CSIRO invests $35M in Space and Artificial Intelligence

New and emerging opportunities in Space Technology and Artificial Intelligence will be supported through a $35 million investment, welcomed by the Coalition Government. Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is adding the two new fields to its Future Science Platforms (FSP) program. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the investment will help create new industries of the future,…

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$2 Billion fund to transform small business access to funding on the Gold Coast

73,000 small and medium businesses on the Gold Coast will benefit from the Liberal National Government’s introduction of a $2 billion Australian Business Securitisation Fund.  Local MP, Karen Andrews said many small and medium business owners on the Gold Coast find it difficult to obtain finance unless they put up their family home as collateral. “Even when small and medium businesses…

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Local set to shine at Australian Training Awards

Australia’s finest apprentices and trainees will celebrate the sector’s night of nights at the 25th annual Australian Training Awards, which recognise those with outstanding skills, professional characteristics and practices. The Gold Coast is being represented by Odin Lowsley, a finalist for the Vocational Student of the Year.  Local Gold Coast MP, Karen Andrews said vocational education and training (VET) is…

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Commemorating Remembrance Day 2018 on the Gold Coast

On Sunday, 11 November 2018, Australia will mark a significant milestone in its military history, commemorating the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First World War. 100 years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent and the most…

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CSIRO’s fish ID research to help on a global scale

Specimens from the Australian National Fish Collection in Hobart are helping improve the monitoring and management of fisheries thousands of kilometres away, through a project developed by CSIRO.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews has toured the fishIDER (fish Identification Database and Educational Resource) during a visit to CSIRO’s Hobart site, saying it shows how Australian research improves industry outcomes…

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Drones unlock safer future for underground mines

A new autonomous drone start-up from Queensland, Emesent, has received venture capital backing for its technology to make underground mines safer and more productive.  Emesent’s first product, Hovermap, is installed on drones to automate data collection in underground areas too dangerous or difficult for people to survey, such as in mines. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Emesent featured world-leading…

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Helping Gold Coast’s students make informed choices

Local MP, Karen Andrews has encouraged students on the Gold Coast to research and apply for more than 7,000 higher education courses using a new website launched today. Mrs Andrews said the Course Seeker website would allow prospective undergraduate students to compare and apply for courses that are right for them. “This website provides students with transparent, independent and unbiased information,” Mrs…

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One-stop-shop for financial complaints opens for business

Gold Coast consumers and small business will be spared the expense and inconvenience associated with taking financial complaints to court, with the Coalition Government’s Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) open for business as of Thursday 1 November 2018. “This new one-stop shop will deliver free, fast and binding service for all financial complaints, whether they relate to banks, credit providers,…

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Making Space for Science

Local Gold Coast schools and community organisations that encourage practical skills, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking can apply for a grant between $2,000 and $20,000 from the Coalition Government. Applications for the Coalition Government’s Maker Projects grants will open on Thursday 8 November. “The Coalition is providing $1 million in grants through the Maker Projects program, supporting the development of…

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Lower power prices coming for the Gold Coast

Families and small businesses on the Gold Coast will benefit from big savings under the Morrison Government’s new plan for affordable and reliable energy. The Morrison Government will: Stop the price gouging by the big energy companies by banning sneaky late payment penalties, requiring them to pass on savings in wholesale prices to customers, strengthening the regulator’s power to crack down…

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