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Faculty of Science and Engineering


Public Lecture Series Invitation

Putting Multi-Functional Agriculture into Practice

 An Update on Third World Agriculture


By Professor Roger Leakey


Date: Thursday 07 May 2009

Time: 5.30pm for wine and cheese, lecture starts at 6.00pm

Place: Crowther Lecture Theatre, James Cook University, Cairns

Please RSVP Sue Kelly by Friday 01 May on 4042 1456 or





Poverty, malnutrition, hunger, environmental degradation are still common throughout the Developing World, despite great advances in crop production over the last 70 years. The International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) reported recently on a study of global agriculture. The report suggests that the aims and objectives of agriculture should be greater than just the production of food and should include improved health and nutrition; enhanced livelihoods for rural populations; and social, economic and environmental sustainability. This new paradigm for agriculture is being called ‘Multi-functional Agriculture’. The good news is that there are projects already moving in this direction and I will illustrate this by presenting information about a ‘Food for Progress’ project in Cameroon.








Professor of Agroecology and Sustainable Development and Director of Agroforestry and

Novel Crops Unit, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, JCU, Cairns.


 UK: Head of Tropical Ecology, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Scotland.


Kenya: Director of Research, International Centre for Research in Agroforestry



Strengthen your Business Today.  Cairns

If you are in business and worried about the economic slowdown, you should not miss this economic interactive workshop
Find out how you can:-
   • Retain your most profitable customers
   • Avoid price wars with competitors and keep cash flowing in
   • Ensure your product is up with the times
   • Keep staff happy

21st April   2009
6pm – 9pm
Bluewater 2 Room
Sebel Cairns
Lake Street

To register:  13 26 50
For more information go to



Ideas2Market Workshops

Date: 5th May 2009

Venue: Sebel Harbour Lights, Cairns
Ideas2Market Introductory Workshop
This  one day workshop is a comprehensive introduction to starting a business and taking an innovative idea to market.

Ideas2Market Master Class
This one day workshop is designed for existing business owners ready to take their company to the next level


 For more information and registration  click here




Tendering for Government Business Workshop

 6th March 2009

Tendering for Government business is a workshop delivered by the Queensland Government for existing and potential suppliers to Government departments and agencies

Participants will:

• learn the principles of Queensland Government procurement learn how to complete complex offer/tender documents used by departments and agencies for high value, difficult-to-secure goods and services.

• learn how to interpret and respond to the standard terms and conditions contained in complex Government offer and tender documents

• understand how to search Government purchasers requirements for:

        o    value and range of products and services they source locally

        o    notification procedures used

        o    prerequisites in being an eligible supplier.


Date:         Monday 16 March 2009 
Time:         two sessions.
                      1. 8:00am to 12:00pm
                      2. 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Venue:       Cairns Colonial Club Resort Conference Centre
                     Lockhart Room 2, via Behan Street
Cost:           $44.00 (incl. GST)
RSVP:         Register by Thursday 12 March 2009.

Click here for Tender Flyer – Cairns



Discover Australia Food & Wine Showcase to Canada

  6th March 2009


Austrade Canada invites you to participate in the “Discover Australia” food and wine showcase. “Discover Australia” 2009 is built around the success of similar promotions organised by Austrade in Canada over the last 6 years.

“Discover Australia” will attract the interest of agents in the alcoholic beverages category as well as food brokers, importers, distributors, restaurateurs and retailers.

The showcase is to determine prospects for Australian products and to link up with potential partners in the Canadian market.

Program Concept:

From past experience, greatest success comes from in-person participation at the events, to present your own products, get a first hand experience of the Canadian food and beverage market and receive face-to-face feedback from the agents, importers and distributors who attend.

The event in Toronto will be held in conjunction with Tourism Australia’s G’Day Canada week 12 to 16 May 2009. The format for the Toronto event will comprise of two segments the afternoon for trade only and the evening event to showcase Australian products to consumers.

 Click here for 2009 Canada Food & Beverage Discover Australia-2009  


High Performance Workshops


4th February 2009

Essential workshops designed to improve performance within the manufacturing workplace. Excellent for Directors, Production Managers and senior management.

Five 2 hour workshops over a five week period covering the following topics:-

• Introduction of Lean Manufacturing

• Visual Workplace Management

• The 5S Process of Lean Manufacturing

• Value Stream Mapping

• Benefits of an Holistic Approach to High Performance Workshops

More importantly they are being held locally and are FREE

For any queries or to register your staff.

CONTACT: Julie Lockyer
Office of Advanced Manufacturing
Department of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry
Phone 07 3224 6985     Mobile 0439 210903

To find out more  click here

Invitation to Cairns Workshops  click here


2nd February 2009

Ideas2Market Workshops

Date: 5th May 2009

Venue: Sebel Harbour Lights, Cairns

Ideas2Market Introductory Workshop
This  one day workshop is a comprehensive introduction to starting a business and taking an innovative idea to market.

Ideas2Market Master Class
This one day workshop is designed for existing business owners ready to take their company to the next level 


 For more information and registration  click here


January 28th, 2009

Climate Ready Seminar


An Invitation to attend an AusIndustry information seminar on the Climate Ready funding program for grants of $50,000 to $5,00,000.


Date:      Thursday 5 February 2009
Time:      9:00am – 11:00am
Venue:    Conference Room
               Department of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry
               Ground Floor, Cairns Port Authority Building,
               Cnr of Hartley and Grafton Sts.

RSVP    Ms Claire Bayly,
07 4048 1154 or

Click here for:-
Climate Ready Fact Sheet
Climate Ready Invitation to Attend




14th January 2008

Face to Face Training by Managers for Managers

Australian Institute of Management

Presenting the Australian Institute of Management’s 2009 business and management short course calendar.
For more information….. (click here)


13th January 2008

Permaculture Design Course

Teaching a full PDC for the first time every in FNQ
Sun 15th – Sat 28th March 2009
for more information… click here


Soil and Water for Every Farm

A workshop on Keyline Design with Darren Doherty
29th – 31st March 2009
For more information… click here


Compost & Compost Tea

A workshop in utilization of local ‘waste’ in providing all the required nutrients for productive systems, with Paul Taylor.
1st & 2nd April 2009
For more information…. click here