Cr Thompson - Positive signs for our economy
  • Friday 24 January 2014

I was really pleased to see the latest building approval figures which show the regional economy is heading in the right direction.

November 2013 figures released by Masters Builders show a 13% increase on the month before. And in a sign of sustained growth, the month’s approvals were up 150% from November 2012.

While council has introduced numerous measures to increase confidence in the building industry, such as scrapping pre-lodgement fees for discussion on potential development applications and reducing other charges, we can only do so much.

For things to really improve in terms of building opportunities, we need the banks to start lending funds to property developers and we need other levels of government to consider ways in which they can help these approvals actually rise from the ground.

We have a way to go but these figures are reassuring and are a very positive start to 2014.

New council takes shape

The new Sunshine Coast Council is now taking shape and we are looking forward to moving ahead in a very positive way.

We’ve come through a very difficult transition phase with the de-amalgamation of Noosa, but we’ve been overwhelmed by the support of our community during this period.

I’m looking forward to working with residents, business leaders and the community as together we take the Sunshine Coast to the next level.

Shaping our venues

For your chance to win two tickets to a Sunshine Coast venue theatre show, take the time have your say on the future of the region’s six key performance and community venues.

A draft plan has been prepared to help shape the future of The Events Centre Caloundra, Nambour Civic Centre, Lake Kawana Community Centre, Coolum Civic Centre, Kawana Community Centre and the Beerwah and District Community Hall over the next 15 years.

It looks at addressing the challenges and industry trends, creative and cultural needs.

You can provide your feedback until February 14 by visiting Sunshine Coast Council’s website -

Have a say on library plan

Council is inviting residents to have your say on the draft Sunshine Coast Libraries Plan 2014-2024, and go into the draw for a chance to win an Apple iPad.

The 10 year plan sets a vision and the values for the future operation and direction of the region’s libraries. Now we want you to make sure council has got it right.

The vision for our libraries is to “stretch minds and unlock opportunities” and the plan aspires to achieve this by outlining opportunities to enhance services and create a sustainable, responsive and appealing Sunshine Coast Library service for all users – current and new.

To have your say and help shape the future of our library network, visit council’s website. Submissions close 5pm on February 21.

This column first appeared in Maroochy Weekly on January 23, 2014.