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Rebuild of Winton’s Waltzing Matilda Centre

It is an exciting time in Winton with the sod turning of the $22 million Waltzing Matilda Centreheld on 27 April 2017, attended by Winton Shire Mayor, Butch Lenton, Federal Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud and local Government minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships, Mark Furner.


Small Business in a Day Workshop – Longreach

Running a business takes courage and commitment. Occasionally, you need to take time off the tools and away from the technology to learn new and better ways of getting a strong return on your investment in people, processes and places.

To boost your confidence and capability for success, the Queensland Government’s Office of Small Business brings you the opportunity to learn, share and network at this FREE event for small business owners.

Hear from and talk to experts about topics that match the challenges your business is facing, like:

  • new technology
  • digital disruption
  • product development
  • entering new  markets
  • financing/investment
  • leadership
  • people/staffing
  • managing growth
  • where to get advice and support.

Date – 5 June 2017

Time – 5:30pm – 9pm

Venue – Qantas Founders museum, Sir Hudson Fysh Drive, Longreach

Register – click here

New Ideas Forum: Emerald

Coming up with ideas for new products, services and businesses is just the first step and often the easiest one. Transforming the idea into an income is harder—how do you determine if your business idea could be viable and how do you make it more attractive to customers or venture partners like investors?

To boost your confidence and capability for success when building a business, the Queensland Government’s Office of Small Business brings you the opportunity to learn, share and network at this FREE event.

Hear from and talk to experts about:

  • Fostering and funding ideas: idea testing, understanding your market, entrepreneurial thinking, bootstrapping, Lean Start-up, Business Model Canvas, and crowdsourcing.
  • Building a business from ideas: business planning, business structures, buying a franchise, cash flow and financial planning, information sources, and where to get advice and support.

Date – 18 May 2017

Time – 9am – 12noon

Location – Emerald Explorers Inn, 585 Gregory Highway, Emerald

Cost – Free

Register – click here

Capability Statement Workshop: Rockhampton

Are you interested in learning how your business can stand out from the crowd and improve your chances of securing a contract? Then the Capability Statement Workshop is for you.

Date – Wednesday 3 May 2017

Time – 8am to 12noon

Cost – $50

Venue – Centrpoint Motor Inn, 131 George St, Rockhampton

RSVP – phone 4924 2921 or email

Deloitte Business Outlook reinforces need to focus on jobs

The latest analysis of national, state, and territory economies by Deloitte Access Economics confirms the importance of job-creation.

The DAE ‘Business Outlook: All Engines Firing’ for March 2017, identifies Queensland has had ‘solid’ economic growth but acknowledges growth in jobs is ‘modest.’

The report contains positive news for Queensland, identifying increased population growth, increased retail turnover and a tourism inspired commercial construction wave fuelling Queensland’s economic growth.

The Deloitte Business Outlook report highlight: The growth in Queensland’s economy is solid, but the growth in its jobs is modest. The big lift in gas exports underway provides a substantial dividend to the State’s economic growth, but does rather less for jobs. That combination of conditions may take a little while longer to repair itself.

For the full media release from Deloittes click here.

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