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Heart of the Channel Country

Barcoo Shire Council has sourced funding from the Queensland Government to employ a Small Business Support Officer. The purpose of this role is to provide guidance to residents living within the Barcoo Shire, who may require assistance sourcing the relevant information to support current or proposed business initiatives.

Our Small Business Support Officer is Leanne Smith. 

You can visit Leanne at her office at 11 Albert Street, Windorah (behind the Windorah Post Office)

If you would prefer Leanne to visit you, please call or email to arrange a time:

Mobile: 0448 356 432

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Home Grown Employment Program (HGEP)

The Barcoo Shire Council Community Survey was completed in February 2021. As part of the resultant Corporate Plan, developing a Home Grown Employment Program (HGEP) was identified as one of Council’s strategic objectives to maximise local employment opportunities.

The purpose of the Barcoo Shire Council HGEP is to develop the capacity of people living within the Barcoo Shire, by providing guidance to local residents to improve their chances of securing employment either with Council or small businesses operating within the shire.

Council is calling for expressions of interest from people who would like to be part of the program.

If you want to participate or require further information, please contact Leanne Smith on 0448 356 432.

View Councils Home Grown Employment Plan here. 

 

Useful Links for business

Link to QMHS small business owners guide - https://www.headsup.org.au/your-mental-health/mental-health-and-small-business

Link to Big Plans for Small Business Strategy - https://desbt.qld.gov.au/small-business/strategic-documents/small-business-strategy

Link to QLD Govt Starting a Business  - https://www.business.qld.gov.au/starting-business

Link to QLD Govt Running a Business -  https://www.business.qld.gov.au/running-business

Link to QLD Govt – COVID 19 – Business Support and Recovery - https://www.business.qld.gov.au/running-business/covid-19-recovery

Link to Business Station - https://www.businessstation.com.au/

Link to ATO business page - https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/

Link to Qld Gov grant finder  - https://www.grants.services.qld.gov.au/#/

Link to Fed Gov grant finder  - https://www.grants.gov.au/#

 

Small Business Friendly Council Initiative

On the 30th April 2021, Barcoo Shire Council Mayor Mrs Sally O’Neil and CEO Mr Paul Hockings signed a Small Business Friendly charter outlining our commitment to support a prosperous and sustainable small business sector in the Barcoo Shire.

We are extremely proud to be part of the Small Business Friendly Councils initiative and we worked with the Queensland Small Business Commissioner in the development of this charter.

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Mayor Sally O'Neil signs the charter with Maree Adshead (Queensland Small Business Commissioner) and Minster Di Farmer (Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development)

 

OUR COMMITMENT TO SMALL BUSINESS 

We agree to uphold the commitments set out in the charter, as explained below.

  • COMMUNICATE AND ENGAGE WITH SMALL BUSINESSES

  • RAISE THE PROFILE AND CAPABILITY OF SMALL BUSINESS

  • SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY

  • SIMPLIFY ADMINISTRATION AND REGULATION FOR SMALL BUSINESS (RED TAPE REDUCTION)

  • ENSURE FAIR PROCUREMENT AND PROMPT PAYMENT TERMS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

  • DEVELOP AND PROMOTE PLACE-BASED PROGRAMS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

  • PROMOTE AND SHOWCASE SMALL BUSINESSES

  • MEASURE AND REPORT ON OUR PERFORMANCE

View the Charter here.