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Connellan Airways Trust – Outback Grants

The Connellan Airways Trust is a national not-for-profit organisation assisting residents of Outback Australia with financial support for any worthwhile project, particularly involving education, health, communication and transport needs.

These grants were established in 1991 to assist organisations which provide expertise or otherwise serve or assist people in Outback Australia in the areas of endeavour, service or need.

Schools of the Air/Schools of Distance Education Grants
The Trust provides funds to a number of SOTA/SDE to assist parents with the cost of accommodation whilst attending school events. Parents should apply directly to their School to access this funding.

Volunteers for Isolated Students (VISE) Grants
The Trust provides funding to the VISE Organisation to assist with the travel expenses of VISE Tutors to families in Outback Australia.  Parents should apply to VISE to access this funding.

There are 4 closing dates for grant applications:
15 November 2017
17 February 2018
15 May 2018
15 August 2018

National Landcare Program – Small Farms Small Grant

There are pressures on Australia’s natural resources that can limit the viability and productivity of Australia’s farming, fishery, aquaculture and forestry industries. These industries are looking to trial and implement new and innovative technologies and tools which will reduce these pressures while increasing their productivity and profitability.

In response to these needs the Australian Government established the Smart Farms Small Grants program under the Smart Farms initiative, an agriculture component of the National Landcare Program (NLP).

Grants will be available to support local on-ground projects across Australia that increase the knowledge and capacity of farmers and fishers and facilitate the adoption of tools, technologies and improved land management practices to effectively, sustainably and productively manage Australia’s natural resources and adapt to significant changes in climate, weather and markets.

Estimated Grant Value – $5,000 to $100,000.

Application Close – 2pm on 7 December 2017.

For all the details click here.

Rockhampton and Emerald Free Trade Agreement Seminars

The Australian Government is running seminars around the country to help businesses explore the opportunities created by the North Asia Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). Whether you are an experienced or potential exporter come along to one of these seminars in Queensland to hear from:

  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Austrade
  • AusIndustry
  • Local business case study.

These seminars equip you with information to help you realise the benefits created by the China, Japan and Korea FTAs, including FAQs about tariffs, grants and other assistance.

Rockhampton – Thursday 16 November, 8.30am – 11.30am – Empire Apartment Hotel, Conference Room 1, 5 East St, Rockhampton

Emerald – Friday 17 November, 8.30am – 11.30am – Western Gateway Motel, Cnr Hospital Rd & Theresa Sts, Emerald.

Don’t miss out, register now.

Have your say on home, content and strata insurance in Northern Queensland

The Australian Government has asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to investigate home, contents and strata insurance in northern Australia. The inquiry will help to address concerns about insurance affordability, promote more informed and more competitive insurance markets and make a difference for consumers in northern Australia.

The law gives the ACCC power to get information from insurers that other reviews have not been able to get. We will also look more closely at the level of competition between insurers than other reviews have been able to. If you live in northern Australia, we want to hear your views about:

  • what is important in your decisions about insurance,
  • how you get information and how easy the information is to understand,
  • whether you have switched insurers (and why you have or have not), and
  • whether you have taken action to reduce your risks.

Your views are important even if you don’t have insurance. There is a full issues paper on the website covering all the issues being investigated. There are 18 questions. The questions are a guide and you can tell us anything that you think might be important. You do not have to respond to all questions. If you prefer, you can read this paper and then go online and reply directly to an online questionnaire on the ACCC’s Consultation Hub Here.

If you would like more detail, please read our full issues paper here.  This inquiry is a public process, so responses will be published on the ACCC website as submissions to the inquiry. You need to clearly identify if you do not want your name published. We will not publish your responses to Question 18, as we will treat your response to this question as background information only. Further information about the confidentiality arrangements for the inquiry can be found in the full issues paper. Please email or post us your response by 21 December 2017. Email: Post: ACCC Northern Australia Insurance Inquiry, GPO Box 520, Melbourne, VIC 3001.


Subcontractor and Suppliers Industry Briefing

CPB Contractors has been selected by Queensland Corrective Services as the managing contractor for the $200 million expansion of the Capricornia Correctional Centre in Etna Creek.

An Industry Briefing will be held on Tuesday 24 October 2017, at the Yeppoon Town Hall, 25 Normanby Street, Yeppoon, at 1:00pm – for any potential suppliers and subcontractors for the following packages:

  1. Civil
  2. Hydraulics
  3. FRP concrete
  4. Reo and concrete supply
  5. Structural steel
  6. Block work supply and install
  7. Roofing and wall cladding
  8. Joinery
  9. Carpentry
  10. Secure doors and frames
  11. Floor finishes
  12. Painting
  13. Cleaning
  14. Landscaping
  15. Secure fencing
  16. Secure windows
  17. Door hardware
  18. Security
  19. Electrical services
  20. Mechanical services.

To attend the briefing, please RSVP to by no later than Monday 23 October.

To express your interest in being involved in this project please visit

Queensland Code for Building and Construction Industry applies.

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