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BRISBANE

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, and also the most and most populated city in the state, with over 2 million residents. The Brisbane CBD is situated inside a curve of the Brisbane River, along the Moreton Bay floodplain from Caboolture to Ipswich, and is affectionately known as ‘Bris Vegas’ for its vibrant atmosphere and evolving music scene.

Brisbane is also conveniently located between popular beachside areas of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, making it easily accessible to residents of nearby cities who work within Brisbane.

Unlike other Australian capitals, the major portion of the Brisbane metropolitan area is run by a sole local government entity, the Brisbane City Council.

Brisbane has a range of retail zones, both in the CBD and surrounds. The Queen Street Mall has a vast array of cafes and restaurants, cinemas, and shopping centres. Edward St is the made zone for luxury international retailers including Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Co., and Oroton.

Brisbane has a growing live music and entertainment scene. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre at South Bank includes a theatres and a music hall for consistent performances throughout the year. Other contributors to performing arts and music include The Queensland Ballet, Opera Queensland, Queensland Theatre Company, The Queensland Orchestra and The Queensland Conservatorium.

Professional industries in Brisbane, generally concentrated in the central business district, include IT, financial and insurance services, and creative services. Other prominent industries include petroleum refining, paper milling, and metal work and are more commonly located on the lower area of Brisbane and in industrial sectors on fringe of the city. Tourism, retail and construction are also important parts of the Brisbane economy.

Brisbane has a range of retail zones, both in the CBD and surrounds. The Queen Street Mall has a vast array of cafes and restaurants, cinemas, and shopping centres. Edward St is the made zone for luxury international retailers including Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Co., and Oroton.

Brisbane has a growing live music and entertainment scene. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre at South Bank includes a theatres and a music hall for consistent performances throughout the year. Other contributors to performing arts and music include The Queensland Ballet, Opera Queensland, Queensland Theatre Company, The Queensland Orchestra and The Queensland Conservatorium.

For the last 20 years, The Queensland government has been developing technology and science industries as part of its initiative to market Queensland as the ‘Smart State’. The government has invested in many technology and research facilities at universities throughout Brisbane.

Brisbane has the greatest economy of any area between Sydney and Singapore, and has seen continuous growth in prosperity in recent years thanks to the resources boom. Brisbane is one of the biggest business hubs in Australia. Many major Australian companies as well as international companies, have locations in Brisbane. With strong economic growth and close proximity to Asia, Brisbane is a fertile environment for business progression. In addition, with Council showing a firm commitment to infrastructure and sustainability investment, it is no surprise that Brisbane has become a favourable place to do business.

BUNDABERG

Bundaberg is a city in Queensland approximately 400 kilometres north of the capital of Brisbane, with a population of just over 70,000. The Bundaberg region is continuously expanding, with recent annual population growth exceeding that of the state overall.

Bundaberg has a subtropical climate and, to a large extent, is reliant on the local sugar industry for its economic stability. Widespread sugar cane fields are found throughout the area as well as processing operations and packaging and distribution operations. After processing the sugar is then exported from a port east of Bundaberg.

Bundaberg Rum is another one of Bundaberg’s biggest exports is made of the sugar cane by-product molasses. The city has a strong beverage industry and is the location of major beverage producer Bundaberg Brewed Drinks.

Commercial fruit and vegetable production is also a major industry in Bundaberg with capsicums, zucchinis, sweet potatoes, watermelons and more grown in ample amounts. Other major industries comprise of marine, construction, plastics, machining and tourism.

Tourism is one of the state’s most important industries, and given that Bundaberg is the Southern access point to the Great Barrier Reef, tourism is understandably increasing in prominence in the area.

In terms of arts and culture, Bundaberg has a prominent art gallery in the city, a multi-purpose facility for visual arts, featuring exhibitions from local, national and international artists.

Bundaberg has a Community Apprentice and Training Scheme for trainees and apprentices. Bundaberg also runs an organisation called Business Bundaberg, which drives the Economic Development Unit for Bundaberg Regional Council. Business Bundaberg is accountable for ensuring the sustainability of the area’s economy in collaboration with the community, through development initiatives and investment opportunities for local business.

Enhanced transport networks will also provide better access to markets in nearby regions.. Planning has already been devised to provide better safety and flood protection, as well as improvements to tailor for increased demand related to population and market growth. The Bruce Highway is a major route through the greater Bundaberg region. Development of a 61 kilometre upgrade will offer safer, simpler connections between the metropolitan capital of Brisbane and regional Bundaberg.

The Bundaberg Council has a wide range of strategies to build the region’s economy and enhance growth through strengthening relationships between the community, industry and local governments.

CAIRNS

Cairns is a regional city located in the far north of Queensland, Australia, with a population of approximately 160,000 people and growing.

Cairns city is the principal centre of region and is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, with consistent annual growth over the last 10 years.

Cairns is a popular travel destination for tourists because of its warm tropical climate and close proximity to Great Barrier Reef. Tourism plays a vital role in the Cairns economy and is considered one of the top destinations in Australia for both foreign tourists and domestic travellers.

Cairns has several shopping centres spread out throughout the city. Cairns Central shopping centre is the largest, located in right in the centre of Cairns in the CBD. With business in Cairns continuing to flourish, the state government decided to also open an $80 million office building in the city in 2010.

There are over 14,000 businesses running in Cairns and over 80,000 people employed, the largest industries being retail and construction, followed closely by tourism. Cairns also has a strong agriculture industry, particularly for sugar cane.

There are also many local papers, television stations and radio stations located in Cairns. The Cairns Post, The Courier Mail, Cairns Bulletin and The Australian all share the newspaper market. Five television stations are located in Cairns, three commercial stations and two public broadcasters, all servicing in analogue and digital. Cairns radio also includes a number of community and commercial broadcasters.

The future is bright for Cairns with many new developments in the pipeline.

A vibrant new social and entertainment zone is already underway to expand the heart of the city. The council will develop a modern setting for local events, celebrations and performances by people of all ages and backgrounds. A meeting place for all people from every corner of the world to be entertained in state-of-the-art surroundings.

The Council has also enlisted a top urban design and planning company, along with other local businesses, to commence a strategic plan for the Cairns City Centre. The plan will be imperative to the future developments driving the city’s ever increasing economy.

GLADSTONE

Gladstone is an Australian city located approximately 550 kilometres north of the capital of Brisbane. The city’s population is now just over 50,000. Gladstone experiences a tropical savannah climate is one of the southern most places in the country to experience this kind of climate.

Enthusiastic shoppers will enjoy a wide range of retail choices throughout the Gladstone Region, from shopping centres, smaller complexes, to boutique shops and markets. Centro Gladstone is the major shopping centre, situated at the bottom of the CBD, consisting of retail shops, food outlets, a supermarket, post office and medical centre.

There is also a great selection of dining and entertainment options in the heart of the city centre. On the sides of the hill, by the harbour, diners and socialisers can also enjoy great views of the Marina.

The Gladstone Region is home to a booming industrial base served by Queensland’s largest multi-commodity port, handling more than 80 million tonnes of cargo annually. Major industry in Gladstone is supported by excellent engineering, construction and manufacturing divisions. It is the fifth largest coal export port in the world and the fourth largest port in the country.

Gladstone is home to some of the biggest corporation in the country such as: Queensland Alumina, one of the world’s largest alumina refineries; Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun, a world-class refinery incorporating environmental design features and state-of-the-art technology; Cement Australia Gladstone, the largest cement plant in Australia; NRG Gladstone Power Station which is Queensland’s largest; Anglo Coal Australia Callide Mine, a leading domestic coal producer; and SunWater which is the state’s largest bulk water infrastructure developer and manager.

Gladstone City is also a gateway for many rural and coastal tourism locations such as Herron Island and Awoonga, a coveted freshwater fishing spot.

Gladstone is well served by the Bruce Highway and the Gladstone Airport, making it easily accessible by air, road and rail. The region is evolving rapidly and has a keen eye on future expansion. Its recent and projected population and employment growth is a foretelling of Gladstone’s future potential.

Local government promote the Gladstone region as a sustainable region of choice. It also plans to be recognised for its achievements in successfully integrating big industry, commerce, environmental protection and community.

GOLD COAST

Gold Coast is a coastal city in South East Queensland, neighbouring the capital city of Brisbane. Gold Coast boasts a population of nearly 600,000 making it the second most inhabited city in the state. In the last 50 years, Gold Coast City has grown from a lesser beachside holiday spot to Australia’s sixth major city.

Tourism continues to remain central to Gold Coast City’s economy, with approximately 10 million domestic and international visitors per year, Gold Coast is a major tourist destination thanks to its sunny subtropical climate, surfing beaches, canal, rainforest hinterland, vibrant nightlife and the unique location of its high-rises along the coastline. The city resides on over 50 kilometres of coastline, including some of Australia’s most popular surf breaks. An ideal host for both domestic and international holiday makers, the city also has more than 500 restaurants, 40 golf courses and some of the country’s biggest theme parks. For over three quarters of the year, Gold Coast also boasts temperatures of over 22 degrees. That’s sunshine for most of the year.

Previously the Gold Coast economy was compelled by construction, tourism and retail industries. Some expansion has taken place, with the city now having an industrial base formed of marine, education, IT, hospitality, tourism, creative, environment and sports industries. These will be the key to the future economic prosperity of the city.

Gold Coast is a proud multicultural city with a successful food and wine industry that cultivates offerings from all over the world. The Gold Coast is a leader in Australian style and continues to attract a top restaurateurs and operators wanting to expand. Gold Coast has an incredible nightlife and a range of entertainment on offer every evening of the week. Central zones including Surfers Paradise and Broad Beach offer great restaurants, bars, nightclubs and live entertainment. Events all year round also provide continuous entertainment for locals and visitors.

Gold Coast has a huge range of shopping malls with over 3500 shops. Top shopping centres include Australia Fair, Pacific Fair and Harbour Town factory outlets.

The Arts Centre Gold Coast features a popular art gallery exhibiting both local and international art. The Centre also has a theatre for all form of live entertainment and two cinemas screening foreign and independent films. Gold Coast City is also the film production hub of Queensland. Approximately three quarters of all film production in the state is produced in Gold Coast. In Australia, Gold Coast stands strong as the third major film production hub behind Sydney and Melbourne.

Gold Coast is in the television broadcast licence areas of Brisbane and North New South Wales so the local networks are primarily situated in these areas. Newspapers from its closest cities such as Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne are also readily available.

Gold Coast Airport offers connections throughout the whole of Australia with all the top premium and economic airlines.

MACKAY

Mackay is famous for its history in sugar cane farming. Nicknamed the sugar capital of Australia, the region produces more than two thirds of the country’s sugar.

The climate in the region is humid and subtropical. Its coastal location includes many beautiful beaches, a lovely blue river and unspoiled hinterland. The area is rich in natural beauty.

Due to its strategic proximity to the mines, major roads and rail lines, Mackay has become the place of choice for many mining service companies. This has also meant that the population has dramatically increased in recent years and has now hit over 115,000. Today, there are more than 25 different nationalities situated in the region.

In recent years, the mining industry has become a major player in the local economy and the tourism industry has been given heavy investment and planning too. Compared to its neighbouring cities, Mackay’s tourism industry is still minor but is continuing to evolve year after year. Recent figures show that about 750,000 people visit Mackay annually, domestic and foreign travellers combined. Many new hotels have opened up in the region in the last decade and a $250 million eco-tourism development is also underway to draw even more tourists. The marine industry is another small industry in Mackay with a lot of potential.

Mackay has three major shopping centres, the largest being Caneland Central which boasts more than 130 specialty stores. Construction has also begun on the new Northern Beaches Central shopping centre.

Mackay is also home to the largest regional arts festival in the state, the Mackay Festival of Arts, which has been running for 20 years and features wine and food, music, art exhibitions, dance and other entertainment.

The booming industries and progressive local government in Mackay are currently safeguarding high employment levels and job security in the region and it is looking to continue this way long into the future.

Mackay is moving forward steadily to achieve work, business and lifestyle enhancement for everyone in the region. Its many positive features and its prospective potential are that which continues to encourage people to live and work in Mackay.

MARYBOROUGH

Maryborough is a city located on the Mary River in South East Queensland, approximately 250 kilometres north of Brisbane. The city has a population of approximately 20,000 and is closely attached to Hervey Bay nearby, making up the region known as the Fraser Coast.

Tourism plays a major part in the economy of Maryborough. The city promoted its heritage with many preserved 19th and 20th century buildings located in and around the city, such as the local General Post Office and Customs House.

The main industrial company in Maryborough is EDI Rail, which has built much of the rolling stock and locomotives for Queensland Rail and in recent years has been involved with ship building as well.

The city has a strong environmental focus and supports rare and endangered species including the local Mary River Turtle.

Maryborough’s economy is also supported by a multitude of farming and station prospects and has a growing fishing industry. Maryborough is also the location of one of the biggest producers of natural timber products in the nation and so the city has close ties to the timber industry.

Currently the local government are actively promoting the Fraser Coast’s advantages for life and work, to attract new business and developments.

Maryborough Council’s goals for the near future comprise of: creating an environment that is beneficial for business growth and attraction; encourage sustainable and innovative business practices; ensuring infrastructure meets industry as well as community needs; and encouraging business networks.

For residents and prospective business people, the appeal of the Fraser Coast is its lifestyle diversity. The Council will continue to strive to provide natural beauty, recreational and leisure facilities and other lifestyle offering to ensure the area is appealing to people of all ages.

ROCKHAMPTON

Rockhampton is a regional city in Queensland, with a population of just over 115,000 people. The city lies on the Fitzroy Crossing, approximately 600 kilometres from the capital of Brisbane.

With nearby popular attractions including the Riverbank Parklands and the The Capricorn Coast, and with more than 300 days of sunshine each year, tourism is increasingly playing a role in the development of Rockhampton.

The region’s coastal district is supported economically by beef production; horticulture; meat processing; retail trade; education and health services; electricity generation and defence training. The inland region is support by crop production; horticulture; beef and sheep production; coal mining; gemstone extraction; metal product and machinery manufacturing; and education services. Rockhampton is known as the beef capital of Australia.

Rockhampton is also home to the Pilbeam Theatre which seats 1200 people, and hosts a multitude of local, national and international entertainment, sports events and trade shows. Since its opening it has been providing a fertile ground for further development in the performing arts in the wider Rockhampton region.

Rockhampton has many large retailers such as Coles, Woolworths, IGA, Target, Kmart, Big W, Harvey Norman, and Bunnings. Rockhampton also has a number of newspapers such as The Morning Bulletin, CQ Extra, Rockhampton and Fitzroy News, and Central Queensland News.

The region’s coastal district is mostly supported economically by beef production; horticulture; meat processing; retail trade; construction; education and health services; food services; transport; electricity generation and defence training. The inland region is support by crop production; horticulture; beef and sheep production; food services; coal mining; gemstone extraction; metal product and machinery manufacturing; and education services.

The future of Rockhampton is bright with the Council planning to develop the structure of Rockhampton city; increase residential growth and development; increase commercial and retail services and improve infrastructure, community facilities and the city image.

SUNSHINE COAST

The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations for domestic holiday makers and locals within driving distance because of its relaxed vibe and natural beauty. The Sunshine Coast is very much just that – sunshine. The area has one of the highest readings of sunshine in the world, with only a mild difference between summer and winter months.

The city has a population of just over 330,000 and is becoming increasingly recognised as one the most coveted places to live in the country. It is conveniently close to the capital of Brisbane and a further hour on from there you can even find yourself in Gold Coast city.

The Sunshine Coast has a laid back atmosphere that also offers access to a multitude of activities and attractions such as national parks, Fraser Island, Underwater World and Australia Zoo.

The Sunshine Coast encompasses three local governments including Caloundra City, Maroochy Shire and Noosa Shire. These shires consist of urban centres (Maroochydore, Caloundra, Nambour and Noosa), coastal tourist areas (Mooloolaba, Coolum and Noosa Heads) and hinterland.

The Sunshine Coast is also evolving as a hotspot for business start-ups, innovative new products and budding entrepreneurs, which has been fuelled by the multitude of new businesses that have opened their doors in the area recent years.

The Sunshine Coast is characterised by modern infrastructure and services which make it a prime location for new businesses. Its close proximity to major cities in the state also makes it easy for businesses to expand.

Over the next decade, the Sunshine Coast council plan to transform the Sunshine Coast economy by investing just over $2 billion into the development of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital; developing the new capital city at Maroochydore; and implementing a leading plan for Sunshine Coast Airport, to provide even greater international air access; and other lesser strategies for investment into business, housing and lifestyle.

The Sunshine Coast is already home to nearly 35,000 businesses and continues to grow.

The economy has doubled in size in the last 10 years. The main industries are retail, tourism and construction. However there are plans for future diversification of the region’s economy. Businesses in the insurance, health, education, professional, scientific and technical services, and education industries have all contributed to the economy and look to play a bigger role in the upcoming decade. The region’s workforce is also ever growing, keeping up with demands of new businesses.

Progress in the Sunshine Coast is set to continue, making the region an active investment prospect. Sunshine Coast has an ever growing local workforce to meet the needs of new business and industry.

TOOWOOMBA

Toowoomba, known as ‘The Garden City’ is located in Southern Queensland, approximately 130 kilometres west of the capital of Brisbane. The city has a population of approximately 130,000 people and is second only to Canberra as Australia’s largest inland city. Toowoomba has a pleasant climate with warm summers and cool winters.

Toowoomba is renowned for its annual Carnival of Flowers, held in September. Many of the city’s parks and gardens are specially primed for the Carnival. The city has more than 150 public parks and gardens, which are well maintained thanks to the region’s rich volcanic soil.

The heart of Toowoomba’s art and culture scene centres on the Empire Theatre, the largest regional performing arts centre in Australia. The city is also the location of Queensland’s oldest regional public art gallery.

Toowoomba has many of shopping centres, the largest located within the Central Business District and the smaller shopping villages located in more suburban districts of Toowoomba. Toowoomba also has a great selection of restaurants, cafes, other dining venues at various spots around the city.

The economy’s major industries are retail, health services, manufacturing, and education. The Australian Defence Force is also present in the Toowoomba community, with the city providing housing and services for many of those based at the Oakey Army Aviation Centre located 30 kilometres North West of Toowoomba.

Toowoomba Regional Council is moving forwards towards further economic expansion by marketing the region to new residents, prospective business initiatives and to investors. The overall aim of the Toowoomba Council’s plan is to further diversify the economy, improve current services within the community, and create greater employment opportunities prospects and a more idyllic community.