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KCCI Meets Next Generation

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Part of the Generation Funerals team … from left, funeral assistant Martin Harmsworth, funeral attendant Simon Young, Operations Manager / Director Penny Levi and funeral assistant Nyree Jones

October 24, 2018

A funeral chapel was the unusual venue for the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s latest six-monthly meet’n’greet.

Generation Funerals in Markwell Street hosted about 50 local businesspeople at their premises on Tuesday evening.

KCCI president Rob Fitz-Herbert opened the meeting with an update on the South Burnett Regional Council’s listening tours (“some very robust conversations”) and gave a big thank you to all the emergency services who had stepped up to help during the recent storms.

He said the KCCI had a seat on Council’s Disaster Recovery committee to provide advice during the recovery process.

Mr Fitz-Herbert also praised BlazeAid for offering to help in the recovery effort. The KCCI had donated $500 in fuel vouchers (matched by another $500 from Westlink Petroleum) and $500 in fruit and vegetables from Anderssons Fruit Market to BlazeAid for their camp.

“It blew them away and made me really proud of Kingaroy businesses,” he said.

Mr Fitz-Herbert said the next KCCI meet’n’greet would be held at Bill Hull Car Centre. This would be the Annual General Meeting and the last meet’n’greet for the year.

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Guest speakers for the evening were:

  • Loretta Wengel, from telco Nexgen, who said the NBN was expected to be switched on street-by-street in Kingaroy between January-March. NBNCo had been laying the backbone of the cabling throughout town. Loretta, who is based on the Sunshine Coast, has been visiting Kingaroy regularly to help clients prepare their office phone and data networks ahead of the changeover.
  • Jason Lynam, from disability service APM, invited businesses to visit their premises in the old Civic Video shop (105 Youngman Street) to learn more about becoming a registered service provider for clients covered by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). He said some goods and services at the moment were being provided by businesses outside the region because local businesses had not registered. APM was planning to hold a workshop for local businesses in about four weeks (TBA).
  • Simon Neal spoke about the Drought Relief “Locals Supporting Locals” comedy night fundraiser which he has organised at the Kingaroy Red Ants clubhouse with assistance from AGL. Five Brisbane comedians (plus Rob Fitz-Herbert’s band RiSA) will be entertaining on the night. And no, the drought isn’t over! Funds raised will be given to Graham House for distribution to local primary producers. For tickets, phone Simon on 0408-459-524 ASAP.

The main speaker on the night was Penny Levi, the Operations Manager / Director of Generation Funerals.

She said her generation took over the family business in 2010.

It moved from its Youngman Street address to Markwell Street in late 2015, and also changed its name from Kingaroy Funerals to Generation Funerals.

Penny said the business’ future aims included opening its own crematorium and a small memorial park in Kingaroy.

She invited all local residents to attend an annual remembrance service which will be held at their Burnett Chapel in Markwell Street on December 5.

KCCI President Rob Fitz-Herbert with Stanwell Site Service Manager Scott Tucker

Jason Lynam, APM co-ordinator for capacity building and inclusion, with South Burnett CTC CEO Nina Temperton

Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry secretary Paula Greenwood with guest speaker Loretta Wengel, from Nexgen

Damien Martoo (The Martoo Review) with Mark and Margaret Huston (Huston Motors)

Orana service manager Kym Zischke with South Burnett CTC chairman John Box

Simon Neal (SBRC) with Brett Irwin (Ollies Mowers) and Darrin Kefford (Kingaroy Joinery)

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