CHDC has some significant agribusiness activities planned for the next 12 months. Save the date or put up your hand if you’d like to be involved!

14 August 2018: Farm to Fine Dining Regional Produce Showcase, Brisbane

From 2016, CHDC has delivered the annual event held during the Ekka week to showcase our region’s produce to leaders and strategic stakeholders from agribusiness, government, peak industry bodies, tourism and investment sectors. If you are a producer who would like to become involved by sharing your products, please contact me.

28 – 30 September 2018: HACKCQ with River City Labs, Emerald

CHDC will host a 54-hour weekend hackathon to support entrepreneurship and the establishment of new, high-growth businesses – agriculture, agribusiness and environment – by allowing participants to test business ideas within hours. With a particular focus on young people, participants will be supported by a network of mentors, investors and business founders who are ready to help the concepts get started.

18 October 2018 (date TBC): Meet the Food Innovators Forum, Emerald

This event brings together local, regional and national food innovators with local farmers, agribusiness, manufacturing and processing, and food retailers to provide information on creative and transformative work in these sectors to stimulate investment and collaboration in our primary and secondary processing and food retail sectors. We already have some amazing speakers locked in!

Late November 2018 (date TBC): From Paddock to Ports Supply Chain Forum, Emerald

This forum, exploring regional exporting opportunities and supply chain efficiency, is a follow-up to CHDC and DAF’s successful Paddocks to Ports delegation to Townsville, Mackay and Gladstone Ports and associated supply chain providers in May 2018.

November 2018 – January 2019: Agribusiness Workforce Attraction Campaign

CHDC will promote agribusiness advantages in the Central Highlands via a targeted social media advertising campaign to attract skilled staff in agribusiness and on-farm.

September 2018 – June 2019: Export Ready workshop program

In conjunction with the Export Council of Australia, CHDC is facilitating a multi-level program to support 10 agribusiness at every stage of their development, from pre-export to expanding into new markets, to be run over 10 months. Successful exporters will provide one-on-one mentoring throughout and following the program.

March 2019: CHAA Roadshow, Mackenzie River Big Bend, Comet, Emerald and Anakie (venues TBC)

After such a great response to the Central Highlands Accelerate Agribusiness Roadshows that ran south to north from Rolleston to Capella in 2018, we promised to bring the Strategic Advisory Group on the road again this time running east-west, to share key activities and hear from inspirational agribusiness across the region.

June 2019: Paddocks to Ports Tour – Townsville, Mackay, Gladstone

Tour the Port of Townsville (POT), Port of Mackay (North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation) (NQBPC) and Gladstone Port Corporation (GPC) facilities, and connect with key contacts at each location from across the regional and global supply chain.

CHDC is a not-for-profit organisation and its membership and services are free to everyone who lives in the Central Highlands. We request that while agribusinesses are finalising budgets for the 2018-19 year, that you consider financially supporting some of our upcoming events through sponsorship. CHDC will forward more information about sponsoring soon!

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



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