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THE North Bur­nett Re­gion Fu­tures team pri­ori­tises fos­ter­ing part­ner­ships with lo­cal, state and fed­eral government or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses to help co-or­di­nate eco­nomic and work­force devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives.

Strate­gic eco­nomic devel­op­ment con­sul­tant Neil McPhillips said the team’s co­or­di­na­tion of eco­nomic devel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties and em­ploy­ment and skills-re­lated ini­tia­tives had been a real wind­fall for the re­gion.

An on­go­ing pri­or­ity is a recog­ni­tion that the flow-on ef­fects of the 2011 dis­as­ter will con­tinue to af­fect busi­nesses and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions in the North Bur­nett.

In part­ner­ship with North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil, a sec­ond suite of the 7 Re­silience Strate­gies to Max­imise Busi­ness work­shops will be fa­cil­i­tated in Mun­dub­bera and Biggen­den in Fe­bru­ary 2013.

Run­ning for five weeks, the work­shops are de­signed and con­tex­tu­alised to in­tro­duce busi­nesses and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to seven strate­gies to com­bat the on­go­ing ef­fects of the floods and eco­nomic down­turn and build re­silience to con­tinue to pro­vide their es­sen­tial ser­vices to the re­gion.

Cre­ated and pre­sented by re­gional fa­cil­i­ta­tor Trudi Bar­lett, the di­rec­tor of Trans- form­ing Small Busi­ness (from Headache to Heaven), th­ese hands-on, prac­ti­cal work­shops are free.

They will equip par­tic­i­pants with the con­fi­dence to im­prove their cus­tomer ser­vice stan­dards, in­crease their turnover, bet­ter man­age their teams and them­selves, set up ef­fec­tive busi­ness pro­cesses, im­ple­ment mar­ket­ing strate­gies that are cost-ef­fec­tive and be re­silient through th­ese tough eco­nomic times.

Ms Bar­lett’s en­gag­ing and prac­ti­cal work­shops have been made pos­si­ble through fund­ing pro­vided un­der the Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment and Re­cov­ery Package, which is a tri­par­tite ini­tia­tive of the Aus­tralian and Queens­land gov­ern­ments un­der the Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ar­range­ments, the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil and the Bur­nett In­land Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (BIEDO).

The NBRF team has had a pro­duc­tive year, fa­cil­i­tat­ing 25 events across the North Bur­nett re­gion.

Key re­gional events are the busi­ness break­fasts.

Biggen­den re­cently played host to 16 peo­ple who were in­spired by guest speaker, Robert Ather­ton of Gin Gin Com­mu­nity Bank, who spoke of build­ing strong com­mu­ni­ties.

Coun­cil’s involvement in the Re­gional Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee was in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing the Grow Your Busi­ness On­line work­shops to Mun­dub­bera with 25 reg­is­trants from across the re­gion build­ing their tech­nol­ogy and on­line mar­ket­ing skills.

The North Bur­nett’s first New En­trant Truck Driver Pro­gram has seen 14 par­tic­i­pants work­ing to­wards a HR truck li­cence and a na­tional trans­port skills set.

Eidsvold and Gayn­dah have also hosted Lead­ing and Work­ing Well To­gether work- shops with 17 par­tic­i­pants at each lo­ca­tion.

Next year is shap­ing up to be a busy pe­riod for the com­mu­nity and busi­nesses across the North Bur­nett given the di­verse ac­tiv­i­ties and events the NBRF team has planned.

The work­shops – Ex­cel­lence in Cus­tomer Ser­vice and Sell­ing, Do­ing Busi­ness with Coun­cil and Cre­at­ing an Ef­fec­tive Work­force – com­pli­ment a monthly pro­gram of busi­ness break­fasts.

■ To reg­is­ter for the 7 Re­silience Strate­gies to Max­imise Busi­ness work­shops con­tact Peta Jamieson on 0400 131 669. For in­for­ma­tion about any of the North Bur­nett Re­gion Fu­tures ini­tia- tives con­tact Lisa Wain on 0427 654 909, Mered­ith Jack­son on 0439 315 822 or Peta Jamieson on 0400 131 669.

TOP DRIV­ING: Fi­nal day for par­tic­i­pants at­tend­ing the New Truck En­trant train­ing.

LIVELY SPACE: Brand­ing and Mar­ket­ing ses­sion held in Gayn­dah.

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