Gold Coast cast off restraint for future growth
Published: 28th August 2012
RDA Gold Coast (Queensland) hosted the Regional Leaders’ Forum on 15 August 2012 where they raised some key issues that aim to accelerate future development in the region.
Over 200 representatives from all levels of government, business and the local community took part in the Forum including two interactive workshops to help refine the roadmap for the future of the Gold Coast.
RDA Gold Coast Chair Craig Devlin said the Forum aimed to provide Local, State and the Australian Government with a roadmap of what the city needs to achieve growth.
“It’s a matter of ensuring that the funding we get from all levels of government is properly focused on the development that the region really needs," Mr Devlin said.
“A key concern is the restrictions placed on running tourism events in the city. For instance, the Gold Coast Convention Centre wants more flexibility in how and where they can run events,” Mr Devlin said.
"Other people here are attending the Forum to talk about the need for potential events on the beachfront. That has proved to be difficult to achieve in the past and yet the beach is one of our greatest assets.”
The Gold Coast business community suggested the need to diversify its key industries to drive the city's mute economic growth by allowing tourism operators on to the beaches. It was suggested at the event that tough restrictions are holding back the tourism industry.
Mr Devlin said there is a need for the economy to diversify. "Tourism is a key driver of our city, but we also need to look to areas like sport, health and education," he said.
Keynote speaker Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate told the gathering of business and community leaders that the Council was there to help drive the city's economic growth with big-ticket projects planned.
For more information, visit the RDA Gold Coast website.
(Pictured above) Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate at the Regional Leaders forum.