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Local Buying Foundation - Queensland
July - September 2019 | Quarterly eNews
Central Highlands | Isaac | Mackay
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Welcome - A message from our Chair

Kristy Marks, Chair of the LBF Qld
Kristy Marks (BHP), Chair of
Local Buying Foundation Qld
Welcome to our third Local Buying Foundation (LBF) Qld eNews edition for 2019. The focus for the LBF during this quarter has been on supporting and funding events and initiatives which build on the capacity and capability of our local businesses across the Central Highlands, Isaac and Mackay regions.

The continued success of the Local Buying Program, has enabled the LBF to support 112 projects with a total value of $2,799,507 injected back into local business communities.

The Local Buying Foundation Advisory Committee welcomed two new advisory committee members, Anita Milroy (CQUniversity) and Shane Brandenberg (Isaac Regional Council) and we acknowledge the support and commitment to the Foundation from outgoing member John Lee (formerly of Isaac Regional Council).

HIGHLIGHTS - July to September 2019

The Local Buying Foundation Queensland has supported a number of initiatives, projects and events during the first quarter of this financial year. The success of the Foundation is a direct result of strong use of the Local Buying Program across all BMA and BMC operations. Take a look below and see some of the highlights during July - September 2019.

Bridging the Boundaries
Watch the videos below to hear from Central Highlands Development Corporation and GW3 with the latest information on the Bridging the Boundaries: Business Support and Facilitation Project, funded by the Local Buying Foundation.
5th Element Series - Building Dream Teams
Congratulations to the team at Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce on the 5th Element Series - Building Dream Teams Workshops and Conference. The 5th Element Business Workshop Series received funding through the Foundation, which supported business skills development for teams. The Conference was well attended with 260 attendees who heard from guest speakers Amanda Stevens and Mark Bouris, which provided opportunities to local business owners and their teams on building dream teams.
Amanda Stevens speaking during the Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce
'5th Element Business Series - Building Dream Teams' Conference - 3 October, 2019
Healthy Minds Business Breakfast
Central Queensland Rural Health were successful in securing funding through the Foundation for guest speaker, Paul Spinks, to share tips and strategies in supporting businesses and their workforce with 'Healthy Minds'. The event was held in Emerald as a business breakfast followed by a dinner in Blackwater, on Tuesday 10 September, 2019. Watch the video below to learn more from Fiona Hardgrave, Central Highlands Suicide Prevention Officer.
Celebrating Business Excellence in the Highlands
Congratulations to the team at Central Highlands Development Corporation on the success of the Central Highlands Business Excellence Awards held in Emerald on 14 September, 2019. The Foundation sponsored two categories which included the 'Innovation & Technology Award' and the 'Not For Profit Business of the Year'.

Winners included Swarfarm Robotics for 'Innovation & Technology' and Yumba Bimbi Support Services who won the first-ever Not-For-Profit category at the Central Highlands Business Excellence Awards.
Foundation Award Winners with LBF Advisory Committee Members at the CHBEA 2019 dinner in Emerald
Image Source: Central Highlands Development Corporation
LBF Advisory Committee News
Each quarter, we aim to introduce you to our Local Buying Foundation Advisory Committee members, who volunteer their time, skills and expertise to building the capacity and capability of our local businesses.
Introducing Sandra Hobbs, General Manager for Central Highlands Development Corporation.

Sandra resides in the Central Highlands and is a founding member of the Local Buying Foundation Advisory Committee in Queensland. Thank you Sandra for your contribution towards building sustainable business communities for the future.
Contact Sandra Hobbs:
John Lee (formerly Isaac Regional Council)
John Lee joined the Local Buying Foundation Advisory Committee in December 2017 and has been an integral member representing the Isaac region up until August this year.

John relocated to Brisbane and we wish John well in his appointment with Local Buy Queensland.

John encourages you to contact him via the following:


GW3 is hosting 'Making Your Business More Efficient Through Technology' workshops in Dysart, Middlemount and Clermont between 21-24 of October 2019.

Participants will learn the latest technology businesses are adapting to streamline data collection, cloud storage and its effectiveness, improve customer care and more.

The workshops offered are funded through the Foundation as part of the 'Building Isaac Business Capacity FY20' project awarded to GW3.

CHDC hosts AgTeCH: Build it, Use it, Profit, a major biennial innovation and technology event for the Australian agricultural community. AgTeCH19 will be held in Emerald on 6 November 2019.

The event brings together the smartest minds at the intersection of agriculture, machinery and technology to explore the future of agribusiness and showcase the latest innovations to improve farm and business profitability.

We are pleased to be the Platinum sponsor for this event.

The Local Buying Foundation (LBF) in Queensland has two funding methods available for supporting projects and initiatives. These include:
  1. Funds allocated via a competitive funding round through completing an LBF Funding Application form. Funding will be allocated on the basis of alignment with the Foundation’s objectives and an assessment against the Foundation’s funding criteria.
  2. Funds allocated based on the identification of strategic projects and programs aligned to the priority areas of the foundation by the Local Buying Foundation Advisory Committee (LBFAC). These may be competitive or non-competitive, depending on whether the LBFAC decides to grant an exemption for organisations that are a clear logical choice to deliver a particular program.
      • ROUND FOUR - Closes Friday, 29 November 2019
Congratulations to the following successful funding applicants from Round 3, 2019:

  • Building Isaac Business Capability FY20 - Greater Whitsunday Alliance
  • Central Highlands Tourism Strategy - Central Highlands Development Corporation
  • Love Your Local - Buy Local Isaac Campaign - Isaac Regional Council
  • O365 Regional Training - Local Buying Foundation Initiative
  • RIN Gala Awards 2020 - 2022 - Resource Industry Network
  • RIN Safety Conference 2020 - 2021 - Resource Industry Network

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