Celebrating Indigenous Business Month On The Fraser Coast

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On Tuesday October 20, the Fraser Coast Regional Council (FCRC) through Leon Nehow and the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP), through Michelle Howden, invited proud Birra Gubba man Wayne Denning from Blackwater Central Queensland, to speak and inspire indigenous youth through two school visits in Hervey Bay and in a presentation at the Maryborough RSL. The Beacon attended the Maryborough RSL presentation and were totally inspired by the whole event.

Wayne Denning is the Founder, Executive Producer and Managing Director of Carbon Creative – a company that he formed in 2006 after a successful career in Federal Government. He is an inspirational, innovative and visionary man who speaks with passion and from practical experience on what drives, inspires and motivates him to create a company that espouses his values and his desire for social change. His initial inspiration started with his beloved grandmother, who was an excellent advocate in empowering those around her to believe that they could achieve success in whatever they set their minds to. She was his base, the seed of his core beliefs, the strength behind his social conscience and desire to promote indigenous people, and their creative spirit. It is her that continues to drive him to do all he can to ensure that indigenous children are given the education they need to succeed.

Wayne sees himself as a true entrepreneur – a person who sets up a business and takes on the risk to follow their ideas and dreams. When he set up his company Carbon Creative, Wayne had an idea and most importantly the belief and conviction needed to give it a go. He is the first to admit that business success is a series of ups and downs. True success is to accept the downs as part of the learning process and continue to follow the dream. It was the strength of belief that what he had to offer was worthwhile that gave his company its first real break- an achievement that has brought him much recognition and respect in his field.

Through his company, Wayne was the first Australian to have creative input in the hugely successful worldwide TV enterprise that is Sesame Street. Through his own initiative and talent he met with the Sesame Street workshop on Broadway in New York and pitched the idea that he can produce their No 5 segment and with indigenous talent and with the special help from Jessica Mauboy he was successful. His No 5 production with five kangaroos has had over one billion hits on YouTube. Creative Carbon still produce one segment a year for Sesame Street which he does for the love more than any commercial capital. He also produces anti- domestic violence and anti-smoking ads that have realistic and confronting messages.

Wayne talked of the challenges that he faced in setting up the company. He spoke extensively of the hurdles that he jumped and walls he knocked down in becoming a successful entrepreneur and business man. He readily admits that there have been failures, but they are greatly outweighed by his successes. Wayne spoke of the challenges of creating content for TV and the difficulties of securing funding for projects. He spoke of his TV program ‘League Nation’ which was shown on NITV in 2016 and was very successful. He told of the interest from Fox Sport that was shown in buying the content, and the disappointment when unfortunately little came of it and the show was closed. Through all of this, Wayne continued to reiterate that failures are always going to happen, but they should be looked at as a part of growing, of learning to do things better. They should not deter you from following your dreams.

Leaving the presentation, one could not help feeling a sense of empowerment as Wayne instilled a belief that anything is possible with hard work. He impressed on all the need to constantly think creatively with a mind to innovate. To believe in what you do but be prepared to fail and learn from that. He challenged all to take a risk.

Quoting Martin Luther King and to paraphrase: “To get to your destination Fly. If you can not fly, drive. If you can not drive, walk. If not walk crawl, but never stop. You must always move forward.” Leon Nehow Principal Officer Indigenous Strategy and Policy (FCRC) and Michelle Howden (DATSIP) also spoke passionately about the creativity of the indigenous people and how they can start and grow their own businesses . They also spoke of the help new entrepreneurs may require, and the sense of community and support that was always around to help and guide

Judging by the determination and strength of character that Wayne has exhibited and shared, both young and old indigenous entrepreneurs can have no finer example than him, to give them the inspiration they need to follow their dreams.


Wolfpack Print Alliance brings committed service to Hervey Bay

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Craig Taylor, owner of Wolfpack Print Alliance, has been in the printing industry for over 25 years. Being a Hervey Bay local, he is committed to providing a thorough, cost effective, reliable quality service and fast turn around times for all of your personal and business needs.

Craig also supports his local community through helping unemployed youth in traineeship and volunteering on various committees to provide support for our local community services

Wolfpack Print is experienced in all forms of graphic and logo design as well as websites and all types of printing. He can help you with your entire project, from artwork and design to producing business cards, brochures, promotional materials and sign work.

Contact Craig Taylor at Wolfpack Print Alliance for a quote on or give him a call on 0427 940 857 to set up a meeting at 80 Main Street Hervey Bay. You will be well looked after, as a part of the Wolfpack Alliance.

Community Cubed and Wandering Teapot Grand Opening!

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Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour, Steve Baxter from hit television show Shark Tank, Fraser Coast new small business entrepreneurs and media gathered together to celebrate the grand opening of the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre’s (HBNC) new sponsored project Community cubed and the Wandering Teapot.

The event was opened by Auntie Shirley Blake an elder from the local Butchulla people, who performed the welcome to country.

Thanks to Stockland Shopping Centre who have supported the Community cubed project which was successfully launched on September 13 2018.

Community cubed has been the hard work of Tanya Stevenson and her staff and volunteers from HBNC and is part of their Social Enterprise strategic plan that ‘focuses on inspiring innovation, supporting independence and improving employment opportunities for small start-up businesses, local entrepreneurs and not-for-profits’.

The new Community cubed retail store is made up of 80 various sized retail sales spaces ‘cubes’. These are rented at $25 per week to small business and inspiring entrepreneurs giving them the opportunity to show their ideas and products in an affordable retail forum. The busy shopping centre has more than 3.4 million visitors each year.

Guest speaker at the opening was Steve Baxter from the Shark Tank who wholly supported the project and gave valuable advice to all those small business and entrepreneurs attending.

The Community cubed and Wandering Teapot shop is a delight to visit with the quality products available beautifully displayed and affordably priced. The variety of goods available ensure that the shop will attract everyone’s attention.

Be sure to visit the Community cubed shop on your next visit to Stockland Shopping Centre.

Rock Off is spot on

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Rock Off is Hervey Bay’s indoor skate park

Over the last three years, the park has been rebuilt twice to ensure that it meets the wants and needs of its ever-growing number of members. Its ramps are of the highest quality with many safety measures such as resin mats added to the timber frames and bases to ensure minimum injury from impact for those using them. The park has good natural light and airflow, a canteen and equipment shop.

But Rock Off is more than just a skate park.

It is also a place that nurtures children’s confidence by providing a secure environment with a strict adherence to its ZERO BULLYING, ZERO TOLERANCE policy.

Rock Off is owned and operated by Tim and Jayn Earle, both work closely with community groups such as Head Space, Red Cross, Re-Connect and Employment First Aid. As such they have become a reliable referral service to troubled kids, simply by listening then pointing the kids to the best help depending on their needs. No matter what the problem, whether it be helping provide kids with swags or meals, the owners of Rock Off do what they can to ensure that the park becomes a centre of engagement.

“The kids feel safe at the park and because of this the park and its staff are often at the cold face, or the first safe point of contact for kids having issues. The kids know they are in a safe zone and so often come and talk about their problems,” owner Tim said.

Rock Off also provides kids with a great network of friends and support with a 9000-strong, mostly local, membership. Kids travel from as far as Gympie through to Gladstone each weekend to enjoy the facilities offered by the skate park. The park caters mainly to scooter riding and offers not only lessons but also up to eight competitions each year – many of those happening during school holidays. As many as 200 kids turn out for these events. The Rock Off team also travels to competitions run by the Australian Scooter Association.  This includes Australian registered qualifiers and state titles.

The Fraser Coast region has a good record of producing young champions, our most prominent being Dylan Sinclair, a young Maryborough man who after having only one year of training at Rock Off moved to the Australian Scooter Association as a pro. He won the Pro Rider title for the whole of the country that year. He then went to Barcelona for the world titles and came ninth which is a remarkable achievement. He has since travelled all over Europe. His life was changed dramatically by his time learning at Rock Off and he now has a big future ahead of him in extreme sports.

Rock Off needs local support to continue its great work.  They do affordable birthday parties and have extremely reasonable rates for anything from one hour to three hour sessions.

“We keep our prices low to match the socio-economic climate of the region. We need to just make enough money to keep the doors open,” Tim said.

Rock Off’s long-term ambition is to grow a strong competitive team by enhancing kid’s skills and confidence in a safe environment through community involvement. The park has kids as young as four attending, as one mother Nicki commented about her four-year-old son Isaiah who has been coming to the Park for the last 6 months

“It has built his confidence remarkably, not to mention it gets him out and off his Ipad! The support from the other kids has also been great,” Nicki said.  Rock Off offers a unique bully free, secure environment that supports, teaches and builds kids’ confidence through activity, open communication and the creation of a caring culture.

Rock off needs community support to ensure that its good work not only continues but grows.  The more help the park receives, the more it can improve and grow its facilities.

Put Rock Off on your list of children’s activities this summer holiday, we can guarantee you won’t regret it. Both girls and boys welcome!

Billy Bean customers dig deep for farmers

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Customers of Billy Beans Coffee at Torbanlea have dug deep to help drought-stricken farmers.Shannon Haliv, who owns the mobile coffee van, raised hundreds of dollars for Drought Angels and also to buy bales of hay for starving cattle.

Shannon decided to donate $1 from every coffee he sold and collected donations in a tin for Drought Angels. He has always had a tin out but in the last financial only raised $197 compared to the astounding $342 in just one morning. The surge in media attention on the drought issue has really impacted the community to help the cause with every dollar they can spare.

Shannon was overwhelmed by the response from the community and how willing people were to help out farmers.

Shannon grew up on the land in Victoria and understands the hardships associated with farming life, having to leave for Queensland 15 years ago because of the effects of drought.

“If we don’t help our community no one will,” he said.
“We need to pitch in and help our mates.”

Shannon has always been involved in the community, doing fundraisers for schools with activities such as ‘Guess the coffee beans” which raised money for Howard school year 6 camp which bought lunch for the students on the way there and back.  Shannon plans on having another fundraiser for the Burrum buttock hay runners. The Burrum buttock hay runners are Good Samaritan truck drivers who drive donated hay all over the country.

So next time you need a coffee boost keep an eye out for Billy Beans and help out a good cause.