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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. 

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.

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