The Queensland employment sector received a major boost this month, with the announcement of a $5 billion project earmarked for the Sunshine Coast.
Development of Oceanside Kawana – a public and private health hub – will create 45,000 jobs in the region over the project’s 15 year development, as well as an additional 21,000 ongoing positions.
The new precinct will comprise private and public health facilities, a town centre, a dedicated transit and commercial area, roads, parks, bridges and amenities.
Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson said the project, being developed by Stockland, is a major boon to the region, stimulating employment and investment in the area.
“This project will generate tens of thousands of jobs and consolidate the health and construction industries – helping to make our economy sustainable,” Mr Jamieson said.
“These sorts of developments create confidence in the future of our region and help potential investors to commit to the Sunshine Coast.”
The project is also expected to help boost Kawana’s population to 40,000 by 2015 – in the 1960s, less than 100 people resided in the area.
Works are already underway on the Ramsay Health Care private hospital and the Sunshine Coast Hospital University Hospital – both part of the development.