Media Releases & News

Aura welcomes news of 1,100 additional homes

06 May 2023

Stockland welcomes the recent announcement by Deputy Premier Steven Miles approving an additional 1,100 new housing lots in Stockland Aura, bringing the total number of approved lots in the masterplanned community to nearly 10,000. Stockland Project Director, Josh Sondergeld said the release of the additional lots will help to alleviate the increasing pressure on housing…

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Sunshine Coast Business Council Chair, Sandy Zubrinich on growth and housing

27 February 2023

The Sunshine Coast is recognised as a high growth region when measured both by population and economic growth. Over the past decade the region has seen its population boom, a strong increase in Gross Regional Product (GRP), higher improving household income, a diversifying economy and a strong investment pipeline leading into the next decade. During…

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HeliMods and Covey Associates join Business Council board

11 November 2022

The Sunshine Coast Business Council has announced that HeliMods Founder and Managing Director Will Shrapnel, and Covey Associates Managing Director Kevin Covey will join the advocacy group’s board following its AGM held in Maroochydore last Friday. Re-elected Sunshine Coast Business Council Chair Sandy Zubrinich said she was delighted to welcome both Mr Shrapnel and Mr…

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Local leaders team up to tackle Sunshine Coast housing crisis

04 November 2022

At the seventh annual Combined Government & Business Forum at Maroochy RSL today, government and business leaders explored managing regional growth covering areas such as housing availability, affordability and liveability and attracting funding and investment in major infrastructure such as transport, sports, entertainment, tourism and hotels in the lead up to the 2032 Olympic and…

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Federal Budget Commentary: Sandy Zubrinich, Chair, Sunshine Coast Business Council

28 October 2022

Tuesday’s budget indicates that the Treasurer still believes Australia can avoid a recession, however there was a clear warning that there are tough times ahead — both for businesses and Australian households at large,” Ms Zubrinich said. “While the Prime Minister suggests this budget fulfilled the ALP’s election promises, it unfortunately offers little hope, with…

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The decade ahead – balancing triumphs and struggles for the Sunshine Coast

31 August 2022

At a time when rising costs, pressure on inflation, and wide-spread labour shortages are impacting business and investor confidence, the Sunshine Coast Business Council (SCBC) wants to ensure councils and other levels of government have clear strategies in place to manage regional economic and population growth. At a conference held at Maroochy RSL today (29…

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Tourism conference explores Coast’s readiness to host Games

30 June 2022

As one of Australia’s fastest growing regions and recently recognised ‘most loved destination in the world’, is the Sunshine Coast ready for the challenges and opportunities the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games will bring to the region? This is one of many critical questions to be discussed at the upcoming Sunshine Coast Regional Tourism: Preparing…

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Federal Election Commentary – Sandy Zubrinich, Chair, Sunshine Coast Business Council

24 May 2022

With only days until the 2022 Federal Election, the Sunshine Coast Business Council is seeking answers from both the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Anthony Albanese and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to give voters clarity on their party’s commitment to the Brisbane to Sunshine Coast (Beerwah to Maroochydore) rail extension. Sunshine Business Council Chair Sandy…

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Federal Budget Commentary – Sandy Zubrinich, Chair, Sunshine Coast Business Council

30 March 2022

“Politics will always influence budgetary decisions, particularly when announcements are made so close to a federal election,” Ms Zubrinich said. “Last night we saw another high spending budget with no reference to budget savings — whether by addressing waste and duplication across our three tiers of government or longer term structural reform. “Debt continues to…

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Sunshine Coast leaders call for change with vaccine mandate crippling tourism

22 March 2022

The Sunshine Coast Business Council (SCBC) is calling on the Queensland Government to revoke vaccine mandates when it comes to several key tourism drivers in the region, including agriculture shows and open-air attractions. SCBC Chair Sandy Zubrinich said the time had come to level the playing field for these events and tourism operators, who have…

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