Economic strides taken at home and abroad
  • Monday 02 March 2015

A blueprint for the future of the region’s economy and improvements to export capabilities are among the highlights for Council for the second quarter of the 2014/15 financial year.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said seven high value industries had been identified as keys to future employment and economic strength under the Sunshine Coast’s Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS).

“These include health and well-being; education and research; professional services and knowledge industries; tourism, sport and leisure; agribusiness; clean technologies; and aviation and aerospace,” he said.

“They’ll provide a platform for future quality employment opportunities for our children and incentives for them to study here.

“Council also supported the establishment of industry Taskforces to plan for our future and to start delivering on our economic promise. Some 50 businesses are represented across seven industry taskforces Industry and Investment Plans have been developed.

“So we have leading local business people with specific knowledge of industry issues and needs driving these plans into action.”

Mayor Jamieson said council also strengthened its global connections through a number of targeted activities.

“Council hosted visits to the region by Trade and Investment Commissioners from the United Arab Emirates, Japan and the UK / Europe and three international delegations from Asia,” he said.

“Council also participated in a range of activities with other commissioners during Export Week and partnered in a trade mission to New Zealand with Sunshine Coast Destination Limited to promote the region’s tourism offerings and major sporting facilities.

“Export capability was also strengthened through delivery of the Export and Global Capability Program (a partnership of council, Trade and Investment Queensland and Australian Business and Consulting Solutions) promoted through the delivery of the Sunshine Coast Export Network and partnering with local companies in the Premier of Queensland Export Awards.”