- Thursday 19 May 2016
Extending our coastal pathway
Council is continuing to build the missing pieces to this popular route and an elevated section in Wurtulla is under construction now. Specifically the section between beach access 248 and 249 is using Permatrack, a concrete boardwalk system, which requires limited ongoing maintenance due to this asset having a long lifespan. Construction will then switch over to the Bokarina Beachcourts, between beach access 242 and 245, which is expected to be in the coming weeks.
As you may know, we recently hosted the first international event on Lake Kawana. The International Va’a Federation World Championships brought competitors and spectators from around the world. In speaking with many of them, I’m proud to say they were extremely impressed by the event, the facilities and the Sunshine Coast in general. The championships injected approximately $14 million directly into our local economy, with many visitors staying in our region for up to four weeks. The Haka performed by the New Zealand team at the opening ceremony was a real highlight!
Welcoming a Finnish delegation
Last week I welcomed a group of IT experts from Finland who were here to investigate the opportunities presented by our outstanding health precinct and the Sunshine Coast economy. Council worked with Finland’s export organisation Finpro to arrange this visit. It’s these sort of opportunities that are helping us to build a strong economy and achieve 100,000 jobs in seven targeted high-value industries by 2033. For the record, they think we live in paradise. It's hard to argue with that!