Women in Business Wednesday -Jane Erkins from Nanango Realestate

Economic Development Officer - Business South Burnett

Jane moved to Nanango on 1st January 1980 from Mt Isa with her young family. Jane was an active horse rider, so one of the reasons that they chose Nanango was because it was in a location central to horse event locations for Jane to be able to travel and compete.

Jane went on to hold many positions in the community, some of which included Instructor, Secretary and President Nanango Pony Club, positions on the South Burnett Pony Club and the Pony Club Assoc of Qld, Nanango Chamber of Commerce, Nanango and District Darts Assoc, P & C Association and the Community Consultative Association.

After a short term as a Proprietor of a ladies and children’s wear shop, Jane soon realised she was not cut out to be tied to a counter.  The construction of Tarong Power Station was underway and a lot of transient workers and their wives had moved to the town and Jane enjoyed an active social life and played tennis, squash, golf, darts and horse riding.

In 1982, Jane met Myra Rawlins who convinced her that she would enjoy Real Estate and could still indulge in her busy lifestyle.  After a short time in the Real Estate Industry on a part time basis the women joined the Elders Pastoral Company and in 1987 Jane obtained her Real Estate Agents Licence followed by General Auctioneer’s Licence in 1990 and commenced in business by herself.

Jane said that during the nineties she had offices in both Nanango and Kingaroy but with a young family and a sick mum who moved in with the family, she decided to move back to concentrate on her Nanango Office.  A decision that she said made life a lot more enjoyable for everyone and she was able to concentrate on the Nanango Office. During the time that she had both offices she also had a Ray White Franchise, and her Nanango Office held the highest market share of any Ray White Office in Qld.

Jane and her husband Leo became involved in the Boer Goat Industry and during that time she held positions on the National Association and was an announcer at the Brisbane Royal Exhibition for about eight (8) years.

Jane has received a number of awards and in 2002, Jane, while President of the Nanango Pony Club was awarded the Australia Day Event of the Year award and was also awarded with Foundation Member and Life Member of the Nanango and District Darts Assoc.

In 2011, Jane achieved the Westpac Outstanding Women in Business Wide Bay Burnett Central Coast Business Excellence Award and in 2016 an Australia Day Award Local Achiever of the Year.

Jane runs a very successful Real Estate Business, where they pride themselves on being a friendly and efficient office, where people are made to feel welcome and where buyers and tenants moving to the area are introduced in the community. It is here in her Real Estate business that Jane established her latest venture.  After a life where sport featured very heavily with Jane, she went on a trip to Glen Innis and discovered Music.  Never one to go into anything lightly and always keen to do something to bring the community together, she and her husband Leo purchased the Shed and set about making it a place for musicians and community members to come together on a Friday night and to enjoy a bit of company.  Jane now plays the guitar, the bodhran and the mandolin, all she says very poorly.

From there it morphed into a concert venue where the locals can enjoy overseas acts at a very affordable price.  She is also one of the co-ordinators for the fund raising for the Butter Factory All Inclusive Park and is an active member of the Nanango Tourist and Development Assoc.

As proprietor of The Shed they also host a very popular Halloween Night.

Kristy Board

Economic Development Officer - Business South Burnett

Vision Statement
A region rich in collaborative and sophisticated businesses, fostering innovation for a prosperous South Burnett.
People in Business, People Working together, People making it better.

Mission Statement
Business South Burnett is the Business Growth component of the Economic Development branch of Council.
Our Mission is to foster collaboration within the South Burnett Business community, stimulate the further development and capacity of South
Burnett Businesses and engage and collaborate with South Burnett Business Development Groups.

Objectives
• Expose business to opportunities for learning
• Create programs supporting business development
• Deliver new information relevant to business
• Collaboration with Regional and Town based Business Development Groups
• Sharing of positive South Burnett businesses stories to increase business confidence and promote the region
• Celebrate high achieving businesses
• Provide pathways for market readiness
• Support South Burnett Directions defined projects and advocacy initiatives

Business South Burnett

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