Residents and businesses across the Gold Coast are set to benefit from a new framework that is expected to provide numerous employment opportunities over the next 20 years.
The Council of the City of Gold Coast adopted the City Plan earlier this month, which the state government has endorsed, in an effort to cope with the region’s expansion. The proposals will provide a boost for various parts of the local economy, as well as creating new jobs in Queensland.
Mayor Tom Tate said the strategy is the culmination of two years’ hard work, with significant guidance from the local community and industry groups. He described it as a “huge step forward” as the region embraces the upcoming 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
“It provides the right conditions for greater economic growth by encouraging investment and job creation. It will be our city’s biggest economic lever,” he explained.
“As our city matures, the plan will guide its development with some parts of the city projected to evolve and change to create exciting economic and lifestyle opportunities, while other areas will be protected to maintain their existing unique character.”
Population growth across the Gold Coast
The region’s predicted population growth was the main driver for the City Plan, with the Gold Coast expected to be home for approximately 800,000 people by 2035. According to the City of Gold Coast council, the current population is nearly 550,00.
The City Plan has a number of objectives, including boosting the region’s competitiveness by delivering new education and employment choices. This could provide more opportunities for Gold Coast apprenticeships and traineeships.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning Jackie Trad said state officials had thoroughly examined the plan before giving approval. She said the scheme accurately reflects the views of the local community and has addressed key state interests.
“I congratulate Mayor Tom Tate and his council on delivering a plan that manages growth for this key area of Queensland,” she added.
The City Plan is a more streamlined version of a previous framework that was under consideration. However, the council believes the latest proposals use plain English, cut unnecessary red tape and reduce the complexity of processes.
Mr Tate said the strategic vision will ensure the region’s world-class environment is protected by concentrating growth within the city to avoid urban sprawl. This will retain the Gold Coast’s famous lifestyle and culture, he concluded.
By Leanne Macnamara, Public Relations Coordinator