- Thursday 04 September 2014
While roads, rates and rubbish are recognised as council’s core business, it’s just as important that we plan strategically.
That’s why I was pleased to look back on council’s achievements during the June 2014 quarter highlighting significant council milestones.
The new Corporate Plan was delivered, setting the strategic direction for the next five years. The first ever Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme was released, giving the property industry, investors and residents one clear set of rules for development across the Coast.
Six key Australian business leaders joined the mayor to form the region’s new Economic Futures Board, to provide expert advice on guiding the council’s 20 year economic development strategy.
We also received State Government approval of the Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area which allows work to start on this project - the only greenfield CBD development in Australia.
We have a blank canvas – 53ha of land to transform into a future business centre, setting the Sunshine Coast apart from other locations across Australia.
By themselves, each of these is a significant achievement, but all being delivered together over a three month period shows this council is focused on moving ahead.
But one of the finest achievements that made a difference to “right here, right now” is Council’s spend of $169 million with local businesses in the past year, representing 69.5% of council’s total purchasing spend.
I’m looking forward to the next quarter which will show this region remains on the move, maintaining our commitment to being Australia’s most sustainable region – vibrant, green and diverse.
This column first appeared in Maroochy Weekly on September 4.