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Budget 2018-19 a good starting point for the Sunshine Coast
The latest Federal Budget has tackled two of the key transport infrastructure issues for the Coast – with $3.3bn committed to the upgrade the Bruce Highway upgrade, and $390m to the Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade. This announcement will have a significant impact on the region. RDA Sunshine Coast has long been advocating for accelerated transport infrastructure and while these critical projects require support from the State, this is a very positive step forward.

Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)
$200m has been allocated to a third round of the BBRF to help local governments and not-for-profit organisations build the capacity of regional areas. The program has invested $641m in 257 projects since 2017 and has created about 26,000 jobs throughout regional Australia. The third round will focus on regional tourism. Keep an eye out for announcements about opening dates.

Business opportunities
With multiple significant projects being delivered over the next few years the opportunity for SME’s to capitalise on this growth is greater than ever. At the recent Ripple Effect - How you can do business with SCUH forum, SMEs heard from Spotless and WishlistConnect about how to connect to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) supply chain as well as the 7,500 health employees across the region. Whether you manufacture plastics, fix chairs, or clean windows there is great potential for Coast SMEs to benefit from these opportunities - which may even result in new products/services, or partnerships for your business. These opportunities are ongoing and have only just begun.

Shanna Douglas
Project Officer
Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast

RDA Sunshine Coast appoints new Regional Director

AFTER 20 years in the tourism and international development sectors, Phil Harman has been appointed Regional Director of RDA Sunshine Coast. He takes up the position on May 23.

Mr Harman, who returned to the Sunshine Coast last year after almost a decade in Indonesia and Vietnam, sees his new role as an exciting challenge.

“I am passionate about helping to create economic opportunities on the Coast and ensuring that we maintain the region as a great place to live and visit,” he said.

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Article: 'New ways of doing business outlined'

From abseiling to clean the external windows to fixing chairs, there are many ways for small and medium enterprises to get involved with the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

The Ripple Effect Forum at the new $1.8billion hospital at Birtinya showed how SMEs could get involved with SCUH or be able to market their business to the 6000-plus hospital and health staff.

Sunshine Coast Daily, 19 Apr 2018 (Article/Image: Erle Levey)

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Unique initiative builds rare sense of community
SUE Perry just can’t throw away a book.

A year ago, she had more books in her Alexandra Headland home than space to put them. She’s always been a great believer in the concept of sharing – and the joy that books can bring to readers of all ages.

So she launched the Alex Street Library – a unique initiative that not only serves to share books, but to build a rare sense of  community.
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Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2018

THE Sunshine Coast’s longest established business awards have been celebrating business success since 1995 and from this year they will be Managed by the Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance, bringing a stronger, region-wide focus to the prestigious awards. Applications open 30 May, 2018.

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ABC Heywire Competition

Heywire puts young Australians at the centre of the conversations that shape their communities.

The ABC has run the annual regional youth project in partnership with the Australian Government since 1998.

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CoderDojo Sunshine Coast

CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led coding clubs for young people (7 to 17).

General bookings for Term 2 are now available. The Dojo hopes to see all Ninjas and Mentors again!

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Young Starters' Competition

The Young Starters' Competition can help connect you with leading innovators, develop your business skills and help get your startup idea ready for investors.

Unleash your potential to make a contribution to QLD.

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Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants
CRC Grants provide medium to long term industry-led collaborations with matched funding to solve industry problems and improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.

#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.

Community Partnership Funding Program (CPFP)*
The Sunshine Coast Council Community Partnership Funding Program provides up to three-year funding towards operational expenses to not-for-profit organisations that provide facilities or services which support the delivery of council’s corporate priorities and demonstrate broad community benefit.
*Closes 14 May 2018

Visit our Grants & Funding page for more grants and funding opportunities

Small Business Solutions Launch Event

SPARK Bureau and TAFE Queensland are partnering to deliver big solutions for small business on the Sunshine Coast!

Come along to this free event to celebrate the launch of the Small Business Solutions program, and find out how the program can help take you to the next level.
Being awesome through innovation, inclusion, and global connection with Heather MacKenzie 
Heather's presentation will focus on how to: nurture entrepreneurs, founders and creatives; her experience working with startups and corporates; tackling wicked problems and major challenges; and what makes for successful startups ecosystems.
Monday 14 May, 5.00-6.30PM
Sippy Downs
Level UP Program
Gain the skills and capacity needed to fully utilise digital business tools. The Sunshine Coast Council Level Up program is aimed at helping small and medium local businesses. Learn how your business can save time and money by streamlining accounts and automating processes. 
Various dates
Nambour, Maroochydore, Caloundra, Maleny
The Ideas Driven Business Workshop
his QLD Small Business Week (28 May-1 June), Innovate Noosa is partnering with Impact Innovation and Noosa Council to deliver this free event. Local businesses with an interest in innovation or commercialising a new idea, product or service, and anyone thinking about starting up a new venture, are encouraged to attend. Learn how to translate your clever ideas into commercially successful products, services or processes – and potentially disrupt your industry.
Thursday 31 May 2018, 8.30AM - 3.30PM
Future Careers built on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Digital Technologies
The Sunshine Coast has a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem of education programs, business incubators, co-working spaces, events and meetups, which has developed across the community in the last few years.

Sunshine Coast Council has created a four-page feature in the My Weekly Preview magazine as part of the Future Careers program which highlights to young people and their parents, the wealth of information and opportunities that are available to help connect and support them on their journey.    
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Myriad transcends oceans, ideas and the ordinary. We’ve searched high and low for the craziest success stories, innovative tech and remarkable ideas to bring you something indescribably special this year. With over 100 speakers and 5,000 participants, Myriad 2018 is our most vibrant festival yet.
16 - 18 May 2018
Noosa Food & Wine Festival
Block out your diary and get set for four days of amazing food, wine, celebrity chefs, craft beer, produce, gin, live music, sunsets and beach parties for the Noosa Food & Wine Festival. 
17 - 20 May 2018
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Maroochydore Q 4558
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