Call for innovators to unlock potential, funding
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 email@example.com
The Cool Mine’s The Cool Tube.