Posted on March 1st, 2011 by admin
Light Rail – As as previously been reported CSGC provided a secretariat for a number of SGC businesses who considered that a submission needed to be made to the Misister for Transport in relation to the extension of the light rail project to Gold Coast Airpoprt and Coolangatta township. A copy of this report is on our website we are pleased to report that the Light Rail Working Group and ourselves made a deputation on the report to Minister Palaszczuk, Minister for Transport at the community cabinet meeting held on Sunday 27th Febrary on the Gold Coast. We are pleased to report that we believe that we gave the Minister and deptaertment heads present, a lot of new information in relation to the changing economic, social and demographic factors that are affecting and are continuing to significantly impact upon the need for light rail to Coolangatta Airport and township.
Business Investment and Development Activities (BIDA)
Our Funding Agreement with Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) requires us to align our BIDA with the priority business categories of the GCCC’s 2020 Economic Development Strategy. These categories are:
- creative industries;
- food and wine;
- health and medical;
- tourism; and
- trade mission
CSGC does not have the resources to take steps in all of the priority business categories, so our Board has decided to focus on the areas listed on the attached sheet. These activities are in addition to our sponsoring of events and festivals and general tourism promotions and marketing activities.
Our aim is to foster new initiatives from our region’s existing businesses, and attract new business and investment, with the goal of increasing exports and employment opportunities. Accordingly, we invest our time, business resources and funding into projects which we assess will achieve these outcomes.
Should you have any ideas or suggestions in relation to the above projects, please do not hesitate to call me at our office.
Connecting Southern Gold Coast Ltd (CSGC)
|Priority Business Category||CSGC Project||Detail of Project|
|Creative Industries||SGC Music Industry Hub||Working with Southern Cross University, Bilinga, to map the Southern Gold Coast’s venues, artists and bands and define possibilities for increased education and employment of local talent, including exporting talent.|
|Education||Southern Cross University- Applied Learning to Southern Gold Coast Businesses||The Southern Cross University, Bilinga, wishes to commence working with us to ascertain how its educational base can be used to improve the business performance of local businesses, by interacting with them.|
|Health and Medical||Medical Tourism and Travel||A cooperative venture between ourselves, Gold Coast Airport, John Flynn Hospital, Palm Beach Currumbin Clinic, Southern Cross University and other businesses, to try to bring more definition to how the region can attract more overseas visitors to undergo invasive and non-invasive medical procedures, as well as health and well-being options (day-spa and the like).|
|Sport||Gold Coast Surf Industry Task Force||Recognising that the Southern Gold Coast is the epicentre of surfing, we are working with the GCCC and Surfing Australia and the industry generally to identify initiatives to improve the economic impact of the sport in our region, as well as other sub regions of the Gold Coast.|
|Tourism||Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – Surf World Gold Coast precinct strategy||We and the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary have made application to the Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) to part fund a strategic study on how this precinct might be developed on a responsible basis, over time, to increase its appeal for existing and new business operators. We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded $30,000 in total through this grant application and we will keep you updated on how the project progresses|
|Manufacturing||Australian Surf Craft Industry Association||We are working closely with this newly-formed Currumbin Waters initiative which has been established to represent the interests of manufacturers of craft and supplies, Australia wide, but recognising the importance of the Southern Gold Coast in manufacturing of surf craft.|