- Wednesday 08 July 2015
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson says Sunshine Coast Council has gained many new ideas and business leads out of its high-level participation in the 2015 Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum which concluded in Brisbane today.
Sunshine Coast Council was one of four major partners in the summit and forum which attracted representatives from 135 cities and more than 1000 delegates, including 95 mayors and deputy mayors representing more than 122 million people across the globe.
Mayor Jamieson was joined at various times by his fellow councillors as Council made the most of the opportunity of having the summit so close to home.
He said the 2015APCS had allowed Council to build awareness of the Sunshine Coast and its range of outstanding investment prospects and engage with some of the world’s leading government administrators and companies.
“It’s been a wonderful opportunity to learn and promote our region and what it has to offer", Mayor Jamieson said.
“We’ve been provided with many new ideas about building and activating cities and particularly how we can attract and retain young people and encourage diversity. This is particularly useful to our own city centre development at Maroochydore.
“Thanks to discussions we had with a number of major companies who attended, we now have several who are eager to be involved in our smart city planning which will provide the digital infrastructure we want to see available both in Maroochydore and across the region.
“Council has held discussions with a key venture capitalist involved in supporting start-ups in innovative digital technology and who can link Council to potential investors in the region's future digital infrastructure.
“We’ve also established links to several businesses - particularly in the professional services and renewable industries - that are interested in our vision for the region and want to pursue discussions on opportunities for them to operate on the Sunshine Coast.”
Mayor Jamieson said the opportunity to talk to various mayors from the Asia Pacific region and discuss their situations and challenges had been invaluable.
“Clearly we have a range of different issues, challenges and opportunities, but in essence we’re all involved in city building and community building, planning for our residents, preserving our environment and how we get the balance right with what we do,” he said.
“The session I hosted on Cities for People was very illuminating and it was great to see so much audience participation in the discussion.”
Mayor Jamieson also spent time with Lord Sebastian Coe, who chaired the London 2012 Olympic Games bid and then the London 2012 Organising Committee.
The one-on-one discussion provided valuable insights on how the Council of Mayors South East Queensland could approach a possible bid for the 2028 Games.
“A major focus of our chat was about what the legacy of the event should be for the region if we proceeded with a bid,” Mayor Jamieson said.
Also during the summit, Deputy Mayor Cr Chris Thompson facilitated a discussion on City Making for City People, while of the highlights of the Sunshine Coast Council’s exhibit was an eye-catching 3D visualisation of the Sunshine Coast developed by Council staff.
Pic caption: Mayor Mark Jamieson chairing the Cities For People session at the Asia Pacific Cities Summit