Value adding produce
  • Sourcing local produce
  • Connecting growers with onsellers
  • How to connect with media to tell YOUR story

Event Details

Monday 28 November

2pm for a 2.30pm start

Kingaroy Town Hall, Glendon St Kingaroy

Estimated close 7pm


For enquiries and RSVP by 14 November contact Julie 4189 9174 or Yelena 4189 9538


Photo Credit: Emma Judd – Blog Queensland – 48hrs in Kingaroy (