28 August 2014
The University of the Sunshine Coast has released an independent economic summary of the greater Sunshine Coast region.
USC’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) and Professor of Property and Development Mike Hefferan, who prepared the report with Research Fellow Dr Pam Wardner, said USC aimed to provide informed commentary to benefit the region it served.
“A sound evidence base is critical for rational decisions for businesses, investment and economic planning,” Professor Hefferan said.
“This is an independent summary based on available statistics. It is designed to assist government, business and the wider community in their decision-making and provide a better appreciation of the key characteristics of our region.”
The snapshot, as of June 2014, includes the Sunshine Coast and Noosa Shire. It analysed a range of sources including the database used by Sunshine Coast Council to develop the region’s Economic Development Strategy 2013-2033. It confirms the value of that evidence-based and long-term approach.
Six major areas were targeted: gross regional product and household income; population and demography; sector performance; education and skills development; development, construction and infrastructure; tourism and hospitality.
— Julie Schomberg