Mayor Mark Jamieson has delivered his first State of the Region address in what will become an end of year tradition for the council.
“The state of the region is strong, we’ve taken significant steps towards a sustainable economy, but there’s much more to do,” Mr Jamieson said.
“I was elected on a platform of taking the region in a new direction and we have taken major strides on that journey.
“We’ve got the balance right between the economy, and the environment and community – and we will continue to create the right conditions for investment and jobs.”
In just eight months council has helped to deliver a number of new businesses, helped others to expand, and convinced others to stay here:
- Nearly 10,500 seats and millions of dollars secured by Air New Zealand’s decision to renew and expand its seasonal service to the Coast
- 190 new jobs created by the Stellar contact centre
- 68 new jobs created through a $5.3 million re-investment by Zehnder Gluten Free
- 80 jobs kept on the Coast after Bizfurn was convinced the Sunshine Coast’s new direction was the right direction
We achieved this by providing more support for existing businesses, and making the region more attractive to new businesses.
This has included:
- Holding forums to help local businesses tender for health hub contracts
- Awarding contracts to locals at a rate of 70 cents in every dollar council spends
- Determining more than 90% of all Material Change of Use applications within the statutory period
- Launching Business Ezy – an online one-stop shop for businesses.
- Delivering a business friendly budget including business support programs
- Reducing fees for employment generating development
- Waiving all fees associated with pre-lodgement meetings
Council finishes 2012 in a strong position – the challenge is to keep it that way.
The Queensland Treasury Corporation figures show de-amalgamation would turn one strong council into two weaker councils – costing the region $76 million in lost wealth.