Are we a region of exporters?
  • Friday 03 August 2012

What does the export landscape look like on the Sunshine Coast?

That’s what Sunshine Coast Council intends to find out – but we need your help.

Exporters have been challenged nationally by the high Australian dollar but we know our reputation as a quality exporting region has been growing, Mayor and Economic Development portfolio holder Mark Jamieson said.

"We are committed to providing a sustainable economic future for this region - and building our export capability is critical to that future," he said.

"To do this, we need to understand what we are exporting now and so we are working with our International Relations Panel to get a full understanding of those Sunshine Coast businesses already active in the export market.

"If we want to grow on a world stage, then we need to know what we are doing well and what we can do more of."

Ross Tilly, Sunshine Coast Tradestart Officer and member of the council’s International Relations Panel said current statistics were not easily extracted at a regional level to inform trade and export programs and to understand trends.

To overcome this gap, council is today launching an online survey of local businesses to get a better understanding of current Sunshine Coast export activity.

Peter Kelly of Ritek Building Solutions – who represents the cleantech industries on the International Relations Panel – said he encouraged all Coast businesses involved in export to contribute to this survey.

"Information will remain strictly confidential and be used to identify barriers to international trade, profile the region’s export activity and to better understand exporters preferred communication channels to connect businesses and organisations engaged in international trade," Mr Kelly said.

To access the survey log visit council's website you will find the export survey under the Business Support drop-down.

The survey will remain open until close of business 17 August.