The Mackay Isaac Region is home to a diversified economy and community with a wide set of work and play interests. Supporting these interests are many sector entities and groups providing a range of economic, development, sustainability, social and cultural services. A key challenge for community is knowing what groups exist to support community and what, when and how services, activities and events are held and or provided.
Provide a vehicle for local business and community to better coordinate events and in doing so support cross business collaboration and promotion of events.
Support increased collaboration between business assistance providers and promotion of business assistance providers, events, workshops and conferences to users.
Make it easy for industry and community to connect with business assistance that is available.
Scope of the project will be the broader Greater Whitsunday Region incorporating the local government areas of Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday. Project will initially be piloted in Mackay with Isaac and Whitsunday to be on-boarded later. Platform will also allow for expansion into other regions if required (e.g.: Central Highlands as part of Bowen Basin Business Development Initiative)
In response to this challenge a collaboration of local interests came together to develop a base information and events calendar platform. The Business Beacon platform allows for the region to catalogue and promote the services, activities and events on a single, shared web-based site.
Supporting the Business Beacon development RDAMIW took on the role of project manager and funding for the Business Beacons development was provided by the Local Buy Foundation. Significant in-kind support in developing the Business Beacon has been provided by Greater Whitsunday Alliance, Mackay Regional Council, Isaac Regional Council, Resource Industry Network, Young Professionals Inc, Rebel Nation, Split Spaces, Central Qld Business Solutions, DSDMIP, C-Res, Aus Industry and others.
Mackay Business Beacon is a purpose built, easy to use platform, which promotes events focused on strengthening our local business community. The business beacon is a tool for individuals and organisations and community to stay informed on business related events, and a hub for business and community assistance providers to collaborate, communicate, and stay connected to each other.