Roadshow to encourage new Coast investment
  • Friday 20 May 2016

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson will build on the region’s economic relationships with partners in Hong Kong and China, as well as explore opportunities in South Korea and attend BIO 2016 in San Francisco with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, during a 12-day investment roadshow starting on Monday.

Mayor Jamieson said his visit to Asia followed on from previous missions in 2014 and 2015 and would encourage job creating investment on the Sunshine Coast.

“The Sunshine Coast offers a tremendous mix for investors and the opportunity to be involved at the ground level in some of the most exciting property, infrastructure and business developments in the country,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Key components of this Sunshine Coast Investment Roadshow will be furthering the development of important relationships in Hong Kong and with parties in China who have already expressed an interest in aspects of the SunCentral Maroochydore Priority Development Area and in the Sunshine Coast Airport expansion project,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“We will also be developing stronger links with South Korea which earlier this week was visited by the Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad.

“There are trade and investment opportunities to explore that emanate from the new Australia-South Korea Free Trade Agreement.

“In addition, South Korea hosts one of the leading smart city developments at Incheon and is also home to a number of global technology leaders who we would like to encourage to consider establishing a presence on the Sunshine Coast.

“Any new investment we gain generates new businesses, offers more enduring employment opportunities for our Coast residents and delivers new facilities and services to meet the needs of our communities.

“At the end of the day, our community is the winner when we attract new investment to our region.”

The timing of this mission is also planned to coincide with Mayor Jamieson accepting an invitation from the Premier to accompany her to BIO 2016 in San Francisco. 

The BIO International Convention is hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organisation, which represents more than 1100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centres and related organisations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations.

BIO members are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. 

“The Queensland Government has attended BIO every year since the mid-1990s and this represents a strategic opportunity for council to promote the Sunshine Coast University Hospital development and health and medical research investment opportunities associated with the Kawana Health Precinct,” Mayor Jamieson said.