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The Benefits of Hiring Millennials in the Workplace

The Capricorn Chamber of Commerce are holding a breakfast to look at the benefits of hiring millennials in the workplace.


  • Nicole Lee – Department Education & Training – Youth Boost
  • Sandra Large – Workplace Health & Safety QLD – Young Workers and Safety
  • Charlene McKenzie – MRAEL – School Based Training and Apprenticeships
  • Natasha Traske – Clinical Registrar – Cognitive Functioning and How to manage a young worker

Details –

Wednesday 5 April, 6:30am for a 7am start.

Korte’s Resort, Yaamba Rd, Parkhurst.

Cost – Members, $25. Non-Members, $35.

Click here to register.

Call for comment on proposed coastal shipping reforms

The Federal Government is proposing greater flexibility for coastal shipping and new training opportunities in a discussion paper aimed at boosting coastal shipping activity.

Comments are sort from ship operators, shipping companies, and other relevant stakeholders on proposed changes to ensure coastal shipping plays an increasing role in Australia’s freight transport network.

Currently, 15 per cent of Australia’s domestic freight is moved by ship, but with Australia’s extensive coastline and broad network of ports, there is the potential for shipping to play a larger role in the national freight task. However, limitations in the current regulatory system are working against that potential being realised.

The intention of the discussion paper is to elicit views about how modifying the Act could help to redress this situation, without changing the basic structure of the current coastal trading regulatory regime.

Written submissions to the discussion paper should be sent to by Friday, 28 April 2017.

To download copies of the Coastal Shipping Reforms Discussion Paper go to:

Myriad Festival to attract $10 billion worth of investors

The Myriad Festival will see Queensland entrepreneurs put in contact with investors and venture capitalists from around the world.

This year, international investors representing approximately ten billion dollars in funds under management, will be coming here looking for opportunities in Queensland during the festival.

One of the investors include shining star of Silicon Valley, Jonathan Teo, whose investments have helped social media platforms including Snapchat and Instagram grow. Venture Capitalists, like Jonathan, are coming to Myriad to find those companies, products and ideas on the verge of becoming the next big thing.

This will be a wonderful opportunity for regional Queensland entrepreneurs and startups to secure investment, and grow their interests.

One of Australia’s up and coming voices on innovation, Nicola Hazell will also be at Myriad, along with big name venture capitalists from Silicon Valley including Yiying Lu, from 500 Startups who has invested in over 1600 companies in more than 60 countries.

The sequel to last year’s hugely successful Advance Queensland Innovation and Investment Summit, Myriad will be held from March 29 to March 31 at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

127 regional delegates will attend Myriad – Far North Queensland (22); North Queensland (6); Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday (10); Fitzroy (9); Outback Queensland (9); Wide Bay Burnett (3); Darling Downs and Maranoa (15); Sunshine Coast (11); Moreton Bay (9); Ipswich and West Moreton (13); Redlands and Logan (10); and the Gold Coast (10).

Check is all out here.


Incubator Support Initiative

The Incubator Support initiative assists New and Existing Incubators to:

  • improve the prospects of Australian start-ups achieving commercial success in international markets
  • assist Australian start-ups by delivering a range of activities to develop the capabilities required to realise their economic potential in international markets faster than they otherwise would; and
  • develop Australia’s innovation ecosystem including in Australian regions.

The initiative provides funding through two components, both of which require matched funding from applicants.

The first is support for New and Existing Incubators:

  • to help develop new Incubators in regions or sectors with high potential for success in international trade, and
  • to boost the effectiveness of high performing Incubators, including funding support to expand their services and/or develop the innovation ecosystem.

The second is support for Expert-in-Residence:

  • to organise and provide access to top quality research, managerial and technical talent through secondments of national or international expert advisers who will improve the chance of commercial success for start-ups in international markets.

For all the details click here.

Smart Cities and Suburbs Program now open

The Australian Government has announced $50 million competitive Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. The program will support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges. The program encourages eligible organisations – local governments, private companies, research organisations and not for profit bodies – to deliver collaborative smart city projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns.

The program involves two components:

  • A granting component which opened for applications on 17 March and will close on 30 June 2017. For more information click here
  • An incubation package which is open for registrations here.

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