Successful outcomes across our REDS’s seven “high-value industries’’ were highlighted in the 2021-22 Regional Economic Development Strategy Annual Report presented to council last week.

Positive economic indicators during the 2021–22 financial year revealed a strong recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and that the Sunshine Coast is attracting higher paying jobs and industries.

In 2013, household income levels were 22.3% below the State average. That gap has decreased significantly, to 4.7% below the State average today, thanks to our Regional Economic Development Strategy attracting higher paying industries.

Another highlight in the report, the increased industry collaboration that enabled council to support, fund and drive the successful growth of key industry groups and associated initiatives – Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast, Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN), Manufacturing Excellence Forum Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Tech Industry Alliance, Sunshine Coast Screen Collective, Sunshine Coast Events Industry and Visit Sunshine Coast.

The REDS underpins the significant growth and diversification that had seen the region develop a $18.5 billion economy.  READ MORE

2022 Sunshine Coast Business Award Finalists announced

The first round of judging has been completed and the Sunshine Coast Business Awards announced the finalists for the 2022 Awards. There are 143 finalists across 17 industry categories. READ MORE

RAIDER Targetry

Meet Mick Fielding. Mick is the Executive Director of RAIDER Targetry in Kunda Park. The business develops and builds high tech military targetry while sourcing majority of its components from manufacturers inside of the Sunshine Coast. RAIDER has a strong focus on recruiting and supporting local talent. 

Raider Targetry has been recognised as a Local Business Champion in this year’s series that focuses on businesses that support local through sourcing local, partnerships and collaborations, investing in talent and more. 

Think SUNSHINE this Black Friday 

Leading up to the Black Friday sales event on 25 November, Sunshine Coast Council and Buy Local Sunshine Coast will be inviting the business community to showcase what we have on offer here on the Sunshine Coast for what is one of the biggest retail days of the year. Black Friday has become a global phenomenon for retailers where consumers are frenzied into finding great products and experiences that offer amazing value for money.
The next Buy Local Sunshine Coast campaign will be encouraging consumers to ‘Think Sunshine this Black Friday’ by buying local, so get your business involved by making a fun video to go into the draw to receive one of two, $10,000 marketing packs and be included in the Think SUNSHINE this Black Friday campaign that will run throughout November. FIND OUT MORE.

2022 Business Mission to New Zealand

Did you know that $1,166.8 million worth of Queensland goods were exported to New Zealand in 2021?

Expressions of interest are now open to Sunshine Coast businesses looking to participate from November 26-December 3, 2022.

Council’s business missions help to generate trade, investment and opportunities for joint venture partnerships between businesses in both countries.

The mission will be led by Sunshine Coast Council in consultation with Trade & Investment Qld in NZ.

Closing date is September 30. To submit your expression of interest and for more information, CLICK HERE
All industries now on Business Launch Pad

Starting or running a business will be easier in Queensland with all businesses now covered by Queensland Business Launchpad.
The FREE online tool is a one-stop shop for businesses to find and apply for licences and permits.

The information available on Business Launchpad includes licences, codes of practice, regulatory information and support services across all tiers of government.

Each guide is tailored to suit the business and location.

Businesses throughout Queensland will be able to find location and industry-specific licencing and regulatory information for local, state and federal government. CLICK HERE
Mooloolaba's major intersection reopens

Major roadworks for Stages 2 and 3 of the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade (MTCU) are on the road to completion. The community can now drive through the key intersection at the corner of Brisbane Road, Walan and Hancock streets after it reopened on September 15.

The reopening comes after extensive underground services works, including mains water, sewer, stormwater and telecommunications were undertaken at the intersection since late April. The construction blitz of Stages 2 and 3 is a key part of the planning, aimed at having major roadworks completed by the end of this year. READ MORE
Vitamin SC gives Coast a healthy dose of success

Sunshine Coast Council has been named a finalist in two categories of the 2022 National Economic Development Awards for Excellence.
Work undertaken by council’s Economic Development branch earned a final berth in the category "Economic Development Strategic Thinking".

Additional work was recognised when a series of compelling investment attraction videos for the out-of-region target audience was also named a finalist in the "Economic Development Marketing and Promotion" category. These included the inspirational video campaign: ‘Give your business a boost of Vitamin SC’ (Sunshine Coast).

The campaign focussed on how a business could set up operations on the Sunshine Coast and benefit from the high-speed data via the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network, the connectivity via the Sunshine Coast Airport’s new international runway and the work-life balance on offer.

The videos have proven to be a huge hit in their chosen market of investment decision makers based largely in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney who saw them as distinctly different from the traditional material they were receiving from other competing regions and more engaging. 

The award winners will be named at a national conference in Sydney next month.
Green X Talks | 19 October
The Events Centre Caloundra
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Learn how to be more sustainable in your business at this key sustainability event. Are you assessing your triple bottom line - people, planet and profit and doing your part for climate change?

Learn from key thought leaders and experts in sustainability at this major event. GreenX Talks will help you fast-track sustainability in your organisation, align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meet compliance and win new business.
ISC - program | 10-12 October
Novotel Twin Waters |
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Experienced professionals share practical IS experience about navigating challenges, overcoming barriers and the unexpected triumphs.

Decision makers and action takers unite at CONNECT to lead through the major challenges of our time, sustainably.

Anchored in purpose, our sector is accelerating collaboration to ensure that future infrastructure delivers positive impact for all. View the full program

Sunshine Coast First Nations Supplier Day

October 10 | 3-8pm | Nambour Showgrounds

Partnership opportunities – Email First Nations Partnerships
Stallholder enquiries – Email First Nations Partnerships
Caloundra Music Festival is celebrating 15 years of Sun Surf & Soul!

Explore the program online or the APP
Grab your day ticket, go ALL in for a three-day pass or buy Kings Club tickets for the royal treatment before it sells out
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