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Strong, Confident and Vibrant Regions: A new charter for the RDA
Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, Minister for Regional Development has announced that funding for the national Regional Development Australia (RDA) network will be extended through to the end of 2020 under a new charter.

The charter involves a new approach to regional development that will heighten the focus on initiatives that grow local economies, promote opportunities, attract investment and build capacity and confidence. RDA Sunshine Coast welcomes the refresh and the opportunity to collaborate with stakeholders on these key initiatives. 

Many of our current projects are aligned to the new charter. Attracting new businesses and investment to the Region will have heightened focus. Businesses like Oncore featured below are critical to providing employment for our growth. Equally, finding new opportunities to help existing businesses grow. It is imperative that Sunshine Coast business owners capitalise on the opportunities and ripple effects from the current and upcoming game changer projects.

BBRF Community Investments Stream Successful Sunshine Coast Projects
RDA Sunshine Coast has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to award more than $72,500 to three Coast projects under the first round of its Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Community Investments stream. The successful projects were announced by Senator Fiona Nash, Minister for Regional Development. Noosa Council’s Floating Land initiative was awarded $47,425; The Noosa Chamber of Commerce Noosa Capacity Building Framework, Digital Tool and Pitch Event was awarded a grant of $19,500, and Volunteer to Career – an initiative of Volunteering Sunshine Coast was awarded $5,652. RDA Sunshine Coast is delighted that so many Coast projects have been recognised and assisted by the grant program.

- Darrell Edwards


Noosa Council lists big achievements for 2016/17
In 2016/17, Council answered more than 65,000 phone calls, emptied 1,846,152 household bins and lent over 570,000 library books. These are among the figures detailed in Noosa Council’s Year in Review document now live on Council’s website.
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Coast businesses tune in for $5 billion contract
Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien said there was great opportunity for the Sunshine Coast economy if Rheinmetall was to win the contract.
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The next Queensland Chief Entrepreneur
Well-known investor, tech founder and Shark Tank judge Steve Baxter will take over from Mark Sowerby as Queensland’s next Chief Entrepreneur in October. 
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RDA Sunshine Coast CEO Darrell Edwards talks transport infrastructure in My Weekly Preview.
Fast tracking our future

It is critical that transport infrastructure, including a mass transit rail system, is introduced quickly to effectively link the Sunshine Coast region’s coastal communities.

The State Government’s ShapingSEQ strategic plan, which seeks to set a blueprint for development over the next half century, says the proposed passenger transport corridor, between Maroochydore and Caloundra, will provide a cohesive corridor of high quality, distinctive urban environments that are typically ‘Sunshine Coast’ in character.

The duplication of the North Coast rail is an urgent priority, despite being listed as only number 12 on the state transport priority list. These key transport projects must, of course, take their place in the line for government funding.

But funds could be provided for projects such as these under the ‘City Deals’ program, where local, state and federal money is invested in an agreed set of projects, or through the $10 billion National Rail Fund established in the last Federal Budget.

We need for the three levels of government on the Sunshine Coast to work together for the benefit of our region.

The ShapingSEQ strategic plan predicts the population of the Sunshine Coast and Noosa will reach 558,000 by 2041 – and that we’ll need an extra 93,400 homes to accommodate the newcomers.

It seems clear our region will be unable to support a population increase of nearly 200,000 in the next 25 years unless we embrace significantly higher levels of housing density that support investment in transport infrastructure.


Sunshine Coast teams come away with a win at State GovHack awards
Three local Sunshine Coast teams whose entries focussed on social equality, aged care and safe places have come away with wins at the state GovHack awards ceremony held in Brisbane (September 8).

The teams collected four awards following the annual competition, where participants worked together over 46 hours to explore, mash-up, ideate and communicate concepts in a friendly creative competition using open data.

This year’s event involved more than 2300 participants in 36 locations across Australia and New Zealand, including Spark Bureau in Maroochydore.

The local Sunshine Coast GovHack event was sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Shire Council, the University of Sunshine Coast and Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast, and Spark Bureau was the venue host.

This year’s local event had more than 40 enthusiasts involved, made up of 25 “hackers” and as many mentors, sponsors and observers.

The national GovHack awards are expected to be held in October.

Sunshine Coast proves perfect location for companies with work-life balance
In 2009, Managing Director of Oncore Brenton Henderson moved his young family to the Sunshine Coast after 10 years of navigating the rapid growth of his Brisbane-based business. Specialising in Contractor Payroll Solutions, the company established a strong reputation in supporting professional contractors, recruitment agencies and corporate clients from a West End office.

Enjoying the benefits of coastal living, Brenton gave thought to transitioning the operations centre of the company. With a significant proportion of Oncore’s activities conducted electronically, most of his team could be based anywhere in the world. Why not give staff the benefit of a shorter, more enjoyable commute and more relaxed lifestyle and reduce overheads as the business continued to expand?

“Living and working on the Sunshine Coast means the people involved in our core activities are able to create a work/life balance and be exceptionally productive,” Brenton said. “That’s the key to providing the high level of service to our clients that has become synonymous with Oncore and it makes us pleased to be part of the Sunshine Coast business community.”

Growing Queensland Companies
As a Queensland company with potential for high-growth, you are invited to participate in a free one-day Growth Clinic (worth $5,000) specifically designed for CEOs/MDs of Queensland-based companies.

Growing Queensland's Companies is an Advance Queensland initiative funded by the Queensland Government and delivered by the Australian Centre for Business Growth.

The interactive one-day Growth Clinic will be presented and facilitated by Dr Jana Matthews, world-renowned expert in entrepreneurial leadership and Director of the Australian Centre for Business Growth. Dr. Matthews will talk through key growth concepts, and provide you with tools and resources to help you think about growth and apply your learnings to your company.

Since July 2014, the Australian Centre for Business Growth has worked with over 250 CEOs and MDs to help them unlock the growth potential of their company.

94% of participating CEOs said they would recommend the program to other CEOs.

The Growing Queensland's Companies initiative is for companies with 5 - 200 employees.

Regional Growth Clinics will be held on 26th and 27th October at the Sunshine Coast.

"Design in Manufacture" Seminar
Wed 27 September 2017
9.00am - 12pm

Advancing Young Women in Business - Brisbane
05 October 2017
10.15am - 12pm

New Ideas Forum
6 October 2017, 5pm to 8:30pm

Volunteering - Is This You?
Tue. 10 October 2017
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Level Up Workshop - Technology Your Need To Know as a Retail Business
Tue, October 17, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

WiRE Program (Women in Rural, Regional and Remote Enterprises) 
Multiple webinars, boot-camps and workshops
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Maroochydore Q 4558
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Grants and Funding Opportunities
Visit our regional grants page for a list of grants available for business, events and other community programs including:

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