Sunshine Coast Council


On 6 September 2018 I was pleased to present to councilors and staff at Sunshine Coast Council on how they can strengthen their rural communities and businesses into the future. The very next day they announced a huge contract to provide submarine cabling connecting Australia to three global locations. Lots happening in this part of Australia!

Regional Innovation Award

What a lovely surprise to be recognised with the 8point8 Regional Innovation Ecosystem Leader Award in Wagga Wagga on 22 August 2018.

It was also a pleasure to be one of the keynote speakers contributing to learning across regional communities Australia wide.

Congratulations to the conference organisers. So important for these types of events to be led by the region for the region. So much talent to harness!

Operation Next Gen makes its mark

Measuring long term impact can sometimes be tricky but if you keep your eyes open it can also be obvious.  WIN TV recently reported on a tourism boom in Cohuna citing massive growth over a four year period. It was no coincidence that Operation Next Gen Cohuna was launched four years ago.  Congratulations to the ambassadors for their great work in establishing the #GetYourBacksideCreekside campaign.


READ MORE about Operation Next Gen Program that works with rural towns wishing to take control of their own destiny.

Rural Towns Fighting Back

As momentum gathers towards a second edition of my book being published, I am currently writing a new series of articles entitled Rural Towns Fighting Back. There has been a massive response to the first two case studies featuring Manning and Lamoni in Iowa.  I look forward to sharing many more case studies of enterprising rural towns here in Australia and overseas.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions.  MANNING ARTICLE   LAMONI ARTICLE