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Future Ready – building smart cities know how

Future Ready is a smart cities incubator series that sits alongside the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

The intent is to help local governments prepare for smart city transformations through learning, collaboration and ideas generation.

Future Ready brings together national and international experts, researchers, service and technology providers, governments, social enterprises, community leaders, start-ups and innovators to share knowledge, grow ideas and stimulate innovation.

Real-life examples, stories of success and failure and practical advice are used to give participants a deeper understanding of and insight into how to create a smart city.

Running between May and September 2017, Future Ready will provide each participant with a unique experience: the series is designed to be flexible so individuals can tailor their involvement to their needs.

Future Ready has been developed for local government leaders but is open to all comers, including organisations developing proposals for the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

Registrations are now open and close 21 April 2017. You can sign-up by taking the entry survey here.

Graeme Acton Beef Connections Mentoring Program

The Graeme Acton Beef Connections, run in conjunction with Beef Australia and proudly supported by Westpac Agribusiness, are now calling for applicants from all over Australia to join the successful mentoring program.

Beef Australia has created an opportunity to develop the future of the industry with a program designed to enable young people to maximise their potential in their chosen sector of the beef industry. The Graeme Acton Beef Connections Mentoring Program allows participants to develop their industry leadership skills, while giving them the opportunity to have a mentor to help them achieve their project expectations while also participating in Beef Australia 2018.

Successful applicants will develop their skills through the design, development and implementation of a project that will be beneficial to the growth of the individual in their personal and professional role in the beef industry and to the Australian Beef sector.

Visit for information and application forms, or phone 4922 2989


Industry Capability Network Supplier Information Sessions

The Supplier Information Session will provide local businesses with an overview of Industry Capability Network (ICN) services and how they are utilised by suppliers and major projects, including the North Queensland Stadium and Adani’s Carmichael Mine Project.

With the recent announcement of the two aforementioned projects, ICN is looking to engage with regional Queensland suppliers to provide information and advice on how to improve their chances of supplying to these projects.

ICN is the pivotal connection between major projects and the best suppliers in the region. For more than 30 years, we have worked with local suppliers and project managers to take cost and effort out of the procurement process.

Come along to learn more about ICN and our commitment to supporting local industry participation in the delivery of these two projects

Gladstone – Wednesday 22 March, 7:30am for 8am – 10am. Leo Zussino Building, CQU, Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone.

Rockhampton – Thursday 23 march, 7:30am for 8am – 10am. Marquis Room, Quality Hotel Regent, 192 Bolsover St, Rockhampton

Cost:        Free. * Limited to 2 people per Company


Small Business Digital Grant – Round Two

Today the second round of the Small Business Digital Grant was announced. The grant is designed to help small businesses boost their digital capability.

The Small Business Digital Grants can help businesses make practical improvements to help them be globally competitive in a digital economy.

Funding of up to $10,000, matched by participants, is available to eligible businesses for the purchase of hardware, software and services such as digital coaching.

If you’ve ever thought about developing an app for your business, or you’d just like to upgrade your business’s digital technology, these grants offer the opportunity to make it happen.

To be eligible Queensland businesses must show that the digital technology or service purchased and adopted will enhance the digital capabilities of their business and help them to be more competitive and employ more staff.

Further information and eligibility criteria is available at

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