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Australasian Bioenergy and Bioproducts Symposium and Regional Satellite Events

In the lead up to the Australasian Bioenergy and Bioproducts Symposium (TABBS) in Brisbane 20th October, Life Sciences Queensland Ltd is coordinating Regional Satellite Events on the 17 October in Gladstone and 18 October Rockhampton.​

With the substantial focus that the Queensland Government and industry are placing on the ‘bio-future’ of Queensland, TABBS provides an excellent platform to ensure that the opportunities of the bioeconomy are leveraged to deliver their maximum potential.

Approximately 40% of the world’s population live in the Tropics, and as a tropical/subtropical economy we are well situated to deal with increasing demand for solutions that provide environmentally sustainable and healthy living conditions.

Each event will follow the structure below and will also include networking opportunities, audience engagement and catered food and beverages.

Session 1 – International Perspectives
Synopsis: Panellists will provide international perspectives and lessons on the bioindustrial economy.

Session 2 – Our Opportunities 
Synopsis: Panellists will identify opportunities for Queensland and Queenslanders in a diversified economy.

Session 3 – What does your Biofuture look like?
Synopsis: This session will explore the perceptions of the general public in relation to the role of biotechnology in the community.


Register for Gladstone event here.

Register for Rockhampton event here. 

Bowen Basin Business Development Initiative

The BBBDI is designed to provide a strategic and structured approach to regional business development through the sharing of resources and capabilities.  It recognises that regional business and economic development only occurs when stakeholders work together to combine and leverage resources providing wide spread benefits for local businesses.

The Bowen Basin Business Development Strategy and the Bowen Basin Business Benchmark Tool is currently being reviewed (2018-2019) to ensure the continuation of increasing partnerships between regional business groups in the Bowen Basin (Central Highlands and Isaac Regions), local and state governments, industry and small business.

Proposed and confirmed business workshops, events and activities that align with the BBBDI Strategy can now be viewed in the one location. If you are seeking partners, want to collaborate or value add to an existing business development activity, then be sure to check their calendar before your next event planning move.

An essential component of the BBBDI is the registration of business development activities (workshops, networking events, seminars, conferences, business awards) being held in the Bowen Basin in an online calendar accessible by all key stakeholders.  This ensures all activities meet the needs of local businesses, are delivered in consultation with local stakeholders (business groups, economic bodies, councils) and align with the principles of the strategy.

All business development activities placed on the calendar will be reviewed by an organisation on the Steering Committee to ensure they align with the principles of the strategy.  All activities will also be promoted on the BBBDI website in the News and Events’ tab and distributed through our stakeholder distribution list.

If you would like to be able to log upcoming activities, simply use the Add Event button on the website or please email



CRC for Developing Northern Australia – Funding EOIs now open.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) is now seeking expressions of interest for the 2017/18 funding call.

Potential participants are encouraged to submit projects which are industry led and address issues specifically related to Northern Australia within three areas:

  1. Agriculture and food – Removing barriers and improving supply and value chains for new and existing northern agricultural industries.
  2. Tropical health service delivery – Identifying new models and approaches, early detection, health seeking behaviour and mental health.
  3. Traditional Owner led business development – Identifying new models and approaches and building an industry ready skilled workforce in the fields of agriculture, food and/or health industries.

The expression of interest form is available to be downloaded from our website.

To submit an expression of interest, complete the form electronically and email it to Expressions of interest must be received prior to 5pm (AEST), 31 October, 2017.

Please ensure you have read the 2017/18 Funding call fact sheet before submitting an expression of interest.

Questions regarding this process must be addressed to before 24 October 2017, 5:00pm. Responses will be published on the CRCNA website.

Go For Gold Regional Business Roadshow – Gladstone 3 October & Rockhampton 4 October

The Go For Gold Business Roadshow is coming to Gladstone on 3 October, and Rockhampton on 4 October.

“Business owners wonder why their business has stopped growing, feels like its going backwards or being beaten up by the competition. Well the answer is with you and how much you have invested in your continuous skills & knowledge development as a business owner. If you haven’t grown …. then neither will your business.” Driven Business Edge Support.

In this 2 hour workshop, guest speaker Steven Bradbury will get your head in the game with his powerful mindset techniques and show you how to Never Give Up, no matter what happens in your day. Plus he will share his success stories in his own businesses following his retirement from his sport.

Business Coach, Asia Pacific, Charmian Campbell will bring 10 years of success & share what it is going to take to shake up your business and get it moving. Her no bulls#!t approach, will have you thinking about your future and what you need to change real quick if you want your business results to change.

Find out the critical areas you need to have working before you start thinking about paying for marketing.

Learn how a startup went from $0 to $50,000 turnover a month in 6 months.

Find out what it will take to build a business that is highly profitable & valuable to sell.

For more details and to register click the relevant location below.




An Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education was announced on 2 March 2017 by Australian Government. Professor John Halsey has been commissioned to conduct the review to examine the challenges faced by regional, rural and remote students regarding their learning outcomes. The review will identify and provide recommendations on innovative and evidence-based approaches to help these students succeed in school and in their transition to further study, training and employment. Further information can be found on our website at

The review is being conducted in consultation with key stakeholders including representatives from the education community, families, employer groups and the philanthropic sector. Interested parties are encouraged to participate in local community forums.

Professor Halsey will be conducting three open community forums along with youth forums in Queensland:

Rockhampton – Wednesday 4 October

  • Community Forum from 9.30 – 11.30 am

Address: Central Queensland University North Campus, Rockhampton

CQIRP Conference Room, Building 361 Ibis Avenue

  •  Youth Forum from 12.00 noon – 1.30 noon

Address: Central Queensland University North Campus, Rockhampton

CQIRP Conference Room, Building 361 Ibis Avenue


Emerald – Thursday 5 October

  • Community Forum from 9.30 – 11.30 am

Address: Auditorium, Queensland Agricultural Training College

26274 Capricorn Highway, Emerald – See * for Distance Education participants

  • Youth forum  – 13.45 – 15.00 pm

Address: Auditorium, Queensland Agricultural Training College

26274 Capricorn Highway, Emerald


Longreach – Friday 6 October

  •  Community forum  – 9.45 – 11.45 am  Address: Auditorium, Queensland Agricultural Pastoral College

Address: Auditorium, Queensland Agricultural Pastoral College

10311 Landsborough Highway, Longreach – See * for Distance Education participants

  •  Youth forum  –  1400 – 15.30 pm

Address: Auditorium, Queensland Agricultural Pastoral College

10311 Landsborough Highway, Longreach


*Additionally, there will be forums conducted with students, parents and tutors over the Queensland government schools of distance education networks at 12 noon on Thursday 5 October for Emerald and at  1230 pm on Friday 6 October inviting the views of those who are remote and very remote and therefore unable to attend face-to-face sessions.


Professor Halsey is seeking to meet at forums with key stakeholder groups in each of these locations that have experience and/or a role in influencing policies and outcomes for regional, rural and remote students. The forums will provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by these students, but more importantly, policies or initiatives that are having, or could have a positive impact on these students and communities.

The Professor is also keen to hear directly from young people. If you are a school or organisation that has contact with young people you may want to encourage them to attend one of the youth forums to provide their views directly.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to by COB Thursday 28 September 2017.

To support the review Professor Halsey released a discussion paper based on nine themes:

  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Teachers and teaching
  • Leaders and leadership
  • School and community
  • Information and communication technology
  • Entrepreneurship and schools
  • Improving access – enrolments, clusters, distance education and boarding
  • Diversity
  • Transitioning beyond school

If you have any questions please email the Secretariat at:


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