Advocating for better infrastructure Demographer Bernard Salt recently spoke of his great wish for the Sunshine Coast to achieve sovereignty so that we are no longer dependent upon jobs or people emanating from Brisbane.
Salt believes it's high time the Sunshine Coast economy and infrastructure was significantly boosted to secure more jobs for Coast workers, rather than relying on job creations in the nearest city.
Importantly, the Sunshine Coast Council Regional Economic Development Strategy, which is strongly supported by RDA Sunshine Coast, calls for the creation of 100,000 local jobs in the next 15 years.
If we want our children to be able to both live and work on the Coast, without having the arduous trek down the Bruce Highway, we need more local connectors and catalysts for Sunshine Coast business success, investment and of course improved infrastructure.
And this is where Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast (RDASC) is a leading local catalyst for change, investment and innovation in the region.
A recent event I was fortunate to attend was the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce lunch event – SEQ City Deals with Matt Collins, General Manager, Queensland Treasury Smart Cities Transformation Taskforce, at Urbane Restaurant, Brisbane City.
Matt is leading the State Government’s cities agenda, with a particular focus on city deals to boost prosperity, liveability and sustainability.
The deal will see the three levels of government unite to deliver a $58 billion boost to the region’s economy over the next 25 years, according to KPMG.
I’m of course highly supportive of the SEQ City Deal, set to become the biggest City Deal in the country, which will see a focus on the key infrastructure needs of the region over the next two decades.
This month, the RDASC also proudly supported the Kawana Chamber of Commerce’s Meet the Connectors Breakfast at The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast, where I sat on a panel of local connectors including Paul Martins, Head of Economic Development, Sunshine Coast Council, and Linda Delamotte, President, Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance.
RDASC is also set to attend tomorrow's Sunshine Coast Business Council’s upcoming conference, Digitalisation – Big Data – Fast Access: Potential to spearhead new industries, new jobs, at the Maroochydore RSL Events Centre.
This event will detail how the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Submarine Cable will “supercharge” the region's economic development and jobs growth, with RDASC Chair Carol Cashman closing proceedings.
Last, but not least, RDASC is proudly hosting the next events in our Grants for Growth series with two great, free workshops on Wednesday, June 19 (see main story). Please share the details far and wide among your networks.
It’s exciting to bear witness to so much growth and activity in the Coast’s burgeoning business sector. Please get in touch for how the RDASC can help you, by acting as a conduit for business success, growth and investment.
Thank you for your valued input and support.
Chief Executive Officer
Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast (RDASC)