A year of progress for the Sunshine Coast in 2015
This time of year is always a hectic one, but it’s also a time when we look back at the year gone by.
I’m happy to report that we have made significant progress in 2015 as we work to shape a prosperous future for our communities on the Sunshine Coast.
Right now, our region is in an ideal position – both in terms of its economic performance and our lifestyle offer and environmental credentials.
Here’s a selection of achievements from the past year to show how we are tracking.
- Youi elected to develop its global headquarters at Sippy Downs. When the new “campus” is finished Youi will have the capacity for 2000 staff.
- The Sunshine Coast was independently ranked as the second highest performing non-capital city economy in Queensland.
- September quarter survey results released earlier this month by Westpac Group and CCIQ showed business confidence in the Sunshine Coast was again at a higher level than any other region in Queensland
- Our July to September quarter saw a $100 million increase in building approvals on the previous three months and a 17% increase on the same period last year.
- We recorded increases in international and domestic visitor numbers, with the Coast posting one of the highest percentage growth rates of anywhere in Queensland.
- Our Sunshine Coast Airport posted records month after month and has been rated as Australia’s fastest growing airport for the past two months. This is even before the return of Qantas flights kick in during December, 40,000 extra seats from Jetstar come on stream and Air New Zealand begins its summer season.
- We took numerous opportunities throughout the year to showcase our region, our export industries and our outstanding investment opportunities to leading national and international investors, trade commissioners and ambassadors.
- We finalised the infrastructure agreement with Stockland which gives the green light for the Caloundra South “Aura” development which will eventually house 50,000 residents and inject billions of dollars into the region’s economy.
These milestones – and there are many more – all show signs of a continuing surge of confidence in this region, what it has to offer and the clarity of its plan for the future.
Balanced with diversifying our economy and creating jobs, we are protecting and enhancing our enviable lifestyle and natural environment – the reasons why so many of us choose to live here.
The Christmas-New Year holidays are ahead for many Sunshine Coast residents, although I know many of our business owners and operators will be hard at work looking after the tens of thousands of visitors who will descend on our region.
I wish you all a safe and merry Christmas and a joyous festive season.