Coast’s export industry small but vibrant – and growing
  • Saturday 15 December 2012

Nearly 90% of businesses exporting from the Sunshine Coast are looking to expand their activities.

That’s encouraging news for Sunshine Coast Council, which intends to deliver initiatives in partnership with Trade & Investment Queensland to support this fledgling but significant economic niche in the Sunshine Coast.

“It’s contained in a survey of the Coast’s small but very vibrant export sector,” Mayor Mark Jamieson said.

“The survey has given us a great snapshot of where we are, and thus what we can do.”

Most of the Coast’s export sector is involved in manufacturing (41%), followed by wholesale trade (12%; education and training (10%); agriculture, fisheries and forestry (7%); professional, scientific and technical services (7%); and art and recreation services (7%), he said.

“While most respondents are already exporting, a few respondents said they were keen to get into export markets, which is encouraging,” Cr Jamieson said.

“Products the Coast is already exporting include a range of confectionery, native foods, dog foods, seafood, gluten-free grain products, along with organic wine and alcoholic spirits, as well as processed/packaged foods.

“We also export general products from clothing, household products and electrical equipment – and we have been developing quite a reputation in the clean-tech industries, exporting LED lamps, PV solar equipment, hybrid power and water systems and more.”

Cr Jamieson said the aviation was beginning to show promise on the export front, too.

“Our exports are reaching a range of destinations, including the Pacific Rim nations, the USA, South-East Asia, Europe and Russia, Canada, China and Japan.

“As the Coast’s population will already know, we are seeking to diversify the economy to make it more sustainable, and assisting in raising our level of exports will play an important role.”

Details of the survey can be found on Council's website.