Council helps aviation industry take off
  • Wednesday 06 July 2011

Sunshine Coast Council and the Sunshine Coast Airport today confirmed their commitment to developing the region as one of the leading aviation hubs in Queensland with a three-year sponsorship deal for one of Australia’s most prestigious aviation events.

The annual Regional Aviation Association of Australia’s (RAAA) Convention, held on the Sunshine Coast for the past 11 years, attracts around 380 national and international industry representatives to the region each year.

Sunshine Coast Mayor, Bob Abbot, said the conference was an opportunity to stimulate investment in the aviation industry locally, by showcasing the region’s thriving aviation capability.

"The Sunshine Coast is already home to a range of successful aviation businesses such as Aeromil Pacific and Singapore Flying College - the airline pilot training facility for Singapore Airlines," Cr Abbot said.

"But we are much more than this and we are out there demonstrating we provide a natural advantage to potential investors with major infrastructure plans such as the expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport and the Sunshine Coast Aerospace precinct well in hand.

"Sponsorship of the RAAA’s annual convention is a practical demonstration of the value we place on growing the aviation industry in this region and showcasing our commitment nationally and internationally.

"The convention provides us with an opportunity to speak with potential investors face-to-face and tell them about our new developments, encourage them to bring their business here and create more employment opportunities for Sunshine Coast residents," Cr Abbot said.

Aeromil Pacific Managing Director and RAAA Convention Chair, Steve Padgett, welcomed the news of council’s three-year commitment to the convention.

"The RAAA is delighted Sunshine Coast Council and the Airport are on board as major sponsors of the annual RAAA Convention," Mr Padgett said.

"Hosting this event generates a direct benefit for the local economy of more than $500,000 in expenditure associated with the convention. As we have been running the event here for 11 years, this means more $5.5 million for the Sunshine Coast to date.

"The new three-year sponsorship provides the financial support and backing to ensure the long term future of the event for the Sunshine Coast," he said.

Aviation is one of council’s key industry sectors identified for development in the region due to the sustainable employment opportunities it creates for residents and the number of advantages which the region naturally provides.

The 2011 RAAA annual conference will be held on 7- 9th September at the Hyatt Coolum and is expected to attract more than 380 delegates from around Australia and from the United States, Canada, China, Brazil, England, Japan, Germany, Singapore, France and New Zealand. 

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