After a challenging end to 2019 due to bushfires throughout our Shire, 2020 definitely marks the start of both reflection and renewal for our Economic Development team and the business community we strive to support. On behalf of the whole team, I’d like to congratulate the businesses in Peregian and Cooroibah and surrounds who have rallied in such a short amount of time to respond and revitalize in the wake of the fires, showing a depth of resilience that is an inspiration to us all.It is always difficult to truly plan for, and measure the impact of, natural disasters on local business. A reminder that our team stands ready to assist when and if you need it – either now in the wake of the fires, or in an effort to future proof and build further resilience into your business. 

Additionally, The Peregian Hub is hosting FireTech 2020 an accelerator for business in the Disaster and emergency response space and will host a Firetech 2020 Conference in the latter part of this year. Read the Hub Update below for more info. 

One thing is for sure though, and that is despite challenges, our economy is growing. Make sure to read the article below around the latest statistics – including the fact that Noosa Shire Council area’s Gross Regional Product hit $3,090 million as at 30 June 2019. We have seen a year on year rise and it’s a credit to the local business sector for making this strong progress. 

There’s no doubt that Noosa is a great place to create, build, sustain and enjoy business success. The Economic Development team at Council aim to support the local economy through communicating, collaborating and supporting business and business investment. 2020 will be an exciting year for our community as we build on this growth, through the adoption of a New Noosa Plan which provides for more business choices and rural enterprises. The draft Plan is currently with the State Minister for sign off. There’ll also be a focus on Noosa’s villages with the commencement of a Pilot Placemaking project which will bring together all aspects of business, community and environment to contribute towards thriving local villages.  

We wish you another prosperous year in 2020 and look forward to continuing active engagement with you, the business community, to support and grow your plans for the new decade.

All the best.

Kim Rawlings 


Environment and Sustainable Development

Kim Rawlings

The new year is always a great time to reflect and refresh, personally but also in your business. Business owners and operators should take time to assess what went right during the past 12 months and what can be done to improve things. 
Here’s three top tips to get your business ready for a roaring 2020…

Top Tips 1


Set some new year's resolutions for your business.  Try these tips on setting resolutions for success in 2020
Top Tips 2

Your business plan is important to business success.  Now could be the time to check if you're 'on plan' in preparation for the new financial year.
Top Tips 3


Now that you've reviewed your business, do you need to reset parts of your business plan?


This month, we chat to Jennifer Porter from Peregian Digital Hub based business, ouvar


In response to the bushfire crisis being felt across the country, the Digital Hub will host FireTech 2020 later this year. Firetech is the world’s first accelerator program for start-ups working on technologies to predict, prevent, fight or manage bushfire emergencies. Click here if you’re interested.

Noosa’s tech loving youngsters enjoyed an action-packed program of creating, inventing and having fun with the latest technology in a range of summer holiday programs. Including drone racing, 3D design and printing, and robotics. It was a great opportunity to have fun and get local kids ready for the future workplace. For photos, visit Holiday Workshops and check out the Events Calendar to keep your eye on future learning opportunities. 

Peregian Hub is growing with the addition of new digital business over the past couple of months, including ouvar, Spectralogic and Daily Greatness

The Peregian Digital Hub’s event program for 2020 kicks off in February with a busy slate of meetups for Noosa’s digital industry networks.

Coding from the Beach for IT/technologists – Thu 6 Feb
REBOOT for digital marketing & agency professionals – Tue 11 Feb
Sunshine Coast Producers Group for DJs & electronic music producers – Thu 13 Feb
More details at Digital Tribes 

Local business events are a great way to boost your connections.  Visit our new Events Calendar for the latest business events.

13 February 

Welcome to Noosa Customer Service Training  

17 February 

Path to Advanced Manufacturing Event  

18 February 

Solar for Strata Masterclass 

Introduction to Trade Distribution 

20 February 

Facebook for Tourism & Events  

Noosa Eco Check 

4 March 

Grants Network and Nibbles Night

12 March 

Selling Skills Workshop  


 Student Employability Workshops   

Sunshine Coast students can register now for the next round of Free Student Employability Workshops through Study Sunshine Coast. The workshops will cover a range of content including Building your LinkedIn profile, Interview skills and preparation and optimising your CV.  

 Noosa Foodies Stockists Guide

If you’re interested in supporting small business and local producers, check out the Noosa Foodies Stockists Guide 2020 produced by Slow Food Noosa. From local beef, tomatoes and coffee, Slow Food Noosa’s comprehensive guide is the one stop guide to our local producers. 

Veterans program

Noosa's record economic growth.. .

Noosa’s economy continues to be a great news story with 5% growth for the year to June 2019 – compared to the state’s growth of just over 1%. It has pushed the Shire’s GRP over the $3b mark for the first time. Noosa’s share of Queensland GRP is at its highest level since 2011, and a testament to the business community’s hard work and effort. Over 7,000 local business and 25,000 employees contributed to this.


Your update from Noosa's local Business Associations  

Your local Business Association is a wealth of connections and information - make sure to join!

Tourism Noosa 

The newly renovated Noosa Inspiration Centre  is now showcasing Tourism Noosa member business products, giving them a ‘stage’ in Hastings St.  Click on Read More below for an opportunity to showcase your product there. 

Tourism operators have given generously to Tourism Noosa’s Team Noosa Bushfire Appeal, donating more than $150,000 in accommodation, tours, experiences, dining and cash for holiday packages for fire-fighters and others affected by recent bushfires around Australia.

Cooroy Chamber of Commerce

Cooroy Chamber is gearing up for The Noosa Hinterland Property Expo which will showcase a boutique collection of the most knowledgeable property experts in the region. Applications are now open for local businesses to get involved as an Exhibitor or Activity Sponsor for the inaugural Noosa Hinterland Property Expo to be held on Saturday 8th August 2020 in the Cooroy Memorial Hall and surrounding areas.  Click here for the Exhibitors' Package. More information on website  


Business Mentoring Noosa 

Business Mentoring Noosa (BMN) has been operating for 8 successful years providing local business owners with expert business mentoring on a volunteer basis. New BMN President, Scott Williams says “we have successfully assisted over 300 businesses to date and with 26 highly experienced and motivated mentors in our group we are as keen as ever to continue helping local business owners. 

Country Noosa 

The first Scone Time for 2020 is scheduled for Tuesday 11 February at Cooroy Memorial Hall.   Noosa has now been officially drought declared, local agribusinesses can find valuable information on available support at the QLD government online portal.  

Click here for a full list of Business Associations in Noosa Shire.    

Interested in supporting our veterans?  

Businesses are invited to support our veterans and families through participating in the Veteran Recognition program. Businesses are invited to provide a specific offer for Veteran Card Holders – this could be a discount on goods and services, or any other form of assistance that may be suitable. .  Registration is free and there is no ongoing cost to businesses.


Connect and collaborate through Grants...

The Economic Development Grant Program is still taking applications.  If you've got a great idea that will connect local businesses or create a collaboration, check out the Guidelines and drop us an email.  

Other open grants at the moment include: 

Business Growth Fund targets assistance for small -medium sized businesses that demonstrate high growth and employment aspirations.   Closes February 17  

Jobs & Regional Growth Fund  aims to assist business to grow and expand throughout regional Queensland. The Fund helps projects which support regional business investment and improve ongoing employment outcomes.

The Energy Efficient Communities is opening soon and assists businesses to improve energy efficiency practices & technologies and reduces power bills. 

Noosa Council Funding Finder  has a new Emergency Funding button on the home page providing bushfire, drought and disaster funding information for affected businesses and organisations.  This provides a summary of the relief and support programs that are available 

Council's New website

Have you seen Council’s new website? Launched in December, our new look website is mobile friendly and easy to use with improved accessibility, enhanced search functionality and a new Business Events calendar. Don’t forget that Council’s Business Pages are a one stop shop for all of your local business information including Grants, Business Support & Regulations and Statistics.  


The new Local Law for Advertising Devices(signage) will commence on February 28 with a continued focus on preserving the Shire’s unique visual amenity.  Thank you to all businesses who lodged a submission during the consultation process.  In the new Local Law, businesses can still display one A-frame sign. Changes include:-  teardrop banners will not be permitted; real estate agents are able to display one directional sign for house inspection/auction.  A one-off approval is required for new signs that are illuminated, pylon, pole and free-standing signs.  Check out the Fact Sheet and if you require more assistance, please call Customer Service on 5329 6500. 

Local government elections

Local government elections are being held on 28 March 2020.   

Disaster Management for Business  

As we’ve witnessed, disasters can strike without any warning.  It’s important to be ready for all sorts of emergencies, so we’ve just updated our website with disaster preparedness information for business.  There are also some handy hints of what to do should a disaster strike. 


Business Energy Advice Program  

Funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Environment and Energy and delivered by Australian Business,  BEAP provides free personalised advice that can help small businesses choose the best value energy plan for their situation, save money on their energy bills, increase energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption, while identifying grants and programs to help reduce the cost of investment.  


What business related topic would you like to read about in future editions? 

We'd love to hear  your feedback!   


Are you a local food and beverage supplier?  Apply now for the QLD Food and Beverage Supplier Directory - part of the State Government's Buy Queensland initiative. 

ATO is changing businesses access to government online services including the new Business Portal.  Make sure to keep up to date with the changes. 


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