PM drops into lo­cal RSL

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - CALOUN­DRA CHAM­BER MICHAEL SHAD­FORTH

OUR re­gion has cer­tainly had some at­ten­tion in the past few weeks from the na­tion’s top politi­cians.

We were lucky enough to have the Australian Prime Min­is­ter visit, which is a first for Caloun­dra. While in town, Mal­com Turn­bull spent an evening at the Caloun­dra RSL for a “pol­i­tics in the pub” style event with 300 peo­ple able to say hello and ask ques­tions di­rectly to the PM. The Prime Min­is­ter stayed in Caloun­dra overnight then next morn­ing vis­ited the con­struc­tion site of the $929 mil­lion Bruce Hwy up­grade from Caloun­dra Rd to the Sun­shine Mo­tor­way.

The de­vel­op­ment in our re­gion is truly on the move, and there are signs ev­ery­where of growth and de­vel­op­ment.

Langs Build­ing Sup­plies cel­e­brated the open­ing of its new $20 mil­lion Caloun­dra ware­house and trade store in the Sun­shine Coast In­dus­trial Park near the race­course. The busi­ness will gen­er­ate 100 new jobs for lo­cals.

The of­fi­cial open­ing was the cul­mi­na­tion of 10 years of plan­ning for the fam­ily owned busi­ness. The new premises is state of the art, with a drive-through trade store, bulk build­ing sup­plies and on-site man­u­fac­tur­ing of roof trusses, wall frames and floor trusses.

There is a great op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing as the re­gion moves for­ward with large scale projects such as the new Ma­roochy­dore CBD, Aura and Har­mony at Palmview.

The coast is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­creased build­ing ap­provals, cur­rently at an eight-year high with an in­crease of 32% com­pared to last year.

The in­vest­ment by Langs is es­ti­mated to have con­trib­uted $54 mil­lion into the regional econ­omy dur­ing con­struc­tion, and once fully op­er­a­tional the man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany is es­ti­mated to con­trib­ute $193 mil­lion to the regional econ­omy an­nu­ally.

The Queens­land Govern­ment has just an­nounced its Go Lo­cal cam­paign and changed its state pro­cure­ment poli­cies to give added weight to lo­cal busi­nesses ten­der­ing for govern­ment work and sup­ply con­tracts. Langs is now in a great po­si­tion as are many other lo­cal firms to bring home the ba­con for the Sun­shine Coast.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Go Lo­cal head to busi­ness.qld.gov.au/golo­cal

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