CHDC AgFrontier Agtech Community Officer and program manager Sonya Comiskey. Picture: SIMONE TESSMANN PHOTOGRAPHY
CHDC AgFrontier Agtech Community Officer and program manager Sonya Comiskey. Picture: SIMONE TESSMANN PHOTOGRAPHY

Eight CQ entrepreneurs on mission to grow innovative plans

USING technology to cut coffee wait times at cafes and a nano brewery using local barley are among the cutting-edge aspirations of the Central Queenslanders about to embark on an exciting mission to Brisbane.

Eight agtech entrepreneurs have been selected for next week’s Agtech Innovation Mission, part of the Central Highlands Development Corporation’s AgFrontier: Regional Agtech Catalyst program.

AgFrontier program manager Sonya Comiskey said the mission attracted a high-quality field of candidates.

“The successful applicants will be bringing many brilliant ideas and innovative plans on this journey and the drive and passion to match,” Ms Comiskey says.

“It’s been exciting to unearth this level of talent in Central Queensland and we’re really looking forward to giving them access to opportunities that are often only found in metro areas.”

4t Consultants' Bronwyn Reid is among the participants chosen for the Agtech Innovation Mission.
4t Consultants' Bronwyn Reid is among the participants chosen for the Agtech Innovation Mission.

The event, which runs from November 9 to 12, is designed to equip start-ups and spin off businesses from the Central Highlands, Isaac and Woorabinda local government areas with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to grow and expand.

“We have a jam-packed schedule planned, including visits to local incubators and tech hubs, meetings with investors, mentors and innovation experts, and sessions on programs, accelerators and grants,” Ms Comiskey says.

“Just the opportunity to interact with other like-minded people and some of our world leading AgFrontier Incubator alumni, who will also be participating, is priceless.”

Supported by the Local Buying Foundation, AgFrontier is subsidising the participants’ places.

The mission and AgFrontier’s BeefTech 2020 are part of Qld AgTech Month, a showcase of local innovations that will benefit Queensland agriculture and encourage overseas investors to investigate the potential of the state’s Agtech sector.

AgFrontier program participants:

  • Jody Haylock from Crave Food + Juice Bar, Emerald – Technology to cut coffee wait times at cafes.
  • Tom Wyatt from Span Engineering, Emerald – Customised automation and connectivity solutions for agribusiness.
  • Matthew Barnes from Australian Soil Planners, Emerald – Traceability of sustainable agricultural production, leading to true carbon neutral agricultural produce.
  • Grower and grazier John French, Capella – Value-adding to locally grown grain and establishing local market opportunities.
  • Mitchell Brown from Bedford Hill Brewing Co., Rubyvale – Proposed development of a nano brewery with the potential to use local malted barley.
  • Philip Richardson from Red Dirt Drone Services, Clermont – Using drones to create 3D images to assist landholders with erosion control and water run-off management.
  • Steve Kemp of Wattle Seed Project, Woorabinda – A platform for indigenous bush tucker and medicine to be recorded for future generations.
  • Bronwyn Reid from 4t Consultants, Emerald – Using technology to turn 25 years of ecosystem data into valuable knowledge to assist long-term environmental planning.
    Bedford Hill Brewing Co's Mitchell Brown is among the participants chosen for the Agtech Innovation Mission.
    Bedford Hill Brewing Co's Mitchell Brown is among the participants chosen for the Agtech Innovation Mission.

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