March newsletter

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Students sponsored to attend Summit

RDA Sunshine Coast is sponsoring six students to attend this week's Australian Smart Communities Summit in Caloundra. The students will join about 150 delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors who will showcase smart solutions and stimulate discussion about how to think smarter to benefit Australia's communities.

From left: Australian Smart Communities Association President Michael Whereat and RDA Sunshine Coast Chair Tony Riddle drew the names of three Sunshine Coast schools selected to send students to the Summit.

Infrastructure grants closing soon

Applications for Round Three of the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) close on 15 March. 
The NSRF supports a range of infrastructure initiatives which can range from transport projects to the development of sports and community facilities. The Guidelines for the National Stronger Regions Fund detail the type of project proposals sought, how to lodge an application, how assessments will be conducted, and critical program dates.

e-change is the new sea change

The Sunshine Coast has been identified as one of 600+ ‘lifestyle towns’ which are expected to harness fast broadband to allow residents to work from home, minimise commute times and increase their quality of living. Read more about the Super Connected Lifestyle Locations Report commissioned by nbn.
change the future workshop
Find out how innovation can get your business moving to where you want it to go in these two Change the Future workshops on Thursday 3 March. You’ll learn about business model challenges, innovation strategies, how to harness innovative ideas and how to implement them.

Bursaries now open for Queensland women

Applications for the 2016 National Council of Women of Queensland bursaries are now open with 26 bursaries on offer. The bursaries assist with educational expenses for Queensland women and are available in many fields. Queensland women from Year 12, to TAFE, bachelor degree, Masters and PhD levels may be eligible to apply.

Open to school students in Grades 10-12. Entries close
14 March.

iAwards is the premier technology awards platform in Australia which recognises the achievements and innovation made in ICT across all facets of the economy. The iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the ICT industry. Nominations close at 6pm AEST on Thursday 31 March 2016.
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Integrated technology, smart applications and online access is making people healthier, life safer, traffic move faster, parking easier, air cleaner and utilities cheaper. Details
RDA Sunshine Coast is proud to be a sponsor
Change the future workshops
Thursday, 3 March
Venue: University of the Sunshine Coast

Demystifying business management systems

Tuesday, 8 March
Time: 9am - 11am
Venue: Bokarina

Tendering for government business
Wednesday, 9 March
Time: 8.30am - 12.30am
Venue: Maroochydore

Wednesday, 16 March
Time: 5pm - 7.30pm
Venue: The J, Noosa

Defence business 101
Tuesday, 12 April
Time: 8.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Maroochy RSL

Demystifying business management systems
Wednesday, 13 April
Time: 9am - 11am
Venue: Bokarina

Doing business with council workshop
Friday, 22 April
Time: 8am - 9.30am
Venue: Maroochydore
RDA Sunshine Coast
17 Ocean Street
Maroochydore Q 4558
Ph: 07 5479 6554
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The Sunshine Coast is one of the top 21 Intelligent Communities worldwide
Winner of Google eTown Award – Qld 2013

Grants and funding opportunities

Visit our regional grants page for a list of grants available for business, events and other community programs including:
  • Market-led ProposalsAn active framework has been established to encourage and respond to market-led proposals to support this initiative.
  • Social Benefit Bonds - tackling challenging social issues facing the Queensland community.
We welcome your feedback about any of our projects or news items featured in our monthly newsletter. If you have regional news stories or economic development events relevant for the Sunshine Coast community, please contact us at
Editorial deadline is by the 28th of each month.
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Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast is an Australian Government initiative that works in collaboration with the Queensland Government, Sunshine Coast and Noosa Councils to support economic development within the region.

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