Tourism, business and economic monthly newsletter from Cassowary Coast Regional Council. Keep up-to-date with what's going on in the region and how to get involved. Business workshops, planning & development news, industry updates and more.. 
Whether your business was affected by the floods directly or indirectly through road closures, learn how to recover and be resilient. 

Mentoring and workshops are available to help small business owners and operators after recent flooding. Meet with experienced business experts from the Mentoring for Growth program to discuss ways to help your business recover after the floods. Business Mentors are available for Mentoring for Recovery Chats, one-on-one meetings to help with business resilience, cash flow, insurance, legal and marketing.

Mentoring for Recovery Chats
Date: Wednesday 18 April 2018 
45 minute one-on-one chats are available from 9:00am to 4:00pm at your business premises (Cardwell Only)

Business Flood Recovery Workshop
Date: Wednesday 18 April 2018
Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Venue: Marine Hotel-Motel, 61 Victoria St, Cardwell (All Cassowary Coast Businesses Welcome)

To book, e-mail your business details or phone (07) 333 54633.
Financial assistance to help Small Business affected by North Queensland flooding

Disaster assistance has been activated for Small Businesses in the Cassowary Coast affected by the recent heavy rains across North Queensland and Severe Tropical Cyclone Nora and Associated Flooding.

Category B Natural Disaster Assistance loans are administered by the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) on behalf of the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments. For more information or to apply visit or freecall 1800 623 946. 
The new Façade Improvement Incentive Scheme encourages commercial building owners and business operators to invest in façade renovations and storefront improvements for their buildings.

The scheme is part of Council’s ongoing commitment to revitalise the Cassowary Coast region as a dynamic and vibrant destination that positions the region as a lifestyle, investment and tourist destination. Further details and how to apply will be provided in the 2018/19 Financial Year. Download the Economic Activation & Tourism Committee Meeting Agenda for more information.

Recognising Innisfail's Art Deco architecture, history and character has increasingly become important with the rapid rise in tourism interest from visitors both nationally and internationally.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council plans to develop a draft strategy to unlock this potential opportunity and build an Art Deco tourism economy in consultation with Innisfail businesses and community representative groups including best practice findings from Napier in New Zealand. Download the Economic Activation & Tourism Committee Meeting Agenda for more information.

The FNQ Regional Office of Department of State Development  is holding a tendering workshop in Cairns to help businesses maximise their chance of winning work including major projects. Learn how to submit tender documents, understand terms and conditions, identify purchasing requirements and improve chances of gaining new business. 
Thursday 14 June, 8am-12pm in Cairns. $50 per person. For more information contact 07 4027 5620 or book here.
Receive an industry update by the CEO, find out current market activity from Market Managers that cover Japan, Western China and Domestic. Learn about new digital opportunities for your business. 

Wednesday 16 May, 11am-2pm at Castaways Resort and Spa, Mission Beach. Complimentary, includes lunch. Find out more.
Bag Ban Deadline: 1 July 2018

The Queensland Government will enforce a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags from 1 July 2018.

This ban will affect all retailers – from grocery stores to fashion boutiques, from convenience stores to fast food outlets – that currently use light-weight plastic bags, including HDPE plastic, biodegradable, compostable and degradable bags.

From April 2018, retailers should start to phase plastic bags out of their supply chain if they haven't already. Make the transition now to avoid penalties.


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Cassowary Coast Regional Council
70 Rankin Street, Innisfail Q 4860
Phone: +61 7 4030 2222 or 1300 763 903

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