Media Releases & News

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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PwC CEO Tom Seymour shares insights with Coast’s leaders

04 March 2022

PwC CEO Tom Seymour today provided insight into the macro-economic themes in the global and national economies against the backdrop of current economic and market conditions and the coming Federal Election, when he spoke at a Sunshine Coast Business Council lunch in Maroochydore. Mr Seymour addressed close to 100 of the Coast’s business leaders at…

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Business advocacy group sets strategic direction

25 February 2022

Members of the Sunshine Coast Business Council (SCBC) met yesterday for their annual strategic workshop to confirm the group’s key focus areas for 2022 and to gain insight into what is required to achieve sustainable economic growth for the region going forward. Guest speakers were Ted O’Brien, Federal Member for Fairfax and Rob Sobyra, Director,…

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COMMENTARY – SEKISUI HOUSE DECISION: Sekisui decision will impact investor confidence

10 February 2022

Sandy Zubrinich, Chair, Sunshine Coast Business Council The Sunshine Coast Business Council (SCBC) has raised concerns that yesterday’s Supreme Court decision to rescind the Planning and Environment Court’s approval of Sekisui House’s $900-million Yaroomba Beach development, may impact investor confidence in the region. “Investors need surety around planning schemes, and it is therefore imperative that…

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Brisbane to Sunshine Coast rail solution

29 November 2021

For more than a decade the Sunshine Coast Business Council, along with many others in the business community, has been calling for an integrated regional transport plan, which is now even more pressing given the escalating trajectory of our population growth. While much has been said about transport over this time, there is still no…

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Walker Corporation joins Business Council board

29 November 2021

The Sunshine Coast Business Council has announced that Walker Corporation Development Manager Kelli Thomas will join the advocacy group’s board following its AGM held in Marcoola yesterday. Re-elected Sunshine Coast Business Council Chair Sandy Zubrinich said she was delighted to welcome Ms Thomas to the board as a key player in Walker Corporation’s Queensland development…

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