- Friday 16 May 2014
Did you know council has a policy of sourcing as many local goods and services as possible?
I’m pleased to say council has purchased $126 million from local businesses so far this financial year – 67% of our total active purchasing.
This policy is crucial to our local businesses and ensures we circulate money within our Sunshine Coast community.
Our ratepayers and the community are the ultimate winners. As our economy grows, so too do job opportunities and that flows on to greater spending power.
There will be times when businesses outside the region will be awarded contracts, often due to specialist items and services.
But that is to be expected in the commercial world and we always have to be conscious of value for money for ratepayers.
Council planning scheme
The new Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme will be gazetted later this month. This follows years of hard work and collaboration between councillors, council staff and the community.
This is a significant event in our region’s history as the planning scheme will deliver one regional plan for the first time.
This would not have been possible without people taking the time to provide their feedback during the consultation process.
This planning scheme will provide the right conditions for businesses to prosper and continue our vision to create a balance between a sustainable economy, environment and community.
We will review the South East Queensland Regional Plan and continue to advocate for some changes, including emphasising the unsuitability of Halls Creek as an Identified Growth Area.
This column first appeared in Maroochy Weekly on May 15, 2014.