The CHAA Strategic Advisory Group currently has a contingent visiting Ministers, advisers and opposition representatives in Canberra, promoting Central Highlands agribusiness and opportunities for investment in infrastructure and programs for our region.

However, for this eNews, a couple of reminders for great opportunities that are closing this week and next week.

Young Agribusiness Bursaries for Meet the Food Innovators close today!
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity for budding students, “food”preneurs, producers, Year 12 students and their teachers and lecturers!

With the support of CQUniversity, CHDC is offering up to 20 Young Agribusiness Bursaries to attend the forum and field trips on Thursday, 25 October in Emerald at no cost. A simple, single page application form is available with more information here.

Contact me on or mobile 0429 471 511 if you have any questions.

Have you registered yet for Meet the Food Innovators? This value-add forum is a must for the region’s beef, grains and horticultural producers and agribusiness specialists, with an array of speakers better than many city events. Beyond the great speakers, Mayor Kerry Hayes will launch the results of the 2018 Beef Processing Facility Feasibility Study and we’ll also have the outcomes from the Grown in the Central Highlands for those attending.


Rural Economic Development Grants close 26 October
Expressions of interest are now open for the Rural Economic Development Grants program, closing on 26 October 2018. The grants are available to fund rural economic development projects that contribute to primary production-related economic development and job creation in rural areas.

The Queensland Government program offers emerging projects up to $250,000 in co-contributions to build industry and grow employment opportunities across the agricultural sector.

For a full description of an eligible applicant, please refer to the program guidelines.
Eligible projects may include those which:
– implement new technologies and innovations that enhance productivity
– add value to agricultural products, including developing new markets for value-added products
– assist with business development and expansion
– work to achieve economies of scale
– enable businesses to become investment and export ready
– improve energy use efficiencies, including transition to renewable energy sources.

More information can be found here. Specific queries can be lodged during business hours to

Congratulations Krista Watkins

Congratulations to North Queensland’s Krista Watkins on being named the 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award National Winner, at a reception in Canberra last night.

Krista is a leader in agricultural innovation and the co-founder and managing director of Natural Evolution Foods, a world-first company specialising in green banana flour products.

Krista and her husband Rob Watkins will be panellists at Meet the Food Innovators in Emerald on 25 October.

Stay tuned for more on the outcomes from my Canberra visit next eNews…

Contact Liz Alexander for more information E: or M: 0429 471 511.

Caption: CHDC Agribusiness Development Coordinator Liz Alexander congratulates Queensland’s Krista Watkins on her national award in Canberra.

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