April is underway… where did that quarter go?!
In this issue:
- New Coffs Coast destination video to share
- Future Food System CRC for Coffs Harbour
- Mark Your Diary
– Tourism industry events and workshops – all FREE!
– Coding De-coded workshop from 6 degrees
– Business and Tourism Awards to enter
– Free workshop – Human Centred Design for innovative ideas
- C.ex Coffs International Stadium – Stage 1 upgrade
- Arts & Cultural Development Grants – applications open
- Have Your Say: Draft Coffs Harbour City Centre Development Incentive Policy
- Youth Pathways: A practical solution for youth employment
- Business Tip: Visit the Business Bus
- The navy is coming! Check out the choppers…
- Events coming up
Cheers, from the I&DD Team
If you have any feedback, or suggestions for what you would like to see featured in future industry-wide newsletters that will ‘inform and inspire’ our business community please let us know by email.
New Destination Video Launched
The new ‘Naturally Connected’ campaign launched this week with a screening of the TV commercial at the Jetty Memorial Theatre for members of the tourism industry.
Fiona Barden, Council’s Section Leader, Industry & Destination Development said, “In this campaign, we’ve built on the previous ‘Create Your Paradise’ messaging, with the story evolving to show a sophisticated view of our growing regional city, one that has connection at its heart. It showcases the ability of the destination to connect with carefree childhood memories – a nostalgic theme to evoke
a sense of wonder and discovery of today’s Coffs Coast, its natural beauty and its relaxed, chic lifestyle.” Read about the launch here…
The video is now available to download and share. Make sure to use the hashtags if sharing on social media to help spread the word. #coffscoast #naturallyconnected #createyourparadise
Future Food for Coffs Coast
At the end of last month,Coffs Harbour was announced as one of six locations nationally to benefit from being part of the Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).
Council’s City Prosperity group and the Coffs Harbour Regional Airport have worked together, linking with industry, to provide support for the CRC project.
This is an exciting development for our local agrifood industry, with other CRC industry partners including large and small firms
across farming, distribution, food manufacturing, technology services and marketing.
The CRC brings wide-ranging benefits including new science and technology related jobs and education pathways, improved community health outcomes through nutritious fresh food, training of a new generation of food producers and more food-based regional tourism.
Industry Events & Workshops
6 DEGREES – INNOVATION & STARTUPS
Thursday 11 April, 10am to 12noon
Innovation Hub – Coffs Harbour Education Campus, Hogbin Drive
INFO & BOOK
TOURISM INDUSTRY – ALL FREE
Disability Awareness Training for Tourism Staff
Monday 6 May, 10am to 1pm
Toogetha, 36 Moonee St, Coffs Harbour
INFO & BOOK
Coffs Coast Champions Breakfast
Tuesday 14 May, 7am to 8.30am
Big Banana Fun Park – in the cafe
INFO & BOOK
Business Storytelling Workshop
Monday 3 June, 10am to 12noon
Level 1, Coffs Central Shopping Centre
INFO & BOOK
If you have any questions, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Awards Season is Here
It’s awards season on the Coffs Coast with two major business awards open for nominations and submissions now.
1. THE SUNNY’S BUSINESS AWARDS for 2019 is the perfect vehicle to celebrate the success of Coffs Harbour businesses.
Sunny’s applications close Wednesday 8 May.
2. THE REGIONAL TOURISM AWARDS for the North Coast. In 2018 the Coffs Coast enjoyed huge success – 11 local organisations won medals and three businesses were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Closing date for submissions, Friday 24 May.
These prestigious awards celebrate business and tourism excellence and provide businesses the opportunity to gain an insight into their operations and achieve recognition for their success.
Start Building and Testing that New Idea
Human Centred Design is a way of working in which the customers views and usage patterns of the service or product are taken into account when improving or building a new offering to them. It combines ethnographic research techniques and quick small trials (or prototypes) to test and learn on what works for both your customers and your business before you build.
This FREE workshop presented by Transport NSW and 6 degrees, teaches entrepreneurs and government staff how to start using human centred design / design
thinking techniques to better understand your customers and design better solutions for your community. The workshop will cover: Understanding the basics of Human Centred Design; Conducting great customer interviews; Building prototypes; and Customer Testing.
WHEN: Wednesday 8 May, 10.30am to 1.30pm (light lunch provided)
WHERE: Innovation Hub, Coffs Harbour Education Campus, Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour
Stage 1 (of 2) of the ‘Building an EPIC Stadium for the Future’ project – the upgrade of C.ex Coffs International Stadium – has officially opened and the new-look Stadium has already hosted the National Touch League and the Oztag Senior State Cup 2019.
The new buildings have been designed to provide state-of-the-art Sport Spaces including change rooms, coaching and media boxes. There are also several flexible event spaces suitable for meetings, workshops and training sessions. If you are looking for a venue with
plenty of onsite parking and catering available then the Stadium may be a great option to consider. Read more about the Sport and Event Spaces here and contact email@example.com for enquiries.
Also included as part of Stage 1 upgrades was The Hub, a home for local sporting organisations: AFL North Coast, Cricket NSW, and North Coast Football. The new Hub Café has also opened, operated by Jonothan Oates from Zest in Sawtell. Drop in for a
coffee during events or on weekday mornings.
Arts & Cultural Development Grants Now Open
Do you have a great idea for an arts and cultural project?
Coffs Harbour City Council invites applications for the 2019-20 Arts & Cultural Development Grants program. Closing date is 31 May.
Funding assistance of between $2,000 and $5,000 is available for events and projects that support new and exciting arts and cultural projects and initiatives in our communities.
HAVE YOUR SAY:
Draft Coffs Harbour City Centre Development Incentive Policy
Coffs Harbour City Council’s ‘Have Your Say’ website allows you to be informed and tell council what you think about issues that are important to you and the region. The draft policy below is important to many businesses on the Coffs Coast – Have Your Say about this on the link below.
Draft Coffs Harbour City Centre Development Incentive
This draft policy has been designed to help stimulate the development of residential, shop top housing and tourist accommodation within the Coffs Harbour City Centre and as outlined in the Coffs Harbour City Centre Masterplan. Council recognises the many benefits of supporting a vibrant and sustainable central business district. This proactive initiative may help promote and generate an increase in activity within this prominent community and business space.
Public submissions CLOSE 30 April 2019.
A Practical Solution for Youth Employment
Coffs Coast businesses are encouraged to register as employers via the new Youth Pathways portal developed by Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast at www.youthpathways.com.au
This local initiative has been developed to mutually assist employers and young job seekers – as a practical
effort towards reducing youth unemployment in the Mid North Coast Region (age range is 15 to 24). Access for employers is free, and you are able to create your own dashboard, post jobs and view applications in the one place.
RDA Mid North Coast Pathways Officer Steve Montgomery is available to meet with employers to walk you through the portal and explain how it works – which takes around 20 minutes (appointments via firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Steve directly on 0413 996 801).
All Aboard the Business Bus!
The Business Bus visits regional communities across NSW, connecting small businesses to their local Business Connect service and provides information and referrals to other programs and services for small businesses. The Business Bus is coming to:
- Coffs Harbour on Thursday 9 May – West High Street, Coffs Harbour,
in the vicinity of Jacqui’s Shoe Boutique (No. 152 West High Street)
- Woolgoolga on Friday 10 May – 56 Beach St, Woolgoolga (In front of NAB
Book a time to visit or come and visit the Bus anytime between 9am and 3pm. If you can’t make it to the Bus on the day, register to speak to a Business Connect local advisor.
Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business.
Spectacular 725 Squadron Navy Parade and Helicopter Flypast
Help us welcome the 725 Squadron to the Coffs Coast at this FREE community event to celebrate and commemorate our Defence Force.
The 725 Helicopter Training Squadron adopted by Coffs Harbour will be exercising their rights to the city in a spectacular parade and community event which will step off from The Pier Hotel in Harbour Drive at 11am on Wednesday 24 April. The helicopters will fly over the parade as they continue to the Jetty Foreshores. There will be a special performance from the Navy Band, activities for kids and family, a tour of the navy
cadet base and a free sausage sizzle! READ MORE
Events on the Coffs Coast
April 13 – 17: 2019 Billabong Oz Grom Cup
April 24: 725 Squadron Parade & Flypast
May 5: Japanese Festival of Children’s Day