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$53 million allocated to Stanwell Power Station

The Queensland Government has allocated $53.8 million for major works at Stanwell Power Station, around $11 million will be injected into the local economy. The projects will include $24.3 million on a major overhaul and $14.4 million for a control system upgrade, along with some smaller projects. 

The Queensland Government have noted that there are approximately 60 contract companies that provide services for the overhauls, many of which are locally based. These companies will provide electrical services, cranes, hydraulic work, and high-pressure cleaning, providing benefits for the local economy this year and next year. In addition, local businesses will also be providing accommodation, catering and transport for workers while these projects progress.



Queensland awarded 5th cohort of the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program

The internationally acclaimed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had awarded Queensland into the fifth cohort of the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP).

This program is an opportunity for the state to learn from and work with the best in the world to build its reputation as an innovation destination.

A team representing the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI), QUT, Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur, Blue Sky Ventures will work with other industry co-leads to participate in MIT’s REAP.

Queensland joins an international cohort in the program which has supported communities around the world to develop their entrepreneurial ecosystems since 2012.

By participating in the MIT REAP, Queensland will further transform our state into a global technology-enabled innovation hub for mining, agriculture and environment.

The Queensland team will work with the MIT faculty and the broader REAP community through a series of activities to build and implement a customised strategy for enhancing their innovation-driven entrepreneurship ecosystems.

MIT REAP admits up to eight partner regions each year. DSITI and QUT are jointly funding Queensland’s participation.

Partner regions form multi-disciplinary teams of entrepreneurs, universities, risk capital firms, government and corporate and commit to a two-year learning engagement with MIT.

Fiona Murray, William Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, said the program helps participating regions create an environment that fosters innovation-driven enterprise by leveraging each region’s unique strengths.

For more information visit MIT REAP website.

Quad Chart Workshop – Rockhampton – procurement for defence and other prime contractors

Quad Charts have been used by the international defence industry for many years to succinctly and effectively communicate a proposal or capability.

These same techniques are now being used by companies as a way to market themselves better to defence and other prime contractors.

If you are wanting to better position your firm for potential defence contracts or indeed any others, then this workshop is a ‘must’ for you.

Defence Industries Queensland in partnership with the Industry Capability Network would now like to extend an exclusive invitation to members of your business development and marketing teams to attend this workshop.

If you would like to know more and to register for the workshop please visit the link below :

For those of you who attended the recent Capability Statement Workshops in Rockhampton and Biloela, this is the ideal opportunity to build on that knowledge and to network with like-minded companies.

Nominations for the Queensland Tourism Awards Close This Thursday

Only one week remains until nominations for the 2017 Queensland Tourism Awards close at 5pm Thursday 1 June. 

The Queensland Tourism Awards recognise tourism operators throughout the State that have demonstrated outstanding achievements and have made a significant contribution to the industry. Do not miss out on this special opportunity to publicly acknowledge the hard work and dedication you and your team put into your business every day.

Why enter? 

  • Super charge your annual business planning & motivate your staff;
  • Gain a competitive edge by receiving feedback from industry leaders;
  • Receive media publicity and exposure;
  • Celebrate and network with industry peers and colleagues at the Gala Awards ceremony;
  • Gain automatic entry into the new RACQ People’s Choice Category (categories 1-25 excluding category 14) where the public will have the opportunity to vote when submissions have been finalised in late-August;
  • Automatic entry to the Australian Tourism Awards for Gold Winners in categories 1 – 25.

How to nominate (you will need just 5 minutes to follow these easy steps!)

  • Click on this link to visit the ‘Nominate Now web page.
  • Create a user name & password and enter your business details, contact information etc.
  • Choose the category/s you wish to enter and if required select the accreditation program your business is affiliated with.
  • Enter a description of the product/event being entered to demonstrate your eligibility for entry (please limit to 100 words).
  • Choose your payment option – entry fees range from $180 for QTIC Members with fewer than 25 employees; $220 for QTIC members with more than 25 employees; $320 for non-members with fewer than 25 employees and $400 for non-members with more than 25 employees.

Once you have your log-in details and your nomination is in, you have until Monday 21 August to work on your submission. There is plenty of support along the way including our regional Masterclass Workshops, webinars, tip sheets from judges and much more available at

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not currently Accredited with one of our QTIC approved programs you can still nominate as you have until August 21 to finalise your Accreditation. For more details, click here. 

If you have any questions regarding the Awards or Accreditation please don’t hesitate to contact the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) on 07 3236 1445 or email

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