Gambling Community Benefit Fund now OPEN

Gambling Community Benefit Fund has a super round of $100,000 that closes on 30 April.

This is an amazing opportunity to get some infrastructure projects underway.

Remember their number one priority is natural disaster damage and second is equipment or facility improvements.

Don’t forget to think out side the box with who can partner with you and how this can generate income for you to get higher in the scoring rankings.

NB if you are on Council land please remember to contact us for approvals.

Strengthening Rural Communities – Prepare & Recover Grant

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) Prepare & Recover program supports communities in remote, rural and regional communities across Australia to implement initiatives that prevent and prepare for future climate related impacts, or recover from existing disasters in the medium to long-term timeframe, generally one to ten years after the disaster.

Grants up to $25,000 are available for a broad range of initiatives to strengthen the capacity and capability of local people, organisations, networks, and systems that help communities to be informed, skilled, connected and resourced for the future.

Specifically, SRC Prepare & Recover will support communities impacted by the following disasters:

  • 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires;
  • 2021 NSW storms and floods;
  • 2021 WA Tropical Cyclone Seroja; and
  • 2022 flood events across regions of NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA;
  • 2022/23 Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie and associated flooding across regions of WA and NT.


NOTE: There are two streams of funding available within the Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) Program: Small and Vital and Prepare and RecoverOrganisations may submit their application in one of these streams per SRC grant round, and any other applications in this round will be considered ineligible.

There are limited funds available to support 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires projects in Round 21, and likely the final round to support this specific disaster.

Please check the full guidelines for specific eligible locations listed by Local Government Area. If you believe that you are in a disaster impacted community that is not listed, please call us on 1800 170 020 to discuss. If your project does not relate to these specific natural disasters, please complete an SRC Small & Vital application.

If you want to discuss a project to support disaster preparedness, please call us on 1800 170 020.

Oceania Time Trial Championships – Mount Walker Road Impacts

Community Event Notification One: Oceania Time Trial Championships
Saturday 13 April 2024

From the organisers:

Road Impacts

To deliver a safe and secure event for participants and spectators, there will be impacts to roads and changed traffic conditions. We understand that events such as the Oceania Time Trial Championships can alter the regular flow of traffic and every effort is being made to consider individual circumstances and minimise inconvenience.

Detailed road information and timing, including a map, is available at

The Oceania Time Trial Championships will include the following type of road impacts: 

Full Road Closure
Roads are closed in both directions.

Changed Conditions
A traffic control treatment (ie. signage) is applied but there will be no changes to the normal movement of traffic.

Please see the table below for full details of all roads impacted.

Road/Site Between Type Start End
Rosewood Warrill View Road Between Stokes Crossing Road and Rosevale Road Full Road Closure 13/04/2024 06:00 13/04/2024 13:00
Rosevale Road Between Rosewood Warrill View Road and Tarome Road Full Road Closure 13/04/2024 06:00 13/04/2024 13:00
Tarome Road Between Rosevale Road and H Christensen Road Full Road Closure 13/04/2024 06:00 13/04/2024 13:00
Elavesor Drive Between Rosevale Road and Tarome Road Changed Conditions 13/04/2024 06:00 13/04/2024 13:00


We are also inviting local schools, sporting groups and community organisations to apply for grants and provide volunteers to assist with their fundraising. View more information HERE!


We encourage all cafes and shops to send through promotional artwork for Facebook and email newsletters. We are always seeking local products for promotions and local tourism information to encourage families to return to the area.


Get in touch with any concerns so we they consider plans in advance to accommodate your requirements.

If you have any questions/concerns, please do not hesitate to contact by phone on 07 312 460 99 or by email to [email protected].

Available now – energy efficiency rebates for small-to-medium businesses

Rebates for energy efficient appliances and equipment are available now to help drive down electricity consumption and costs for small-to-medium Queensland businesses.

The Queensland Business Energy Saving and Transformation (QBEST) Rebates program offers rebates of up to 50% for the purchase and installation of eligible energy efficient appliances and equipment, up to a maximum of $12,500.

Eligible energy efficiency measures available include heating and cooling systems, variable speed drives, 4-star energy rated appliances and lighting upgrades. Eligible businesses must spend a minimum of $8,000 (excluding GST) on the purchase and installation of eligible equipment / appliances to apply.

To be eligible for a rebate, businesses must purchase and install eligible equipment from 5 October 2023, and meet the program eligibility criteria. It is important that businesses read the application guideline available on here to check their eligibility. Funding is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

By participating in the QBEST Rebates program, Queensland small-to-medium businesses can benefit from significant savings on energy efficiency while contributing to a greener future. For more information about the program and the application process, please visit the Queensland Government   website.

Regional Networker Grant

The Regional Networker Grant Program is part of Queensland Small Business Month 2024 (QSBM2024) and aims to ensure more Queensland small businesses have access to support and information relevant to their local industry, community and region.

The program provides funding to eligible regional chambers of commerce and industry, small business and industry associations and local councils to run events and activations as a part of QSBM2024.

This funding is specifically focused on regional and remote areas of Queensland with the purpose of generating stronger networks for small businesses across regional Queensland.

Applications will be competitively assessed based on the impact that the funded activity will have on the relevant local small business community.

Applicants can only apply for funding for events or activities held in May as part of QSBM2024.

Available funding

Upfront funding of $2,000 (excluding GST) is available for eligible organisations. Successful applicants do not have to co-contribute to this grant, but successful applicants must pay for any related expenses more than the approved funding amount.

For more information about eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit the Queensland Government Business Website.

Business Grants

Check out the latest business and community grant opportunities available!

Grants and funding opportunities range from community streams through to assistance provided by all levels of government.

Explore the latest business and community grant opportunities available in the Ipswich and West Moreton region.

Visit the RDAIWM website.

International Women’s Day Awards

Boonah District Chamber of Commerce Inc – International Woman’s Day Awards. In 1914 March 8th was marked as International Women’s Day and has remained the global date for International Women’s Day ever since. The Scenic Rim and the Fassifern Valley in particular, has an amazing number of women in business, health, education, community service and as volunteers in many groups, committees, and associations. These women work tirelessly to ensure a safe, healthy, and inclusive community. Boonah District Chamber of Commerce Inc would like to encourage the community to nominate women who have made a significant contribution to Boonah and surrounding communities in the last few years and honour them at a morning tea on March 8th , 2024.
RSVP Here.
Is there a woman who inspires you and has made a significant contribution to the local community?
** Nominations close on March 4th , 2024
2024 IWD Award categories
Businesswoman of the Year 2024
* For those women in business who live and work in Boonah or surrounding small towns *Who demonstrate excellence in their chosen business area and/or Contributes in some way to the lives of women and girls in the community through their business and /or * is an inspiration or role model to women and girls in the community.
Community Service Award
*For those women working in a service industry who go an above and beyond their role and/or * Who Contribute to the safety, well being or welfare of women and girls in the community and/or * Is an inspirational role model to woman and girls.
Volunteer Award
*For those woman (and there are many) who freely give of their time to committees, organisations, schools and the like and/or *Who may receive some renumeration but also offer their time for non-payment and/or *Who contribute to their community in a way that benefits woman/girls in the community and/or * Is an inspirational role model to woman and girls.
Young Woman of the Year
*For those aged 24 years and under who live, work, volunteer or belong to a community group in Boonah or surrounding areas and /or excellence in their chosen field.* Has contributed significantly to sport, school or community group in Boonah or surrounding community and/or *Is an inspirational role model to other young woman and girls in Boonah or surrounding community.
The morning tea will take place at Arthur Clive Bakery in Boonah on Friday March 8th at 9.30am. Bookings can be made via email to [email protected] or call Arthur Clive in Boonah (07) 5463 2667 $20 pp includes sweet and savoury treats + tea and coffee

Cyber Security Free Online Courses

Innovate to Grow – Free CSIRO Course

This is a self-paced and virtually delivered program designed to help small to medium sized businesses get involved with research and development.

About the program

Innovate to Grow is a free 10-week program coordinated by CSIRO for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who want to progress their R&D opportunities, or are in the early decision-making stages about engaging in R&D.

With the help of experienced researchers and innovation experts, participants can examine their technical and/or business challenges, explore their R&D and innovation opportunities, and develop actionable business and funding plans. You will also increase your professional network and become part of the program alumni, receiving offers and information after the program.

Key program outcomes

The course will help you make informed business decisions as to whether the R&D project you’ve identified is right for you.

It will step you through how to:

  • refine your innovation challenge question
  • assess the viability of your innovation
  • build your R&D business case
  • prepare a strong funding application

As part of the course, you can expect:

  • Practical outcomes: We’ll step you through how to turn your idea into viable R&D.
  • Confidential feedback: All submissions will receive prompt expert feedback.
  • A mentor: You will be paired with a researcher to connect you with experts in your field.
  • To build your network: You will build key contacts in your sector.
    Who can sign up?

    Selection criteria (essential):

    • An Australian registered and operating business.
    • A business classified as small to medium (less than 200 employees).
    • A business currently, or in the early stages of, exploring R&D opportunities for their business.
    • You must also be a business working in the sector of the advertised program.

    Courses are currently offered in a range of high-priority sectors, including, but not limited to:

    • AgriFoods
    • Cyber Security
    • Space
    • Mining and Mining equipment, technology and services (METS)
    • Circular economy

    You must currently be working in the cohort sector either directly, or indirectly, such as providing cyber security solutions specifically to the agricultural sector. Please note, there may not be a course offered for every sector each year. Courses for other sectors may also be offered from time to time.

    Upcoming programs

    We are always looking for opportunities to expand the program to new sectors. All upcoming courses are listed below as they become available.

    Limited places

    This is a high-demand program and places are limited. Register your interest for future intakes and receive notification of application open dates by subscribing.

    Register your interest for future intakes

Free SME Training Courses

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has launched its free education platform for small business owners, promising useful and informative courses for entrepreneurs at every stage of the business lifecycle.

The online platform offers more than 20 short courses on foundational business skills, like record-keeping, cashflow management, and paying workers correctly.

It also delves into tax-specific issues, like superannuation guarantee obligations, GST requirements, and claiming small business tax deductions.

The content is broken up into videos, fact sheets, case studies, activities, and quizzes, allowing entrepreneurs to test their knowledge.

Users can find courses targeted to the stage of their business, spanning from those who are yet to put their idea into action, to entrepreneurs seeking to retire, sell, wind down, or exit their business.

Those courses can be pieced together into self-directed pathways, allowing users to choose the most relevant topics.

The ATO site also allows users to find courses relevant to their particular field, including retail, hairdressing, construction, and the gig economy.

Further, the site contains calendars with key payment and lodgement dates, making it easier for business owners to keep tabs on what is due and when.

ATO deputy commissioner Will Day said the long-awaited platform was designed specifically with the needs of time-poor entrepreneurs in mind.

“We know that a lot of small businesses don’t have time to attend courses during business hours while they are busy running their business – so the beauty of our new platform is that you can do it at a time that suits you, save your progress, and then pick it up again later,” he said in a statement.

Minister for Small Business Julie Collins called the new portal a “great opportunity” for small business owners to find information tailored to their needs.

The ATO has also encouraged tax practitioners to provide links to the new course material to their clients, giving them another way to bolster their tax and business literacy.

The new portal arrives after the full-scale launch of the revamped ATO website, which the organisation says will make it easier and faster for users to find the information they need.

It also comes as the ATO turns its focus to recouping tax debts accrued in recent years.

The tax office has long associated increased tax literacy with improved compliance — and course information about gracefully exiting a business may assist owners before they accrue major debts.

You can access the new training portal here.