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Locals reconnecting with growers thanks to the Sweetest Job campaign
Led by Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay - a regional approach was formed to launch a campaign targeted at recruiting suitable and motivated workers for the Strawberry fields of the Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast regions.

A group of 11 growers agreed to be part of a trial and the Sweetest Job Campaign and website www.thesweetestjob.com.au was launched on 26 May at Taste n' See Farms in Bellmere and on the Sunshine Coast at Jedaco Berries Farm. The media coverage was fantastic.

Now about 2 months into the campaign, and still early season, the number of new local jobs created stands at around 40 for the farms included in the trial, more than an 8% increase in local employment – a great start.
 
Small business to receive
$22.7 million in state budget
The Queensland Government as part of the State Budget 2016-17 has announced $22.7 million for small business to start, grow and employ.

The budget announcement was made by the Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy, and Minister for Small Business, as part of the new Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy.

Strategy Programs will be delivered by a new Office of Small Business which will enable the Queensland Government to work effectively with small business to help them create jobs, drive business growth, harness innovation and build digital capability through the new Small Business Digital Grants Program.

 
Image credit: Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP 
Discover the Moreton Bay region
Visit Moreton Bay Region is the official ‘Regional Destination Brand’ for the Moreton Bay Region.

An initiative of Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT), Visit Moreton Bay Region exists to create a unique and recognisable identity capturing the heart and soul of South East Queensland’s best kept secret – Moreton Bay Region, and promoting it to the rest of the world.

The Visit Moreton Bay region website has been positioned as the Ultimate Guide to things to see and do, what’s on, hot deals and where to eat, drink, stay and play in the Moreton Bay Region for locals and visitors.

 
Moreton Ventures promotes innovation and encourages entrepreneurship
Moreton Ventures is the new Innovation portal for the Moreton Bay Region.

To be based at North Lakes, Moreton Ventures is a not-for-profit association focused on promoting innovation, encouraging entrepreneurship and cultivating local investment to create employment and business opportunities that will drive the region into the future.

Partnered with Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay, MBRIT, Council and North Lakes Chamber of Commerce, the aim is to bring together existing businesses to assist them retool for the changing world, as well, supporting new and potentially global businesses take root and power into the future.

 
Is business collaboration or clustering having an impact?
In its simplest form, collaboration is businesses working together to compete and grow.

Business clusters are usually formed in a geographical location where a natural advantage or concentration of a particular activity, results in a competitive advantage.  

RDA Moreton Bay has lead and supported the establishment of the Narangba Innovation Precinct (NiP), previously known as the Narangba Industrial Estate. Located within a catchment of 200 businesses, this forward focused group of around 30 business leaders has collaborated on a number of initiatives to build the capacity and reputation of the area, location re-branding, schools transition to employment, workforce development, lean manufacturing and energy management.
 
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What is Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay?

Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay (RDAMB) is part of a national network of organisations, which in Queensland is funded through the Australian Government to promote the economic development of the Moreton Bay region.

The role of RDAMB is to:

  • Develop and implement a Regional Plan
  • Provide advice on critical issues affecting the region
  • Identify and implement initiatives to tackle the region's economic development priorities
  • Generate project proposals for the National Stronger Regions Fund
  • Promote Australian Government Programs.

 

For further detail visit www.rdamoretonbay.org.au.

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