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Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has welcomed new statistics which show employment opportunities in the region are on the increase and unemployment figures are amongst the lowest in the state at 4.8%.

Latest figures show that employment on the Sunshine Coast is up 11,500 over the year – with 6400 jobs in construction alone.

“Employment is the cornerstone of my mayoralty and this a major re-enforcement of Sunshine Coast Council’s agenda,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“While construction is important to our economy, the Sunshine Coast economy is continuing to grow and diversify.

“The Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy focuses on achieving four goals for our region over the next 20 years: to grow the economy to $33 billion – triple what it is now; to provide 100,000 new jobs in high-value industries; to produce 20% of goods and services produced for export; and to increase household incomes so they exceed the Queensland average.

“We will achieve that by delivering jobs through the seven high-value industries of health and well-being; education and research; professional services and knowledge industries; tourism, sport and leisure; agribusiness; clean technologies; and aviation and aerospace.

“Sunshine Coast’s competitive business environment, our accessibility to markets, proposed new infrastructure, a highly-skilled workforce and idyllic lifestyle are the winning combination that are attracting national and international investment.

“Many outstanding businesses have already chosen to call the Sunshine Coast home.

“And significant capital investment is already underway. The new Maroochydore City Centre – the only greenfield CBD in Australia at this time – is now under construction and the State Government’s $1.8 billion tertiary teaching hospital has opened this year.

“The Sunshine Coast Airport expansion will deliver Australia’s next international airport by December 2020 and an $81 million expansion of the University of the Sunshine Coast has been completed.

“Aura at Caloundra South will be home to 50,000 residents and Palmview will be home to 18,000.

“The Sunshine Plaza expansion is well underway, as is the Kawana Shopping Centre redevelopment.

“Our region’s scorecard is very impressive – consistently recording some of the highest levels of business confidence of any region in Queensland and an average annual economic growth rate of 4.09% – a full percentage higher than the nation’s and tourism is booming.

“We have been recognised by Infrastructure Australia as one of five cities – in addition to the State capitals – that will drive the productivity of the Australian economy and we are one of only four Australian regions on this year’s World’s Smart 21 communities list.” has also named Buderim, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra in the list of the most in-demand South-East Queensland suburbs for home-buyers.

“This is an important time in the history of the Sunshine Coast as the region becomes a major Australian urban and economic centre,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“We are delivering a healthy, smart and creative region. The future is here on the Sunshine Coast.”

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