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Perceptions of the Gold Coast are changing, according to Australia’s leading demographer Bernard Salt, who along with KPMG Gold Coast has canvassed the views of local business leaders. 14 months on from the landmark Beyond the Horizon report, which provided insight into the Gold Coast’s next 50 years, the completion of key projects such as Pacific Fair, and the announcement of the Light Rail Stage 2 has helped build business confidence. “The Gold Co [...]

Future Gold Coast - One Year Later....

Posted on April 27, 2016

  Just over 12 months ago Australia's leading demographer, KPMG Partner Bernard Salt, outlined his vision for the Gold Coast in 2050, at a TSS breakfast before one thousand guests. Bernard spoke with passion and conviction about a bigger Gold Coast, a more diverse Gold Coast, a more knowledge-worker-focussed city. His vision was warmly received by business, the community, the media and by government. Perhaps the Coast was always moving in this dire [...]

Advancing Small Business Queensland

Posted on April 19, 2016

The Queensland Government recognises the economic contribution of our small business sector and is committed to the growth and success of small business in our state. They are committed to creating a stronger environment where small business can start, grow and employ. They also want smarter businesses, created with a strong foundation and the resilience to survive and thrive. Their small business strategy will align with the Advance Queensland agen [...]

National Stronger Regions Fund

Posted on December 8, 2015

The Australian Government has announced $293 million to fund 111 projects to help deliver economic benefits to communities around Australia through Round Two of the National Stronger Regions Fund. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the second round of the programme had seen an increase in the number of applications, with 513 applications seeking $1.5 billion in funding. “The strong growth [...]

Love to ride Gold Coast

Posted on September 23, 2015

Love to Ride Gold Coast. A fun, free workplace cycle challenge throughout October. Get your workmates riding and win.  Register online Ride for 10 minutes or more Log your ride Recruit friends and workmates Win great prizes.   For cycling maps, social rides and workshops, visit   [...]

Big Blue Sky. 2015 Festival

Posted on September 21, 2015

Big Blue Sky will bring together the world's most coveted game-changers in visionary thinking, the UK's most respected digital leaders, the smartest minds of the Gold Coast and the students lighting the way of our future.  

Australia's Green Cauldron

Posted on August 21, 2015

Free Industry Engagement Workshop Date: Thursday 17th September 2015 Time: 10am to 2pm Venue: Southern Cross University  

The Future is Here

Posted on June 23, 2015

26th to 28th June One of the key recommendations of Bernard Salt's Beyond the Horizon report was the call for a MONA affect, a catalyst to transform our city through art and culture. The upcoming event 2970° is the seed to start that transformation, it is the festival of blue sky thinking to take us into the future. 2970° is a cross-sector forum with a difference, it will elevate, mentor and challenge our local creative thinkers. In a first for t [...]

Innovation Workshops

Posted on April 10, 2015

Applications Open to attend the City of Gold Coast Innovation Workshops: The Innovation Program demystifies ‘innovation’ for business and explores the development and commercialisation of new products. The program will provide you with an understanding of the strategic management of technology, negotiation and dealmaking, improving buyer relations and the valuation of intellectual property. The Program comprises two full day workshops.  You are wel [...]

Funding for Skills in Your Business

Posted on April 10, 2015

Industry Skills Funding Explained The $476 million Industry Skills Fund - Growth Stream (the fund) is a key element in the Australian Government's Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda and will provide up to 200,000 training places and support services over four years. The fund prioritises SMEs, including microbusinesses.   The fund assists industry to invest in training and support services, and to develop innovative training solutions. T [...]

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