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First Innovation Forum held

Wayne Morris, Scott McNeil, Deborah Mead and Gill Harkness at the first Gympie region innovation forum held yesterday at Gympie’s TAFE campus.
Wayne Morris, Scott McNeil, Deborah Mead and Gill Harkness at the first Gympie region innovation forum held yesterday at Gympie’s TAFE campus. Renee Pilcher

GYMPIE businesses have learnt more than one way to be more innovative at the first Gympie Region Innovation Forum held yesterday.

Gympie Regional Council economic development and public relations officer Lynne Wilbraham said she decided to hold the forum in Gympie after attending a successful one in Mundubbera.

Ms Wilbraham said about 45 individuals from various industries learnt how to develop new products and services after listening to speakers from government agencies and local innovative businesses.

Guest speakers included Tony Chadwick from the Logan City Council and AusIndustry regional manager Deborah Mead – sponsors of the forum.

Ms Mead said she spoke about various government assistance programs on offer to encourage businesses to be more innovative.

Funds available include a research and development tax concession and grants from Commercialisation Australia.

Ms Wilbraham said there were a wonderful array of local businesses demonstrating innovative products and services at the forum.

The event was so successful she is now looking at running the forum every six months.

“All the feedback has been really positive,” she said.

“There is a real cross section of businesses from manufacturing to retail; the forum doesn’t rest on one particular industry.”

For more information contact Lynne Wilbraham at Gympie Regional Council on 5481 0744.

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