Forum to highlight Coast economic activity
  • Tuesday 14 October 2014
Cranes on the Sunshine Coast skyline


The inaugural Sunshine Coast Regional Major Projects Forum being held tomorrow will give local businesses an insight into the vision for the Sunshine Coast for the next 20 years.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson will outline the Council’s ‘game changer’ projects – the ones that will drive significant economic development in the region.

“The Sunshine Coast has a number of ‘game-changer’ projects in train, including the new $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Public Hospital, Maroochydore City Centre and expansion of our airport,” he said.

“Combine these with other infrastructure projects and the future is looking very positive here.”

The Sunshine Coast’s population is projected to rise from 280,000 people today to approximately half a million by 2036.

Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning South East Queensland acting Regional Director Garth Nolan said the forum would help Sunshine Coast businesses gain the maximum possible benefit from major projects.

“The forum is a chance for local businesses to hear about real opportunities for securing work contracts, meet major project proponents, and learn more about how to successfully bid for work,” he said.

“Attendees will also hear presentations from Queensland Government, Unity Water, Stockland and Sunshine Coast University Public Hospital,” Mr Nolan said.

A key aim of the forum is to maximise the economic benefits of these developments to communities by keeping as much business as possible, local, Mr Nolan said.

“This free event delivers on the government’s promise to grow the economy and provide job opportunities for Queenslanders.”