December Newsletter

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Message from the CEO

Transport Infrastructure or behavioural change? Or both?
As we wait for the delivery of much needed infrastructure over the next 5-10 years, we need to consider how we can reduce congestion. Last month we held the pilot for SMART transport forum. We had presentations from Translink, Liftango, Ernst & Young, TravelSmart and EcoTekk to provide businesses with alternate and subsidised travel for their employees.

Large employers, large shopping centres, community groups and councils learnt about the options available now to reduce congestion, reduce travel costs, reduce greenhouse emissions, and travel smarter. The behavioural shift can be led by large employers. This was a pilot and two more forums will be held in early March. Feedback has been excellent - and if you are suffering from congestion in and around your workplace, you are encouraged to attend. 

The timing of the arrival of the EasyMile EZ10 electric, driverless shuttle  in Mooloolaba is perfect. The community will be able to experience driverless technology as part of a public demonstration of the autonomous vehicle from Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 December on the Mooloolaba Esplanade. As a last mile solution, agile and demand- responsive, this type of technology could be incorporated into future transport infrastructure planning for the region.

End of an Era
The current committee that has led RDA Sunshine Coast for over 2 years will soon finish their term. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all past and present committee members for the guidance leadership and support. Their governance and leadership has ensured that RDA Sunshine Coast has relevance in the community and can lead change. The 16 projects delivered over that time have changed people’s lives. I wish you all well in your future personal and business endeavours.

I would like to thank all the fabulous people that have collaborated with RDA Sunshine Coast over the past year. We work with many organisations, individuals, and groups across many projects - too many to mention individually - but you know who you are and are acknowledged in our project summaries on our website.

I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a fun-filled, healthy and happy Christmas. Stay Safe!

Darrell Edwards

CEO, Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast


RDA Sunshine Coast SMART Transport Forum

Imagine if 25% of the Sunshine Coast population left their car at home one day a week and used public transport instead - we would have 40,000 less vehicles on our already-congested roads each week ....

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Australian Innovation System Report 2017
The Australian Innovation System Report 2017 provides updates on Australia’s innovation performance. Australian businesses are amongst the most innovative in the world.
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Sunshine Coast Business Confidence Survey
The Sunshine Coast Business Confidence survey provides accurate and important information about trading conditions on the Sunshine Coast.
Chancellor State College Junior Robotics Team
Chancellor State College heading to FLL National competition
Teams from far north QLD through to Brisbane competed in the 2017 Noosaville Regional First Lego League (FLL) - Hydro Dynamics at Good Shepherd Lutheran College, Noosaville. Chancellor State College (CHC) took home overall 1st place (Champions Award), and 1st place for best overall Robot Performance. These two awards will see CHC compete in the FLL Nationals in Sydney on the 2nd/3rd December to compete for the opportunity to again represent Australia in Worlds. A huge congratulations to the CHC RoboKings and RoboGems for their awesome achievements!

Incubator Support - New & Existing Incubators
The Incubator support program provides new and existing business incubators with grants of up to $500,000 to assist Australian start-ups develop the capabilities required to succeed in international markets.

Landing Pads program
The Landing Pads program provides Australian start-up businesses with a workspace for up to 90 days in a global innovation hub. The space includes access to coaching, investors, customers, training opportunities, tailored networking events and state-of-the-art facilities to develop their business model.

Noosa Council's Economic Development Grants
Council is accepting applications for its new-look Economic Development Grants Program. This program includes three new grant categories – Quick Response Grants, Project Partnership Grants and Multi Year Partnership Grants.

#SCRIPT Advance Regional Innovation Program (ARIP)
The Advance Regional Innovation Program (ARIP) will provide $1 million over 3 years to develop innovation and entrepreneurial activities across the Sunshine Coast region.

Visit our Grants & Funding page for a complete list of available grants.
SCC Demystifying Business Management Systems
Do you want to win work on large or major projects but don’t have a recognised Management System to show how you manage quality, and risk with environment and safety? This workshop has been developed to give you the information you need to invest your time and energy to increase your success.
Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Lake Kawana Community Centre | 114 Sportsmans Parade, Kawana


Setting up a business
Thinking about starting a new business or acting on that idea that will make a fortune? This event will walk you through a number of steps to get to a stage where you are good to go. Presented by BDO.
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
SPARK Bureau | 17 Ocean Street Maroochydore

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay - Community Celebrations
Join Noosa Council and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in celebrating the Queen's Baton Relay in Noosa.
Monday, 26 March 2018
15:42–15:52 @ Read Park - Poinciana Avenue & Goodwin Street, Tewantin 
17:30–18:00 @ Noosa Main Beach - The Parade, Noosa Heads 

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