Key Council Business Events

Western Downs Regional Council organises different business events throughout the year to enhance growth in our key industries. Please see below an overview of previous events and stay tuned for future events.

Local Procurement Roadshow

Council is committed to developing competitive, diverse, innovative and vibrant local markets. These markets benefit both Council and the wider economy of the Western Downs region.

Local businesses were invited to attend information sessions on 13 and 14 August 2019 to hear about the type of work Council has coming up. This is a great opportunity for our communities to find out what procurement looks like at Council, how to get involved and what options will benefit your business best. For more information, visit the Doing Business with Council page.


Small and Medium enterprises make up 97% of the businesses in the Western Downs region. These businesses contribute significantly to our communities and the wider Western Downs economy. Western Downs Regional Council recognizes the contribution of our local businesses and celebrates entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the region with a series of events to inspire persons with a business idea to start-up.

Every year, the 21st of August marks World Entrepreneurs Day and Western Downs Regional Council celebrated this with an event held in Dalby. Katherine Sampson, founder of the Healthy Habits franchise, provided the keynote address during this event. Katherine Sampson inspired businesses to start-up and grow their businesses. Katherine stressed the importance of market research, social media channels and pro-actively approaching new customers.

Local business owners Emma Bowdler, Pat O’Brien and Karen Penfold shared their lessons learned in an interactive panel session with the audience.

Following World Entrepreneurs Day, workshops in Miles and Jandowae entitled “Celebrate your Side Hustle” were delivered to encourage and inspire persons to start-up a business by sharing tips and tricks about a successful journey. Joy Taylor, Co-Founder and Community Manager of Canvas Coworking Space, delivered these workshops.

Wedding Fair Western Downs

Wedding Fair Western Downs was held at the Dalby Events Centre from Friday 5 April to Saturday 6 April 2019 – showcasing all that the region has to offer to the industry. From hairdressing, beauty and photography to wedding venues and honeymoon locations, Western Downs has everything for the perfect wedding.

The fun event was a first for Council, free for public and stallholders to attend with samples available for future bridal parties to trial their perfect day on the Western Downs.

From beautiful country locations to professional local suppliers, a range of experts and stallholders were available to answer wedding questions and assist in planning the big day.

Dalby Drone Industry Forum and UAV Challenge

Following the success of the region’s first drone forum in 2016, Western Downs Regional Council proudly presented the Dalby Drone Industry Forum 2018.

Innovations in UAV (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle) automation – commonly known as drones – have huge potential across both traditional and non-conventional aviation industries: from agriculture and construction industries through to resources and local government. The sky’s the limit when it comes to harnessing drone technology for your business.

The forum was a free one-day event, with presentations by key industry experts across the aviation sector and other areas such as agriculture, mining and energy.  Topics included the future of the drone industry, drone regulations and strategies and mapping.

Exhibitors stalls provided the opportunity for one-on-one discussions about current and future drone usage, rules & regulations and more.

MC And keynote speaker was UAS International’s Technical Director since 2014, Jim Coyne. Jim has been working in RPAS research, regulation and development across the Asia Pacific for over a decade. A former CASA senior manager, Jim was the Australian representative and former co-chair of the International Civil Aviation Organisation Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Group from 2009 until 2014, where he helped steer the development of international standards for unmanned aircraft systems. Because of his international work, Jim was named as one of the top 50 most influential individuals in Asia’s UAS industry. Jim is also the co-author of Drones in Society — Exploring the Strange New World of Unmanned Aircraft, which was published in December 2016.