E-News – December – Innovative Region Session Success!


Innovative Region Session Success!

On 5 December NTDC and The Van Diemen Project Hosted Richard Webb, CEO and Co-founder of Cataliize, for an information session on the advantages of being a small region in the new era of the ‘individual’.
This was a great opportunity to hear from and pick the brain of a successful CEO, business mentor, and entrepreneur.

A key note to take away from Richard was that Tasmania, has unique produce and more opportunity to leverage the food and beverage industries, as well as our clean air, access to very fast internet speeds, and overall livability of our region. Our state has the potential to compete successfully on the world stage.

Cataliize believe that by supporting global commercialisation with an aligned collaborative ecosystem and re-skilling and supporting the solepreneur, important global problems can be solved and Tasmania can be a front-runner.

Tasmania is flourishing with an array of start-ups, early stage businesses, and those already well established that are looking at expanding but currently lack the resources and/or capital. Cataliize was established with the goal to disrupt the current model that has served the industrial and information ages so well. Check out what Cataliize can do for you by visiting their website.

Regional Economic Development Plan (REDP)

The Regional Economic Development Plan (REDP) is now in draft form, and will now be considered by three levels of government over the next two months. We anticipate we will provide the Draft REDP for public consultation in the first quarter of 2019. Keep an eye out on the NTDC Facebook page and website for updates.

Investment Attraction Taskforce

Greg Bott, Deputy Chair of NTDC is the chair of the Investment Attraction Taskforce established this year as part of the Regional Economic Development Plan (REDP) with the objective of linking business expansions and new projects to potential finance options.

Our recent guest speaker, Richard Webb of Cataliize is also on the Investment Taskforce as well as: a representative of the Office of the Coordinator General, ANZ Bank, RDA Tasmania, and the Business Community.
If you or someone you know are interested in what type of information is required to gain investment support click here.
If you or someone you know is interested in having a conversation on how the Taskforce or NTDC can assist, please contact NTDC: Maree Tetlow via:maree@ntdc.org.au or on 0408 825 060.

Northern Tasmania Food Network

NTDC and RDA Tasmania are planning to continue to support a Food Network into 2019. Based on food businesses feedback we anticipate hosting networking sessions with guest speakers that include: exporting, freight and logistics, labelling and bar-codes, and business growth phases.

If you or someone you know would like to hear more about the network, please contact NTDC via the NTDC website.

Head over to our Food Network Facebook page to keep up to date on all things in this space!
The aim remains to be connecting businesses in the food and agricultural sectors so you can share experiences, knowledge, ideas, connections, and value-add to your business.


University of Tasmania:
The University of Tasmania is calling for Northern Tasmanian businesses to open their doors to talented and enthusiastic international students studying at the University of Tasmania and TasTAFE, by offering workplace experiences and unlocking benefits for both the students and their businesses.

The I-PREP program, supported by the Tasmanian Government, aims to give international students an opportunity to engage in and make a valuable contribution to a Tasmanian workplace.

To find out more click here.

On Farm Energy & Irrigation:
The On-farm Energy and Irrigation Audit Program provides a subsidy to assist farmers engage a qualified professional to review their farm energy use, infrastructure and systems, and to identify savings strategies.

Funding is available over 3 years – 2018/19 – 2020/21 and remains open until the allocation for each financial year is fully committed. Applicants can apply at any time in this period.

To find out more or apply click here.

2019 Employer of Choice Awards
Are you looking to build your organisation’s reputation as a great place to work?
Being recognised as an Employer of Choice will give you an edge in the competition to attract and retain a skilled workforce, and help you to win new customers.
Entries close 20 December 2018.
For more information, click here.

Cyber Security Small Business Program
The Cyber Security Small Business Program will support small businesses across Australia to have their cyber security tested by a provider that has been approved by the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers Australia New Zealand (CREST).
Grants will be provided to small businesses (with 19 or fewer employees) for up to 50 per cent of the cost of a micro, small or standard certified small business check.
Applications close: 30 June 2020 5:00 pm AEST. The program will close earlier if the funding is fully committed. Click here to visit the website.


The 22nd International Farm Management Association Congress

3-8 March 2019
Supplementary day for Next Generation agricultural managers on Saturday 2nd March
The main theme is “Growing Agriculture at 410 South”. While the theme infers special interest in Tasmania, and is consistent with the State Government’s objective of increasing the farm gate value of agricultural output 10-fond by 2050.
Submissions close 31 October 2018. Click here for more information. 3

The NTDC team wish you a very happy and safe festive season.

Our office will be closed from the 21st December and reopening on the 7th January.

Feel free to email the office with any queries in the meantime and we will get back to you in the new year.