Coast ready to play central role in aerospace industry
  • Wednesday 04 May 2016
Aerial photograph of Sunshine Coast Airport

Mayor Mark Jamieson says the Sunshine Coast is ideally placed to play a key role in the State Government’s plans for Queensland to be a hub for the multi-billion dollar Asia-Pacific aerospace industry.

State Development Minister and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham released a discussion paper on Tuesday that identified thousands of jobs and business opportunities if Queensland built on its existing status as an Asia-Pacific aviation centre of excellence.

Mayor Jamieson said Sunshine Coast Council was very supportive of development, investment and growth in the aerospace industry and would be making a submission to the discussion paper.

“Aviation and aerospace is one of the seven high-value industries in our Regional Economic Development Strategy,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“We see the Sunshine Coast playing a key part in its development in this state.

“We expect the aviation industry’s contribution to our Sunshine Coast economy will be valued at $160 million by 2018.

“The Coast already has a number of significant businesses working in this sector spread between both Sunshine Coast and Caloundra Airports and we have a number of natural advantages for potential growth with master plans at both airports to accommodate the demand of existing and new businesses.

“There is 35,000m2 of prime airside and landside sites currently available at the Sunshine Coast Aerospace Precinct.

“Through the Aviation Task Force, council is undertaking a study into the potential of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft industry on the Sunshine Coast and recently Ansett Aviation and Universal Training Systems announced they would locate a new state-of-the-art simulator centre to service the needs of the RFDS.”

Consultation on the discussion paper runs until May 27.

It will include workshops throughout May with local businesses around the state, including the Sunshine Coast.