Millions of dollars for Gladstone business boost

GLADSTONE entrepreneurs and small business owners can have their say on a $6m Regional Innovation Hubs program.

A workshop will be held in Gladstone next month on Tuesday October 6 for residents to have their say in the development of a new program.

Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher said the program will support regional innovation by connecting local efforts and leveraging key regional strengths in startups and existing businesses.

"Innovation is not something that only happens in cities and by people in lab coats in research institutions and universities," Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher said.

"Innovation happens in the regions every day, from small businesses offering new services, to farmers introducing new practices, to doctors using technology to reduce patient waiting times.

"Each region has its own unique challenges and opportunities and that's why it is important there is input from Gladstone - to make sure that we get what we need to succeed."

The funding supplements an existing $1.5 million network fund announced in 2015.

Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said regional Queenslanders could also have their say through an online discussion paper.

"We want to build regional innovation activity that will continue well beyond this funding commitment."

The Gladstone workshop will be held on Tuesday October 6 at the Leo Zussino Building at CQUniversity Marina campus from 11am - 3pm.

To register for the Gladstone workshop visit goo.gl/oc1hZG.

Consultation closes at 5pm on Monday September 26, with funding decisions to be announced by the end of 2016.



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