Developing Northern Australia – workforce multiplier

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Australia’s far north attracts more than 22 million domestic and international overnight visitors each year. The tourism industry contributes $1.2 billion directly into the Queensland economy – 3.7% of the state’s gross state product (GSP) and $11.6 billion to the state’s economy (7.5%).

In a strategy to help regional economies fully leverage their unique strengths, the Australian Government is focusing is injecting $220 million to Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP). Tropical north Queensland is one of 10 pilot areas that will receive funding. $20 million will go into stimulating long-term growth, diversifying the local economy and driving sustainable employment.

Other locations that’ll receive funding include Bower Basin, NSW’s north and south coasts, Wide Bay Burnett, Goulburn Valley, Geelong, Regional Tasmania, Upper Spencer Gulf and Latrobe Valley. Read More

Female founders taking their businesses global

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From women launching start-ups, to those expanding established businesses, South Australia’s female founders are increasingly taking their businesses interstate and globally. New initiatives, programs and resources are making this possible, however there are two main gaps – investment and a scaling up program that suits.

Even though there are many successful start-up stories, the topic of scaling is not often publicly talked about. In a recent Chooks SA article, members discussed the value of going into detail on how success is reached, rather than just talking about lessons learned. Read More

Start or grow your business in Gippsland & La Trobe Valley

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Victoria’s Gippsland is a region with a strong focus on food production, clean energy, health services, education and tourism. It produces one third of the state’s dairy production and 85% of its electricity (42% of Australia’s LPG). The town has a population of 270,000 people and the Government is working towards harnessing the region’s diversity to create economic opportunities.

In East Gippsland, manufacturing is the largest sector by output (16.5), with construction close behind (13.1%). Agriculture, forestry and fishing are also fundamental drivers of the economy.

In 2015, agriculture equated to $298,215 million, through crops and livestock. Tourism also attracts an enormous 1.10 million visitors per year, yielding approximately $361 million for the region. Read More

Startups tighten economic ties between Indonesia & Australia

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Taking Business to the next level – A Course for technology enabled start-up leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators #techscaleupID awardees had a front row seat to inspiring entrepreneurs, innovators and business partners across Australia.

The following examples are from #techscaleupid group in 2016.  There’s David Grice, the Managing Director of Musictec – a company dedicated to building music and tech collaborations to create innovative business opportunities worldwide. Connecting with Kuassa, a Badung-based start-up provides special effects music plugins for DJs and musicians.

Another Indonesian start-up, PayAccess, a mobile engagement and payment app for events, soccer and social clubs is also making waves. After CEO Rorian was connected with Andrew from Critik, the start-up will implement customer feedback add-ons for their mobile apps. Read More

#techscaleupID visits Queensland and Myriad Festival

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The Queensland Government is investing resources into programs, events, and opportunities to help more people start businesses – not just for Australians but also for encouraging people to move to the island continent.

#techscaleupid adds to the already-dynamic start-up community in Indonesia supported by Australia Awards.  Around 350 Short Term Awards will run each year, covering a variety of topics, strengthening links between Indonesians and Australians.  ‘Taking your business to the next level’ is a course for 25 Indonesian leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators, over 14 days in three Australian cities.

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Adelaide, South Australia – Top Choice for Global Entrepreneurial Delegations

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Adelaide and South Australia has become the number one choice for international delegations of entrepreneurs and government representatives but why?

Whether it is agribusiness, app development, aquaculture, clothing, counselling, creative economy, digital agencies, edutech, food, gaming, handicrafts, health, innovation labs, jewellery, jobs, online market places, SaaS, tourism, trade, wine and youth exchanges there is so much to be inspired about as described by recent delegations from Ecuador, Philippines and Indonesia.

The Ecuadorians had a focus on women in business and export, Filipinos on agribusiness and eco-tourism, and Indonesians on scaling up their businesses with the group including entrepreneurs and ‘unicorn’ companies. Read More

Managing your Airbnb guests expectations – it’s the little things that count

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Having rented many houses and stayed in a couple of Airbnb places I know that it’s the little things that count.

For example, when travelling to Wellington in New Zealand our Airbnb hosts allowed us to come straight off an overnight plane, drop our bags around 8.00 am and have a quick shower before a day of meetings.

Another host in Brooklyn, New York was happy for us to check out late so we could catch up on work and then head straight to the airport.

There are a number of expectations to consider managing and suggestions if you are an Airbnb host.

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Future UK holiday and catch up on those place we missed!

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This blog post is different.  It’s not about a holiday or an experience I’ve had, it’s an outline of a future holiday that I’m working towards.

When the Perry family travelled overseas in 2012 we had around 3 weeks and loads to fit in.  With this future holiday I’d like to catch up on those places we missed and consider a couple of different options.  You might like to post your ideas and recommendations too.

Flying to London, I’d choose a stop over in Singapore if flying with Qantas or Dubai if flying with Emirates, hopefully I have lots of frequent flyer points I can use like our 2012 holiday. Read More

Lazy Ballerina, K1, Three Brothers Arms, Longview and Royal Oak

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Having read, heard and talked about wineries and pubs in the Kuitpo, Meadows and Macclesfield area my husband planned a surprise mystery tour for me on the Monday of the recent long weekend – yes he listens really well! Scott likes to trick me though so we seemed to be going in another direction, pulling off the road at different places along the way that weren’t the right places and taking an interesting route.

First stop was the gorgeous Lazy Ballerina with pretty grounds, a modern cellar door and a down to earth approach to wine making. After trying a number of wines we each had a glass of white and pink moscato with a rustic tasting plate featuring cheeses, crackers, pear, grapes, almonds, olives and local dips. Read More

What can you do in 30 hours on Kangaroo Island?

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Getting up early on a Sunday morning is worth it when you are travelling across to Kangaroo Island (KI) in South Australia for a 30 hour mini break.  With the drive from Happy Valley to Cape Jervis to board the 10.00 am Sealink ferry taking about 1 hour and 15 minutes you need to leave at least 30 minutes to check in and for your driver to see the car on board too.

The trip across Backstairs Passage was fairly choppy as it was a very windy day and there is the opportunity to walk around the ferry from the inside lounge and kiosk area up onto the top deck or outside onto the bow of the ferry, port or starboard.  It takes 45 minutes on the ferry and then we arrived at Penneshaw a cute and welcoming little seaside village.
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