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Councillor Angela Vithoulkas Notice of Motion

Support for Innovation in Regional Australia (S129267)

SUPPORT FOR INNOVATION IN REGIONAL AUSTRALIA (S129267)

2. By Councillor Vithoulkas

It is resolved that:

(A) Council note:

(i) the City of Sydney has a strong and vibrant start-up community;
(ii) the City of Sydney encourages collaboration and dialogue between start-ups as a way to share information and facilitate further innovation;
(iii) as part of Focus and outcomes, the Tech Startups Action Plan that the Council has previously endorsed states: “Promote opportunity, and build on strong regional, national and global links cross-sector networks, to support the continued development of strong industry clusters.”;
(iv) regional Australia has been experiencing the emergence of start-ups and entrepreneurial activities that increasingly use digital technology both in the R&D process and in furthering collaboration with local, interstate and international markets;
(v) the Innovation in Regional Australia report notes that 150 regional areas have higher than average rates of innovative capacity that provide a foundation for spreading the ‘Ideas boom’; and
(vi) regional councils, such as the City of Wagga Wagga, are supporting innovation in their local government areas; and

(B) the Chief Executive Officer be requested to:

(i) write to the General Manager of Wagga Wagga City Council congratulating them on their support for innovation in regional Australia; and
(ii) demonstrate the City of Sydney’s leadership in supporting and promoting the economic and social impacts of tech start start-up ecosystems by meeting with Local Government NSW to share the City’s knowledge, research and networks to encourage Local Government NSW to promote these initiatives to all Councils in New South Wales.

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