In a first for Queensland, Sunshine Coast Council has joined forces with ICN to offer a portal for local business to link into regional projects on the ICN Gateway.
And while some other councils across the country have undertaken similar partnerships with ICN, this will also be the first time that the data will be used not only to link suppliers to projects, but also to map supply chains.
This information can then be used to strategically attract new business to the region to fill the gaps.
ICN Qld Senior Consultant – Capability Services Evan Flower said the project would provide the local region with a regional capability map and could be used as a basis for supply chain analytics.
‘It will allow the council to look at the overall regional capability by industry sector and help with the economic development of the region,’ he said.
Using the example of Tough Mudder – an international fitness-slash-obstacle course event that was held in the region in August and attracted competitors from throughout the country – Evan explained how the capability mapping could work.
‘The event needed a lot of input – from fencing, to construction of the obstacles, security services and traffic management to accommodation and catering,’ Evan said.
‘While we have plenty of accommodation and food, we found that not all of other needs could be supplied locally.’
‘So now the local development board knows what companies it should target to establish operations in the area’. Similar analysis is possible across all other industry sectors such as health and clean technologies.
The genesis of the project came from the Sunshine Coast University Hospital development, in which Evan worked with Geoff Peters, Industry Investment Facilitator at the Sunshine Coast Council, to ensure local suppliers could access work packages via the ICN Gateway.
‘We worked together to improve local involvement, which gave the council and suppliers a good introduction into the Gateway, especially the Regional Gateway,’ Evan said.
The Sunshine Coast Business Gateway connects local businesses to projects and procurement opportunities – and vice versa.
According to Evan, this portal is a great example of collaboration between ICN and local council that could be replicated in regions across the country, leading to a better understanding of regional capability and any gaps in local supply chains.
Launched at an official event on September 4, the portal – ‘another step in ensuring the Sunshine Coast remains a great place to do business’ - can be accessed via the Sunshine Coast Council website, and links directly with the ICN Gateway.
For further information
contact Evan Flower
phone + 61 7 3364 0670
mobile + 61 0477 314 992