Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Program #SCRIPT

Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council and Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast, along with their project partners have been awarded Advance Queensland Regional Innovation funding.  The funding was collectively matched by a number of organisations providing over $1 million over 3 years to develop innovation and entrepreneurial activities across the Sunshine Coast region.

About the program

The purpose of the program is to drive innovation, boost economic opportunities and create jobs across the Sunshine Coast region.

The Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Program #SCRIPT is a collaboration of local entrepreneurs, businesses, government stakeholders and the community to grow innovation and business capacity on the coast.  Sunshine Coast has a strong innovation ecosystem and this funding will allow for greater networking and enable more entrepreneurial activity resulting in more jobs whilst boosting the economy.

To bring about these outcomes, activities and resources are aligned to the following key priority areas:

  1. Smart Cities
  2. Food and Agribusiness
  3. Health and Wellbeing
  4. Sustainability and Environment; and
  5. Creative Industries


The official launch event for Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Program was held October 9, 2017 at the Maroochy River Golf Club. More than 100 people from across the Sunshine Coast region, including Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jamieson, and Noosa Mayor, Tony Wellington, gathered at the fabulous venue to celebrate the commencement of the program.
The SCRIPT steering committee was announced and includes a group of highly talented and awarded business people: Elaine Jobson, CEO of Jetts Fitness Group, Feda Adra, Ceo of Comlink, Mark Paddenburg, CEO of Innovation Centre, Michael Doneman, Chairman of the Old Ambulance Station, Roz White from White’s IGA Group, MIchelle Hamer, CEO Smart Advice, Darrell Edwards, CEO of Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast, Anthony Dow from Noosa Council and Anne Lawrence of Sunshine Coast Council.


BeachCity interviews Noosa Mayor, Tony Wellington.

BeachCity interviews Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jamieson.

Regional Innovation Coordinator (RIC)

The Regional Innovation Coordinator role has been appointed and the successful applicant is Ms Coby Sullivan. Coby understands the nuances of entrepreneurialism and innovation, having worked in New York City’s Varick Street Incubator as well as with some of Australia's most successful startups, such as The Urban List. She also brings a strong background in business development and stakeholder engagement, following leadership roles with Griffith University and Flight Centre Travel Group.


The regional innovation program will be governed by a steering committee comprising regional leaders with expertise in innovation, entrepreneurial activities and who also have an interest in the Sunshine Coast’s economic pillars including; Smart Cities, Food and Agriculture, Creative Industries, Health and Wellbeing, and Sustainability.


The program was developed through extensive consultation with the community and business sector: A public community contribution document, 2 workshops of 40 people each, over 30 interviews with community innovation members and leaders, over 900 emails including correspondence, scheduling, and agenda setting, over 25 bi-weekly calls, over 5 stakeholder meetings, and over a month of weekly webinars.

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Funding Partners

The funding was collectively matched by the organisations identified below: