- Wednesday 31 August 2011
International airport master planners and aviation consultants, Malaysia-based Leading Edge Aviation Planning Professionals (LEAPP), has been convinced of the Natural Advantage the Sunshine Coast offers business and has decided to locate its operations at the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre.
More importantly, it will be considering the Sunshine Coast as its future global headquarters, Economic Development and Council Entrepreneurship Councillor Lew Brennan announced today.
It was a year ago that Sunshine Coast Council began a conversation with LEAPP, which was evaluating various locations for an Australian headquarters.
"We have been targeting aviation businesses and we welcome LEAPP to the region," Cr Brennan said.
"We congratulate them on their choice of the Sunshine Coast – which goes to show just what the Coast has to offer in a global context and how we are serious about attracting new business investment and growing our region’s economy."
Today’s announcement is an exciting prelude to the next Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) conference and exhibition, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Coolum on 7-9 September.
LEAPP’s Director of Aviation Development, Steve Adams, said last year’s RAAA event was the catalyst for the company’s move.
"At last year’s conference we met with Council and discussed the region. In terms of location it has easy access, a good lifestyle – and the aviation industry here is quite vibrant," Mr Adams said.
"We liked the association with the university, which is interested in developing aviation-based courses, as we will be keen to attract graduate-level staff down the track."
Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre chief executive, Colin Graham, said he was looking forward to LEAPP’s presence.
"This gives LEAPP a ‘landing zone’ to start connecting with the Sunshine Coast. It’s good to see council and the Innovation Centre working together to achieve outcomes like this," he said.
"LEAPP is a highly qualified company; I can see many collaboration opportunities with USC."
Cr Brennan said LEAPP’s arrival was a coup for the Coast and the Innovation Centre – with the outcome underlining why it was important for council to be a strong supporter of the RAAA event.