Minutes of Meeting










Strategic Business Panel Meeting





Byron Community College, Byron Bay


Monday, 26 March 2018












Strategic Business Panel Meeting Minutes                                      26 March 2018




Minutes of the Strategic Business Panel Meeting held on Monday, 26 March 2018

File No: I2018/505


PRESENT:   Cr S Richardson, Cr A Hunter, Cr P Spooner


Staff:   Shannon Burt (Director Sustainable Environment and Economy)

            Sharyn French (Manager Environmental and Economic Planning

            Tania Crosbie (Economy and Sustainability Coordinator)

            Claire McGarry (Projects Officer)



Sasha Graham         Northern Rivers Together     

Tanya Egerton          Southern Cross University

Todd Sotheren          Byron Chamber of Commerce

Mark Holden             Sourdough

Brandon Saul            Habitat

Christopher Magick  Sustainable Valley

Tim Williamson         RDA

Richard Vinycomb   Byron Community College

Alison Pearl              Byron Community College

Stuart Picken            Sourdough Expert in Residence

Io Jacobson              Turnstone Migration Services

Matt Evans               Mapping Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Byron


Cr Richardson (Chair) opened the meeting at 4pm and acknowledged that the meeting was being held on Bundjalung Country.




·      Kerrie Bowtell                     NSW TAFE

·      Peter Skorupanovic           NORTEC

·      Pru Chapman                    The Owners Collective

·      Dan Swan                          Startinno

·      Ben Roche                         SCU

·      Will Gammon                     CumulusFX

·      Ashleigh Martin                  Social Futures

·      Craig Jenkins                     P&C

·      Arnold, Mark                      BSC Acting General Manager

·      Frawley, Jodi                      BSC Grants Officer



Declarations of Interest – Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary


There were no declarations of interest.


Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meetings


This is the first meeting of the Strategic Business Panel.


Business Arising from Previous Minutes


There was no business arising from previous minutes.



Staff Reports - Sustainable Environment and Economy

Report No. 4.1             Innovation Business Incubators in Byron Shire - Presentations and discussion

File No:                        I2018/435


The Strategic Business Panel received the following presentations:


·         Presentation – The current state of innovative business incubator programs in BSC & Region by Tania Crosbie, Economy and Sustainability Coordinator, Byron Shire Council.

·         Kylee Ingram – SCU’s Innovation Hub Entrepreneur in Residence and Boomtown expert – on world’s best practice.

·         Discussion – What can be done now to assist in the development of the sector and how does Council add value?

·         Discussion – What are long-term options including partnerships, land and building options?

·         Discussion – Next steps and is there an appetite for an incubator working group?

The group agreed to continue to meet on a regular basis as an ‘incubator industry cluster’ and continue to engage with Council around incubators, accelerators, innovation and co-working space.



There being no further business the meeting concluded at 6pm.