Sydney health mission starts to pay off
  • Tuesday 08 April 2014
Artist impression of Sunshine Coast University Hospital

It was October 2012 when Sunshine Coast Council undertook a mission to Sydney, to attract health-related business up to the Sunshine Coast, with the new hospital precinct in mind.

And it was then that council first met with executives from Westfund Health, establishing a good working relationship – which today has matured to Westfund establishing its Queensland state office here on the Coast.

“Westfund’s opening further adds to the sense of business confidence being felt across the length and breadth of the Sunshine Coast,” Mayor Mark Jamieson said.

“The occasion of Westfund’s opening follows last Thursday’s opening of Home Secret at Kawana – the first store of its kind to open in Australia – and only the day before that, cruise line P&O announced it would trial a visit by its Pacific Pearl superliner, a 64,000-tonne, 11-deck ship carrying 1800 passengers, to Mooloolaba in August.

“So there are plenty of reasons why the Sunshine Coast business community can be optimistic.”

Westfund Health brings an important added dimension to the health sector on the Coast, Mayor Jamieson said.

“The health sector has been, and continues to be, the largest employer on the Sunshine Coast,” he said.

“It ranks first among the seven high-value industries we are working to develop in the region, to diversify and safeguard our economy from future economic shock.

“Westfund has decided to locate its main premises in Maroochydore, on the doorstep of our proposed new city centre – a savvy move which I understand has already attracted a large number of new customer enquiries – bigger than they anticipated.”