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Safer Communities Fund – Now Open

The Safer Communities Fund provides grants of up to $1 million to community organisations and local governments for local crime prevention and security infrastructure activities and to protect community organisations that may be facing security risks associated with racial and /or religious intolerance. Project activities can include:

  • installation of fixed or mobile CCTV cameras
  • installation of security lighting
  • installation of bollards
  • crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) including the removal of environmental characteristics, such as a lack of lighting or poor natural surveillance, that can facilitate street crime and violence.

Grants of up to $1 million will be available to fund up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs. Projects must be completed by 30 June 2020.

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • and be one of the following entities:
  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a local government agency or body
  • an Australian state or territory government entity.

If your organisation is an unincorporated entity or does not have an ABN you can either:

  • become an incorporated entity and obtain an ABN; or
  • partner with an entity that is eligible as outlined above, to undertake the project, (see part 8.2 – Joint Applications in the Programme Guidelines)

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a government or non-government school or preschool that is registered as an educational establishment with a state or territory registration authority.

To be competitive you must score at least 50% against each merit criterion

  • The extent that your project will contribute to improved community safety (50 points)
  • The impact of grant funding on your project (20 points)
  • Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (30 points)

To apply click here. Applications close 14 November 2017 at 5pm.

Capricorn Region Tourism Workforce Plan

The Queensland Tourism Workforce Plan 2017–20, was launched on 20 July 2017 by the Minister for Training and Skills. The Plan outlines strategies to meet the opportunities of a growing tourism sector in Queensland. During initial consultation, industry was clear about what it wanted – ‘do-able’, realistic recommendations that could be owned by industry in partnership with government and actioned at a local level, as well as state-wide. Building on previous consultation, the draft Capricorn Region Tourism Workforce Plan has been developed to address region-specific themes. Jobs Queensland are visiting Rockhampton to ensure agreement on key priorities and actions. This is your opportunity to contribute to the Capricorn plan and confirm regional activities for the years to come.

Event details are as follows:

Date: Friday 3 November 2017

Time: 12.30pm—2.30pm (light lunch provided)

Venue: The Capricorn Motel and Conference Centre 703-751 Yaamba Rd Parkhurst QLD 4702

RSVP: Monday 30 October to

AgTech 17 – Build It, Use It, Profit.

The smartest minds at the intersection of agriculture, machinery and technology will meet at AgTeCH17 to explore the topics at the heart of future agricultural productivity and profitability, and showcase the latest innovations for farmers and agribusiness.

Wednesday 8 November 2017 – McIndoe Function Centre, Opal Street Emerald

Featuring MC Peter Lewis: Director, Way with Words – Respected former Executive Producer and Landline Reporter PETER LEWIS will MC the event, featuring two expert speaker panels discussing early stage and commercial applications of Automation (robotics and drones) and Data enabled and precision agriculture, followed by in-field demonstrations.

Click here to register

Advancing Manufacturing – Your invitation to the conversation

As an independent voice to government, Jobs Queensland is a conduit for communication and a vehicle for change. They are developing a Skills, Training and Workforce Development Strategy for the Advanced Manufacturing industry. To do this they need to work  valued partners, to share your significant knowledge and contribute to this important work.

Jobs Queensland is hosting a number of workshops around the state including Rockhampton. This a great opportunity to share your experiences and help to advance manufacturing in Queensland.

Workshop details
Date: Tuesday 31 October 2017
Time: 7am—9am (breakfast provided)
Venue: The Capricorn Motel and Conference Centre 703-751 Yaamba Road Parkhurst QLD 4702
RSVP: Please register your attendance for this workshop by Tuesday 24 October 2017 to

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. 

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