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Eumundi Welcomes New Brewer to Town

Esteemed brewer Chris Sheehan is now heading to Eumundi to take on the role of Head Brewer for the new Eumundi Brewery.

Chris will be based on-site at the iconic Imperial Hotel in Eumundi overseeing the installation of the brewing “kit”, and most importantly, fine-tuning the recipes and roll-out of the much anticipated beers.

In taking on the Eumundi role, Chris is handing over the reigns as Head Brewer for James Squire and Malt Shovel Brewery in Sydney, where he has been for a number of years.

Prior to that he’s held managerial roles with the nation’s beery best: with XXXX in Brisbane (where he fell in love with Queensland); West End Brewery in Adelaide; Knappstein Enterprise Brewery in the Clare Valley; and Swan Brewery in Perth.

And he cannot wait to start his next chapter on the Sunshine Coast.

“I’m thrilled to be moving with my family to this beautiful part of the world,” says Chris. “To have the opportunity to live and make beer on the Sunshine Coast is dream job stuff for me.”

“It’s an exciting time to be a brewer in SE Queensland – with so much happening in Brisbane and on the Coast in a beer sense, says Chris. “We have a terrific opportunity to make great flavoured beers that are top quality and will be appreciated by a discerning market of beer lovers.”

“Beyond the brews, I am looking forward to getting reacquainted with both my mountain bike and surfboard!”

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Biofutures Roadmap – have your say

The Queensland Government has developed the Biofutures 10-year Roadmap as one of its flagship initiatives to diversify and transition the state economy with a vision of a $1 billion sustainable and export-oriented sector that attracts significant international investment and creates high-value and high-skilled jobs, particularly in regional areas. Waste materials are expected to play a leading role as feedstocks in innovative processes to produce sustainable energy, fuels and other bio-products. This will also contribute to the Government’s priorities around better management of waste and increasing resource recovery.

As such the Government is currently undertaking a review, supported by consultants Arcadis, of waste streams that might present feedstock opportunities for production of energy and bio-products. The scope includes an assessment of market barriers and policy options to support the realisation of those opportunities. The review will inform Government about the potential opportunities, and deliver options and recommendations to Government on addressing potential market barriers and policy responses.

The Government wants to harness the feedback and ideas of a wide range of stakeholders across the state, along the waste and energy value chains, from waste generators and collectors (municipal, commercial, industrial and agricultural) through to processors, technology providers and end-product users.

They’ve developed a short survey that provides an opportunity for you to provide specific input to help shape future policy directions in Queensland and identify solutions which will contribute to the Biofutures Roadmap. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey, it should take no longer than 15 minutes. All individual responses will be kept confidential and only aggregated response data published.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EHP_Biofutures

Please contact Matt Arthur at EHP (07 3330 5159, matthew.arthur@ehp.qld.gov.au) if you want to discuss further.

 

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Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa – Government reforms to employer sponsored skilled migration visas

On 18 April 2017, the Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.

The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years and will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers.

This new visa is part of the Government’s significant reform package to strengthen the integrity and quality of Australia’s temporary and permanent employer sponsored skilled migration programmes.

Key reforms include:

  • Introducing the temporary skill shortage visa with new requirements, including but not limited to:
    • new, more targeted occupation lists which better align with skill needs in the Australian labour market
    • a requirement for visa applicants to have at least two years’ work experience in their skilled occupation
    • a minimum market salary rate which ensures that overseas workers cannot be engaged to undercut Australian workers
    • mandatory labour market testing, unless an international obligation applies,
    • capacity for only one onshore visa renewal under the Short-Term stream
    • capacity for visa renewal onshore and a permanent residence pathway after three years under the Medium-Term stream
    • the permanent residence eligibility period will be extended from two to three years
    • a non-discriminatory workforce test to ensure employers are not actively discriminating against Australian workers
    • strengthened requirement for employers to contribute to training Australian workers
    • the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will collect Tax File Numbers and data will be matched with the Australian Tax Office’s records, and
    • mandatory penal clearance certificates to be provided.
  • Tightening eligibility requirements for employer sponsored permanent skilled visas, including but not limited to:
    • tightened English language requirements
    • a requirement for visa applicants to have at least three years’ work experience
    • applicants must be under the maximum age requirement of 45 at the time of application
    • strengthened requirement for employers to contribute to training Australian workers, and
    • employers must pay the Australian market salary rate and meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold1.
  • Concessions for regional Australia will continue to be available:
    • Employers in regional Australia will continue to have access to occupations under the temporary and permanent visas, to reflect their skills needs.
    • Existing permanent visa concessions for regional Australia, such as waiving the nomination fee and providing age exemptions for certain occupations, will be retained. Consideration will be given to expanding the occupations in regional Australia that are exempt from the age requirement.
  • Significantly condensing the occupation lists used for skilled migration visas, including the subclass 457 visa, from 19 April 2017.

The implementation of these reforms will begin immediately and will be completed in March 2018.

Further information on reforms is available:

Further information on different aspects of the reforms will be published in due course.

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2017 Sunshine Coast Export and Global Capability Program

Accelerate your export sales, increase profits and become the next Sunshine Coast export success story.

Who is the Program for?

  • Sunshine Coast businesses wanting help NOW with exporting a product or service.
  • Businesses should be export ready, currently exporting or be a successful exporter wanting to enter a new market.

What is the Program?

  • 10 two-and-a-half-hour workshops over 10 weeks.
  • It will be facilitated by the Export Council of Australia with guest export specialists.

When will the Program run?

  • From 19 April to 21 June 2017.

How much will the Program cost?

  • Usually $1,250 plus GST but local businesses in the Sunshine Coast Council area will only need to outlay $250 plus GST.
  • Two people can attend from any one company.

When do I have to register?

  • Places are limited to 20 companies in each program and registrations are required on or before 31 March 2017.

How do I to register?

More information

If you are interested in exporting and you are not already ‘connected’ through the Sunshine Coast Export LinkedIn Group, you are welcome to join.

What do others think about the program?

Watch this short video!

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12 Coast foodies get ready to excel

At FAN we have a vision – to actively contribute to the doubling of the region’s food & agribusiness economy by 2030 and to be renowned for our food culture and our culture of food industry innovation.  We also have a set of values that inform all that we do.  These values are collaboration, sharing, leadership & integrity.  So, when the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast came to us with the idea of partnering in their Grow Coastal food accelerator progamme we embraced the concept whole heartedly.  The idea of helping producers interested in scaling up fast and bringing their new food and beverage innovations to market was the perfect fit!

With a $12,000 boost and one of the world’s leading food accelerator experts at their side, it’s no wonder these Sunshine Coast food and beverage entrepreneurs are grinning. From more than sixty applications across the Coast, the lucky 12 were chosen for their innovative ideas, scalability and commercial viability.

International food industry expert Tara Mei is delivering the program bringing a great deal of expertise as founder of Kitchen Table Projects of London, having supported the growth of over 500 food and beverage businesses from startup to scale up.

“Demand for quality, innovative food products is growing faster than ever before and there is an opportunity for local businesses to capture that market,” she said.

“The participants are going to be thrown ‘in the pan’ so to speak as we explore crowdfunding, conduct research, host tastings, navigate publicity, engage with industry leaders, secure new customers and build major networks of helpful connections.”

 Congratulations to the Grow Coastal team:

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Get involved in Future Careers Expo

A call out for food and agribusiness sector to get involved in the Future Careers Plus Expo to be held on 23 May at Lake Kawana Community Centre.  We are looking for about five local companies to take a booth each to profile their company and industry opportunities/trends. Hands on practical experiences or new technology that will engage these students rather than brochures and videos will be given preference.

The event will welcome approximately 1500 high school students and showcase future job opportunities and career pathways.

We are seeking to identify some cool things to touch, feel, try out, not just new technology.  Experiments showcasing product development and process would be of interest too.

For more information please contact Angela Quain at Sunshine Coast Council.

angela.quain@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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Commercial kitchen available for rent or purchase

Fully licensed commercial kitchen available for rent or purchase

The kitchen is currently tenanted with a food manufacturing business that focuses on nutrient dense traditional foods.  There is an opportunity to rent or buy the business and or equipment and space.  The kitchen is in a central location with shop front and ample parking. It has:

  • 3 phase power
  • Cold room
  • Large 4 door Freezer
  •  Office space and bathroom
  • Catering equipment
  • Large 3m x 1.2m stainless bench
  • Water filtration and water storage

For more information please call Tanya Bayliss on 0415 575 507 or tanya.bayliss@bigpond.com.

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FAN Chairman finalist for women’s award

MEDIA RELEASE

4 March 2017

Here’s a trick question – how can the Chairman of the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) become a Queensland finalist in the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award 2017?

Easy answer – the Chairman is a woman.

Jacqui Wilson-Smith is a Sunshine Coast business achiever whose award nomination is based on her idea of creating an online training platform for food and agribusinesses.

Jacqui is a passionate innovator which will be reflected in the pilot topic for training: “Design Thinking as an Innovation Strategy for Primary Industries”.

According to Jacqui, the learning platform will enable the creation of virtual communities where rural businesses can collaborate, learn how to speed up the pace of innovation, reduce risks and create business growth.

“The online content will be delivered in fun, engaging, digestible and extremely practical ways using multi-media such as short video documentaries, e-books, animations, podcasts, webinars, workshops and quizzes,” says Jacqui.

About Jacqui

Jacqui grew up on properties in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, where she learnt to milk a cow, crack a whip and even rode a horse to school!

She was captain of Pomona State School before heading to boarding school in Brisbane.

After uni, she worked for Buderim Ginger before moving to the UK. On return she was determined to centre her career on the Sunshine Coast.

Jacqui has 20 years’ experience in innovation and marketing with agribusinesses.

Jacqui’s leadership in local herb and spice company Gourmet Garden has seen her influence its success through her role as Head of Innovation & Marketing. Following McCormick’s acquisition of Gourmet Garden in early 2016, Jacqui was promoted to Global Innovation Manager for McCormick. She sees her role at FAN as a way of giving back and actively contributing to doubling the region’s food & agribusiness economy by 2030.

Jacqui’s output is impressive and her achievements many:

  • March 2017 FIAL Food Innovation Australia panel judge
  • Dec 2016 Appointed Global Innovation manager, McCormick
  • Oct 2016 Appointed Chairman, FAN
  • Sept 2016 GAICD, Graduate Company Director Course
  • Dec 2015 Launched FAN, co-founding board member, company secretary
  • Aug 2015 Guest Speaker, Disruptive Innovation Industry Forum, Sydney
  • March 2014 Launched Gourmet Garden’s Lightly Dried range
  • Oct 2012 Launched digital platform What2Cook.com, meal planning site
  • Sept 2010 Published first collaborative 4 Ingredients & Gourmet Garden cookbook with local author, Kim McCosker
  • Sept 2009 Appointed Head of Marketing & Innovation at Gourmet Garden

Design Thinking

In her role with FAN, Jacqui observed that due to pressing business matters it’s common for FAN members to focus on the short term, rather than dedicating time to understanding their customers and resetting their vision for innovation.

“Design Thinking is an iterative process that can be learnt,” says Jacqui, “By empathising with customers to gain insights, businesses can rapidly prototype, fail fast and ultimately innovate successfully”.

Jacqui has a track record of successful innovations in agribusiness and is keen to share her Design Thinking skills.

About the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN)

FAN is a membership-based, not-for-profit company, established to support food and agribusinesses across the entire value chain within the Greater Sunshine Coast region. Agribusiness is one of seven high value industries identified in the Sunshine Coast Council’s regional economic development strategy. FAN’s vision is to actively contribute to doubling the region’s food and agribusiness economy by 2030 and for the region to be renowned for its food culture and innovation.

FAN believes in knowledge sharing and creates opportunities for its 140 members to connect, learn, promote and grow their businesses.

Interview opportunities

Jacqui is a charismatic and passionate speaker and is available for interviews this weekend via phone or at her property in Eerwah Vale.

Media contact: Casey Macneil, Macneil & Co. marketing and design 0402 993 688 casey@macneilco.com.au

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Food and Beverage Trade Mission to China – May 2017

Calling All Sunshine Coast Food & Beverage Exporters!

Date Claimer:  May 2-11, 2017
Destination:  Shanghai & Hong Kong
Key Event:  HOFEX 2017 – The largest food & hospitality tradeshow in Asia.
Priority Sector:  Food and Beverage
Supported by: Sunshine Coast Council and Trade & Investment Queensland

This export trade mission provides regional exporters the opportunity to travel to Shanghai in Mainland China where they will participate in a series of market briefings, site visits, meeting programs, a product showcase and networking event, in addition to potential opportunities for business matching and private appointments. 

Delegates then have the option to showcase their Premium, Fresh and Organic Food and Beverages at HOFEX 2017 – Asia’s Leading Food & Hospitality Tradeshow in Hong Kong at the Queensland pavilion organised by Trade and Invest Queensland. (EOI_registration_Food Trade Mission to HOFEX, HK & Taiwan)

 Participation in this trade mission will provide Sunshine Coast exporters the opportunity to:

  • Hear from and connect with experts in the Food Service and Hospitality industries in Shanghai
  • Attend site visits at some of China’s most prominent businesses
  • Gain a better understanding of distribution logistics and supply chain for e-commerce in China
  • Attend presentations and roundtable discussions designed to give delegates a unique and valuable insight into the Chinese market
  • Gain a valuable network to assist delegates business in China.

 To register your interest and further details please email: intl.business@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

 

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New Food Accelerator Program launched on the Sunshine Coast

Calling all food entrepreneurs, applications are now open for a new Food Accelerator Program, a game changer for our food and agribusiness industry!

FAN is excited to be partnering with the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast (IC) to support the delivery of the Grow Coastal Program– which has been made possible by a two-year funding agreement from the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative.

Featuring a bootcamp and three-month food accelerator program, Grow Coastal will find, fund and accelerate 12 ambitious food-related businesses in the region (includes Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Moreton Bay and Gympie).

Whether you’ve got a great idea that needs to get off the ground or you’re already trading and looking to scale up, this program can help steer your venture in the right direction with tried and tested, industry-specific tools, resources and international connections.

This is a competitive program, providing more than $12,000 in direct value to the successful applicants. The registration cost per participant or team is $600.00 and all teams that reach week eight will receive $1,200 in seed funding.

Tara Mei, founder of Kitchen Table Projects, will be delivering the Grow Coastal Program. Since launching London’s first retail incubator in June 2015, Tara has supported over 500 food and drink brands from start-ups to scale-ups and she has a strong worldwide network of industry experts, food producers, distributors and buyers.

Key dates
Applications close: 27 Feb
Food Innovation Bootcamp: 11 March
Accelerator Program: 15 March – 14 June

Find out more about this groundbreaking opportunity at: www.innovationcentre.com.au/programs/growcoastal