Economic strategy scoring goals in first year
  • Tuesday 23 September 2014

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013-2033 (REDS) has produced some outstanding results in its first year.

Speaking at a celebration event for the strategy’s first anniversary last night (Monday Sep 22), Mayor Jamieson said its effect both directly and indirectly had contributed to elevated business confidence in the region.

“The cornerstone of an economy is the confidence its constituents hold in it – and confidence on the Sunshine Coast is growing,” he said.

“And so it should be – the strategy was borne of collaboration between business, industry and council, so we have all had a stake in seeing it implemented.

“We have put together the Economic Futures Board which will steer us in the right direction; we have a new planning scheme; we have cut costs to doing business with council; we now have certainty for Maroochydore City Centre through its development scheme; and; we have engaged Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets to advise on securing investment in the Sunshine Coast Airport.”

But there was still much to do, the Mayor said.

“There will be a big focus this year on capital investment – particularly our game changer projects at Maroochydore and the airport – and on growing our high-value industries,” he said.

“In the months ahead, council will make some important decisions around both of these projects.

“We will have a new regional investment brand name and investment prospectus to help sell our message to the world.

“We will continue to look to support major initiatives of business and industry groups that further the objectives of the REDS.

”This is a partnership and just as council is doing its bit, we continue to encourage business and industry to do likewise.”