You have to get this right!

  If there is one thing I have learnt from working in the startup space is that if you don’t have product / market fit you are doomed to fail. Below is a link to a great article, that everyone that has an idea that they think would make a great business must read. 12 […]

Champions of Employment – Libby & Sam – Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged

Champions of Employment – Libby Park – Human Resources Manager – Sam Marchant – Physio Aid from Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged talk about employment and opportunity in the Aged Care Sector. Click on the image below to be taken to the interview.

Champions of Employment – Karen Curnow – CEX Coffs Harbour

Karen Curnow is the Human Relations Manager at CEX in Coffs Harbour. Regional Development Mid North Coast interviewed Karen about the organisation’s approach to employing youth from the local region. Dont forget to check out our platform – here

Champions of Employment – Stephen Harris

Stephen Harris is the General Manager of Express Coach Builders in Macksville. Regional Development Mid North Coast interviewed Stephen about his background and efforts to help smooth the transition from school to work for local students. Dont forget to check out our platform – here

Champions of Employment – Wendy Mills

Wendy Mills is the CEO of the Nambucca Heads RSL. Regional Development Mid North Coast interviewed Wendy about her positive attitude to employing young people from within the local area. Dont forget to visit our platform – click here

North Coast Skills audit – win an iPad

The future of business will require a workforce that has the ability to use technology effectively, to innovate, and to respond to customer needs. Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast (RDAMNC) and Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers (RDANR) have been reaching out to North Coast businesses and industry to help identify what types of skill […]

Blueprint for Youth Pathways

Youth Employment is everyone’s responsibility With unemployment rates currently over 20% among young people in the Mid North Coast it’s time for urgent change. RDAMNC has been working with a range of community stakeholders to develop the Blueprint for Youth Pathways which will officially launch on Wednesday 13 March 2019. For further information about how […]

Nino Ramunno – Husband, Father, Entrepreneur, Returner

Nino Ramunno grew up playing football, riding skateboards, enjoying all the amazing experiences that the Mid North Coast Region has to offer a young person. Like most of us once he finished high school he packed up and headed for the big smoke. Finding employment at a major financial institution he worked his way through […]

Bridget Ramunno – Relocator, Wife, Mother, Entrepreneur

Connecting with community and gaining an understanding of the issues that people face relocating to the Mid North Coast is part of our roll as an RDA. As it becomes harder and prohibitively expensive to live a balanced and rewarding existence in our capital cites, more people are looking for a better life and moving […]

Ignite 2018 Panel 2 – “What are the opportunities for transformation in our region?”

Host of Panel 2 is Fiona Nash who spent twelve years in the federal parliament as a Senator for NSW and also held ministerial positions including Rural Health, and in Cabinet the positions of Regional Development, Regional Communications and Local Government and Territories.  Fiona is now Strategic Adviser – Regional Development for Charles Sturt University. Glenn […]

Ignite 2018 Panel 1 – “What are the hallmarks of good design and why should we care?”

Host of Panel 1 is Film Festival Director. Mental health advocate, Lifelong movie tragic.Dave Horsley is passionate about cinema’s power to connect people.Based in Coffs Harbour, Dave has developed a thriving film scene by founding the Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) and is now on a new journey activating film scenes in regional communities across Australia through […]


“A Smart City has nothing to do with technology and everything to do with community choice…ultimately enabled by technology but at its core it’s about people and how people fulfil their social and economic needs.” Neil Glentworth, Episode 47 of The Smart City Podcast. It’s time we started to realise that Smart Cities are much less about […]

Ignite 2018 Speakers

MC for this years’s event is Clare Bowditch, best-selling ARIA Award Winning musician (Best Female), Logie Nominated actor (for TV Show Offspring), experienced speaker, M.C., broadcaster, and mother of three including identical twin boys. Currently at work on her first book, and her eighth album , she also hosts the QANTAS Radio’s Australian Music Show. […]

Ignite MNC Interview – Fiona Nash – Rural and Regional Advocate

  In this our sixth interview of speakers and presenters that will be attending Ignite MNC 2018 we feature Fiona Nash. Having grown up in Sydney, Fiona has spent the last couple of decades living and working in regional Australia. For many years she was involved in a farming enterprise in the central west of […]

Transformation by design: Ignite MNC 2018 theme

WHAT THE *&^% does Transformation By Design mean? I am constantly asked about this year’s Ignite MNC theme. So if you’ve been asking yourself this question don’t worry, you’re not alone. Here’s what it means to us… It means that it’s time to transform – to change – to create change in our region. It […]

Ignite MNC Interview – Clare Bowditch – Singer, Interviewer, Writer,Speaker,Mother, MC

  In this our fifth interview of speakers and presenters that will be attending Ignite MNC 2018 we feature this year’s MC, Clare Bowditch. Clare is a best-selling ARIA Award Winning musician , Logie Nominated actor for TV Show Offspring, experienced speaker, M.C., broadcaster, and mother of three, and soon to be author. As she […]

Ignite MNC Interview – Glenn Morris – Farmer – Land Steward

In this our fourth interview of speakers and presenters that will be attending Ignite MNC 2018 we feature Glenn Morris. Glenn is a passionate farmer and climate change advocate. Motivated by leaving the planet and farms to future generations in a healthy state. He has taken his message to the nation’s politicians and the streets […]

Ignite MNC – Interview – Dr Gregory Smith – Out of the Forest

In this our third interview of speakers and presenters that will be attending Ignite MNC 2018 we feature Dr Gregory Smith. Completely disillusioned with a world he couldn’t find peace with, he walked into a Northern NSW rain forest which heralded his reclusive existence for the next ten years. How he exited the forest, on […]

Ignite MNC – Interview – Zoe Eather – The Smart City Podcast

In this our second interview of speakers and presenters that will be attending Ignite MNC 2018 we feature Zoe Eather of The Smart City Podcast. Zoe is a tech savy Smart Community advocate and loves the opportunities that a connected world brings to communities and regions. On 7 November Zoe will be speaking about “Transformation […]

Ignite MNC Program released

Do you have your tickets for Ignite MNC this year yet? A hint… Don’t dilly dally – they are selling fast. Tickets here Ignite MNC will be held in Bellingen on 7 November this year. The theme is TRANSFORMATION BY DESIGN and again we encourage audiences to come dressed up in line with the theme. […]

Ignite MNC – Interview – Dave Horsley

  In our first interview of speakers and presenters that will be attending Ignite MNC 2018 we feature Dave Horsley of Screenwave. On 7 November Dave will be speaking at Ignite MNC in Bellingen. The event will bring together creative thinkers and inspired innovators from within the Mid North Coast region and beyond to talk […]

Phone Issues Port Macquarie Office 21/09/18

We are STILL experiencing difficulties with our landline at our Port Macquarie Office and are unable to receive or make any calls.  We are working with our phone provider and hope to have the phones back up and working early next week . We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused, and ask that any enquires […]

Have you tried coworking yet?

Have you tried coworking yet? With spaces popping up throughout the Mid North Coast it’s a good time to dip your toe in the water and check it out. What is coworking? Coworking is a style of work that involves a shared workplace, often an office, and independent activity. Unlike in a typical office, those coworking […]

Phone Issues Port Macquarie Office

We are experiencing difficulties with our landline at our Port Macquarie Office.  We are working with our phone provider and hope to have the phones back up and working a soon as possible.  In the meantime, please direct any enquires to:    


RDAMNC’s More About Series is back… This time the topic is EXPORT. Join Kerry for an online interview with Gabrielle Oriel, Senior Export Adviser for NSW Trade and Investment, Department of Industry for a conversation about Export. The free webinar will cover the following topics: Are you export ready? How can the Trade start program […]

RDAMNC scores a place in the SMART 100

RDAMNC’s SMART Region Proposal has been named in the top 100 of one of Australia’s most innovative and most audacious innovation awards of its kind in Australia – the Anthill Magazine ‘SMART 100’ Index. There were over 700 nominations in the 2018 awards. About the SMART Region Proposal Innovation is high on government agendas. However, the current […]

Ignite MNC is on again

Ignite MNC is on again in 2018. Following a stellar event in Bowraville last November featuring Todd Sampson, RDAMNC are delighted to produce another Ignite MNC in the region, this time the event will be held in the Memorial Hall in Bellingen. The event will be held on 7 November and feature the magnificent Clare […]

Phone Issues Port Office

We are experiencing difficulties with our landline at our Port Macquarie Office. Apparently a lot of the Port Macquarie CBD is experiencing issues with their telecommunications at present and Telstra are working to rectify the issues. If it is urgent please email us at

Building Better Regions Fund MNC recipients

Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast congratulates successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Investment Stream, Round 2 recipients including; Arts Mid North Coast – Creative Ageing for All regional plan Centre for Ecological Learning Incorporated – The T.W.I.G. Project Kempsey Shire Council – Macleay Valley Economic Development Strategy 2018-2028 Mid Coast Communities Inc – NexusCon 2018: Building a […]

Woman of the year – nominate now

The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, is encouraging nominations for the 2019 NSW Women of the Year Awards. Mrs Pavey said the Awards recognise women who have demonstrated excellence in business and society or made outstanding contributions, both personally and professionally. “So many women pour their heart and soul into their careers, families and […]

Engage young people in your workplace

Did you know that the current unemployment rate among young people (aged 15-24) in the Coffs-Clarence region is just over 20%? It’s time to make a change. If you are based in the Mid North Coast (Coffs Harbour to Taree) and would like to create an opportunity for a young person in your workplace which […]

New role for Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast’s CEO.

CEO of Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast (RDAMNC), Kerry Grace has been appointed to the new position of Director of Regional Development for our region. Kerry has worked for RDAMNC since August 2016 as the CEO of the organisation. Key achievements of Kerry and her team during this time have included the production of […]

Chair of Regional Development Australia, Mid North Coast, announced.

  Mr John O’Neill has been reappointed as Chair of Regional Development Australia, Mid North Coast (RDAMNC). This follows his previous eighteen month tenure in the role and prior to that time, as the Deputy chair of the organisation. “I welcome the appointment of Mr O’Neill as Chair of RDA Mid North Coast. Mr O’Neill’s […]

Shoulder Master

Shoulder Master Disrupting an industry is extremely difficult and can’t be achieved unless everything goes to plan. Local company, Stabilcorp is leaving nothing to chance engaging with mentors, extensive R&D programs and even consulting a futurist in their bid to become “The Future of Road Safety” Name: Geoff Jackson Company : Stabilcorp Pty Ltd Position: […]

Demogene Smith : eHealth Innovation

Mid North Coast Local Health District: eHealth Innovation   Name: Demogene Smith   Position: eHealth Program Manager for Mid North Coast Local Health District   Can you briefly tell us a bit about your background? I have been in my current role for two years. Before this, I was working for a small health service […]

The Pacific Collective

Name: Louise Hardman Company: The Pacific Collective Position: CEO/ Founder Website: Plastic in the ocean is at epidemic levels. Louise Hardman has built a machine to help recycle it and to also to empower the people most affected by the problem. Briefly describe what it is that your business, company or organisation does? We […]

Industries of the Mid North Coast

The total output for the Mid North Coast Region (abs data via REMPLAN) is estimated at$27,886.636M By industry, the output is as follows: In dollar terms the output for the top 5 producing industries in the region is: Construction  $5,027M (18%) Rental, hiring and real estate $3,310M (11.9%) Manufacturing $3,008M (10.8%) Health Care and Social […]

RJIP Funding – Stone Lake Pty Ltd

Another successful applicant from the recent round of RJIP funding, Stone Lake Pty Ltd. Their project will establish an advanced manufacturing facility in Coffs Harbour to commercialise patented building and facade systems. 10 years in R+D, the building system they are creating is amazing. We will have images of their prototype very soon.

RJIP Funding – Josh Allen

Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP) –  recently released the list of projects that have qualified for funding in theNorth Coast region. RDA MNC is interviewing representatives from several of the successful companies and businesses. Our first interview is with Joshua Allen from Intellectual Vision Pty Ltd.

Returner Interview – Murray Greenaway – Macadamia Nut Farmer

Here is our first “returner” interview, click on the link below and you will be able to view. If you would like to be part of the project and are happy to be interviewed you can contact us via If your interested in learning more about doing business in the Mid North Coast region […]

More about grants

MORE ABOUT is a new (free) monthly webinar series designed by RDAMNC to connect you with in depth information about programs, ideas and networks which will help you to grow your business. Join us on March 6 between 1030-1130 as we explore the world of grants and funding with Cara Dale, the Principle of C2Hills […]

Opportunities Galore: Issue 2

Mapping Agricultural Land Landholders, farmers and those involved in agriculture are invited to attend an upcoming workshop in Taree or Gloucester to contribute to a NSW Government project to map important agricultural land and assist in land use planning. The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) – Agriculture is partnering with MidCoast Council to identify […]

Skills Audit – Highlights – Anna Thompson

Anna Thompson – Programme Manager – Ability Links MNC What are some of the skills and attributes that are required to work in your organisation? “We need really strong communication, we need a good imagination and creative kind of ways of approaching things, but also to be really great at bringing people onboard and engaging […]

Opportunities Galore: Issue 1

Two fantastic opportunities that may be of interest… YMCA Youth Parliament Each year the YMCA provides the Youth Parliament (YP) leadership event and it would be great to have some strong representation from the Mid North Coast in 2018.  The program includes two great camps in Sydney with youth from all over NSW, a chance […]

Important changes to child care fee assistance

Did you know from July 2018 there will be changes to child care fee assistance? The new arrangements will mean that child care will be more affordable for most Australian families. In fact, most lower and middle-income families that are eligible will receive a higher subsidy than they do now. Key facts to be aware of: […]

Direct Taree to Sydney air service soon to commence

It’s great news for the MidCoast community as FlyPelican prepares to commence direct flights between Taree and Sydney from Monday 29 January 2018. The partnership with Pelican Airlines, operating as FlyPelican, comes off the back of Regional Express (REX) announcing last week its intention to cease operating out of Taree from Saturday 28 January 2018. […]

Five tips to ease into the Christmas break

It’s Christmas time again.  A time of good cheer, festive spirit, relaxation and good will among all men. And then there’s reality. Let’s face it.  Christmas is also a time of long, long, long to do lists, cramming in as much as is humanly possible before everything comes to a grinding halt, frayed nerves brought […]

What is shared value and why should your business care about it?

Shared value is “the principle of sharing value which involves creating economic value in a way that also creates value for society by addressing the needs and challenges” Porter and Kramer Today I attended the Shared Value workshop in Coffs Harbour facilitated by Phil Preston. Phil prefaced the conversation by highlighting the difference between value […]

CHCC News – Cultural and Civic Space – For the Heart of the City

Plans to bring the new CBD cultural and civic space to life are moving forward quickly so Council has launched an online portal to keep the community informed and up-to-date on progress. “The new ‘Cultural and Civic Space – For the Heart of the City’ is a major focus for our overall strategy to transform the CBD […]

Hot Tips for Grant Writing

Needs some help for your next funding application? Look no further…

What’s in the budget for the Mid North Coast?

Unless you are living under a rock – and maybe not even then with the massive push on the development of infrastructure throughout Australia, you’ll have heard at least a little about the Federal Government’s 2017 budget which was released on Tuesday 9 May. The Regional Australia Institute describes the budget as being all about ‘new […]

Regional Australia is HOT PROPERTY

Senator Fiona Nash spoke at the Building Regional Australia Summit in Nambucca Heads last week. There’s a lot of talk about relocating to Regional Australia at the moment. Want to know more? check out the following clips recorded at the event. Part 1 Part 2 Image from

MNC Infrastructure priorities

What are the infrastructure priorities of the Mid North Coast?  The following list was compiled with local government and key industry groups.  Do you have something to add?  Please add to the list by emailing 10_4 MNC Regional Infrastructure priorities

How important is skills portability?

Most people in the Australian workforce now accept and understand that jobs come and go and that shifting sands is the new norm across many industries. And that is not to mention the rise of contract, part-time and casual work arrangements that do not add to feelings of confidence of employment certainty, nor under-employment which […]

Across The Region

Festive season.  What festive season?  If it wasn’t for the Christmas bling strewn through our streets and shops I’d think it was just another time of the year, only turbo charged.  Are you also trying to cram in last minute meetings, work tasks and planning?  Or, are you one of the sensible ones gracefully wrapping […]

Across The Region

So, last week I mentioned a sneak peek about RDAMNC’s projects in 2017. Here is a little teaser… In 2017 our team has selected five core campaigns to guide our work and the development of partnerships surrounding the regional plan (which will be released in February).  The themes of the campaigns are: invest, innovate, return, […]

Across The Region

Summer has come early across the region and there is certainly a festive feeling in the air.  Christmas trees are popping up everywhere and early sightings of Santa have been reported.  (on the Santa note, I can’t work out why some smart designer hasn’t created a more Aussie style suit for the poor guy, or […]

Across The Region

What better way to start a week than the Mid North Coast Food Forum at Bonville Golf Club.  Farmers, industry and supporting partners gathered to share yarns, showcase produce and create linkages to better the food industry in the Mid North Coast. Food, or more specifically agriculture from growing to value adding and tourism is […]

Across The Region

This week I spent several days in the bustling business environment of North Sydney where I cut my teeth as an advertising executive way back when. I noticed the tired, expressionless faces board the jam packed public transport services en route to places of work and rest and indulged in conversations designed for eavesdropping with […]

Across The Region

Last week I mentioned I’d write a little more about my thoughts on collaborative practice and planning. If you’ve applied for funding lately it will be very likely you’ve been asked to provide examples of ways in which your proposed project addresses collaboration, or at the very least how it demonstrates partnerships. I see a […]

Across The Region

Region borders I recently journeyed to Forster to meet Glenn Handford, Interim GM of the newly formed Mid Coast Council.  I’ve been curious to see how the new Council is coming together and what the implications will be for our region, in particular Taree which is currently a part of the RDAMNC region. Not sure […]

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