What awaits us in the future?
  • Thursday 29 October 2015
areas under development at Kawana

The Sunshine Coast is poised to make significant economic and community advances – but are we ready?

Find out when the region’s business leaders, academics and professionals size up our biggest challenges at the Sunshine Coast Futures Conference on Friday November 27.

Now in its sixth year, the conference is a joint effort between Sunshine Coast Council and the University of the Sunshine Coast and provides an opportunity for locals and key stakeholders to plan for the region’s future.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said it was a great opportunity for the community to learn about the challenges and opportunities of long-term planning, economic development and infrastructure investments in the region.

“This is a very exciting time for the Sunshine Coast and we have a number of game-changing projects that are underway and on the horizon. To ensure we maximise the potential of these projects and achieve a sustainable economy, long term planning and collaboration is essential,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The Sunshine Coast Futures Conference brings our community and industry leaders together to provide insights that will be the key to success of our Regional Economic Development Strategy.

"This year’s conference will also involve our future community and industry leaders who will present their ideal blueprint for our region, 15 years into the future.”

Sunshine Coast Combined Chambers Alliance President Michael Shadforth said all local businesses could benefit from attending the conference.

“While the current business climate on the Sunshine Coast is very promising and optimistic as evidenced by the most recent local business confidence survey results, it’s crucial that we’re also keeping an eye on five, 10 and even 20 years into the future,” he said.

“The Sunshine Coast Futures Conference will involve some of the sharpest business minds from within our region and beyond so it’s an outstanding opportunity for local businesses to tap into a wealth of knowledge.”

Key note speakers at this year’s event include:

  • Professor Mike Heffernan - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) and Professor for

Property and Development at the University of the Sunshine Coast

  • Dr Robert Greenwood - Executive Director, Public Engagement for Memorial University

and of The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development in St John’s, Canada

  • Ed Morrison - Regional Economic Development Advisor at the Centre for Regional

Development at Purdue University, Indiana, US.

  • Professor Greg Hill - served as the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of

the Sunshine Coast since 2011 and was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2005 to 2010.

  • Ted O’Brien – Founder and Chairman of Generation Innovation

For more information about the 2015 Sunshine Coast Futures Conference or to register, visit www.sunshinecoastfutures.com