Towards Australia's most sustainable region
  • Monday 21 July 2008

‘The Sunshine Coast as Australia’s most sustainable region - green, vibrant, diverse’ is the vision that Councillors and senior management of the Sunshine Coast have embraced.

The strategy retreat was an opportunity for Councillors and staff of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council to explore the key issues and challenges that will shape our future.

The next step is to invite the community to participate in developing the strategies that will deliver its vision.

Mayor Bob Abbot said “Council is now geared to get ahead of the game, to plan for issues like growth, rising costs, climate change and global forces which are affecting our region.

“The qualities of our people, environment and climate give us a competitive advantage to meet these challenges and deliver positive outcomes for our community. As a council and a community together with industry, business and other levels of government we’re up to the challenge.

Key themes emerging included innovation and creativity, accessibility and connectedness, health and well being, social cohesion. There was strong agreement that the unique characters of our many communities must be respected.

“It was agreed by all present that we are now one region, one council and we can move forward building on the strong foundations laid by the former three councils with their local communities,” said Cr Abbot.

“The future requires clear strategic direction for the region with strong and united leadership.

“As Cr Grosskreutz expressed we are privileged to live in a place where we enjoy green corridors, clean waterways and sparkling oceans.

“At the end of the day we want our communities to be strong and self reliant and able to meet the challenges that we face. Essentially our task is to provide positive leadership and we look forward to our community being involved in the journey.

“We’ve reflected what the community has been saying to us for some time and understand that the traditional role of council as simply a regulator is no longer acceptable. What we need to do is to motivate the region and focus on shaping a sustainable future.