July Newsletter

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Message from the Director Regional Development

Thriving Regional Centres
Around Australia, regional towns have been struggling with declining populations and online shopping eating away at traditional retail. Gulargambone, a small town in central-west New South Wales is aiming to buck this trend by using art and culture to spur economic growth. Key sites around town have been painted by globally renowned street artists that showcase local stories. Nambour, a town with a strong agricultural pedigree and increasingly known for its retro charm, is now also looking at how it can transition its economy to ensure it does not stagnate as the rest of the region grows. The Nambour Alliance will receive $100,000 of funding (50% provided by the Federal Government and 50% by Sunshine Coast Council) to commission a study into how Nambour can reinvent itself. RDA Sunshine Coast is actively supporting this initiative and the study will include broad consultation and collaboration across three levels of government.

New RDA Sunshine Coast Committee
On 26 June, the new RDA Sunshine Coast Committee met for the first time. The Committee is made up of 12 talented individuals spanning business, innovation, academia, local government and community. The immediate priority for the Committee is to finalise a strategy for the next three years - a focus is to continue to advocate for improved transport to and within the region and to maximise the economic benefits from major projects including the airport expansion and the planned broadband submarine cable.

Phil Harman
Director Regional Development                       
Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast

Nambour Alliance and Cooroy Chamber of Commerce winners in Building Better Regions Fund

Congratulations to the Cooroy Chamber of Commerce and Nambour Alliance Incorporated who were awarded funding in Round Two of the BBRF Community Investments Stream.

Cooroy Chamber of Commerce was awarded $34,500 by the Federal Government for the 2019 Australian Body Art Festival – Blow Your Mind, and Nambour Alliance was awarded $50,000 towards their $100,000 project Re-imagine Nambour.

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RDA Sunshine Coast welcomes new committee members
A group of experienced and accomplished men and women from the business and education sectors have been appointed to the committee of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast. As a connector for economic development in the region the new RDA Committee has the necessary mix of skills to make good decisions and get things done for the Sunshine Coast.
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Speaker videos from Small Business Week Breakfast 
Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance hosted a successful 2018 Small Business Week Breakfast on 30th May at Maroochy RSL. The breakfast was attended by a 300+ strong crowd from the Sunshine Coast business community. Inspirational past winners talked about their business journey highs and lows, and working with business mentors across the Coast. Videos are available to view on the Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance website.

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Export Market Development

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industries.

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Testing Within Government
QLD Government has identified some business problems for SMEs to assess the suitability of their products. TWiG supports SMEs to improve the positioning of their ICT products to address business problems, while collaborating with the QLD Government.
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Digital Scorecard Dashboard now live!
How prepared is your business for the challenges of operating in a digital economy? Find out by completing the free digital business assessment - then compare your business with others by region, industry and LGA.
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Export Market Development Grants
The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industries.

Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) - Commemorative grants
In 2019, Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) celebrates 25 years of supporting local community groups and support services. To recognise this milestone, a commemorative grants funding round of up to $1.25 million will be available to 11 successful applicants for initiatives that will significantly benefit Queensland communities.

#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.

Testing Within Government (TWiG)
TwiG supports Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to improve the positioning of their ICT products to address business problems, while collaborating with the Queensland Government.

Visit our Grants & Funding page for more grants and funding opportunities
Regional Australia—A Stronger Economy Delivering Stronger Regions 2018–19
With a third of Australians living, working and raising their families outside our capital cities, regional Australia is at the forefront of this Government’s agenda.

The 2018-19 Budget includes more than 500 initiatives, including over 100 new programs focused on creating jobs and supporting economic growth in Australia’s regions.
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Future Business Benefits Forum
As we know Artificial Intelligence is influencing the manufacturing sector in many forms and creating opportunities for market edge advantage in a very competitive market place.
Discuss the current nature and practical aspects of AI, de-bunk the myths and find out how businesses can embrace AI, both now and in to the future.
Wednesday 11 July, 5.00PM - 7.00PM
Sunshine Coast Business Awards -  Workshops
Join us on our 2018 Sunshine Coast Business Awards roadshow. Learn about the benefits of the Sunshine Coast Business Awards, and get handy tips about taking advantage of some of the great support, products and services available in our region for your business.
Wednesday 11 July - Maroochydore
Wednesday 18 July - Nambour
Thursday 26 July - Noosa
Instagram for Business Workshop
Want to learn how to rock Instagram? Come and learn how to grow an engaged audience on Instagram at our most hands-on workshop yet! 
Friday 20 July, 9.00AM - 12.00PM

Creating Video for Business
Join this half-day workshop presented by leading video strategist Ben Amos to empower you to integrate video strategically into your business marketing. You’ll also learn the basics of how to make effective videos for your business using the facilities available to you at Spark Bureau Studio.
Saturday 21 July, 9.00AM - 1.00PM

Sunshine Coast Manufacturers Networking Event
Come along to the next Sunshine Coast Manufacturers and Cleantech networking event hosted at Farrago Interiors new factory at Sunshine Coast Industrial Estate. Meet local manufacturers, network your business, share ideas and find out about assistance available to Queensland businesses.
Tuesday 24 July, 5.00PM - 7.00PM
Bells Creek

Collaborative Marketing & Integrated Marketing Solutions
Learn from McCormick Foods Australia Marketing Manager, Megan Brabant about collaborative and integrated marketing and why it's so important for your brand.
Wednesday 25 July, 5.00PM - 7.00PM


The Future of Farming
Presented by FAN, Chemical Free Farmers Assoc. and Sustainable Soil Solutions, this will be an educational afternoon on the “Future of Farming” where you will hear from 3 x guest speakers followed by an informative and delicious networking BBQ. You will have the chance to network with fellow farmers, producers and foodies. 
Thursday 26 July, 5.00PM - 7.00PM
North Arm
Grow Coastal Demo Day

Join the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast for a morning of local food, networking and product exhibition to celebrate the conclusion of the 2018 Grow Coastal program.

Twelve of the Sunshine Coast's most exciting foodpreneurs will present their products and showcase what they've learned about accelerating their business over the past three months.

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Queensland Garden Expo
Queensland Garden Expo is a three day celebration of gardening. The event attracts over 40,000 green thumbs and novice gardeners from across Queensland and interstate. Held at Nambour on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, it is ideally situated to showcase all the best of subtropical gardening.
13-15 July, 2018

Velothon Sunshine Coast
Welcome to the ultimate winter cycling escape, bringing together a stunning riding location, dream riding conditions and a world class rider experience on and off the bike. Velothon Sunshine Coast is a Gran Fondo style, mass participation cycling event in and around the renowned hinterland and coastal roads of the Sunshine Coast.
20-22 July, 2018
Cotton Tree 

NOOSA Alive!
NOOSA alive! is 10 days and nights of supreme culture and entertainment with performances in dance, music, literature, food, theatre, a Festival of Thought, visual arts, film, cabaret and free events in Noosa, the Relaxation Capital of Australia. 
20-29 July, 2018

Pomona King of the Mountain Festival
The annual Pomona King of the Mountain Festival in the Noosa hinterland town of Pomona, is an all-day, fun filled event. The race, which has its origins in a bet in a Pomona pub in 1958, takes 100 runners through the town and up the 438m face of Mt Cooroora.
Sunday 22 July, 2018

Sunshine Coastrek 
Trek the stunning Noosa region in Sunshine Coastrek to restore sight, raising money for The Fred Hollows Foundation. Explore the pristine Sunshine Coast's white powder beaches, spectacular bays, secret bush trails and breathtaking headlands, and complete an incredible personal challenge with your friends while restoring sight.
Friday 27 July, 2018
Sunshine Coast

Noosa Strade Bianche
Celebrating the golden age of cycling at Noosa Strade Bianche, Australia’s premier vintage cycling festival with 3 routes through hinterland villages, a vintage bicycle show and shine, and a swap meet. Ride through Noosa's picturesque hinterland villages on quiet country roads with gravel sections at the perfect time of year in Noosa. 
11-12 August, 2018

7 Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Running Festival
The 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Running Festival is one of the most-loved running festivals in Australia. Since its inception the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon has raised over $1.3 million for charity and community groups.
17-19 August, 2018
Mooloolaba / Alexandra Headland

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