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Australia Day Awards 2024 Nominations Open

Update from Scenic Rim Regional Council:


Council is calling for community members to give a shout-out to the region’s quiet achievers with nominations now open for the 2024 Scenic Rim Australia Day Awards.

Celebrating the contribution of grassroots groups and community champions across the Scenic Rim, the awards will be presented in four categories recognising those who make a positive difference to the lives of others.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said Council’s awards provided an opportunity to shine a spotlight on community members of all ages who often work quietly behind the scenes without any thought of recognition.

“These are individuals who are the heart and soul of our region and who give so much of their time as volunteers in our community,” he said.

“Now’s the time to repay that in a small way by taking the time to recognise someone special.

“We all know someone – whether a friend, family member, work colleague or community leader – who helps to make the Scenic Rim such a wonderful place to live and enjoy family life so let’s recognise their efforts with an awards nomination.”

Nominations for the 2024 Scenic Rim Australia Day Awards are open from Monday 11 September to Monday 13 November in four categories:

  • Community Event of the Year Award, for the individual, group or organisation which has staged the most outstanding community event in the Scenic Rim region during 2023.
  • Citizen of the Year Award (16-30), for an exceptional young person who is accomplishing great things in all walks of life and making an outstanding contribution to the Scenic Rim community. Nominees must be between 16 and 30 years of age as at 26 January 2024.
  • Citizen of the Year Award (31-65), for someone who has been an inspirational role model to the Scenic Rim community over a number of years. Nominees must be between 31 and 65 years of age as at 26 January 2024.
  • Citizen of the Year Award (65+ years), for an inspirational role model, whose example encourages others and contributes to creating a friendly, caring and engaged community. This person will have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the local community over a number of years and had a positive impact on a wide range of people in the Scenic Rim. Nominees must be 65 years or older as at 26 January 2024.

A special Mayor’s Award, recognising outstanding overall achievement, will be presented to an individual chosen from the nominees across all categories.

The Scenic Rim’s Community, Arts and Culture Portfolio Councillor Michael Enright also called on community members to get behind the Australia Day awards program.

“It’s important for us to acknowledge those who play key roles in the life of our region and help to create our strong sense of community,” he said.

“Events of recent years including bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the importance of community organisations and the strength of character of their volunteers.

“Our Australia Day Awards are one way to say ‘thank you’ to those whose contribution to our communities throughout the year – and often over many years – makes a difference.”

For further information on the 2023 Scenic Rim Australia Day Awards, or to nominate an individual or event, visit Council’s website

Advance Your Career with a Women’s Leadership Scholarship

Partial scholarships of $1,000-$7,000 are available to help women in select industries participate in our world-class leadership courses.

Courses are available for women at all levels.

Applications close Friday 15 September 2023.

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Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2023 Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards celebrating the businesses and individuals driving the region’s economic growth and prosperity.

Delivered by Scenic Rim Regional Council, the awards seek to highlight your ideals and aspirations while applauding your achievements and endeavours to succeed, whether you are a large, medium or small business.

The biennial awards, which will be presented at a gala dinner at The Centre, Beaudesert on 10 November 2023, will recognise excellence in innovation, outstanding customer service and productivity that have contributed to the increasing strength of the local economy.

The awards will be presented in the categories of:

  • Excellence in Tourism and Accommodation
  • Excellence in Hospitality – Food and Dining 
  • Excellence in Retail 
  • Excellence in Trades and Construction 
  • Excellence in Agriculture 
  • Excellence in Transport, Logistics, Manufacturing and Mining
  • Excellence in Professional Services
  • Excellence in Community Services
  • Most Outstanding New Business
  • Excellence in Business (20+ staff), and
  • Trainee/Apprentice of the Year.

The details for nominating can be found in the reader below, or downloaded here.

Nominations, to be submitted online through close on Friday 22 September 2023.

Nominate here

Workforce Evolve Free Workshops

Transform your workforce

Business Chamber Queensland knows business, and we know that attracting, hiring, and retaining the right people is one of the biggest constraints on business growth. To help employers address the labour shortage, we are proud to deliver the Workforce Evolve program, a Queensland Government funded e-learning program designed to help employers think differently about who they hire and how to retain them in the future.

Within our community there are many who are motivated to work, or work more, but who have historically been under-represented in the workforce. These diverse groups include women with family or carer commitments or escaping domestic violence, First Nations Peoples, the LGBTI community, those with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, and mature aged workers.

With some changes in approach and the use of inclusive employment practices, the Workforce Evolve program will help employers develop a recruitment strategy to unlock a new segment of job seekers from these under-represented groups and in doing so, enrich their organisation with the right skills and diverse contributions.

Delivered via 6 fully online, flexible modules, Workforce Evolve will give employers the skills they need to make the most of this diverse and inclusive workforce. Each module includes the option to book a Coaching Session with a Workforce Coach for personalized learning support at each stage of the program.

The program is FREE, and open to any employer in Queensland.

Get more information and register here


Surviving Your Business

If you run a business, this event is a must! 💚💙

You’ve worked so hard on your business. Treat yourself, save the date and take the time to attend our Surviving Your Business Conference.

Hosted by Ipswich Region Chamber of Commerce, this conference is packed with guest speakers, trade displays and information/strategies to improve mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. You’ll also learn all you need to know about obligations under the new WHS code of practice regarding psychosocial hazards. It will also include sessions on issues that impact upon day-to-day stresses of managing a business, including:
• Managing cashflow
• Attracting and retaining customers
• Accessing finance
• Attracting and retaining staff
• Dealing with difficult people
• Work-life balance

When – Thu 14th Sep 2023, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Where – 1 Nicholas St

1 Union Pl, Ipswich QLD 4305, Australia

Get your tickets here



The Scenic Rim Agricultural Expo (SRAE) is a significant event organized collaboratively by the Harrisville Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Fassifern Valley. This expo serves as a platform to highlight businesses throughout Southeast Queensland, with a specific focus on promoting regional economic development, education, and employment opportunities within the Scenic Rim area.

When – Fri 1st Sep, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Where – 50 Parcells Rd, Harrisville QLD 4307

Get your tickets now.

Planning in times of disaster for Businesses Continuity Workshop

Scenic Rim Regional Council and Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA) are working together to deliver a workshop on planning in times of disaster for local organisations or business. This workshop is part of the broader Building Inclusive Disaster Resilient Communities (BIDRC) project.


When: Thursday 24 August 2023
9.30am – 2.00pm

Where: The Centre Beaudesert (Meeting Room 2)
82 Brisbane Street


Register Now


Mentoring for Growth Day – Online

Register for a 45-minute mentoring session to help you find the right person to talk to about challenges and opportunities in your business.

The Queensland Government’s Mentoring for Growth (M4G) program offers free and confidential mentoring sessions where you are matched with business experts to help you understand business processes, talk through a problem in your business or identify business growth opportunities. We have multiple 45-minute sessions available each day.

Experienced M4G mentors can assist you with anything related to your business and you can register for a mentoring session at any time. Once you register your interest, the team will contact you to schedule an available session for your business.

Read more information about this program.


Register now

Scenic Rim Regional Council’s Disaster Management Planning

The Black Summer bushfires and a series of floods have helped to shape the 2023 Scenic Rim Local Disaster Management Plan.

The updated plan follows a review of the Local Disaster Management Plan from August 2019 and has been developed in consultation with key stakeholders and government agencies.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen, who chairs the Local Disaster Management Group, said that the region’s experience since 2019 had contributed to strengthening Council’s disaster management framework and response.

“Whilst we live in what I believe is the greatest place on Earth, living in a beautiful natural environment carries certain risks that we need to consider and prepare for,” he said.

“The Scenic Rim has the potential to be impacted by severe storms, flash flooding and bushfires and, while we cannot eliminate risks and hazards, we can take the necessary steps to ensure we are prepared for a potential emergency.”

The 2023 Scenic Rim Local Disaster Management Plan outlines how to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster or emergency event.

It considers a range of disasters, including those that disrupt essential services or may involve an attack against the state and, through its strategies, aims to reduce the impact of a disaster and assist in the community’s recovery.

The plan has been updated to incorporate experience from the Black Summer bushfires that began in September 2019, as well as a series of extreme weather events which led to the establishment by Council of the Scenic Rim’s Community Disaster Volunteer group.

“The focus of the plan, as required by the Disaster Management Act 2003, is to minimise the effects of significant emergencies and disaster events within the Scenic Rim community by ensuring a coordinated, approach to risk management involving prevention, preparedness, response and recovery strategies at local, state and federal government levels in conjunction with emergency services,” Mayor Christensen said.

“Through effective pre-planning, we can prepare our community and enhance our resilience to the adverse impact of any threat.”

Mayor Christensen encouraged members of the Scenic Rim community to view the plan on Council’s website and also to prepare for the approaching bushfire season coupled with the forecast El Nino weather conditions.

Council’s disaster preparedness publication, Would You Be Ready?, available on Council’s website and at Scenic Rim Libraries and Customer Service Centres, has been developed specifically for the community to understand potential natural disasters and how being prepared could minimise the impact of a flood, cyclone or bushfire.

“Given the forecast for drier conditions this year, now is the time to prepare by cleaning up around your property and removing debris and reviewing your ‘what if’ plans ahead of a summer season that is likely to have heightened risks of bushfire,” he said.

“Owners of larger properties should clear fire breaks and reduce fuel loads but it’s important to work with your local rural fire captain before undertaking any controlled burns to avoid sparking a bushfire.”