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Quarterly Report to the Gold Coast Region

RDA Gold Coast's Quarterly Report to the Gold Coast Region for July to September 2018 is available to view now. 

Find out what RDA Gold Coast has been up to increase trade, investment, innovation and jobs in our region over the past three months. 

There's also a federal funding update and info on business initiatives including the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards and our food and agribusiness workshop series.

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Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

Round Three of the Australian Government's $641.6 million Building Better Regions Fund is now open.

Grants are available for projects which will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

For Round Three, $200 million is available, with up to $45 million of this funding earmarked to support tourism-related infrastructure projects.

There are two streams of funding available under the program:

The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

The Community Investments Stream funds the following community activities: new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability strengthening activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities.

Applications close 15 November 2018.

Win-Win Negotiations

RDA Gold Coast, RDA Ipswich & West Moreton and RDA Logan & Redlands are proud to partner with FIAL (Food Innovation Australia Limited) to host a series of workshops designed to boost the competitiveness and innovation of businesses in the food and agribusiness sector.

In our first workshop, Win-Win Negotiations, you'll learn skills and processes to help you negotiate the best possible deals, including understanding the differences between domestic and international buyers and how to modify your approaches accordingly.

This FREE, comprehensive one-day event also offers post-program support for all delegates from FIAL to help you apply the skills you have learnt.

Tuesday 16 October 2018, 9.00am - 4.00pm
HOTA - Homes of the Arts, Surfers Paradise

Find out more or register >>

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Former media manager Nick Scott has taken over one of the city’s most influential community and investment attraction bodies, announced as the new chairman of RDA Gold Coast.

Mr Scott will join RDA Gold Coast’s new Director of Regional Development Estella Rodighiero, formerly the Senior Economic Development Officer (Commonwealth Games) at City of Gold Coast.

RDAs are an Australian Government initiative to harness the competitive advantages of regions, seize on economic opportunities and attract investment.

RDA Gold Coast is part of a national network of 52 committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and organisations to support the development of their regions.

RDA Gold Coast will connect Gold Coast businesses and industry sectors with international trade partners, financial markets and potential investors, and engaging with regional entrepreneurs and business leaders to identify opportunities which will lead to job creation and growth.

Mr Scott said he was looking forward to steering the body in a new direction with a focus on bringing new industry and employment to the city and continuing to leverage work to articulate priorities, identify and align resources, engage stakeholders and promote solutions. In doing this RDA GC aims to support the growth and development of the Gold Coast.

“There’s a lot of opportunities in our region and supported by the board and with the leadership of Estella, I see this as culminating in significant investment for the Gold Coast,” he said.

Ms Rodighiero said the Gold Coast was entering into an exciting new phase following the Games and looked forward to seeing the city evolve its reputation as a global destination for trade and innovation.

Prior to joining as executive director, her role was to deliver high value business leads to the Gold Coast during Trade 2018 Games’ Time Trade and Investment Program and extend global networks, connect with business networks and support delivery of the Trade 2018 Games Time Business program.

Mr Scott is on the board of Gold Coast Tourism and Bond University Business School was the former general manager of Southern Cross Austereo – Gold Coast, charged with the ongoing management of 90.9 Sea FM and 92.5 Gold FM, Southern Cross Ten, One, Eleven.

Previous to Mr Scott’s appointment, Mr Craig Devlin held the chair position for seven years. Mr Scott thanked Craig for his outstanding guidance and contribution to the growth and development of the Gold Coast.