The Gold Coast City Council is launching an initiative to bolster activity in the construction sector, creating more than 4,000 jobs in the region over the next four years.
Announcing the Gold Coast City Council Kickstart Campaign last week (September 14), the council’s mayor Tom Tate said the scheme would provide vital support to the local building industry.
He commented: “We would anticipate another 4,000 jobs being created elsewhere in the economy as a result of this improvement in development and construction industry over the next four years.”
Key aspects of the new scheme, which kicks off October 1, include the eradication of family accommodation charges for dwellings of 100 m2 or less, rebates for not-for-profit community groups, and deferred payment for infrastructure charges.
Council planning chair Cameron Caldwell said the initiative was in response to feedback from the local development sector.
“The new council has set the framework for a prosperous, competitive economy and acknowledges that the construction industry is a major driver of that economy,” Mr Caldwell said.
It is anticipated that construction activity in the Gold Coast will increase by ten per cent as a result of the initiative.