Events listed below are either of relevance to the local business community or are delivered or sponsored by the Local Buying Program or Local Buying Foundation.

Safe Work Month – Free virtual events during October

Online event  |  1 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020

It’s been a challenging year for employers, with unique risks arising from COVID-19 adding to business as usual health and safety management. One thing hasn’t changed is that October is still Safe Work Month.

The Queensland Government’s Safe Work Month events will be virtual and free to attend this year. They’ve got a full program of digital events planned with live-streamed expert speakers and panels covering topics. There’s also a full catalogue of industry and topic-specific resources that you can access at any time, including case studies, podcasts, webinars and films.

With so much on offer, you can design a Safe Work Month program tailored to your needs. You’ll come away from every event with clear take-away actions to help you immediately start improving health and safety and return to work outcomes in your workplace.

Office 365 Workshops for Beginners and Intermediates

Mackay | Emerald | Dysart | Moranbah  |  20 Oct 2020 - 6 Nov 2020

As part of a Local Buying Foundation Initiative, Office 365 Workshops will be rolled out for beginners and intermediates for businesses in the Mackay, Isaac and Central Highlands regions.

Gold accredited Microsoft trainer, Nexacu, will facilitate the workshops covering Microsoft Office 365, including the apps that work in unison encouraging team collaboration, forums, file storage, editing and sharing and workflow automation.

Tickets $80 – The Local Buying Foundation have subsidised the price, offering a saving of $270.

Take a look at the course structure via the links below –

For more information, please contact Jessie Appleton on 0427 979 670 or

Solid Business: Indigenous Business Expo

Mackay  |  28 Oct 2020  |  9.30am

The EXPO is a “meet the suppliers” event and has been designed to give attendees the opportunity to meet and learn about the diversity of products and services available from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander businesses across the region.

CHDC Tourism and Events Forum

Emerald, Queensland  |  3 Dec 2020

CHDC’s Tourism & Events Forum brings together tourism operators, industry representatives, event organisers and a range of key leaders in tourism. Discussions include the best ways to tap into the changing tourism market and how the Central Highlands can all work together to leverage off opportunities; enabling the region to achieve its full potential in the tourism market.