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Team Wilky Win GovHack Award

Max Diamond from team Wilky is awarded a GovHack prize by Director of Atlas of Living Australia, Dr Andre Zerger (right).

Max Diamond from team Wilky is awarded a GovHack prize by Director of Atlas of Living Australia, Dr Andre Zerger (right). Image source: CSIRO

Team Wilky took top spot in the Australia@Sea challenge set by the CSIRO. Team Wilky participated in GovHack 2019 at the Peregian Digital Hub.

They created a solution to enhance community engagement with whales and our ocean environment. It works by capturing whale sounds during migration using an underwater recording device called a hydrophone. The sounds are then transmitted to an iPad on shore for the community to listen to.


Business Opportunity for Solar Retailers 

The Australian Energy Foundation is expanding their services into Queensland. 
Noosa Council will be partnering with the Australian Energy Foundation (AEF) to inform, encourage and enable more local people to install solar on their homes.   AEF will also provide a residential quote service for energy products and services. 
AEF are currently running a tender process for solar retailers, and are calling for expressions of interest from businesses interested in working with them to provide these energy products and services to communities.    
The tender is now open and closes at the end of December.  Please note that this is not a Noosa Council tender and if you would like more information, refer to the following:
You can download documents by registering on the following link:
To view the notice, click on “All current Tenders”, the Notice Reference Number is : AU-854751
Please email enquiries to:

Noosa Businesses shine at Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2019

11 November 2019 

Congratulations to all winners in the Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2019.  The Awards highlighted the quality and excellence of businesses in our region and were celebrated at a Gala Event at the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre on November 9, 2019. 

Special congratulations to the following Noosa businesses who won in their Category at this years ceremony.   Noosa businesses had a record number of winners this year, including winning the overall Business of the Year which was awarded to Noosa Beach House.  

2019 Noosa Award Winners 

Category: Accommodation (large) 
RACV Resort Noosa  
Category: Creative Industries 
In Noosa Magazine 
Category: Festivals and events  (Large) 
Noosa Food and Wine 
Category: Health and Wellness (small) 
We Are Gravity Fit  
Category: Hospitality (large) 
Noosa Beach House

Category: Tours and Transfers (small)
Business of the Year 
Noosa Beach House 

For moer information on our local Winners, visit our Awards page. 

Click through to the Awards Facebook page for photos of the Gala Event and Award winners. 
Complete list of winners here


Waste Savings for Business

24 September 2019

Does your business want to recycle more and reduce its waste charges? Thanks to new initiatives by Noosa Council’s waste and sustainability team it’s easier than ever.

Local businesses can now order either a 240L or 360L bin collected fortnightly or a bulk 1100L garden waste bin, collected each Friday. Separating waste is worth it not only for the environmental benefits but can offer great financial savings for your business.

If your waste bulk bins are being filled with garden waste, the new bulk garden waste service will save you more than $1,000 a year, with the cost of a normal waste bulk bin approximately $1,882pa, while a garden waste bulk bin is $700 pa.

Furthermore, did you know that a weekly waste bulk bin service is $1,882 while a recycling service is $930?

That’s an annual saving of $952 and if you have cardboard only that’s an even bigger saving at a cost of $457 each year for a weekly bulk bin.

You can order directly on Councils website here or if you’d like more information email the team..

If you’d like to discuss your options, call directly on 5329 6500 for advice on the most economical and environmentally savvy waste choices available to your business.

Local Digital Champion Announced

1 August 2019

Congratulations to local technologist Malte von Ruden for being recognised in the latest round of Queensland Digital Champions.

Malte von Ruden is a highly-experienced embedded software engineer based in Noosa. For the past few years, he has been volunteering his time teaching the Young Inventors Program at Sunshine Beach State School.

Instead of teaching students how to use technology, he teaches them how to invent with it. Around 20 students meet weekly to learn an advanced curriculum of STEM topics they would typically encounter in first year university computer science and engineering classes.

Malte's approach emphasises how to reason from first principles to solve problems and he is repeatedly impressed by the levels of understanding of the material exhibited by the kids who are as young as Year 4.

Malte has also taught local 3D design and printing course to adults and taught the computer science and engineering components of the Hub's drone program.

A worthy recipient of this accolade. More information

NBN now connected to 10 million homes

July 24, 2019

NBN Co today announced more than 10 million homes and businesses are now able to connect to the nbn™ access network. This major milestone comes with less than twelve months of the build remaining. Over 90% of Noosa Shire is now able to connect to the NBN via the different technologies - fixed, wireless and satellite.

With all these people ready to connect, visit their website to see what you can do to ensure the most optimal nbn™ experience in your premises.

For more tips on how to get to best connect to the NBN, visit

Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2019

June 4, 2019

It's time for Noosa businesses to shine.

The 25th Sunshine Coast Business Awards were launched at the Queensland Small Business Week Breakfast on May 29. Mayor Tony Wellington helped launch the awards to over 300 business leaders at the breakfast featuring outstanding past award winners. There were 17 finalists from Noosa last year and we want to scoop the pool this year!

The region’s most prestigious awards are designed to recognise business success throughout our community who excel in their industry. Let's recognise our local business owners and operators. Nominate your favourite business or apply for an Award now.

Visit the Awards website to nominate, apply or for more information.


'Better Together' Networking Event

May 2 2019

The Economic Development team proudly hosted its inaugural ‘Better Together’ networking event for local business associations. The Wednesday gathering included a Q+A discussion panel featuring Jacqui Price from the Food Agribusiness Network FAN, Michael Tozer from Noosa Junction Association, Vivien Griffin from Zero Emissions Noosa and Sandra Arico from Innovate Noosa, who each shared some excellent insights in to the importance of collaboration and proper planning in creating effective action.

We also heard from Mayor Tony Wellington, Council CEO Brett De Chastel, and Senior Economic Development Adviser Carolyn Bullen, who all spoke about the value of the business associations and collaboration to our local economy.


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