Click here for 2016 Final Program. Scroll down to see what’s happening where! Only a gold coin donation to enter the showgrounds.
Friday November 25th
Meet n’ Greet: Casual Meet and Greet Drinks will be held in the 20° South function room of the iconic Grandview Hotel, Bowen. All welcome-free entry.
Saturday November 26th
Primary Producers Expo: Commencing at 9.00 am on Saturday and Sunday, the Primary Producers Expo will be open to all primary producers and associated businesses within the Burdekin, Whitsunday, Mackay and Isaac Regions. Plenty on display and available for purchase, from fresh seafood and beef, to four wheel drives and farm machinery. Don’t worry if it’s hot, there’s a bar running all day! Our aim is to showcase the rich depth and breadth of primary industries in the local area. See below for a full list of exhibitors.
Information Seminars: Saturday’s information seminars will be hosted by quality presenters brought to Bowen for the weekend specifically to provide advice and guidance on a range of relevant and topical subjects. Commencing at 8.30 am, the central theme for the seminars will be “Promoting Industry Best Management Practices”, and will cover a range of sub-topics targeted to the different industries of aquaculture, horticulture and agriculture. The sessions will be open and free to all interested producers. MORE: Information on Speakers & Sesssions AND the Information Seminars Final Program
Saturday Night: The Reef to Ranges Bush Dance & Dinner will be held in the Arthur Anderson Hall at the Bowen Showgrounds. Dinner will be one of Roger’s famous roast dinners! There’ll be some great music by the Gottani Sisters, so dancing shoes will be required! Don’t fret fellas, dress code is neat casuals!! Call 0474 082 817 to purchase tickets
Sunday November 27th
Bush Poet’s Breakfast: From 8.00 am to 9.30 am, free entry with a BBQ Brekkie to enjoy! Be entertained by Bush Poets from the Townsville Bush Poetry Mates Society, best bush poets around! All welcome.
Bull Sale: From 11am- the inaugural Reef to Ranges Stud Bull Sale (see below).
The Reef to Ranges weekend culminates in an invitational stud bull sale. Up to 100 bulls from the Brahman, Brangus, Senepol and Charbray breeds, bred by top of the line studs from Central and North Queensland will go to auction on Sunday Morning. Click here for more info!
Bowen Tourism & Business was approached in early 2015 by local producers seeking assistance to host a primary industries event centered around a bull sale. The Reef to Ranges event concept was developed from an early idea of an invitational bull sale, into a weekend showcasing the full range of what our region’s primary producers have to offer, with plans to hold the inaugural event in November 2016.
Bowen Tourism & Business will work with the Bowen Pastoral & Agricultural Association in hosting this event, with further community organisations lending their support. Early funding was attained in mid-2015 through Landcare, to kickstart the event and organize information seminars.
The Reef to Ranges Concept:
Bowen sits in the heart of a primary producing basin that stretches from the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Dividing Range. This event will capture the abundant strength of Bowen’s local primary industries and showcase this vitality to visitors and locals alike.
Your business is invited to be involved with this exciting event through a variety of available sponsorship opportunities. These packages are flexible and are available for cash or in-kind sponsorship, or a combination of the two.
If you have further questions on becoming a sponsor, please contact our events coordinator, Rae Ernst-Kelly for further information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Reef to Ranges Sponsors
Grazing BMP Partnership (Queensland Government Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Fitzroy Basin Association & Agforce)
Pacific Reef Fisheries
Landcare / RLF Program
Exhibitor and vendor sign up is now available, please email Rae Ernst-Kelly for an exhibitor prospectus today.