June 2016 Newsletter

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Have your final say in the #SpeedItUp Campaign 

The opportunity to provide feedback to the ‪#SPEEDITUP campaign closes on 3 June. The #speeditup campaign aims to promote and accelerate investment in digital infrastructure on the Sunshine Coast. The more submissions we receive the stronger the case we can make to improve broadband infrastructure on the Sunshine Coast.
Please tell us about your broadband needs here by completing this short campaign questionnaire.

RDA Sunshine Coast committee welcomes new Deputy Chair

Independent company director and management consultant Andrew Pitcher has been appointed as the new Deputy Chair for the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast committee.

Mr Pitcher has 24 years cross-industry sales, strategic consulting, technology, change management and general management experience throughout Australia, Europe and Asia. He is heavily involved in property development / construction and is also a member of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council Economic Futures Board.

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The Launch of Businesses and Employers Supporting Transitions (BEST)

Four leading not for profit community organisations have partnered with local business and industry representatives to create real opportunities for Sunshine Coast’s disadvantaged people to launch the Businesses and Employers Supporting Transitions (BEST) partnership.
In the first few months of the partnership, over 75 participants have been linked to local businesses through engagement in BEST. This is helping young and mature aged people to gain valuable work experience that leads to real jobs.
Sustainable Partnerships Australia’  Regional Engagement Manager Geoff Timm said  BEST aligns career awareness, education and training delivery for disadvantaged members from across the community organisations to the needs of industry for enhanced employment, further training opportunities and career pathways. 
“Strong collaboration between the four organisations with structured engagement strategies designed to meet local business and industry needs has enabled the BEST to become a self-sustaining partnership,” Mr Timm said.
BEST responds to two critical issues that the Sunshine Coast community is facing. This includes the need for employable recruits to meet future workforce needs, and the need to raise aspiration and manage expectation amongst people experiencing disadvantage and provide them with a clearer picture of employment and equip them to make decisions about their career paths.
Through a suite of targeted training programs funded by the State Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, BEST will improve the skills, employment opportunities and social inclusion of disadvantaged community members. 
These targeted programs focus on skills development and are being delivered by United Synergies, Community Solutions and Integrated Family and Youth Services who have partnered to work collaboratively to source work experience placements aligned to work ready participants from their programs. They have partnered with Sustainable Partnerships Australia to facilitate a holistic approach to working with our local businesses and employers to ensure that engagement practices are consistent and effective without overloading our community with work experience requests.
The Sunshine Coast now has a regional collaboration of stakeholders that are active participants in supporting the region’s transition to employment outcomes. 

For more information or to give a participant an opportunity to engage in work experience at your organisation please contact Geoff Timm on 0402 254 831 or email
or view the best brochure online


Help Council put the brakes on traffic congestion

Council’s draft plan to better manage traffic into the future is open for public comment from May 24 until June 14. The Noosa Transport Plan 2016–2036 includes a 20-year vision to change the way we move, a 10-year strategy for local transport planning and a five-year action plan.
Residents can comment on all three at Council's YourSay Noosa website, as well as upcoming public YourSay events on the issue.
Sunshine Coast Business Awards

Nominations are open for all businesses that have been operating in the Sunshine Coast region, including Noosa, for 12 months or more and entry is FREE.
Businesses and individuals are encouraged to nominate a business or person that they believe excels at what they do or to nominate themselves for these prestigious awards.
Apply now:

Unity College claims inaugural Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards

An app to help school students monitor and manage stress has taken top honours in the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards.

The ‘EJ2’ – Estress mobile application, developed by Unity College Year 11 students Jordan Josic, John Berriman and Ellen Massey, got the nod from judges in the inaugural competition that aims to promote, foster and grow innovation and entrepreneurship on the Sunshine Coast.

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6000+ sweet jobs are ripe for the picking

Sunshine Coast Council has partnered with Moreton Bay Regional Council,  Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay, Growcom, the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association and the Food and Agribusiness Network to deliver The Sweetest Job campaign, a project powered by The JobShow.

“The Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions represent 80% plus of the state’s strawberry production and strawberry growers in these regions employ 6000 to 8000 pickers and packers at peak times around August and September," said Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Stephen Robinson.

“So the aim of this is to gain a returning workforce of local employees rather than a backpacker ‘one season only’ workforce, reduce re-training costs and drive job creation within the local economy.

Jobseekers can now register their interest at

New opportunities for Queensland's top YouTube talent

The Queensland Government in partnership with YouTube have launched the Create Queensland program and opened two funding opportunities to help support the growth and development of creative entrepreneurs.

Find out more on the Create Queensland Program at  

Grants and funding opportunities

Visit our regional grants page for a list of grants available for business, events and other community programs including:

  • The Startup Queensland fund aims to build capability within Queensland’s startup community. The round will remain open until funding is exhausted or 30 June 2016, whichever occurs first.
  • The Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP), formerly the Regional Development Program (RDP), seeks to leverage the crucial link between events and the destinations in which they are staged, extending the flow of the economic, marketing and social benefits of events throughout metropolitan and regional Queensland. Funding round closes 30 June 2016.
  • The Stronger Communities Programme which funds small capital projects that will deliver social benefits. The programme aims to improve local community participation, cohesion and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.


Are you ready for export?
Tuesday 7 June
Inbox Workspace, Maroochydore

Thought Leadership Series
Tuesday 7 June
Lake Kawana Community Centre

Exporting Education Services Workshop
Thursday 9 June
10 First Avenue, Maroochydore

Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show
10-12 June
Nambour Showgrounds

Change The Future Workshops
23 June 2016
Contact us

RDA Sunshine Coast
17 Ocean Street
Maroochydore Q 4558
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 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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