Mayor’s recipe for suc­cess

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - SCOTT SAWYER [email protected]­

MAYOR Mark Jamieson has re­vealed his “four in­gre­di­ents” for the Coast’s suc­cess dur­ing his sev­enth an­nual State of the Re­gion ad­dress.

With the fes­tive sea­son bear­ing down, the Sun­shine Coast Mayor gave an insight into the year that had been and four pil­lars he be­lieved would hold the re­gion in good stead in years to come.

Bor­row­ing from Four In­gre­di­ents au­thor Kim McCosker’s for­mula, Cr Jamieson iden­ti­fied the fol­low­ing as key:

● En­gen­der­ing a sense of pur­pose and re­silience in our com­mu­nity;

● Main­tain­ing and en­hanc­ing our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment;

● Get­ting the eco­nomic set­tings right; and,

● Hav­ing a clear plan for how we em­brace the fu­ture.

Busi­ness own­ers and lo­cal land­care vol­un­teers joined Cr Jamieson at times on stage at in Birtinya on Fri­day as he cov­ered some of the high­lights of the past year and iden­ti­fied key goals for the next decade. Cr Jamieson said the re­gion’s house­hold in­comes had im­proved from 22 per cent be­low the state av­er­age to about 9 per cent be­low, and he hoped to see the re­gion on level-peg­ging with the Queens­land av­er­age within the next 10 years.

The Mayor said there were 25,000 more peo­ple em­ployed in the re­gion than five years ago and 9000 more res­i­dents had jobs in the past 12 months.

“Our an­nual em­ploy­ment growth of 5.3 per cent is well ahead of the state’s jobs growth at 3.6 per cent,” he said.

Cr Jamieson said there had been $1.64 bil­lion worth of build­ing ap­provals recorded last fi­nan­cial year and a 9 per cent in­crease in ap­provals for com­mer­cial and aged care de­vel­op­ments com­pared to the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year.

Vis­i­ta­tion and the re­gion’s en­vi­ron­men­tal cre­den­tials were also spruiked.

Cr Jamieson said a record num­ber of 13 cruise ships were sched­uled to visit the Coast in 2019, in­clud­ing Asia’s new­est lux­ury ship, the Ex­plorer Dream, which had con­firmed six vis­its to the re­gion in a deal worth about $2.9 mil­lion to the lo­cal econ­omy.

Health scored a men­tion, with Cr Jamieson laud­ing the pop­u­la­tion’s low­est in the state rate of over­weight or obese adults and the Coast’s sta­tus as a state leader in fruit and veg­etable con­sump­tion.

The re­gion’s leader also spoke of the $44 mil­lion in­vest­ment be­ing made in li­braries, gal­leries and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices, as well as up­grades of town cen­tres and spa­ces.

More than $7 mil­lion was in­vested in the past year to se­cure 405ha of land across the Ma­roochy, Mary and Mooloolah catch­ments for con­ser­va­tion.

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