Bonza achieves its licence to fly 

Congratulations Bonza on officially receiving their operator’s license! A local company backing Sunshine Coast businesses like Your Mates Brewing Co.and bringing more people to our beautiful region.  

The airline is now finalising its preparations to go on sale with its first wave of flights out of the the Sunshine Coast to 16 destinations including Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Toowoomba Wellcamp, Mildura, Avalon, Melbourne, Whitsunday coast, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Newcastle, Albury.  

Read more on OurSC 

Major Grants round opens soon

Council's next Major Grants round will open on February 1 so now is a good time to start thinking of a project that you might like funding for. Major Grants support not-for-profit organisations to deliver one-off projects, events and activities with broad community benefit.

Economic Development is one of six grant categories where not-for-profit organisations can request up to $15,000 for one-off projects, events and activities that address one or more of the below priorities: 

  • Foster strong economic leadership and collaboration by government, business and industry. 
  • Encourage best practice in securing investment in the region’s infrastructure prioritise. 
  • Facilitate development of the region’s High Value Industries including promotion of innovation, research and digital participation. 
  • Business projects focussed specifically on developing local to global connections and investment in talent and skills in the region’s High Value Industries

The round will close on March 13, 2023. More information here. 

Join the circular economy and help reduce waste

Are you a local business or community group looking to exchange resources and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill? 

Sign up to ASPIRE and download the app to be part of the growing ecosystem with 250 likeminded local businesses who have traded and diverted over 1,800 tonnes of waste from landfill.   

ASPIRE is a marketplace and an online matchmaking tool that uses innovative software to bring different parties together to exchange materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

Visit Council’s website to check which commodities can be traded and how ASPIRE can help your business on the sustainability journey by reducing, reusing, or repurposing your resources. Email for more information. 

Meet the rising star taking the Sunshine Coast Biosphere to the world stage 

Congratulations to Ella Woodborne, our region’s passionate and accomplished 19-year-old environmental advocate, on her selection for the UNESCO Our Humanature Pathways panel. 

The panel will discuss humanity’s role in establishing and maintaining a healthy relationship with nature, and will help shape the decisions of international bodies, governments and the business world.
Bella’s input will help demonstrate to the world the strengths of our region as we work towards being Australia’s most sustainable region.

Contribute to the latest CCIQ Pulse Report 

The CCIQ Pulse Survey of business conditions for the December quarter (2022) is now open.  

The previous quarter findings continued to reflect a deterioration of business confidence but improving business performance in the face of rising costs.

Share your feedback about how your business performed in the December quarter, what's impacting your business today, and what will influence your decision-making over the next three months. 
Your feedback can help shape state and federal policies. 

Caloundra Information Centre local integration 

Experiencing first-hand an activity or having a connection with a local business can assist with organic advertising and word of mouth.

The Caloundra Information Centre is always looking for ways to integrate with businesses to better assist visitors and locals, and in turn assist with the economic development of our region. They can showcase your offers and flyers and are always up for a chat if you want to pop in. 

If you are interested in showcasing your business or integrating in some way, express your interest here.  

Business Sustainability Workshop series (Feb/Mar)

Registrations are open for the Business Sustainability Workshop series to help businesses understand how they can cut costs and reduce their environmental footprint by developing a Sustainability Action Plan. 
Three workshops will be delivered across the region with Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast.
Feb 16, 4:00-6:30pm, The Old Ambulance Station, Nambour
Feb 23, 4:00-6:30pm, Venue 114, Bokarina
Mar 2, 4:00-6:30pm, Surfair, Marcoola
Cost: $25pp


Big Day In 

Around 300 students and teachers are expected to attend this year’s Big Day In IT careers conference on Thursday March 2 at Venue 114.  

Local organisation who are looking to promote STEM/STEAM careers, work experience, internships, graduate roles or apprenticeships to senior high school and university students can learn more about the Big Day In Sunshine Coast here.

To enquire about exhibiting, email 

New Year, New Markets

Want to grow your business domestically or internationally? Need the know-how, skills and strategy to do so?

Attend Council’s Trade Capability Workshop series and walk away with everything you need to be export-ready, including a step-by-step strategy and tailored business plan that’s ready for implementation.

The program will consist of three half-day, in-person workshops on March 8 & 29 and April 19 at Maroochy Surf Club.

Secure a ticket here.

GreenX Talks 

Learn from your peers and upgrade your knowledge and/or learn how to take advantage of being sustainable and win business. Support CISC and buy your ticket early. Become a Cleantech Champion and receive an Expo stand and one complimentary ticket for free!  

Wednesday March 15, 2023  
12:00PM - 7:00PM (lunch & refreshments included)  
The Events Centre, Caloundra  
Cost: $199pp  

More information and registrations   

The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations has released a Jobs and Skills Australia discussion paper. The paper is an opportunity for interested parties to provide their views to the Australian Government about the ongoing arrangements of JSA, ahead of permanent arrangements being finalised. 
Submissions close 5pm February 10, 2023. More information here. 

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