IPSWICH has been named the state's leader in innovation and technology.  

The city's commitment to fostering new start-ups through the Firestation 101 innovation hub has also put us in the box seat to win a significant amount of funding.  

Minister for innovation Leeanne Enoch chose Ipswich to announce the release of a discussion paper as part of a series of workshops to decide how millions in funding will be spent.   

She said Firestation 101 was the perfect place to make the announcement given the work happening at the hub had been "absolutely mind blowing".  

"In terms of collaboration Ipswich is definitely leading the way," Minister Enoch said.  

"To have a council that has 100 per cent supported this facility - there's nothing like that in Queensland.   

"In fact as I understand it, I don't think there is anywhere in Australia where a council has actually done this.   

"That's why I chose to come here."

The Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Small Business Leeanne Enoch MP announced a regional innovation hubs program at Fire Station 101. Picture with Memeber for Ipswich Jennifer Howard, deputy mayor Paul Tully and mayor Paul Pisasale.
The Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Small Business Leeanne Enoch MP announced a regional innovation hubs program at Fire Station 101. Picture with Memeber for Ipswich Jennifer Howard, deputy mayor Paul Tully and mayor Paul Pisasale. David Nielsen

  In the 2016-2017 budget the state government committed $6 million for the Advance Queensland Regional Innovation Hubs program.   

Now the government is calling on all Queenslanders to have a say in how that money is spent to build up existing and budding innovation hubs during the consultation period.  

Ipswich is already leading the pack, but the Minister said that put it in a "good stead" to win a decent share of the government's funding pie.  

"The workshops we will be carrying out will give us an idea of how we will support this particular region," Minister Enoch said.   

"Given the collaboration is already there, certainly we've got a start-up community, a bit of an eco-system that is being established - that would hold Ipswich in good stead in terms of the funding."  

The consultation period opened yesterday and closes at 5pm on Monday, September 26.   

Go to Advance.qld.gov.au/ RegionalHubs to read the paper and for information on how to make a submission.   

  • Firestation 101 is a shared space equipped with the technology that budding entrepreneurs need to develop ideas. Members are mentored by industry professionals and inadvertently each other simply by sharing a space and therefore ideas. Find out more at firestation101.com.au


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