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Regional areas set to grow

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August 26, 2020

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Initial signs are positive for Townsville’s property market, which is experiencing a bounce following the impact of COVID-19. Government first home builders’ grants have led to a surge in demand for new homes with developers around the city reporting significant increases in demand.

The promising short-term boost has come as demographers are forecasting that COVID-19 might increase a trend in population shift to regional Australia. It’s anticipated that regional cities could benefit from economic and community changes resulting from the pandemic, including remote work arrangements becoming more popular, domestic manufacturing growing, and more people looking for less densely populated areas.

This may prove to be accelerating an existing trend, with the Regional Australia Institute releasing a report in June finding that contrary to expectations, regional areas had a net gain in population from the capital cities between 2011 and 2016. The report found the key drivers for movement to regional areas were mining employment opportunities, affordability, and lifestyle.

With a great lifestyle and access to key economic drivers including agriculture, mining and tourism, North and Far North Queensland is ready to play its part.

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Successful Defence supply chain grant

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June 30, 2020

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We’re very pleased to have been successful in receiving funding to help compete for national and international defence industry contracts.

Defence is such a big part of the Townsville and Northern Australia community – we’re hoping to grow our role as part of this supply chain.

Thank you to the Queensland Government for this opportunity!

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BM Director completes AICD role

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November 28, 2019

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Raneir with Cootharinga North Queensland General Manager David Reeson

BM Director Raneir Melick hosted his final event as Chair of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Townsville chapter in November.

The end of year dinner focussed on governance in the sports arena and collected present donations to support the great therapy work undertaken by Cootharinga North Queensland.

Townsville’s AICD chapter has a big following – almost 300 members – and provides important information, professional development opportunities, and hosts events throughout the year for directors, business leaders and members of the broader community.

Raneir is stepping down from his AICD Townsville role after serving the maximum allowable nine years on the Committee, including as Chair since 2016. Congratulations Raneir on a great event, a fantastic outcome for the community, and great service to the AICD organisation!

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Inspiring the workforce of the future

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November 25, 2019

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In November, we were pleased to take part in Townsville Enterprise’s “STEAM in the Regions” forum, an initiative to bring together industry, educators and researchers to help plan the future of North Queensland’s workforce.

We’re passionate about inspiring young people into the STEAM fields and showcasing the exciting career opportunities in our industry. Our Senior Registered Surveyor Stephen Jess took part in a panel discussion on partnerships between industry and schools. Stephen volunteers with the CSIRO’s STEM Professionals in Schools programme, working with teachers and Townsville primary school students to inspire a passion for STEM and consider a STEM-related career.

Congratulations to Townsville Enterprise on this fantastic initiative!

Image credit: Townsville Enterprise

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Supporting Life Education

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November 23, 2019

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Life Education Townsville launched their new van in Townsville in November, a project we were proud to support.

Life Education visits schools across North Queensland, using their van and mascot Healthy Harold to teach primary school students about health, wellbeing and safety. Our team worked with Life Education to take their ideas for the pod on the new vehicle and turn them into CAD drawings for the builders.

We were pleased to be able to play our part in helping Life Education continue their great work with the next generation of Townsville kids.

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