Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has returned from his two-week overseas investment mission that included meetings with representatives of more than 65 organisations who now have an in-depth knowledge of the region’s economic credentials and outstanding investment prospects.
Mayor Jamieson presented the Coast’s key investment opportunities into three of the world’s largest capital markets – Hong Kong, Frankfurt and London – and said he was delighted with the “very strong interest” he received.
“With the recent release of the Sunshine Coast Investment Prospectus, the formation of SunCentral Maroochydore Pty Ltd and the progress with the Sunshine Coast Airport, we have a compelling story to present on the opportunities available in our region,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Our message that ‘the future is here’ certainly seemed to resonate with those we spent time with.
“In return, there were four very significant, take-home messages that I received across the board.
“Our timing could not be better.
“There is significant investment capital available looking for a safe home – and as such, there is strong interest in Australia.
“Sunshine Coast Council has a clear and believable vision, and well-tailored investment opportunities associated with SunCentral Maroochydore and the Sunshine Coast Airport.
“Council clearly has a competitive advantage as very few, if any, councils are pitching investment opportunities into these markets or with the companies and institutions with whom I met.”
Over the course of the fortnight, Mayor Jamieson engaged with a range of potential investors and associated financial interests including banks and financial institutions; property and infrastructure development companies and investors; pension, superannuation and insurance funds with a history of investing globally in infrastructure and property assets similar to those being promoted by Council; and professional advisory firms that have extensive and valuable links to major investment channels and proponents.
“We must now build on the momentum that has now been established,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“By generating a high level of competitive interest in these projects, it will be possible to maximise the outcome for our residents and future generations which is the major purpose of a mission like this.
“This has been at the heart of my agenda as Mayor.
“New investment generates new businesses, offering more enduring employment opportunities for our Coast residents and delivering new facilities and services to meet the needs of our communities.
At the end of the day, our community members are all winners when we attract new investment to our region.”
Other highlights of the mission included:
· Signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the Hong Kong Real Property Federation, which has the potential to provide a pipeline of significant investment to the region;
· An official courtesy visit to Fenland District Council (a Friendship City with Sunshine Coast Council) to meet with the local officials and present prizes to Year 5 schoolchildren who had just completed a museum display on the life story of Jim Hocking, a young Air Force pilot from Nambour who lost his life on the outskirts of the town; and
· Meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of the London Legacy Development Corporation, who provided some insights on the planning and delivery of the most recent Olympic Games and the legacy that can be derived from hosting such an event.
“This meeting proved very informative in the context of the work of the Council of Mayors South East Queensland (COMSEQ) in considering the feasibility of bidding for the 2028 Olympic Games,” Mayor Jamieson said.
Ipswich, Sunshine Coast lead charge as youth unemployment rate drops
Ipswich, the Sunshine Coast and southern Brisbane have led the charge in improving youth unemployment rates in Queensland, new data has revealed.
But the Australian Bureau of Statistics data, analysed by Queensland Treasury, also showed the situation in outback Queensland was dire and getting worse.
Youth unemployment dropped 0.9 percentage points from December 2014 to December 2015, from 14.1 to 13.2 per cent.
But in Ipswich, the improvement was more substantial, with a drop of five percentage points, from 18.8 to 13.8 per cent over the period.
Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said the council’s efforts had started to pay off.
“For a city like Ipswich that had the highest unemployment in the country, we’ve worked our guts out,” he said.
“We’ve worked our guts out and we’ve turned the city around.
“We went down the technology path, created logistics industry, we’ve got what’s happening at Springfield and there’s much more to come.”
The Sunshine Coast saw its youth unemployment rate drop from 14.5 to 9.6 per cent, one of the lowest in the state.
Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson said the figures would give confidence and encouragement to the region’s parents that their children were in one of the areas to get a job.
“One of the greatest gifts any level of government can give its community is confidence,” he said.
“With confidence comes opportunity and with opportunity comes prosperity.
“Our population of young Coast residents is not in decline, it’s growing, and it’s part of our responsibility to help them gain employment here.”
Youth unemployment in Brisbane’s southern suburbs dropped 5.5 percentage points from 16.4 per cent in December 2014 to 10.9 per cent last month.
The state’s lowest youth unemployment rate was in the Maranoa, which had a rate of 7.7 per cent last month, down from 8.9 per cent the previous December.
But outback Queensland youth unemployment skyrocketed, according to the data, from 17.4 per cent in December 2014 to 25.6 per cent last month.
Cr Pisasale said the rest of the country could look to cities such as Ipswich as an example.
“We’ve let our young people down in this country,” he said.
“When I left school, we had apprenticeships and traineeships that aren’t there anymore.
“It’s a lot harder for young kids to feel part of the community.
“People should stop and have a look at what Ipswich has done, because maybe we’re starting to get it right.”
Cr Pisasale also made light of the reputation Ipswich had gained throughout Australia.
“Whoever ever said people from Ipswich have two heads, I want to thank them,” he said.
“It’s made us twice as smart as everybody else.”
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Originally Published On: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/
Landmark Sunshine Coast Castle For Sale
A Norman-style castle with medieval additions that has become an iconic landmark on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is on the market.
The award-winning tourist attraction and function venue business at 292-296 David Low Way, Bli Bli, is being marketed by Ray White North Coast Central’s Michael Shadforth and Damien Poole.
Originally built on a site overlooking the Maroochy River in 1972, the castle is unique in the southern hemisphere and comes complete with a moat, turrets, towers and a drawbridge.
Mr Shadforth said the castle is situated on a 4,751 sqm block and there is the option to purchase adjoining manager’s and caretaker’s residences for a total land area if 8,242 sqm.
“We have already had a large number of enquiries about the Bli Bli Castle from across Australia and around the world,” he said.
“This is an established business and award winning tourist attraction and function venue which promotes history, encourages education and facilitates unique celebrations.”
Mr Shadforth said the castle offered an opportunity for an astute investor, a local with a passion for an iconic landmark or an international buyer to secure an historic building and prime property site within the growing Queensland tourism sector.
“The castle is regularly booked for weddings, parties, private functions and concerts, including a partnership with the Underground Opera Company to hoist three shows each year,” he said.
“The site incorporates a fully licensed café and a themed gift and toy shop. The property is in a semi-rural area on the Sunshine Coast and is approximately 15 minutes from Maroochydore and 90 minutes north ofBrisbane.”
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