A growing economy

By 2033, our economy is forecast to double and by 2041, we expect the creation of 100,000 new jobs.

The Sunshine Coast has the second highest performing regional economy in Queensland. Valued at $17.7 billion in 2016. It's underpinned by service industries, and the tourism, retail and construction sectors.

We offer a competitive business environment, with more than 30,000 businesses in our region. We provide a hub for entrepreneurs, with dynamism and a capacity for innovation. To top it off, we're well connected, with road, rail, sea and air links.

The Sunshine Coast is building a high-value economy.

By 2033, our economy is forecast to double and by 2041, we expect the creation of 100 000 new jobs. Our highly-skilled workforce will work in a greater diversity of business sectors, including:

  • health and wellbeing
  • education and research
  • knowledge industries and professional services
  • agribusiness
  • aviation and aerospace
  • clean technologies
  • tourism, sport and leisure.

Our region is changing, and it will continue to change into the future. This presents a range of impacts and opportunities.

Our Enterprise Corridor is the most popular area on our coastal strip. It stretches from the Sunshine Coast Airport to Caloundra South. The developing Enterprise Corridor brings specific challenges as we balance competing land uses. We need to consider the location of:

  • new buildings
  • open space networks, such as parks and sporting grounds
  • services and facilities.

Residents and business alike want access to our beaches and waterways. These areas are subject to a changing climate and rising sea levels. This presents further challenges for our region.

Through the Environment and Liveability Strategy, we aim to protect and enhance our natural environment, and the liveability of our region. This will enable the Sunshine Coast to remain a prosperous region, built on a diverse economy and our natural advantage.

Read more about the business benefits of the Sunshine Coast on the Invest Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Council acknowledges the Sunshine Coast Country, home of the Kabi Kabi peoples and the Jinibara peoples, the Traditional Custodians, whose lands and waters we all now share.
We commit to working in partnership with the Traditional Custodians and the broader First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) community to support self-determination through economic and community development.
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