Taking our natural advantage to the world!
  • Thursday 07 July 2011

Sunshine Coast Council is taking its Natural Advantage for business to the world at the Asia Pacific Cities Summit being held in Brisbane this week.

Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Lew Brennan said the summit will include Virgin’s Richard Branson and former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani.

“This is a great opportunity to get council’s message out – we’re open for business and we have a natural advantage over our competitors,” Councillor Brennan said. 
"We could have joined in with other south east Queensland councils in a combined trade display at the summit, but we decided to grab the opportunity for ourselves.

 "We want to create a strong impression on delegates so we attract new business.”

The Sunshine Coast is an outstanding business investment location, with:

  • the opportunity to be part of building a world class capital city at Maroochydore
  • outstanding educational facilities and programs, including those offered by the University of the Sunshine Coast and Central Queensland University
  • specialist business incubation and acceleration facilities at the Innovation Centre to grow new and innovative businesses
  • a new $2 billion plus investment in a world class university hospital
  • the Sunshine Coast Airport which will be developed to provide an international gateway for the region
  • stable and reliable water, wastewater and electricity supplies, along with advanced wireless, broadband and high speed data capabilities
  • access to national road and rail transport networks, connecting the region directly to the north and south of Australia
  • a skilled, educated workforce, that chooses to work in the region because it offers cutting edge employment opportunities and a fantastic lifestyle

“Going to events like this is a key part of building diversity in our economy – supporting existing businesses and attracting new investment to create jobs.”

Cities from nearly 100 countries will attend the 3 day summit, including representatives from Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. 
"And we want every one of these delegates to go away thinking about the Sunshine Coast as their next investment opportunity," Councillor Brennan said. 

"This is hard work, but the results in terms of new jobs and a stronger future for our region make it all the more worthwhile,” Councillor Brennan said.
The theme of the 2011 Summit is ‘The Business of Cities’, with speakers to focus on sustainability, connectivity and managing rapid growth over the coming decade.