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Two New Peanut Flavours Hit Kingaroy Streets
April 23, 2008 - Kingaroy's The Peanut Van has released two new flavoured peanut products to add to their ever-expanding range.

The new flavours are Salt & Pepper and Cinnamon Sugar which have been officially released after six weeks of customer trials.

The new flavours will be available in 1kg, 375g and 200g packets at The Peanut Van's Kingaroy, Childers, Sunshine Coast and Chermside stores.
KCCISpice Up Your Life With The KCCI
April 22, 2008 - The Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce & Industry is spicing up its next Meet'n'Greet on April 28 by holding it at JD's Spice Train, the new Indian restaurant located at the Kingaroy Country Motel at 34 Knight Street, Kingaroy.

Chef Jay Kilpadi will be preparing the snacks and refreshments can be purchased at the licensed bar. Guest speakers are South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Cr David Carter, Kathy Masters from Sunny Ridge Gardens and Stephen Anderson from SupaIGA.

Cost is $10 for KCCI members and $13 for non-members. RSVP by Thursday April 24 to Polly Birchall on (07) 4162-8466.
"Waste" Water Hope From Gas Fields
April 21, 2008 - An huge water source in the coal-seam gasfields of the Surat Basin could prove the basis of a new water supply for drought-stricken local towns and Tarong Power Station.

The Sunday Mail newspaper reported yesterday that "a massive 100 to 125 megalitres of water a day" would be pumped out once the gasfields hit full production in about seven or eight years.

One suggestion for this "waste product" from the gas field includes a pipeline to feed Wivenhoe Dam with a lower-quality discharge going to the Tarong power stations.

Read more on the Sunday Mail's website
HIA Information Session In Kingaroy
April 18, 2008 - The Housing Information Association will be holding short information sessions on three topics of interest to building tradespeople in Kingaroy on Thursday May 1.

Information sessions will be held at Turners Mitre 10 on Rogers Drive from 5:15pm. Topics to be covered are:

  • 5 Star Energy Efficiency Requirements
  • BSA Supervisor's Licence Requirements
  • Certificate IV

One-on-one appointments are also available with HIA advisers to discuss technical, licensing or safety issues.

Seats are limited. To register interest in attending the information session or to arrange a one-on-one appointment, phone Josie Norman on (07) 5459-4751 or send her an email
Cheese-Making Secrets Revealed
April 17, 2008 - Local cheesemaker Chris Ganzer will be holding a special cheesemaking class on Saturday at Kingaroy Cheese.

Chris will be teaching participants how to make their own soft moulded cheese at home. Cost is $150 which includes lunch using South Burnett produce and Barambah Wines.

In July, Chris will be sharing his award-winning cheesemaking skills with an even wider audience when he holds a hands-on Cooking School at the prestigious Black Pearl Epicure food institute in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

For more information about either workshops, contact Kingaroy Cheese on (07) 4162-5990.
Customer Service Pep
Talks For Local Business
April 16, 2008 - One of Australia's best known customer service presenters, Debra Templar, will be holding two special seminars in the South Burnett next month, thanks to the Wide Bay Burnett Area Consultative Committee, the Small Business Field Officer program, the Murgon Business and Development Association and the Nanango Chamber of Commerce.

Debra, from Australian Retail Services, is an accomplished public speaker as well as a consultant and author of books covering topics such as selling, merchandising, customer service and retailing.

The seminars will be held in:

  • Murgon - Tuesday 5th May from 7:00pm (including a two-course dinner). Bookings to Margaret at Murgon Real Estate on (07) 4168-2922 by May 2.

  • Nanango - Wednesday 7th May from 7:00am (including breakfast). Bookings to Jane at Nanango Real Estate on (07) 4163-1677 by May 5.

Flyers with more information are available to download from the WBBACC website.
Local Talent To Share 2020 Ideas
April 15, 2008 - High profile Queensland businessman Brett Heading has been invited to take part in the Australia 2020 ideas summit to be held in Canberra next weekend.

Brett is a Director (and former Chairman) of the Peanut Company of Australia as well as Chairman of Clovely Estate Ltd, Burnett Valley Vineyards and Burnett Valley Olives.

Other summit attendees who are well-known in the South Burnett will include local businesswoman and grazier Georgie Somerset from Durong and former Cherbourg State School principal Chris Sarra.
KCCI Promises a Fun Day of Golf!
April 14, 2008 - The Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry's annual golf day for local business people (it doesn't matter if you're not a member of the Chamber!) is on again this month at the Kingaroy Golf Course (April 26).

The three-person 18-hole ambrose is open to members, non-members and new players are all welcome!

Cost is $20 which includes a continuous BBQ lunch from 11:30am to 2:30pm.

For more information and to register, phone the Kingaroy Golf Club on (07) 4162-1720.
Nominations Open Today
For Tourism Awards
April 11, 2008 - Nominations open today for the 2008 Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism Awards.

Tourism businesses who wish to take part must return a Nomination Form by Friday, May 9. For more information, visit the FCSBRTB website.

A workshop to guide participants will be held in the South Burnett next month and the Awards Ceremony will be held in Hervey Bay on October 25.
Businesses On The Move
April 10, 2008 - John Logan and Associates re-opened their Kingaroy office in a new location this week ... at 71 Youngman Street.

JLA, who were formerly located in the old Ogden Real Estate building in Kingaroy Street, handle real estate valuations, pre-sale assessments, stamp duty assessments, litigation and compensation matters. Their contact details remain the same.

The move follows the decision by Clem Smith to shift his Access Broker Services, SunServices Insurance and Financial Solutions and Mortgages Designed 4U businesses from 71 Youngman Street to refurbished and expanded premises at 196 Haly Street, Kingaroy (the old dental surgery). Clem's contact details also remain the same.
Polly BirchallFarewell John ... Hello Polly!
April 9, 2008 - The Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry is bidding a sad farewell today to Manager John Carey who has resigned to take up a position with Tarong Energy.

John, the former Community Development Officer at Rosalie Shire Council, has guided the KCCI with skill over the past 12 months and was the moving force behind the successful change in direction - and location - of the Kingaroy Peanut Festival.

Peanut Festival Co-Ordinator Polly Birchall, who has been based at the KCCI office, will be assuming the role of Project Officer for the KCCI as well as continuing to guide the planning of the 2008 Peanut Festival.
The Muddles Are Coming
April 8, 2008 - Have more fun than a gang of galahs up a gum tree! That's what visitors to the South Burnett for "Christmas in July" are being promised by an enterprising Brisbane travel agency specialising in tours for the Over 50s.

The two-day tours take in some of the best that the South Burnett has to offer, including lunch and liqueur tasting at the Belltower Restaurant, a visit to Kingaroy Cheese and a feast at Moffatdale Ridge winery.

There'll also be music, comedy, fun and games, bush poetry and bush dancing ... all courtesy of the Muddle Family!

So watch out for the Muddles when up to nine coaches descend on the South Burnett in July.
All Major Centres To Host Council Meetings
April 7, 2008 - The meeting dates have been announced for the new South Burnett Regional Council - and as promised, the meetings will be distributed throughout the Shire:

  • Kingaroy - Wednesday 9th April 2008, 9:00am Council Chambers, Glendon Street

  • Murgon - Wednesday 23rd April 2008, 9:00am Council Chambers, 42 Stephens Street West

  • Nanango - Tuesday 13th May 2008, 9:00am, Council Chambers, 48 Drayton Street

  • Wondai - Wednesday 28th May 2008, 9:00am, Council Chambers, Mackenzie Street

  • Kingaroy - Wednesday 11th June 2008, 9:00am, Council Chambers, Glendon Street

  • Murgon - Wednesday 25th June 2008, 9:00am, Council Chambers, 42 Stephens Street West
Historic Day For South Burnett
First meeting of the South Burnett Regional Council
April 4, 2008 - Today is an historic day for the South Burnett, with the first official meeting of the new "Super Shire" council.

The South Burnett Regional Council consists of Mayor David Carter and councillors Barry Green (Div 1), Debra Palmer (Div 2), Damien Tessman (Div 3), Keith Campbell (Div 4), Kathy Duff (Div 5) and Cheryl Dalton (Div 6).

The post-election meeting of the new council began at 1:30pm today in the Council Chambers in Glendon Street, Kingaroy. Future meetings are scheduled to be held throughout the South Burnett.

The first order of business was the election of former Kingaroy Shire councillor Keith Campbell as Deputy Mayor.

Final Results of 2008 South Burnett Regional Council election can be found on the Queensland Electoral Commission website:

Ian LangdonNew Chairman At PCA
April 3, 2008 - Ian Langdon, (right), Chairman of the Dairy Farmers Group, has been appointed Chairman of the Peanut Company of Australia.

Ian, who has been a Director on the PCA Board since March 2005, has stepped into the role vacated by Brett Heading late last month. Brett, who is also Chairman of Clovely Estate Limited, Burnett Valley Vineyards, Burnett Valley Olives and Chairman of Partners at McCullough Robertson Lawyers, will remain on the PCA Board as a Director.

PCA also announced on it website this week that it will defer listing on the Australian Stock Exchange due to the "current worldwide capital market turmoil".
Teys Bros Buys Murgon Meatworks
April 2, 2008 - The largest Australian-owned beef processing company in the country, Teys Brothers, has bought the South Burnett meatworks at Murgon.

The Courier-Mail newspaper reported today the abattoir had been sold for an undisclosed sum but Teys has not indicated its future plans for the plant.

STOP PRESS: ABC News is reporting that Teys Bros does not plan to re-open the plant as a meatworks.
History In The Making at Blackbutt
March 17, 2008 - Former Nanango Mayor Reg McCallum carried out his last official function as mayor at the Friends of Cultcha evening in Blackbutt on Friday night.

Reg has served on Nanango Council for 40 years, including an amazing 32 years as mayor.

Rec McCallum and Dorothy Pratt
An historic photo: Reg McCallum at his last official function ...
and Member for Nanango Dorothy Pratt with hair!
As part of the World's Greatest Shave to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation, Dolly was scheduled to lose her locks on Saturday.
Six Councils Fade Into History
March 14, 2008 - Today is an historic day in the South Burnett as we say farewell to Kilkivan, Murgon, Wondai, Kingaroy, Nanango and Rosalie Shire Councils.

In their place from tomorrow, four of the old shires will form the South Burnett Regional Council, while Kilkivan is absorbed by Gympie Regional Council and Rosalie will join Toowoomba Regional Council.

Southburnett.biz would like to thank all the former South Burnett councils for their assistance over the past few years, and in particular Kingaroy, Nanango and Rosalie who supported the Tarong Business Program from which SBBiz developed.
Official Opening Of New Tourism Office
March 13, 2008 - The official opening of the Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism board's new office will take place later this month in Hervey Bay.

The office, which has relocated from Maryborough, will be opened by Tourism Minister Desley Boyle on March 27 at 2:45pm in front of invited guests.

The new office is located at 229 Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road.
Alison Alexander and Sheree StraussWhipbird Hits The Web
March 12, 2008 - The Whipbird Function Centre at 21 Chaseling Street, Coolabunia, has unveiled a new webpage to promote the business.

Whipbird is run by Sheree Strauss, winner of one of the major awards at the 2008 PCA South Burnett Regional Culinary Competition at the weekend (Sheree is pictured at right with contest compere Alison Alexander).

The venue, which is conveniently located between Nanango and Kingaroy, offers space for seminars, training sessions and conferences as well as more traditional functions. Sheree, who also looks after all the food requirements at the South Burnett Enterprise Centre in Kingaroy, handles all the catering.