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The Future of the Gold Coast: Palaszczuk vs Nicholls

Posted by Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce Vice President Membership: Christie McCabe on 1 May 2017

In late February, Christie McCabe, Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce Vice President Membership, attended the Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce's Big Ideas Breakfast when the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland, presented her visions for the future of the Gold Coast. On Thursday 27th April, the Chamber held another Big Ideas Breakfast to hear from Opposition Leader, Tim Nicholls MP, who also shared his vision for the future of the Gold Coast.

Just in case you were not able to attend, Christie shares her notes in comparing the main points of each vision.

Hon Premier Palaszczuk MP focused on the following:

1.     Preparing for the Commonwealth Games & beyond
2.     Casino developments
3.     Movie industry growth & subsequent economic rewards
4.     Integrated Resort Development Plan on the Spit
5.     Promotion of the Health & Knowledge Precinct
6.     The M1 upgrade
7.     Preparation for a significant increase in population by 2050 (expected to double)

If you want to read the full review, see the link here - https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/visions-future-gold-coast-bright-christie-mccabe

In comparison, Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls MP focused on the following:

1.     The return of the Frontier Spirit in Queensland
2.     Commitment to the success of the Commonwealth Games
3.     Decrease in the Red Tape, Regulations & Taxes
4.     Transport & Infrastructure (The M1 upgrade)
5.     Creating jobs & managing State finances
6.     Providing safe & liveable communities
7.     Building Roads, Bridges and Dams

An expansion of each point is below:

The return of the Frontier Spirit in Queensland - a State of opportunity for the future. Mr Nicholls spoke of his childhood and his parents' decision to move from Victoria to Brisbane taking a chance buying Metro Ford. They backed themselves, worked hard and the opportunity paid off. They could take that chance many decades ago because the responsibility for their success was in their hands. He would like to reignite the spirit of business where business owners determine their own success rather than the Government.

Commitment to the success of the Commonwealth Games - ensure the facilities are built and ready to capitalise on the global exposure of our city.

Decrease in the Red Tape, Regulations & Taxes - Mr Nicholls believes the current Government has stifled enterprise through the abundance of rules, regulations and processes frustrating business owners and preventing progression.

Transport & Infrastructure - the upgrade to the M1 has been stalled because of processes. It is imperative to improve the connection and plans need to start now, not in a few years after the close of the Commonwealth Games.

Creating jobs & managing the State finances - a 4-point plan has been compiled to address the surge in unemployment for youth with incentives for businesses to offer youths an apprenticeship. The recent Moody's Report will not fix the budget, expenditure requires management and a good plan to keep expenses down.

Providing safe & liveable communities to build a strong business community encouraging further investment & economic growth. For example, a plan to cope with the Ice epidemic which is increasing the rate of domestic violence, child safety and crime. Also, the return of strong laws to break criminal gangs.

Building Roads, Bridges and Dams - further investment in infrastructure.

Mr Nicholls also mentioned the main economic drivers to see the priorities through:

1.     Tourism
2.     Resources
3.     Construction & manufacturing- high tech developing a niche
4.     Education as export service - from Asian friends and India

Questions from the floor:

1.     Innovation and appealing to the millennials, the future of the workforce
2.     Overdevelopment of the Spit if integrated resort plan is approved, what else will be developed & what impact will that have
3.     Daylight Savings will not change otherwise the State will be split
4.     Damage to Main Beach businesses due to the development of the Light Rail to the Spit.

Author: Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce Vice President Membership: Christie McCabe
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