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Cultural Trailblazer

A difficult childhood can make or break a person. In the case of Alana Kennedy, CEO of Ochre Bloke, it has made her a resilient entrepreneur, and an inspiration to Indigenous people everywhere in realizing that the challenges were in fact “moments of impact”. Growing up in a remote location overcoming challenges like identity disconnection, […]

Women of Achievement

The Women of Achievement events connect North Queensland’s leading experts and researchers, female founders, entrepreneurial visionaries, truth-tellers, innovators, thought leaders and dynamic women in business who inspire and elevate each other. This year’s Women of Achievement luncheon presented a commanding collective of women who shared honest, inspirational and raw stories which we share for you […]

iNQ 2.0: Innovation Evolution

If the terms ‘startup’, ‘entrepreneurial ecosystem’ and ‘collaborative environment’ get your motor running then you’re definitely reading the right rag, but more specifically you’ve come to the right page. If you’re not already familiar with the workings of Innovate NQ (iNQ) then you soon will be. It’s been a startup for startups in the Townsville region since 2014—the hive […]

From High Flyer to Flying High

As a high-flying professional in corporate America, Heather MacKenzie thought she had the world at her feet, until she was the survivor of a sexual assault in the workplace case that would change her life completely and lead her here to North Queensland. It was 2014 when Heather MacKenzie was working as an executive for a healthcare […]

Tomorrow’s Scientists Take On Lego

OVER 160 PRIMARY AND HIGH-SCHOOL CHILDREN REPRESENTING SCHOOLS FROM ACROSS THE REGION CONVERGED AT CQUNIVERSITY TOWNSVILLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CAMPUS’ SECOND ANNUAL FIRST® LEGO® LEAGUE (FLL) REGIONAL HEAT. The FIRST® LEGO® League event was a test of strategy and innovation, a spirited competition in which teams used LEGO® Education Mindstorm kits to compete in […]

Confident Comeback at TBDC

IT SPEAKS OF THE RESILIENCE REQUIRED BY TOWNSVILLE BUSINESSES AND ORGANISATIONS TO NAVIGATE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES; THE ABILITY OF A TEAM TO PULL TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS QUICKLY AND INSPIRE CONFIDENCE THAT IF THE TOWNSVILLE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (TBDC) CAN TURN THINGS AROUND IN THE FACE OF IMMINENT COLLAPSE, SO TOO CAN YOUR BUSINESS. […]

New Turf Club CEO A Good Bet

THERE WERE NO BLINKERS ON WHEN MINDY POWELL-HODGES ACCEPTED THE ROLE AS CEO FOR THE FINANCIALLY CHALLENGED TOWNSVILLE TURF CLUB. Just a few months into the role, new Turf Club CEO, Mindy Powell-Hodges, is already implementing her bold vision to revitalise the Club and return it to its glory days as a community centrepiece. Aware of […]

Just The Ticket

BANKS REJECTED KRISTEN GOLDUP’S BUSINESS PROPOSITION 10 YEARS AGO AS “TOO HIGH RISK”, BUT LOCAL TICKETS HAS GROWN FROM AN ANNUAL TURNOVER OF A COUPLE OF THOUSAND DOLLARS TO MILLIONS PER YEAR. Trading locally as Townsville Tickets, the Local Tickets company now covers every Australian town and is expanding its international licensing opportunities. “I saw the […]

A Business on the Move: Feel Good Foodie

EVERYONE LIKES FOOD. WE NEED TO EAT TO LIVE. BUT HOW MANY OF US LIVE TO EAT? MEET SALLY VUJICA, WHO IS POSSIBLY TOWNSVILLE’S MOST PASSIONATE FOODIE. Sally is the owner-operator of The Feel Good Foodie, a globally-inspired local food truck serving gluten-free morsels of healthy and delicious street food. Townsville born and bred, Sally […]

The Asia Algorithm

Leading Australian Economist, Carey Ramm, isn’t the first business leader to highlight lost opportunity in Townsville’s reluctance to embrace ASIAPac market opportunities. “What Townsville has to recognise is that it’s future lies outside the national boundaries. We’re closer to Asia than we are to Melbourne and therefore, we should be looking North for growth, not south.” […]