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Talisman Sabre Prompts U.S Embassy Visit

Off the back of the recent success of Talisman Sabre, U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires, Doug Sonnek visited Townsville today to discuss trade, export and economic opportunities between the United States and Australia.  Mr Sonnek, who is the most senior American Diplomat in Australia, spoke to industry leaders about the crucial link North Queensland will play […]

A Force in the North

Two local companies have joined forces to keep quality service in the North. In April, OnBoard I.T. announced that they would be merging with ADITS; a decision that will allow both companies to maintain a strong presence within the region, working together for their local community. They both now share the same mission: Implement progressive […]

Humble Beginnings to New $5 Million Home

IN 1984, TOWNSVILLE CITY COUNCIL ESTABLISHED A LABORATORY IN A SMALL DEMOUNTABLE BUILDING ADJACENT TO THE DOUGLAS WATER TREATMENT PLANT AT THE FOOT OF MOUNT STUART. It housed one chemist and two lab assistants, and tests were limited to pH, alkalinity and chlorine. For other tests, samples were sent off to Brisbane. Fast forward 37 […]

Grant Funding to Ignite Ideas

Local businesses looking to find out more about a Queensland Government program to help innovators reach their goals are encouraged to attend an information session on Monday evening at the Smart Precinct. The Ignite Ideas Fund is now open for startups that are at minimum viable product stage, or beyond, and need funding to commercialise their […]

Five Minutes With…Tara J Parish

As an international intellectual property (IP) innovation law expert, and community and business advisor on emerging technologies, Tara J Parish has dedicated her career to advising multinationals, start-ups, community networks and individuals on how to best protect their IP rights. As the founder of Townsville’s TJIP Patents, Trade Marks & Designs, Tara uses IP to […]

Big Idea to Turn City’s Youth into Job Creators

Youth entrepreneurship in the region is looking bright after talented high school students from across North Queensland came together today at the Townsville City Council Big Ideas Youth Challenge to develop their entrepreneurial thinking and pitch their innovative ideas to improve our region. Hosted by Smart Precinct NQ in a Townsville Airport hangar, students heard […]

Young Entrepreneurs Create Sustainability App

During the week, Erin, Imogen, and Isabella, are your typical Year 6 Heatley State Primary School students. But when the afternoon bell rings, these young girls are the co-founders and creators of a new and upcoming sustainability app aiming to prevent waste by educating young people on the 6R’s of recycling.  Thanks to the support […]

Manufacturing the Future of our Region

North Queensland’s first hardwood and agricultural plastic recycling facility is preparing to create regional jobs and turn local waste into value-add products. Qplas Pty Ltd. is combining recycled agricultural plastics with waste timber from African Mahogany plantations in North Queensland to produce cost-effective and durable plastic composite products.  Qplas founder and Chairperson Sandra Richards says […]

Innovation on Home Soil

A world first project that has seen three local businesses collaborate to convert weed and waste products into high value soil additives is preparing to launch for the first time this month. New ‘for purpose’ business venture, Atlas Soils, is striving to improve local soil health and resource efficiency in the Townsville landscape by turning […]