Council welcomes high fliers to the Sunshine Coast
  • Tuesday 14 September 2010

Sunshine Coast Council will showcase the region’s potential as a thriving aviation hub when more than 300 aviation industry representatives arrive this week.

The annual Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) Convention will be held from September 15 to 17 at the Hyatt Regency Coolum, attracting representatives from local, national and international aviation companies.

Council’s Economic Development portfolio Chair, Councillor Lew Brennan, said aviation has been identified as a significant growth sector for the region and the gathering will provide an excellent opportunity to attract further investment.

“Delegates will include key aviation business leaders, regional operators, technical experts, manufacturers and suppliers, as well as Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and government representatives,” Cr Brennan said.

“This convention is highly regarded in the aviation industry and council and Sunshine Coast Airport are delighted to support it.

“The event will feature more than 50 exhibitors so we’ll have the chance to deal directly with major industry players over those three days.

“There is no better way to sell our region’s advantages than to have industry representatives see what we have to offer firsthand.

“It is an exciting opportunity and we intend to make the most of it.”

Cr Brennan said aviation entrepreneurs such as Steve Padgett had long recognised the benefits of being based on the Sunshine Coast and the success of Mr Padgett’s company, Aeromil, had boosted the region’s profile and reputation in the industry.

“The region is already home to a diverse range of progressive and globally-focused aviation companies and the convention will provide Council with the perfect platform to highlight its plans for the sector, including the new Sunshine Coast Aerospace Precinct.

“The precinct offers 32,000 square metres of aviation specific large hangar development, world class fully serviced facilities, direct runway access and on site support services,” Cr Brennan said.

“These features, combined with the region’s strategic location - its proximity to Brisbane - make the Sunshine Coast a natural destination for aviation companies looking to establish their business or expand.”