Jobs 'bonanza' no accident, says Mayor Tate

25 January 2016

The city is enjoying a jobs bonanza as thousands of Gold Coasters find work in a range of industries from retail to construction and manufacturing.

“We heard from the State Treasurer last week that the Gold Coast is leading Queensland in employment growth. In fact, we have the lowest unemployment in Queensland,’’ said Mayor Tom Tate.

“I have always said that when the Gold Coast’s economy fires, Queensland hums and that’s what we are seeing right now.’’

Mayor Tate visited Crema Espresso in Main Beach today, one of many businesses increasing workforce and enjoying the benefits of the current climate.

Managing Director Antony Forbutt whose very popular coffee shops began with one store in Main Beach has moved into a franchise model with several stores now operating across the Gold Coast, Brisbane and further afield.

“The Gold Coast has been the perfect city for me to grow my business. It is vibrant, exciting and there is a fantastic optimism you don’t find everywhere,” Mr Forbutt said.

“Programs offered by the City of Gold Coast have helped my business develop a growth strategy, unlock capability for innovation and harness the power of people.”

Mayor Tate said apart from the State’s injection of funds into Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games infrastructure, the City has delivered thousands of jobs through:

  • Changes to the Local Procurement Policy where local businesses are given a pricing advantage to secure Council contracts;
  • Success from international self-funded trade missions (led by the Mayor) that had secured multi-billion dollar developments including Jewel at Broadbeach, and Iluka 88 in Surfers Paradise;
  • Council’s own commitment to spending about $320million in major capital infrastructure in the 2016/17 year.
  • The City’s Business Growth Accelerator program, Business Online program, Investment Attraction Scheme and Export Assistance that assists businesses such as Crema Espresso to expand and prosper.

The latest unemployment statistics released last week show that more than 15,000 jobs were created on the Gold Coast in the past 12 months and that the city’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.3 per cent.

“This jobs bonanza is no accident. It has taken careful planning and a sleeves-rolled-up approach from Council and private enterprise,’’ said Mayor Tate.

“Today, our city is truly open for business.’’

Birds eye shot of the gold coast beaches and skyline.