Gold Coast Regional Roadmap - July 2011
Gold Coast Regional Roadmap - July 2011
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 2 A message from the Chairman Welcome to the Regional Development Australia Gold Coast (RDA Gold Coast) Roadmap. This document captures the characteristics of the Gold Coast region, takes a fresh look at the issues facing our region and outlines the opportunities for growth and development. The Roadmap is a result of the review, consultation and analysis activities of RDA Gold Coast in its first year of operation. As a document that responds to the changing economic, social and environmental circumstances of the region, this Roadmap will be reviewed through on-going consultation and engagement with Gold Coast stakeholders and will be updated annually.
This Roadmap is intended to: Provide guidance for federal and state governments on the needs and priorities for the Gold Coast region so that appropriate policies, programs and initiatives can be put in place to directly address the local needs; and Focus the activities of local organisations, businesses, institutions and residents on the priorities for growth and development of the Gold Coast region.
This Roadmap supports the research and forward planning of the Gold Coast City Council, the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, the Department of Environment and Resource Management, and other government agencies and organisations in the region. RDA Gold Coast looks forward to engaging with stakeholders in the region around the seven key focus areas highlighted in this Roadmap. I encourage you to read this Roadmap, provide us with your feedback and work with us to facilitate collaboration between stakeholders to achieve growth and development of this region. Craig Devlin Chairman Regional Development Australia Gold Coast
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 3 Table of Contents A message from the Chairman ___ 2
What is the Roadmap ___ 5
How does this Roadmap relate to other future plans ___ 6
The vision for the Gold Coast ___ 7
RDA Gold Coast’s Mission ___ 7
The Gold Coast region ___ 7
Sub-tropical climate, lifestyle and City Character ___ 7
Linkages ___ 8
Economy ___ 8
Community, education & health ___ 9
Current situation ___ 10
Strategic background ___ 11
Regional opportunities ___ 12
Strengths ___ 12
Challenges ___ 13
Opportunities ___ 14
What are the priorities ___ 15
Key focus areas to achieve these priorities ___ 16
How can you help ___ 17
Economic diversity ___ 17
Infrastructure ___ 17
Town-planning ___ 17
Affordable housing ___ 18
Community ___ 18
Education/Training ___ 18
Deregulation ___ 18
Projects of cross-regional significance ___ 19
Food Supply Chain ___ 19
Cross Border Opportunities ___ 19
Diversification of Tourism Product ___ 20
Workforce Development/Workforce Participation initiatives ___ 20
SEQ/NR Regional approach to market .
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 4 Business application of high speed digital networks ___ 20
Conclusion ___ 21
Contact Us ___ 23
Glossary ___ 24
Appendix A: Government Strategic Context ___ 25
National Level ___ 25
State Level ___ 29
Local Level ___ 36
Summary ___ 42
References Documents ___ 44
National level documents ___ 44
State level documents ___ 44
Local level documents ___ 46
Appendix B – Regional Profile ___ 49
Demographic Overview ___ 50
Indigenous Population ___ 50
Country of birth and proficiency in English ___ 50
Social Characteristics ___ 50
VAMPIRE Index ___ 50
SEIFA ___ 51
Geography ___ 53
Climate ___ 53
Transport Infrastructure ___ 54
Waterways ___ 55
Natural Resources ___ 55
National Parks ___ 56
History and culture ___ 56
Environment ___ 57
Beaches and National Parks ___ 57
Water supply ___ 58
Education ___ 58
Education characteristics ___ 58
Schools ___ 59
Universities ___ 59
Post secondary and technical education ___ 60
Health ___ 61
Queensland Health ___ 61
Private Hospitals .
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 5 What is the Roadmap? This Roadmap is a practical, clear plan for the growth and development of the Gold Coast region. The Roadmap outlines RDA’s vision, and the contribution it can make through collaboration across government, business and the community, to assist the region to achieve priority outcomes resulting in growth of a diversified sustainable economy, with increased appeal and liveability. This Roadmap responds to the needs and opportunities identified during consultation with government, business and communities, and research commissioned by RDA Gold Coast, and focuses on enhancing the region in the areas of greatest need and highest priority.
We welcome your feedback and involvement in assisting RDA Gold Coast to drive positive change. “A Gold Coast that supports sustainable growth and offers education, business and lifestyle opportunities unmatched anywhere else in Australia” The Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 6 How does this Roadmap relate to other future plans? This Roadmap builds on the existing local and state government plans for the Gold Coast and SouthEast Queensland. The RDA Gold Coast Roadmap is a forward looking, long-term plan that identifies short and medium-term projects that support the mutual vision of government, business and community. It responds to the current economic, environmental and social climate, and is a living document, designed to quickly adapt to meet new challenges and priorities. Ongoing review and refinement, and continued engagement and collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders, will ensure its effectiveness.
Although focussed on the needs of the Gold Coast region, this Roadmap is mindful of the wider South-East Queensland and Northern New South Wales priorities and also seeks to provide interregional support. This Roadmap aims to provide all stakeholders with an informative and accurate overview of the current and future trends, needs and priorities for ongoing growth and development of the region. It aims to assist in the tailoring of initiatives and resources to address regional priorities and needs, and to further enhance the region’s appeal to investors and business migrants, thus ensuring continued sustainable economic growth.
RDA Gold Coast aims to engage with all levels of government, business and local communities to identify practical projects and to influence the implementation of such projects to achieve sustainability for the City. A clear vision supported by practical projects
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 7 The vision for the Gold Coast “Come for the lifestyle, stay for the opportunities” RDA Gold Coast’s Mission “To create a Gold Coast that offers education, business and lifestyle opportunities that are second to none” The Gold Coast region The Gold Coast is located in South-East Queensland, 80km south of the state capital Brisbane.
Unlike other RDA regions in Australia, where a single RDA region may cover multiple local government areas, the RDA Gold Coast region covers a single local government area – Gold Coast City. Sub‐tropical climate, lifestyle and City Character The region enjoys a warm sub-tropical climate with an average 287 days of sunshine each year. The Gold Coast is a linear city stretching north/south along the Coral Sea coast and spreading inland to the hinterland ranges. The City centre is characterised by a spine of high rise buildings along the coastal strip, while the suburbs host a large network of waterways, and the hinterland enjoys a rural lifestyle including world heritage listed sub-tropical rainforest.
The waterways include 480km of rivers and streams, and 774 hectares of lakes, dams and canals, and are mainly used for recreational activities. The 70km of coastline offers beach and water-based
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 8 activities, whilst well-maintained parks in almost every suburb offer recreational facilities and Council-run activities to suit all ages and fitness levels. The Gold Coast is a favourite holiday destination, with its theme parks, beaches and hinterland rainforests attracting visitors from intrastate, interstate and overseas.
This world-class lifestyle has also attracted strong interstate and international migration over 30 years. Hence the statement: “Come for the lifestyle, stay for the opportunities.” Linkages The region enjoys a major road and rail network linking it to towns and cities along the eastern seaboard of Australia, an international airport at the southernmost tip of the region and easy road and rail access to Brisbane’s International Airport.
There are 29 state-controlled road networks, including the Pacific Motorway, which connect major urban and rural centres inside and outside the region. Currently under construction, is the “Rapid Transit’” system which will connect the key commercial centres, within the centre of the Gold Coast. Economy Traditionally the region’s strongest industries have been tourism and construction, both contributing significantly to the state’s economy. The north-eastern part of the Gold Coast is known for its agriculture, including sugarcane, plant nurseries and animal production.
In the year to March 2010, over 60% of visitor nights in the Gold Coast region were for leisure purposes, while 5% were for business.
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 9 The region is home to several major international businesses, and a favoured destination for business tourism, major events and elite sports training. It has a number of world-class sporting facilities and a convention centre. The largest employment sectors in Gold Coast City are retail, tourism, hospitality and construction, with recent global economic challenges resulting in an unemployment rate of 7.4% compared to state’s rate of 5.6%.
The majority of occupied commercial floor space is in Southport and Robina, followed by Surfers Paradise and Bundall.
A number of purpose-built light industrial estates throughout the region provide business opportunities for companies looking to relocate for ease of access to freight, logistics and labour force. Current major projects occurring within the region are the Gold Coast University Hospital, Robina Hospital expansion, Gold Coast Rapid Transit system and Gold Coast Highway improvements. Recently completed projects include the construction of Skilled Park Stadium at Robina (NRL) and the redevelopment of Carrara Stadium (AFL).
Community, education & health Gold Coast City’s estimated population as at 30 June 2010 was 527,627 - 13.0 % of the state's population. By 2031 this is expected to reach 788,231 - 12.6% of Queensland's total population. The Gold Coast has over 400 education and training providers, including four universities, several research centres and a number of internationally recognised training institutions. Education and training is recognised as one of the growth sectors of the local economy. A full range of health services is available on the Gold Coast, with additional access to more specialised services in Brisbane.
The development of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, adjacent to the new Gold Coast Hospital and Griffith University, will provide opportunities for research and development and make it one of the city’s most significant future growth centres.
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 10 Current situation Fuelled by its emergence over the past century as Australia’s premier tourist destination and an increasingly attractive place to live, the twin drivers of tourism and population growth have made the Gold Coast the sixth largest city in Australia.
The Gold Coast’s economic base is weighted heavily on construction and service sector industries such as Retail and Tourism, including Hospitality and Accommodation. The impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and the strengthening of the Australian Dollar has reduced international tourist visitation and spend and increased affordability of overseas destinations, which has adversely affected demand for new homes / investment units.
The immediate effect has been slowing of the economy and increased unemployment in these industries, and the reduction of construction has adversely affected housing availability and affordability, as has the dwindling supply of green-field land and the demand for increased house size. All of these factors have challenged the region’s ability to offer affordable housing. The Gold Coast is experiencing tough economic conditions, but has strong future potential for recovery. The Roadmap’s short-term priorities are determined by the severity and estimated duration of the current economic situation, while identified opportunities have determined the medium and long-term solutions.
RDA Gold Coast participants in discussion about the issues and opportunities for the Gold Coast region.
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 11 Strategic background RDA Gold Coast recognises that successful regional planning depends on engagement and collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders to identify the economic, environmental and social factors effecting the region, development and implementation of sustainable solutions. In preparing this Roadmap, RDA Gold Coast has drawn from a range of stakeholder research and strategic documents in support of its own community and industry engagement.
The documents include: Gold Coast City Council - Bold Future vision Gold Coast City Council – Planning Scheme Gold Coast City Council - Economic Development Strategy State Government SEQ Regional Economic Development Strategy State Government SEQ Regional Plan 2009 -2031
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 12 Regional opportunities Our review of the strengths of the region, coupled with the challenges it faces in the short, medium and long-term highlights some significant opportunities for the future. Strengths Economic Well-developed tourism industry and infrastructure Internationally recognised holiday destination Well-developed construction industry A growing small and micro business sector Large retail sector Favourable geographical location within SEQ and next to the Northern Rivers region of NSW Social Good access to medical and GP services Relaxed lifestyle Diverse living options – waterfront, beachfront, urban, suburban hinterland, rural Educational offerings e.g.
range of schools, TAFE, 4 universities Lifestyle/Environment Favourable year-round climate High quality natural environment close to the city International airport Good road and rail connections to Brisbane Strong association of the Gold Coast with fun and relaxation
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 13 Challenges Economic Ageing tourist attractions and infrastructure Perception as holiday destination not business centre Global competition for tourists Narrow industry base with heavy reliance on tourism/retail/construction High unemployment and underemployment Shortages of highly skilled labour Low job security Comparatively low levels of participation in higher education Perceived over-regulated city planning system Proportion of workforce employed outside the region Social Congested access to Brisbane by road and rail.
Limited public transport linking rural areas to major centres of activity Funding for infrastructure construction Specific areas of social disadvantage Low levels of community care and support Preferred choice for ageing population Lifestyle/Environment High housing costs Demand for acreage / low density housing increasing the need to travel further to services and facilities Limited available land for housing and industry space without compromising natural environment Flood plain management
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 14 Opportunities Economic Renew tourist accommodation Diversify the tourism product and market Increase training and education for health and education sector Encourage new businesses to establish in the region Capitalise on new information technology opportunities Strengthen existing small business sector Develop the airport as a trade hub Connectivity to global and national markets Building on the strengths of the local marine Industry Link the airport with the central activity centres Social Plan for the future of the region in cooperation with neighbouring regions Improve public transport Build strong, inclusive communities Develop internet based health services Provide additional aged care and community health services Lifestyle/Environment Increase the density of the high rise spine to reduce travel and increase sustainability Infill and Brownfield development opportunities More affordable homes Plan for the future of the cane fields land
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 15 What are the priorities? As a result of the review and consultation with stakeholders, RDA Gold Coast has identified three priorities for the short term on which to focus its support: 1. Create jobs 2. Strengthen the community 3. Enhance the lifestyle and environment. RDA is committed to supporting projects that focus on these priorities, and will aim to keep a balance between economic, social and environmental factors. However, without the wealth generated through employment in secure and well-paid jobs it is difficult to build community spirit and to support environmental and lifestyle improvements.
Jobs are the number one priority.” Chairman Craig Devlin at the RDA Gold Coast Roadmap Workshop with committee members and community participants.
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 16 Key focus areas to achieve these priorities Regional Development Australia alone cannot achieve these priorities, it was designed to engage and bring together stakeholders and partners who together can make a difference. The key is engagement, collaboration, and a focus on common goals. Regional Development Australia – Gold Coast plans to focus seven key goals when reviewing projects to support: 1. Economic diversity: Attracting new and emerging industries, and encouraging growth and diversification of existing industries.
2. Infrastructure: Encouraging infrastructure to support growth. 3. Town planning: Encouraging streamlined and improved processes to support new economic activity whilst ensuring a high quality built environment. 4. Affordable housing: Influencing development of innovative and creative housing options that are more affordable. 5. Community: Collaborating to build strong, inclusive and supportive communities; 6. Education/Training: Encouraging increased education and training opportunities especially in the key sectors of health, information technology and environmental management. 7. Deregulation: Facilitating discussions to reduce difficult regulatory processes, and provide incentives to encourage growth and development.
These areas are inter-linked and cannot be viewed in isolation. For example, to achieve greater economic diversity, suitable infrastructure needs to be provided, adjustments made to town planning controls, affordable housing provided, strong communities developed, skills training and education provided and incentives offered to attract new businesses. “Focus activities on 7 key areas”
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 17 How can you help? There are a number of important actions that will enable development of these goals.
RDA Gold Coast has identified a number of projects and invites you to provide us with feedback, contribute your solutions and participate in the development and implementation of these projects. Economic diversity: Encourage attraction new and emerging industries, and diversification of the tourism and construction sectors Facilitate delivery of small business support services Influence building on the strengths of the marine industry Promote co-branding of local businesses with the Gold Coast. Infrastructure: Encourage planning for future stages of the light rail infrastructure, connecting with the airport and the heavy rail system Advocate for improved east-west public transport connections Assist building the business case for early rollout to the region of the National Broadband Network Advocate for and promote a new international submarine cable Assist with ongoing data centre attraction programs Promote the development of targeted industry training for mining and health care sectors Advocate investigation of alternative ways of paying for key local infrastructure Build partnerships to develop world class high-tech low carbon infrastructure projects.
Town-planning: Apply the experiences of the Urban Land Development Authority and the Queensland Reconstruction Authority in achieving planning approvals in a shorter timeframe Review and reform the town planning approval process Investigate the scope for greater private certification of development applications Establish an affordable and fast means of planning dispute resolution Integrate the assessment of economic benefits with the social and environmental impacts in the assessment of development applications.
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 18 Affordable housing: Promote the benefits of smaller houses that are more affordable to buy and to run, and which reflect sub-tropical design standards Develop greater awareness and acceptance of pre-fabricated homes Encourage development of innovative, adaptable and creative housing options that are more affordable Encourage provision of digital infrastructure in all new housing. Community: Work with other agencies in supporting and developing community leaders In partnership with existing community groups, help develop a Gold Coast Centre for community group infrastructure Advocate for the development of the Green Heart parklands Develop partnerships between community, business and institutions to strengthen community bonds and build a strong sense of belonging and acceptance Develop digital literacy to reduce the digital divide.
Education/Training: Support existing stakeholders undertake gap analysis to determine skills required by local industries Promote community, institutional and business connections and collaborations in planning future education and training provision Support existing networks to develop business opportunities from university research Digital economy training for business.
Deregulation: Advocate for reduction in the controls that diminish the use of viable land for urban development Advocate for a uniform planning code for Queensland Engage governments to advocate for a framework and culture that supports business. “Together we can achieve great results”
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 19 Projects of cross-regional significance A critical element that has emerged through the consultation process is the issue of inter-regional collaboration. The Gold Coast is strategically located on the Queensland and New South Wales border as well as bordering the Scenic Rim, and the RDA Logan & Redlands and Northern Rivers (NSW) RDA regions.
There are also opportunities and linkages with Brisbane, as well as other RDA areas within South-East Queensland (SEQ).
We welcome collaborative work with other stakeholders in the wider region to support the following initiatives: Food Supply Chain: An opportunity for linkages within the food supply chain from the greater regional areas has been identified by both the RDA network and DEEDI. This would involve supporting the supply of locally and regionally produced food to the retail and restaurant market of the Gold Coast as well as investigating areas of potential local food processing. We will work with GCCC in the development of a local urban agriculture strategy.
A longer term food supply opportunity exists, to export the regional perishable food products out of the Gold Coast international Airport, directly to Southeast Asian markets.
Cross Border Opportunities: The NSW/QLD border at Tweed/Coolangatta represents the highest density of cross-border traffic in Australia. The complexity of conducting business and dealing with different state and local government regulations can stifle investment, productivity and efficiency in the area. Much work has been done to advance seamless border initiatives in the past. RDA Gold Coast recognises the opportunity to facilitate positive change to cross-border issues and is open to supporting cross-border partnerships to tackle the main concerns currently holding back the enormous potential of the region.
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 20 Diversification of Tourism Product: The Gold Coast region is renowned for its scenic amenity and world-class beaches. This already attracts over 5 million visitations each year. The vast potential for cross-regional tourism to extend visitors stay an extra 1-2 nights represents a real opportunity for considerably increased yield per visitor. Two significant prospects in this area include the development of world class eco-tourism and indigenous tourism products.
Workforce Development/Workforce Participation initiatives: Opportunities have been identified across the RDA South-East Queensland/Northern Rivers network, and all three levels of government, that focus on the development of workplace planning and labour market training programs.
RDA Gold Coast is seeking to develop partnerships that will span all sectors of the economy to develop projects in this area. SEQ/NR Regional approach to market: Regional connection and accessibility options need to greatly improve for the Gold Coast to capitalise on the liveability advantages it possesses. Opportunities lie within the high speed digital arena, improved transport linkages and co-ordination around the SEQ/NR region and options for businesses to locate with easy access to export markets through the Gold Coast International Airport.
Business application of high speed digital networks: The need to embrace technological opportunities for regional and business development through the uptake of opportunities that will be presented by the application of high speed digital networks is essential. Recognising that a major enabler of new market/service opportunities will be the timely roll out of the National Broadband Network (NBN) infrastructure and the international submarine cable, RDA Gold Coast welcomes partnerships to build the region’s readiness for effective utilisation of the network and will advocate for the Gold Coast to be one of the NBN projects early release sites.
Unlocking the potential of the region”
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 21 Conclusion Regional Development Australia Committees were formed as a joint initiative of the Commonwealth and State Governments of Australia. They represent a nationally coordinated approach to developing Australia’s regions. This Roadmap is a practical, clear plan for the growth and development of the Gold Coast region. It provides practical solutions to the needs of the region and informs government of the priorities for the region. The Roadmap encourages working together to build upon regional development strengths and opportunities As a result of the review and consultation with stakeholders, RDA Gold Coast has identified three priorities for the short term: 1.
Create jobs 2. Strengthen the community 3. Enhance the lifestyle and environment. Supporting stakeholders through collaboration and coordination across the seven key focus areas outlined in the Roadmap will be the primary focus of RDA Gold Coast. The seven key focus areas outlined in this Roadmap document being: Economic diversity Infrastructure Town Planning Affordable Housing Community Education/Training De-regulation.
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 22 Finally, a critical element that has emerged through the consultation process is the issue of regionalisation. This Roadmap highlights some of the regionally significant opportunities that exist within our region and welcome discussions around initiatives to advance these projects: Food Supply Chain Cross Border Opportunities Diversification of Tourism Product Workforce Development / Workforce Participation SEQ/NR Regional Approach to Market Business Application of High Speed Digital Networks.
To create a Gold Coast that offers education, business and lifestyle opportunities that are second to none”
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 23 Contact Us Postal: PO Box 3290 Australia Fair Southport QLD 4215 Website: www.rdagoldcoast.org.au Executive Officer - Scott Windus Phone: 07 5583 5094 Mobile: 0413 280 331 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Administration - Michelle Walker Phone: 07 5583 5095 Fax: 07 5583 7591 Email: email@example.com
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 24 Glossary DEEDI: Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation GCCC: Gold Coast City Council RDA: Regional Development Australia RDA Gold Coast: Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc.
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 25 Appendix A: Government Strategic Context This section outlines a number of government policies, strategies and plans that have directly contributed to this document. It provides an overview and a brief analysis of relevant documents and outlines their relevance to the Gold Coast with a comprehensive listing of documents. RDA Gold Coast values informed, knowledge-based decision making and working in partnership with relevant industry bodies and government agencies. The vast literature is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of these bodies; RDA Gold Coast would like to acknowledge their contribution to the Roadmap.
National Level National level documents provide the broadest framework under which state and local activities can be established. Such documents provide the highest level of policy support and guidance for lower level activities across all regions of Australia. A variety of documents that exist at the national level have been reviewed to gain an understanding of the issues identified by stakeholders at this level. The issues identified are listed in the following Figure. 2010: Australian Jobs, 2010 This document provides information to people exploring careers, and education and training options, and those looking for work or wanting assistance to enter or re-enter the labour market.
It Provides a national and state employment context for which Gold Coast employment can be considered against (e.g. performance of particular industries and careers).
At a national level, nearly one quarter of new jobs over the next 5 years (to 2014-15) are expected to come from Health Care and Social Assistance, followed by: Construction, Education and Training; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Retail Trade. Large numbers of new jobs are also projected in: Accommodation and Food Services; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Public Administration and Safety; Financial and Insurance Services; and Mining. Manufacturing is the only industry expected to decline over this time.
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26 State of Australian Cities 2010, 2010 The overall goal of the report is to improve urban policies, in order to improve the productivity, liveability and sustainability of Australia’s cities. The report highlights established and emerging trends and issues to promote discussion and debate on the future directions of development in our urban centres. The report identifies the Gold Coast as a ‘medium city’ as it has a population between 250,000 and 1 million people. Other medium cities are Newcastle, Canberra and Wollongong. In 2008, the Gold Coast was ranked as the 6th highest city based on resident population (behind Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide).
Information in the report can be used to inform actions and policies to address key challenges and take advantage of opportunities to improve the productivity, liveability and sustainability of the Gold Coast. The report sets the context and scope for further federal government involvement in urban policy and planning to help improve the lives of people in major cities. Australia to 2050: Future Challenge – the 2010 Intergenerational Report The Intergenerational Report 2010 provides a comprehensive analysis of the challenges that Australia will face over the next 40 years. It is a timely reminder that the decisions we take over the next four years will be crucial to our future economic prospects and living standards.
The key conclusion is that an ageing and growing population, escalating pressures on the health system and an environment vulnerable to climate change as a major challenge that will place substantial pressure on the economy, living standards and government finances over the next 40 years. Of particular relevance to the Gold Coast is the impact of an ageing population and the challenges presented by climate change. These issues will pose questions around the economic and environmental sustainability, living patterns and lifestyle of the Gold Coast. National Broadband Network Policy The Australian Government announced on 7 April 2009 that it would establish a new company to build and operate a new high speed National Broadband Network (NBN).
This new super-fast National Broadband Network, built in partnership with the private sector, will be the single largest nation-building infrastructure project in Australian history. The NBN will have substantial impacts for the Gold Coast. It is critical to future productivity and maintaining or building competitive advantage. It brings together a broad range of educational, social, physical and economic enablers that will drive the future prosperity of the region. To create innovative, knowledge-based industries and drive a dynamic, prosperous future economy, the NBN must be a priority for the Gold Coast.
Key regional agendas of sustainability, prosperity and innovation are all accelerated through creative connectivity. The way forward: A new disability policy framework for Australia, 2009 To provide innovative funding ideas from the private sector that will help people with disabilities and their families access greater support and plan for the future. The report attempts to introduce a new
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 27 approach so government investments will no longer focus on just the care and support that people with disabilities need, and instead focus on assisting people with disabilities to manage their own lives, to maximise their independence and contribute more tho the community. Sustainable Population Strategy This strategy outlines the Government’s framework for a sustainable Australia. It seeks to ensure that future population change is compatible with the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of the nation.
Achieving a sustainable region means maintaining and improving the wellbeing and opportunities of current and future generations. The Sustainable Australia – Sustainable Communities Strategy recognises that population change is not only about the growth and overall size of our population; it is also about the needs and skills of our population, how we live, and importantly, where we live. It recognises that population change impacts different communities in different ways.
National Urban Policy Framework This Framework recognises that to secure the ongoing prosperity and wellbeing of our communities, we must ensure that our region meets the needs of current and future generations. We must ensure that economic growth can be sustained and increased without compromising the natural environment or our quality of life. RDA Gold Coast has a role in supporting existing local frameworks to deliver a region that that is more productive, sustainable and liveable. The development and management of our region affects the prosperity and the wellbeing of all members of the community, no matter where they live.
Figure 1: Issues identified at the National level Issues Identified at the National level Issues Economic Concerns about future fiscal burdens of an ageing population Encouraging more Australians to pursue careers through education and training Improving opportunities for, and empowering, people with disabilities Enhancing the global competitiveness of major cities Environment Improving the sustainability of major cities Improving the productivity of major cities (better integration of land use, transport and infrastructure provision) Social Concerns about adequately catering for the needs of an ageing population Increasing the level of participation in active and healthy lifestyles Improving opportunities for, and empowering, people with disabilities Improving the liveability of major cities Addressing social exclusion and inequality There is concern about future fiscal burdens that an ageing population may place on communities.
A generally accepted strategy to address this concern is to strengthen and skill the workforce and invest in health infrastructure now, so communities in the future can meet the needs of the older population.
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 28 The major environmental issue at that National level is sustainability, particularly how our major cities can become more sustainable and productive. Strategic management of skills development and private/public investment can enhance regions and assist in integrating land use, transport and infrastructure provision. There is concern over the growing rate of childhood and adult obesity. This has highlighted the importance of increasing the level of participation and developing an active and healthy lifestyle through easy choice enablers.
Particular attention is given to improving opportunities for people with disabilities, and their support network (families, friends and carers). There are currently many barriers to the full participation of people with disabilities in the economic and social life of the community. At the heart of the issue is the need for greater education and awareness to change social attitudes which will encourage people with disabilities to participate more broadly within the community, thus combating current trends towards isolation and loneliness. There is renewed focus on empowering people with disabilities to manage their own lives, to maximise their independence and contribute more to the community.
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 29 State Level An extensive amount of reference material exists at the State level to address issues affecting Queensland, and particularly South East Queensland. A total of 34 documents have been reviewed to gain an understanding of the issues identified by stakeholders at this level, including: State planning policies regional plans – planning and infrastructure funded works programs strategies and management plans State agency’s strategic or business plans discussion papers The issues identified are listed in the following Figure.
The overarching State document ‘Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland’ which sets targets for the State to address major challenges by 2020 – for climate change, unhealthy lifestyles, preventable diseases, growing population, ageing population, global competition, and entrenched disadvantage. Various State agencies are identified as the lead agency responsible for achieving these targets, and have subsequently published their own policy positions or strategies.
Towards Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland This report sets out the Queensland government’s 2020 vision for the State. The Q2 plan has been framed around five ambitions for Queensland covering; economy, environment and lifestyle, education and skills, health and community. Within each area are long-term targets for 2020. This document presents a number of challenges and opportunities for the Gold Coast including climate change, unhealthy lifestyles, preventable disease, growing population, ageing state, global competition, create a diverse economy with infrastructure that anticipates growth, increase businesses undertaking research, innovation or development, increase access to education, reduce public hospital waiting times.
SPP 2/07: Protection of Extractive Resources, 2007 The SPP lists policy outcomes that are to be achieved when making or amending a planning scheme; and through development assessment. These outcomes seek to protect extractive resources from development that might prevent or severely constrain current or future extraction when the need for the resource arises.
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 30 Extractive resources include sand, gravel, quarry rock, clay and soil and are used in concrete, asphalt, road bases and a range of other products.
They provide the raw materials for life essentials (e.g. buildings, roads etc). The Gold Coast region contains 9 key resource areas (KRAs) located across Blue Rock, Staplyton, Oxenford, Jacobs Well, Yatala, Nerang, West Burleigh, Reedy Creek. These areas are of either State or regional significance.
SEQ Regional Plan 2009-2031, 2009 This plan sets to manage regional growth and change in the most sustainable way and to protect and enhance the quality of life in the SEQ region. The report applies to the SEQ region, of which the Gold Coast region is a part. The provisions of the report, including the associated regulatory provisions, are required to be taken into account in planning and development decision-making processes (e.g. State government plans and policies; local government planning schemes and other plans and policies; planning and development processes under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009; and development applications made assessable under the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS)).
SEQ Infrastructure Plan and Program 2010-2031, 2010 To establish priorities for regionally significant infrastructure over the next 4 years and outlines the longer-term planning horizon to 2031. The report applies to the SEQ region, of which the Gold Coast region is a part. SEQIPP investment for the SEQ region through to 2031 is estimated to reach $134 billion. This investment will fund regionally significant projects across the transport, water, energy, social and community infrastructure sectors. These projects are estimated to support up to 930,000 jobs through to 2031. Major job generating infrastructure in the Gold Coast region is: Stage 1 of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit project linking Griffith University to Broadbeach via the key activity centres of Southport and Surfers Paradise.
Expected to generate 6,300 direct and indirect jobs over the life of the project; and Construction of the 750 bed Gold Coast University Hospital. Will generate 9,847 direct and indirect jobs over the life of the project.
It is estimated that 59 projects will occur within the Gold Coast region by 2031, requiring an investment of $14.2 billion. Key project occurring within the Gold Coast are: Gold Coast University Hospital; Gold Coast Stadium at Carrara; Gold Coast Rapid Transit; Robina Hospital Expansion and Robina Health Precinct; Pacific Motorway Upgrade: Nerang to Stewart Road; and Gold Coast Highway Upgrade: Government Road to Stevens Street.
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 31 Delivering the Queensland Housing Affordability Strategy: Greenfield land supply in SEQ, 2008 To ensure the State’s land and housing is on the market quickly and at the lowest cost.
There are a number of greenfield areas identified in the Gold Coast by the SEQ Regional Plan 2009-2031. The SEQ Regional Plan now superseded this 2008 report. The greenfield areas of Coomera, Hope Island, Pimpama, Ormeau, Maudsland and Reedy Creek support the aim of this strategy by providing land for future residential development.
Queensland Health Strategic Plan 2007 – 2012 The Strategic Plan outlines Queensland Health’s mission, values, operating principles, strategic challenges and priorities between 2007 and 2012. In general, the growing and ageing population, economic and workforce challenges, and an increase in preventable diseases caused by unhealthy lifestyles continues to impact Queensland Health’s ability to deliver and sustain quality and safe health services. The strategic priorities set at the State level will filter down to the local service level in the form of district operational plans, partnership agreements, divisional operational plans, business unit/project plans and individual staff development plans.
The strategic priorities will benefit all parts of the Gold Coast.
Queensland Health Population Health Plan 2007–2012 Queensland Health aims to deliver the best population health services nationally, improving the health and wellbeing of the population and reducing the health status gap between the most and least advantaged in the community. This will require increased funding allocated to the Prevention, Promotion and Protection Program, the introduction of new and enhanced services and additional workforce and infrastructure. This Plan identifies the major change agenda and key investment priorities for Queensland Health’s population health function over the next five years (2007–2012) which are critical to the achievement of this ambitious aim.
This Plan for Queensland Health’s population health function directly responds to the strategic service reforms contained in the Queensland Statewide Health Services Plan 2007–2012 and the direction articulated in the Queensland Health Strategic Plan 2007–2012.
The Queensland Tourism Strategy 2006 – 2016 The Queensland Tourism Strategy (QTS) identified key themes and strategic actions to pave the way for the development of a sustainable tourism industry in Queensland until 2016. For sustained growth, it is important that the tourism industry is able to encourage the provision of tourism-related infrastructure by governments and the private sector, as well as supporting investment for the development of tourism products and services. The QTS identifies that regional investment and infrastructure are integral to driving long-term growth across the tourism sector.
A Roadmap for the Gold Coast Region Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Inc. 32 Queensland Telecommunications Strategic Framework 2009-12, 2008 This framework is a State government initiative aimed at providing the necessary telecommunications services for all areas within Queensland in line with State government’s Smart State Agenda which aims at strengthening the economy through knowledge-intensive, value-adding industries. The provision of quality telecommunications and internet service levels is an important issue for all communities. No specific measures are outlined for the Gold Coast.
Draft Connecting SEQ 2031: An Integrated Regional Transport Plan (IRTP) for SEQ , 2010 This draft plan has been developed as the guiding transport planning and policy document to support the desired outcomes of the SEQ Regional Plan. The vision of the draft IRTP is a transport system that supports the lifestyle enjoyed by residents and visitors, enhances the State’s economy vitality and protects the natural environment. The 6 priorities support the policies of the SEQ Regional Plan. The draft IRTP identifies the following about the Gold Coast region: the Gold Coast Rapid Transit project provides an important catalyst to support sustainable urban lifestyles Southport business centre is the regional hub, Robina and Helensvale will be the sub-regional hubs, and Coomera is an emerging major centre with potential for transit oriented development land use density and mix is supported within 400-800m of all stations/stops along the existing rail network and the proposed light rail network (Helensvale to Coolangatta) By 2031, the transport network will be reoriented away from heavy reliance on the Pacific Motorway and Gold Coast Highway, to be organised around major public transport spines of the Gold Coast light rail, strategic high-frequency bus corridors and the Gold Coast rail line SEQ Natural Resource Management Plan 2009-31, 2009 This plan complements and informs preparation and review of the SEQ state of the Region Report and the SEQ Regional Plan.
The plan does specifically acknowledge the Gold Coast region. However as the Gold Coast region is located within SEQ the provisions of the plan apply to the Gold Coast region. The plan is an overarching document that will assist in guiding other strategies and actions at a local level.
SEQ Water Strategy, 2010 To ensure that water in SEQ is managed on a sustainable and integrated basis to provide secure and reliable supplies of acceptable quality for all uses for the long term. The report is SEQ’s blueprint for a sustainable, efficient and secure water supply. In 2005 in SEQ 75% of water was consumed for urban purposes and power generation, with the remainder used for rural purposes. This is reflective of SEQ’s rapidly growing urban areas. Existing bulk water supplies on the Gold Coast include the Hinze Dam, Little Nerang Dam and the SEQ (Gold Coast) Desalination Facility.