Call for in­no­va­tors to un­lock po­ten­tial, fund­ing

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LIV­ING­STONE Shire Coun­cil is call­ing lo­cal start-ups and in­no­va­tors to get in touch.

The call-out is part of an bid to build a net­work of lo­cal tal­ent, to help un­lock their po­ten­tial and ex­plore fund­ing and devel­op­ment.

Yep­poon busi­ness Cool Mine is a start-up suc­cess, re­cently re­ceiv­ing Ad­vance Queens­land fund­ing for fur­ther devel­op­ment of its in­no­va­tive cre­ation known as The Cool Tube.

The air con­di­tioner-like de­vice does not re­quire a power source or gas and is help­ing un­der­ground mine work­ers avoid po­ten­tially fa­tal heat stress while work­ing in con­fined spa­ces.

Cool Mine sales and ac­counts man­ager Vanessa Glead­hill said the Ig­nite Ideas Fund­ing for the devel­op­ment and com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of the Cool Tube would al­low for two new jobs, with eight more to be cre­ated within three years.

“I think it re­mains im­por­tant to our iden­tity that we con­tinue to show­case the tal­ent and skills on offer in re­gional Queens­land,” Ms Glead­hill said.

“We have a long jour­ney ahead with ex­cit­ing new de­vel­op­ments, so it re­mains im­por­tant that we con­tinue to build strong re­la­tion­ships right from the be­gin­ning with our sup­pli­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers, dis­trib­u­tors and dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing pro­mot­ers.

“It re­mains crit­i­cal that we have com­pet­i­tively priced, qual­ity prod­ucts that are in a con­stant state of evo­lu­tion to the mar­ket’s needs.

“I think it’s im­por­tant for others in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions as ours to know there is im­mense gov­ern­ment and coun­cil sup­port for small busi­ness and start-ups.

“It was not un­til we started ex­plor­ing op­tions last year that we re­alised just how large the sup­port net­work was both fi­nan­cially and other.”

Deputy mayor and the coun­cil’s Dig­i­tal Econ­omy and In­no­va­tion Cham­pion Coun­cil­lor Nigel Hut­ton con­grat­u­lated the busi­ness on its in­ven­tive idea.

“In the grow­ing dig­i­tal econ­omy, ex­ist­ing and new busi­nesses need to lever­age the lat­est tech­nolo­gies to en­gage more of­ten and mean­ing­fully with their cus­tomers, broaden their mar­kets, op­er­ate their busi­ness more ef­fi­ciently and/or pur­sue new ven­tures,” Cr Hut­ton said.

“By adopt­ing a ‘smart re­gion agenda’, (the) coun­cil is en­cour­ag­ing in­no­va­tive peo­ple to move to the Capri­corn Coast re­gion and cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­tain our smart young peo­ple, mak­ing us a much more at­trac­tive, smart and pro­duc­tive com­mu­nity over­all.

“(The) coun­cil will en­deav­our to do as much as it can to sup­port busi­ness and in­dus­try in their up­take of dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies.

“Busi­nesses are also en­cour­aged to sign up to coun­cil’s bi-monthly Busi­ness Bul­letin which pro­vides the lat­est news of what’s hap­pen­ing in the com­mu­nity, as well as pro­vid­ing up­dates on the lat­est busi­ness events and grant op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

To find out more, go to www.liv­ing­stone.qld.gov.au/ 1039/In­vest­ment-andBusi­ness or email eco­nomic devel­op­ment@liv­ing­stone.qld.gov.au

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

The Cool Mine’s The Cool Tube.

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