Portfolios with greater focus on economic development
  • Saturday 23 June 2012

Sunshine Coast Council is expected to adopt a portfolio system with a greater focus on the region’s economic development.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said a report to be put forward to the next ordinary council meeting on June 28 will recommend key focus areas for each councillor.

"We need a sustainable community, a sustainable environment, and a sustainable economy – this will help make that happen," he said.

"I’m confident it will be the right mix of the right people in the right portfolios to make a real difference to the region.

"I think it’s important I take the lead on economic development – I made it my top priority in the election, and I’m determined to develop a stronger economy.

"I will welcome the support of councillors Robinson, O’Pray and Cox in the portfolio.

"Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson was a well respected Finance Portfolio councillor and I am keen for him to continue his focus in that area."

Mayor Jamieson said all councillors will have important roles.

"The budget will be adopted next week, we will soon have our portfolio responsibilities; we will get on with the job," he said

"The portfolio areas reflect the strategic priorities of the council for the next four years – and objectives will be developed and reported on.

"Councillors have an obligation to represent their division, but just as important, they need to be working for the region as a whole.

"These roles will ensure we are all working towards an even better Sunshine Coast – continuing the unity which has already become a hallmark of this council," Cr Jamieson said.

Proposed councillor portfolios for discussion at council’s Ordinary Meeting on Thursday June 28



Portfolio Definition

Designated Councillor

Economic Development

Key centres; Economic development support and investment attraction; Significant events; International relations; Regional Development and Advocacy

Sectors New and Emerging Industries (Clean Technology; Aviation; Resources; Communication Technology)

Tourism, Sport and Major Events Health & Medical Precinct and Education

Mayor Mark Jamieson

Sector Lead Cr Stephen Robinson Cr Jason O’Pray Cr Peter Cox

Finance and Water

Budget; Long term financial plan; State Water Reforms; Unitywater; Business Units performance

Cr Chris Thompson


Policy development; waterways and biodiversity; climate change

Cr Tony Wellington

Corporate Planning

Community and Corporate Plan (including review); key indicators


Cr Christian Dickson

Regional Projects

Key region-making projects > $50m; focus on scoping and strategy for funding

Cr Tim Dwyer

Service Delivery

Setting of appropriate levels and standards for Council's works and services, appropriate levels of customer service and monitoring of customer/community satisfaction levels.

Cr Ted Hungerford

Community Programs

Social capital; health and well being programs

Cr Jenny McKay

Transport Strategy

Strategic positioning; transport corridors, modal shift, planning

Cr Rick Baberowski

Regional Planning

Planning Scheme; Structure Plans; major development centres; statutory planning; development services

Cr Russell Green

Place Management and Delivery

Place design; capital works and infrastructure planning/delivery

Cr Greg Rogerson