Steven Pedigo
by Steven Pedigo
Mon Sep 8th 2008 at 11:49pm UTC

Creative Noosa!

I wanted to share some great news from one of our Creative Communities – Noosa, Australia!

In April, the Creative Class Group commenced a year-long partnership with Stockwell’s Noosa Civic Business Park and the Sunshine Regional Coast to bring our Creative Communities Leadership Program to Noosa. After only 6 months, the Noosa catalysts are having an amazing impact on their community. Check out the release below that highlights their successes:


The Noosa Creative Alliance has taken its next step in developing Noosa’s economic base by formalizing its organizational structure into an Incorporated Association.

Having risen from Richard Florida’s Creative Communities Leadership Program which was instigated by Stockwells Noosa Civic Business Park in conjunction with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and supported by the Department of Regional Development, the Alliance has now set down a solid platform to springboard the innovative projects it already has well underway and develop some further projects in the future. The five projects it is currently undertaking include:

  • Noosa Alive – the Guide: an online hub and guide which will become the creative culture guide for the Sunshine Coast. In addition a music festival is planned.
  • Ignition – an International New Media and Film Festival – May 21-24 2009.
  • Green Sunshine – Sustainable streets program.
  • Enterprise Excellence – collaborative communication strategy for all Sunshine Coast Business Learning to foster and nurture entrepreneurial and business innovation.
  • Communications group – online publication which showcases creative class businesses on the Sunshine Coast and hinterland.
  • The original 30 catalyst strong membership base who were tasked with developing projects which would drive Noosa’s  creative and knowledge economy  forward, has now grown to some 40 plus.

    Whilst the new association name will be formerly known as the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance Inc the group will continue trading as the Noosa Creative Alliance as it completes its 12 month pilot program.

    Stockwell Managing Director Mark Stockwell congratulated the Noosa Creative Alliance members on their foresight and commitment to the program. “When we embarked on this project we were looking for 30 key business and community leaders who were keen to see Noosa develop its economic base,” Mr Stockwell said.

    “There is no doubt that the caliber of talent we have uncovered in Noosa through this program and the commitment to Noosa will see the area continue to emerge as a knowledge and creative economy.”

    Cool Ideas start up business operator and Acting Chariperson Marcus Xavier has been working closely with the NCA catalyst to assist with moving the catalyst projects forward.

    2 Responses to “Creative Noosa!”

    1. Rana Says:

      This is great news! Small initiatives can reap big rewards. We are in the midst of the Toronoto Film Festival with an annual economic impact of $60-$80 million to the city. Way to go Noosa.

    2. zoltan acs Says:

      What a great place Noosa! I visit last year on a trip to Australia. I could feel the creative energy. It was wow.