THE POWER OF ONE DROP….
THE SUNSHINE COAST IS STARTING TO SEE THE BENEFITS OF IMPORTANT PROJECTS COMING TO FRUITION, WITH THE RIPPLE EFFECTS CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT BEYOND WHAT MANY OF US IMAGINED
A ccording to the Cambridge dictionary, a ripple effect is “a situation in which one event produces effects which spread and produce further effects”. So, what does that mean to those of us who live on the Sunshine Coast? The transformational projects we are seeing take shape on the coast will impact all of us in one way or another – and for many years to come. The new hospitals have impacted the health precinct and community by not only employing staff but by creating opportunities that previously did not exist or may not have been easily recognisable by small business operators and other stakeholders. More people living and working in this precinct has created a demand for services broader than the immediate services you first think of when you associate business with a hospital, i.e. chemist. Services such as florists, child care, health and fitness and cleaning services for busy professionals have been identified as just a few of the opportunities the growth of the health precinct has created. To put it in perspective, the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Health precinct has the potential to create 6281 jobs in health and social assistance, 1021 in retail, 741 in transport, postal and warehousing, 322 in personal/other, 668 in accommodation and food services, 673 in repairs and maintenance, 3092 in professional, scientific and technical services, 501 in information and media, 990 in education and training and 1207 in public administration and safety. Other projects that have started to impact the coast and will create a ripple effect of their own include the Sunshine Coast Airport expansion and the new Maroochydore CBD. The expansion of the airport will create a myriad of opportunities on the coast and we are already seeing successful businesses who traditionally based their warehousing and distribution centres in other states looking to call the Sunshine Coast home. They have been enticed here by the lifestyle that is now supported through opportunities created by new infrastructure. I was speaking to one couple last week who have just relocated to the Sunshine Coast. They require a 2000sq m industrial shed for their business, which wholesales medical equipment throughout Australia and New Zealand. They explained they have wanted to live here for a long time but it simply wasn’t possible for them to do so because we were not set up to support a business like theirs. However, they acknowledged all of that had changed dramatically over the past six years, so much so they felt if they didn’t move now, they would miss out! With this family and business will come office and warehousing jobs which will contribute to the growth and wealth of our region. The future holds opportunities for all of us. Opportunities that have come about because of our economic and regional development strategies which have a clear focus on seven high-value industries. Workshops on how you and your business can identify opportunities will be held next year.
The Sunshine Coast is growing and developing bringing more opportunities to locals and visitors.