More work to do…
We have seen the Sunshine Coast emerge from the global economic downturn to really punch above its weight as we strive to deliver a leading regional economy and preserve a lifestyle and natural environment that are the envy of the nation.
But there is much still to do.
In 2016, I committed to build on the agenda that I had led over the previous four years and provided a comprehensive plan to the people of the Sunshine Coast which seeks to –
- increase our employment opportunities locally
- encourage more young people and families to call the Sunshine Coast home and
- preserve and enhance our natural assets so they can be enjoyed by current and future generations.
My plan for the Sunshine Coast seeks to do just that.
Continuing to build a new economy
- Progress the Sunshine Coast Airport expansion so it is completed by 2020
- Obtain firm commitments from the private sector to deliver an international submarine cable to connect the Sunshine Coast directly with international markets
- Secure a preferred developer for a premium hotel and convention, exhibition and entertainment centre in Maroochydore
- Investigate the feasibility of establishing a major food distribution centre on the Sunshine Coast, which would provide local producers with a direct point of distribution to national and international markets
- Complete the feasibility for, and gain commitments from government and the private sector to build a national standard stadium on the Sunshine Coast
- Continue to build the profile and reputation of the Sunshine Coast in key national and international markets as a leading location to live, work, visit and invest
- Utilising Council’s existing landholdings, facilitate the development of a major arts and culture precinct with associated residential development in the heart of the Caloundra CBD.
Supporting a Strong Community
- Provide $30 million over four years to improve Council’s sport, recreation, performance and community facilities
- Work with the community and develop programs to encourage more residents to become volunteers
- Work with secondary schools, the University of the Sunshine Coast and TAFE to encourage more young people to pursue training or courses of study that will equip them for the jobs and careers that will be available on the Sunshine Coast
- Support local communities to develop, share and promote their local heritage, values and characteristics.
- Continue to lobby other levels of government for a fairer deal for the Sunshine Coast through commitments to improved road, rail and public transport infrastructure
- Encourage community organisations to work with Council on new and innovative approaches to celebrate cultural diversity and the welcoming of new citizens into our community
Preserving our environment, lifestyle and natural assets
- Pursue the State Government to implement appropriate measures that provide enduring protection of the regional inter-urban break
- Convince the State Government to remove Halls Creek as an identified growth area from the SEQ Regional Plan
- Increase by a further 10% the total conservation lands acquired by Council using the Environment Levy. This will mean that by 2020, the two Councils which I will have led will have acquired nearly one-third of the total conservation lands purchased by Council since the early 1990’s.
- Encourage an increase in the number of participants in the Land for Wildlife Program to over 1000 property owners.
- Examine the feasibility of seeking a UNESCO Biosphere declaration for the area encompassing the Pumicestone Passage, the inter-urban break, the Glass House Mountains and Blackall Range
- Encourage SCDL to develop and implement a dedicated marketing and promotion campaign for Hinterland experiences in key international tourism markets.