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BIEDO Reaches Out To Durong

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Helen Burrell, from the State Government's Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, with Durong resident Toni Ralph

March 23, 2017

History was made at Durong on Tuesday when the local hall hosted its first business expo … or the first that anyone can remember!

The “Durong Open House” was organised by the Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO) and CEO Kristy Frahm.

AgForce SEQ members also lent a hand, and the mothers from the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association’s “ABC” branch (Auburn-Burrandowan-Cadarga) worked in the kitchen to prepare a buffet lunch.

The Open House featured a range of stalls from local businesses and not-for-profit organisations aiming to connect with members of the Durong community.

Trade stalls included Ken Mills Machinery, BGA AgriServices and a new venture by Wooroolin farmer – and former Test fast bowler – Carl Rackemann.

Carl was promoting his agricultural machinery business, OzValueAG, which is based in Kingaroy but has agencies in a number of other Queensland towns.

Another new concept being promoted was AgriLabour Australia’s “from deployment to employment” Agri Veterans program which aims to connect former Defence Force personnel with careers in agriculture.

Manager Peter Thatcher said the program had only been running for about a year but had already placed about 50 people in agricultural jobs.

With thoughts of the drought never far away, representatives from a number of government departments, including Centrelink, were also on hand to supply information as well as Rural and Remote Mental Health.

BIEDO CEO Kirsty Frahm, Stephanie Denman (Qld Agricultural Workforce Network), Cr Ros Heit and Jules Entwistle (BIEDO)

Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff with Barbara Hockey, from Stonelands

Andrea McGee, Rural & Remote Mental Health

Rob Fitz-Herbert, from TAFE South West

AgForce South-East Queensland Regional President Carolyn Stone with South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell and rural chaplain Neville Radecker

AgForce South-East Queensland Regional Director Georgie Somerset with Mark Schmidt (BGA AgriServices) and Carl Rackemann (OzValueAG)

ICPA members Jane Coe, Durong; Trish Christie, Burrandowan; and Jane McLachlan, Chahpingah

Peter Thatcher, from AgriLabour Australia's Agri Veterans program


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