We can’t do it all alone

OUR SAY

Sunshine Coast Daily - - YOUR SAY - JOHN FARMER [email protected]­news.com.au

MAYOR Mark Jamieson’s State of the Re­gion ad­dress paints a pic­ture of a re­gion that is quickly be­com­ing a pow­er­house not only in Queens­land, but the world.

The Coast has al­ways been renowned for its en­vi­able life­style, but lacked in terms of job cre­ation, in­no­va­tion and eco­nomic po­ten­tial.

Un­der the lead­er­ship of Cr Jamieson, this coun­cil is chang­ing that for the bet­ter.

While de­ter­mined to pro­tect the life­style for which the Sun­shine Coast is renowned, coun­cil is de­liv­er­ing game-chang­ing projects to fill the gaps that have held the re­gion back for years.

The new Ma­roochy­dore CBD, an in­ter­na­tional air­port and the in­ter­na­tional sub­ma­rine ca­ble are just three ex­am­ples of key projects re­shap­ing the Coast.

Al­ready, we’re wit­ness­ing the ben­e­fits. House­hold in­comes are im­prov­ing by the day, em­ploy­ment is surg­ing ahead and build­ing ap­provals sky­rock­et­ing. But Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil can­not achieve all of this alone. Coun­cil has put the re­gion on track to greater things, but get­ting it across the fin­ish line re­quires other lev­els of gov­ern­ment to come on board and play their part.

Sadly, this has not hap­pened in re­cent years, with the Coast all but for­got­ten, es­pe­cially by the State Gov­ern­ment not will­ing to help a re­gion from which its own cof­fers ben­e­fit sig­nif­i­cantly.

It is time for that to change. It is time they recog­nised the Coast for the pow­er­house it has be­come.

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