Senior Development Manager Evan Aldridge said the company is keen to create an important partnership with the region’s growing University to fund research in coastal ecology, for better environmental outcomes and to enhance conservation of beaches and dunes which are the very ecosystems that underpin much of the regional economy.
“As one of two major landowners of beachfront land in the region, planning for a new coastal village at Yaroomba Beach, we are vitally interested in how best to protect the irreplaceable ecological assets of sandy shore ecosystems, including surf zones, beaches, and dunes,” Mr Aldridge said.
“For some months we have sought the University’s input into our project and in turn we support its growth,” he said.
“The USC research team is led by Professor Thomas Schlacher who has extensive international research experience with beach and dune ecosystems and the conservation issues for these irreplaceable assets. We see that supporting research excellence in coastal science will benefit the whole region.”
Mr Aldridge said Sekisui House has pledged its support to the USC Research Program for an initial five years.
“We are very aware that we already provide homes to many local people and in time our proposed development at Yaroomba Beach will include a 5 star Westin eco-tourism resort which will attract tourists to the region, including many interstate and international visitors.
“It’s vital that Yaroomba beach, the surrounding dunes and its marine and wildlife is protected, so the more research data we have, the better.
“The Sunshine Coast has evolved with communities from Caloundra to Noosa living beside the beach. We see the opportunity is identify how to improve the interaction between communities and local beach ecology for better outcomes, across the region,” Mr Aldridge said.
Professor Thomas Schlacher said the research funding is vital to the University continuing to be at the forefront of coastal and marine research and applied teaching and providing unique opportunities for academic staff and students to conduct fieldwork.
“We have been involved in a range of research studies in coastal ecology and to have a locally-based, national company willing to fund regional research is significant,” Professor Schlacher said.
“We plan to cover a number of themes over the coming years as part of this program.
The scope of the project will be flexible to respond to any emerging threats and developing issues, but we expect to examine and map biodiversity across the region.
“This will give us better data for conservation planning. We will also ask question whether existing reserves work well in protecting wildlife, how we can outfox ‘foxes’ on dunes, and where fish are abundant in the surf. Part of our work will also examine what makes for a good nesting beach for marine turtles and whether we can enhance habitat for coastal birds of prey.
“It is critical that we achieve a fresh perspective that embraces a coordinated approach to coastal conservation that looks beyond the boundaries of single sites.” ... See MoreSee Less
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Minister Leeanne Enoch said the strategy would provide opportunities for local small businesses to innovate, diversify and enter the digital economy.
“The Sunshine Coast region is home to approximately 35,000 small businesses that are a big part of the local community and economy – providing goods, services and jobs,” Ms Enoch said.
“This strategy will provide Caloundra’s small businesses with stronger advocacy, connect businesses to each other to help them succeed and empower them to work smarter.
“This strategy has a strong focus on regional small businesses through programs like the Small Business in a Day event held earlier this month in partnership with the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast.
“The day focused on helping small businesses to improve their digital capability and included a mini expo, forums, workshops and opportunities for small businesses to network and chat with business mentors and learn about government grants and services.
“Small businesses will be further assisted to enter the digital economy through our Small Business Digital Grants program, which will be launched soon.
“Under the strategy we’ll also be fostering our future entrepreneurs through the New Business for Tomorrow program and assisting businesses to grow and employ through the Accelerate Small Business grants program, an expansion of the Mentoring for Growth program.”
The strategy is being delivered by the new Office of Small Business which coordinates services across Queensland Government, works with stakeholders, and will oversee the appointment of a Small Business Champion to represent Queensland on small business issues.
Minister Enoch said the Queensland Government recognised the importance of the state’s 406,000 small businesses to the economy and local communities.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to creating a supportive environment that assists businesses from when they start through to growth and employment,” Minister Enoch said.
“That is our vision for small business in Queensland and what our Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy will achieve.”
Sunshine Coast CouncilMayor Mark Jamieson has welcomed the Queensland Deputy Premier’s release of the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan, which has acknowledged the council’s extensive planning for population growth.
Mayor Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast population was expected to increase from 298,000 to about 495,000 by 2041.
“As part of the SEQ Regional Plan review to accommodate that population growth, the State Government has estimated that the Sunshine Coast will need an additional 99,300 dwellings by 2041,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Council and our community have consistently outlined a preferred settlement pattern for the region to 2031 as outlined in the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme.
“Our population modelling shows the region can ably accommodate more than the required number of dwellings by 2031 including the 27,600 dwellings planned in Palmview and Caloundra South.
“Between 2031 and 2041, the State Government estimates that another 40,000 dwellings will be required of which more than 25,000 will be provided at Maroochydore, Nambour and in the Sunshine Coast Enterprise Corridor.”
Mayor Jamieson said the council’s planning for the region, in partnership with the Queensland Government, had produced some great results for the future of the Sunshine Coast community.
“Following strong and consistent advocacy by council, the draft SEQ Regional Plan identifies Beerwah East in the Urban Footprint – a preferred location for long term growth,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Beerwah East will provide public transport connections and routes and the additional 10,000 to 20,000 dwellings required to meet the predicted population growth to 2041 and beyond.
“The draft SEQ Regional Plan also provides for some growth in smaller townships such as Glasshouse Mountains, Landsborough, Palmwoods, Yandina and Bli Bli.
“For many of these towns, this recognises their suitability for urban growth given they are located on the North Coast Rail Line transport corridor.
“As well as providing increased housing on the Sunshine Coast, it allows these townships to continue to grow.”
The draft SEQ Regional Plan also supports the council’s efforts to achieve an offshore cable protection zone and landing point for an international broadband submarine cable connection, which would make the Sunshine Coast the first regional centre in Australia to provide direct broadband connectivity to global markets.
The Sunshine Coast Airport is also recognised as an area of regional economic significance in the draft plan.
“Another important first step is the mapping and clear identification of a large part of the regional inter-urban break straddling the Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast local government areas,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Council welcomes an action item in the draft SEQ Regional Plan that indicates the State Government will work with Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast councils to determine the extent of the northern inter-urban break and identify additional means to secure it for the long term.
“Our council and our community wants the inter-urban break preserved in its current scale in perpetuity.
“The inter-urban break helps define Sunshine Coast as distinct from, but connected to, the rest of South East Queensland.
“It helps protect the Pumicestone Passage water quality, provides unique tourism and recreation opportunities for the whole of SEQ, and provides a significant contribution to our economy through valuable agricultural and forestry activities.
“This is too important an asset to see it further reduced – which is why council will not support Halls Creek – to the south of Aura – for future urban development.
“We have a comprehensive plan to accommodate growth and ensure the inter-urban break is protected.
“We have had that plan for some time and now we need our residents’ support to ensure that plan becomes a reality - not just for everyone today, but for future generations that come after us.
“Planning for our growth is critical to protecting our coastal lifestyle, our outstanding natural assets, character and identity, ensuring we have employment and economic opportunities for our residents in the future,” he said.
“Thanks to well considered and logical planning our community will continue to enjoy the Sunshine Coast we all know and love.
“From our beaches and foreshore areas to our magnificent hinterland, our council is planning a future where our children and grandchildren will be as fortunate as we are to call Sunshine Coast home.” Sunshine Coast residents can view the draft SEQ Regional Plan online at www.qld.gov.au/shapingseq or talk to a State Government planner at a drop in session at Caloundra and Maroochydore.
Saturday, November 19, 10am-1pm CCSA Hall, Caloundra Wednesday November 30, 10am-1pm. Millwell Road Community Centre, Maroochydore ... See MoreSee Less
Visit Sunshine Coast in association with Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) hosted a special networking event this morning (Tues) at the Surf Club Mooloolaba, attended buy over 100 industry representatives.
Sunshine Coast chef and bush food expert, Peter Wolfe, conducted a food demonstration featuring the best of local produce.
Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford announced a new mobile food trail was close to being finalised, which would showcase the Sunshine Coast’s food producers, breweries and wineries, cooking shoots and restaurants to highlight the region’s rich food heritage and diversity. ... See MoreSee Less
Division 3 Councillor Peter Cox said the reduction of midge larvae in the lake by more than 90% was the best possible result council could have hoped for.
“The entrance to the lake was closed off at its high tide level on September 1 to drown midge larvae in an attempt to reduce the adult biting midge population,” Cr Cox said.
“With timing right and results positive, works began at 10.30am today (October 18) to re-open the lake’s entrance, including the removal of some drainage pipes, followed by a 20 tonne excavator digging out the sand berm as the tide dropped.
“Larval levels at the completion of this year’s closure program are lower than at the same stage as all previous closures – currently we are down to 11 larvae per square metre.
“As a result, significantly fewer biting midge complaints are received by council in the Currimundi area compared to a decade ago.” ... See MoreSee Less
Whales off Currimundi Lake While we were waiting for Currimundi Lake to be reopened following Sunshine Coast Council's midge mitigation program, just beyond the drum line, these whales put on a tail slapping show. Clearly visible from the beach. ... See MoreSee Less