About Us

Welcome to UpCycle CQ

We turn something that you’ll throw away into something useful!

Who Are We

Upcycle CQ works with local community’s lock-in value from existing waste streams and embrace Next Economy thinking.

All UpCycle CQ program address the increasing challenges to conventional waste stream management and the tendency we all have to build up stockpiles of preloved or ready-to-throw out items!

UpCycle CQ invites young people to look seriously at why there’s a need to UpSkill and work with tools, why there’s a need to UpCycle by combining old and new materials to capture value and begin an exciting journey to exchange, transact, and UpScale.  UpCycle CQ’s activity horizon encompasses the development of tomorrow’s job creators.

UpCyle CQ is a key initiative conceived to encourage our local young people to reconnect and cope with educational challenges and find new ways to navigate social boundaries.

Our Team

Jim Callan


Jim brings advanced thinking and experience as an educator and trainer to engage and develop local young people who have an interest and abiding curiosity about how things work.  In bringing about local opportunities for young people seek out ways to work with others, the chance to understand the adult world is one invaluable contribution that UpCycle CQ can share with its young associates.  Uppermost in Jim’s mind is the need for self-managed and self-directed engagement and be fully involved in workshops that provide insight into today’s emerging industries and the industries of tomorrow. 

UpCylce CQ encourages our local young people to develop skills that align a head, heart, hands approach to innovation and creative confidence.

Terry Arnold


Terry brings wide ranging experience across industries from animal care, farming, mining, heavy haulage, emergency services, psychological support, and foster care to UpCycle CQ.  Uppermost in Terry’s mind is the need for work safety and hazard management. Terry holds a cert 3 in agriculture (cotton production) and trade certificates as a fitter and turner, heavy earthmoving diesel fitting and industry workshop experience. Trade skills, maintenance schedules, diagnostics, routine maintenance, tool making, disassembly and assembly procedures, and repair are always at the fore of Terry’s day-to-day occupation as Emu Park State School’s groundsman where he works along-side teachers and students. As a QFES peer support officer, Terry is also aware of requirements for positive mental health, personal resilience, teamwork, and leadership.