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Looking Way Ahead for our city’s future

With the 2018 Commonwealth Games behind us, we have an incredible opportunity to leverage the world-wide publicity the Games brought to our city.

The Games not only showed off our majestic city and its people, it sent a message across the Commonwealth that the Gold Coast can host major international events.

Already, we are seeing the arrival of T20 cricket as well as the television industry Logies Awards for our city. These are game-changing events that further forge our reputation as a city that is way ahead.

Broadly speaking, Council is working to broaden the city’s economy, adding to our traditional tourism and construction pillars by encouraging greater investment in health and knowledge, marine industries, tertiary education and film attraction.

By broadening our economy, we can better tackle national and global economic challenges while creating high end jobs for our children. This will mean there is no post-Games economic hangover.

The 2018-19 budget confirmed that we have paid for the Commonwealth Games, without imposing any specific taxes or charges on residents and business. This was achieved through tight fiscal management of the last five Council budgets, in the lead up to GC2018.

Throughout 2018-19, Council will be talking up the economy through a program titled Way Ahead. We will take our message domestically and internationally, through our valued partners at StudyGC and Destination Gold Coast. The message is simple: now is the time to invest in our city. We are open for business, we cut through red tape and we have the infrastructure and skills to help your business thrive.

Behind the scenes, Council’s Investment Attraction Program is working to support and encourage new business investment to the coast. The program incorporates services to facilitate investment or business relocation including financial assistance and workforce development.

At the same time, we must never forget the engine room of this economy – small business. I want the Gold Coast to remain the No 1 destination to start or run a small business, raise a family and enjoy a lifestyle that is the envy of the world.

Let’s ensure the post-Games after-glow burns brightly for years to come as we celebrate everything that is good in our city.

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