Southern Gold Coast | Renowned for its innovation and creativity.
On the 26th May 2011, I hosted a meeting of Southern Gold Coast (SGC) business leaders, where I received input from them as to the strategic thrust for our activities over the next 12-18mths.
At the meeting, I presented for review the current activities on which we are engaged in Tourism, Promotions & Marketing, Events & Festivals and Business Investment and Development Activities (BIDA’s).
The meeting spent a lot of time focusing on our current and future BIDA’s. There were four major outcomes from the meeting;
1. Knowledge-based industries including education and training;
We should continue to develop this type of economic base for our region, wherever we can. For example current discussions with Coolangatta TAFE to intro short courses in Graphic art, media & music where seen as important for social outcomes including reducing unemployment.
2. Coolangatta/Coolangatta Airport – GCCC Pacific Innovation Corridor (PIC) precinct;
With the Airport’s master plan due for release in the next couple of months, it was seen as important that we work with it, GCCC and local businesses to develop ideas for new business ventures in that precinct. I invite all interested parties to contact me with a view to suggestions that we can cooperatively discuss with the aim of improving investment and reducing unemployment.
3. Creative Industries;
Whilst most participants in creative industries (Art, music, fashion, photography etc) are small operators, it was considered important that we develop programs with this sector that will not only contribute to the culture of our region, but also to better business outcomes. The Music Hub Project with SCU, is a strong case in point, where local musicians are being given increased opportunities including participating in events and festivals which we fund.
4. Coolangatta’s Identity (Street-scape, lighting and general amenity);
Whilst acknowledging the wonderful improvements that GCCC has made to many parks and foreshore areas of the SGC, including Coolangatta, the meeting considered that still more needs to be done to make our “Capital”, Coolangatta, the best place to holiday and do business. In doing this, we need to increase the positive publicity for Coolangatta with the aim of highlighting its history and character, with a view to attracting more tourists and businesses.
This meeting with our business leaders was indicative of the great ongoing support Connecting Southern Gold Coast has received over the years. I and our Board look forward to continuing to work with them, to produce continuing positive results for our region.
As always I encourage comments and suggestions from Southern Gold Coaster’s direct to email@example.com