South Burnett Directions is paving the way forward for better transport access into the South Burnett, with the first meeting with Transport Stakeholders and Transport and Main Roads held earlier this month.

Ian Sturdy, Department of Transport and Main Roads, updated the industry on key changes happening in the department with focus being on economic growth that road and bridge infrastructure can create. A summary of Ian’s comments are below:

  • There is a change in policy culture in TMR to emphasising that road/bridge infrastructure is in place to make money for the economy
  • Traditionally (generally speaking) TMR have conditioned assets for a lifetime of 100years
  • TMR are considering public/private partnership options where the outcomes are positive for both parties and drive economic growth
  • TMR are currently writing ‘Moving Queensland Freight’ strategy –
  • TMR are also writing a vision for Heavy Vehicle Transport – Heavy Vehicle Network Plan
  • TMR are considering conditional access when full upgrades are costly (even where upgrades are scheduled for a later date)
  • Conditional Access can include items like, flashing/sensor signs that highlight oncoming traffic through to school hour restriction and speed limit restriction over bridges
  • Transport operators have the option to ‘trial’ a route with TMR
  • TMR are ironing out inconsistencies, instilling fair/equitable access
  • TMR are currently considering telemetric information as part of an assessment of safety
  • TMR are currently engaging with Queensland Trucking Association, Agforce and National Heavy Vehicle Regulator for advice
  • Representations can be made to the Minister of Freight Council through Queensland Trucking Association, as well as the Operational Committee and Heavy Vehicle Safety Committee
  • Only 3% of freight is moved by trucks

The industry stakeholders in the room gave feedback to Transport and Main Roads stating that:

  • Agricultural growers choose the Western Downs over South Burnett due to transport access
  • HMLs are unable to carry past Kilcoy and Fernvale due to (verbal estimate) two timber bridges at these locations
  • Opening up the Tingoora Access would open up the South Burnett. You only need one road in and out for access.
  • In the South Burnett we are logistically close to the start of the supply chain
  • Council are part of the first mile/last mile planning with Wide-Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils (WBBROC)

South Burnett Directions will continue to work with relevant departments and stakeholders for formal representation on the South Burnett’s behalf for heavy vehicle transport access.



 On the first Tuesday of each month, the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce hosts a meeting; and this time it was South Burnett Direction’s turn to host. Over 50 people were in attendance for the evening, in the shop-front office of South Burnett Directions next to the Kingaroy Library.

 The Chair of South Burnett Directions, Mayor Keith Campbell introduced each Committee Member, Barb Madden; Georgie Somerset; Ken Mills, John Carey and Graham Archdall; to the chamber who gave an update on their focus for the committee and why they see it as growing the South Burnett’s future.

 Economic Development Manager Phil Harding then updated the meeting on some key projects that South Burnett Directions are undertaking such as the Water for Agriculture, South Burnett Rewards, Mentoring for Growth, Improving B-Double access the Tourism Strategy implementation – all key projects that lead growth.

 Special Guests also included Professors from the University of Southern Queensland, who we are currently discussing water projects and education pathways with.

 The South Burnett Directions office is a welcome place to discuss with the South Burnett Directions staff on strategic ways to develop growth for the South Burnett region.

Photo from – South Burnett Directions Chair, Keith Campbell, Committee Member Ken Mills and Economic Development Manager, Phil Harding.

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Farmer builds Own On-Farm Wireless Solution

Determined to do something about having half his farm, including the family home, in a blackspot for NBN coverage, southern NSW farmer, Murray Scholz, decided to take matters into his own hands, setting up his own relay station to beam the signal to the house.


AGL Information Session

South Burnett Directions recently 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.

On Tuesday, 17 August 2016 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 in September and October this year.  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!

A Department of State Development Capability Statement Workshop will be held locally, and suppliers who don’t already have their own Capability Statement are encouraged to participate.  This process will provide an opportunity to identify both what businesses are doing well as well as what gaps are required.  Stepping up results in improved processes and opportunity, but it also means an investment of time and capital to fill the gap.

For more information, please contact Phil Harding on 4189 9538.


South Burnett Rewards


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 being part of something big.  We have many exciting incentives to ensure your business and the community gain the most from this campaign.  

Local businesses have begun undertaking trials of the Rewardle system, which will be used as the South Burnett Rewards Card when we launch the complete South Burnett Rewards to the community in coming weeks.

The following businesses have had their own in-house loyalty programs developed and are participating in the next round of trials.  

  • Bunya Nut Café
  • Blackbutt Pharmacy
  • Elz Bistro
  • Appollo Mineral Massage
  • Motel Oasis
  • Bellissima Pizza, Pasta & Bar
  • Murgon Tyre & Auto
  • Murgon Betta Home Living
  • Murgon Butcher
  • Murgon Real Estate
  • Mark Smith Menswear
  • Clifton Motors
  • Murgon Newsagency
  • Nanango BP Fuel & Produce
  • Proston Rural Supplies
  • Proston News and Casket Agency
  • NB Inspirations
  • House Table Home

Look out for the South Burnett Rewards Participating Business Registration Kit coming soon.

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Nanango Show Society holds its Annual Country Music Muster

The Nanango Show Society holds its Annual Country Music Muster featuring Traditional Australian Country Music the 2nd weekend in September at the Nanango Showgrounds. This is an event to mark on any calendar of a quality country music lover.  It is 4 days full of country music, poetry, gospel and all those things that make our Australian Bush Lifestyle great!

Visit for all the information you’ll need to have a great weekend!


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The Bloomin Beautiful Blackbutt Avocado Festival Kicks Off

Spring is in the air and the South Burnett is spoilt for choice with regional events held in September.
The Bloomin Beautiful Blackbutt Avocado Festival kicks off a weekend of festivities on 10 September. Savour the opportunity to learn how to cook, eat and roll this delicious green fruit. Add live music, street entertainment, historical tours, grand street parade and more and it’ll be a bloomin beautiful day out!

Tickets for entertainment by Topology and The Kranksy Sisters are available

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Back to Work – Regional Employment Package


The Back to Work – Regional Employment Package is a two year $100m package giving businesses the confidence to employ jobseekers in Queensland’s regions and provides an economic boost to regions facing challenging times. The world is in transition following the unwinding of the commodities boom – economies and jobs are changing. Queensland is not immune. We know some regions, some employers and some jobseekers need a confidence boost and support. Back to Work is a package of assistance aimed squarely at those regions and those individuals who need our help the most.   Back to Work provides: support for employers to build confidence to take on employees; support for regions doing it tough; and support for jobseekers to build confidence, upskill and retrain for jobs in a more agile Queensland economy.  Back to Work includes:  $80million for support payments for employers to take on jobseekers in regional Queensland, including long term unemployed jobseekers  $10million for additional training for eligible jobseekers to gain the skills they need for work through the Back to Work Certificate 3 Guarantee Boost  $10million for Back to Work Teams to work with local employers and jobseekers and build regional employment solutions. Officers will also help create the capacity needed to meet emerging needs through networks and other innovative ideas.


Payments of up to $10,000 will be available to employers to provide up to 8,000 real jobs to eligible jobseekers in regions outside South East Queensland. An additional $5,000 is available for employers who take on someone unemployed for over 52 weeks. Employees will be eligible if they commence employment on or after 1 July 2016 and have been employed for at least four weeks.  Back to Work Employer Officers will work with employers and jobseekers to identify and meet local need and help find other support.


To Read More Click Here


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R&D assistance – are you eligible?

The R&D Tax Incentive reduces the cost and risk of undertaking research and development (R&D) activities for your business.
The R&D Tax Incentive helps companies to create new or improved products, processes and services.

Learn about eligibility requirements, how you can self-assess whether your work is eligible and how to apply.

We will also outline other innovation support available to business throughout different stages of your business or product development lifecycle.

Information session

Thursday 8th September 2016
9.30am – 11.00am

AusIndustry Office

Level 1, 7 Takalvan Street

Bundaberg QLD 4670

3.00pm, Wednesday 7th September 2016     

Phone: 07 4515 0660 or

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Kingaroy Capability Statement Workshop

The Kingaroy Capability Statement Workshop to be held at the Enterprise Centre, Cornish St Kingaroy on Thursday 10 November 2016 from 10am to 2pm.

Why attend a capability statement workshop?

If you want your business to stand out from the crowd and improve your chance of securing contracts, then attending a capability statement workshop is a must for you. Hosted by the Queensland Government, these interactive workshops aim to help businesses develop and prepare effective capability statements.

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.

Registration for this event is through Bundaberg Tickets The cost is $50 which includes a light lunch. Should you require any further information please contact Simon Parnell, Department of State Development, Bundaberg on 4331 5609 or email

We look forward to your attendance at this workshop.