Bernard Salt’s Sunshine Coast vision

first_imgDemographer Bernard Salt in Brisbane. Picture: Darren England.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoHe said “containerisation” meant having people “live and work within close proximity while clustered around a CBD or regional hub”.That, he said, would be the best outcome as the Sunshine Coast grew, allowing more jobs, recreation and spending to stay within the region.He said without containerisation, people’s spending power would bleed to other regions and mean long commutes.“Without containing and focusing growth within the region you’ll never be able to build enough motorways, public transport and commuter infrastructure – the demand will always outstrip supply and the tax base could be better utilised on other infrastructure,” he said. Bernard Salt says in the Sunshine Coast jobs should be taken to the people to balance growth across the region.“The solution is to take the jobs to the people and balance growth across the region – the SEQ Regional Plan can do that by making modest changes to its current draft.”He said the Sunshine Coast could be a regional powerhouse.“Limited, planned and responsible residential development north of the Maroochy River will reinforce the strength of the new Maroochydore CBD. Limiting expansion to the south of Maroochy River risks growth bleeding off to Caboolture and beyond.” He said it only involved “small tweaks to the Regional Plan” which could “yield great dividends” for the Sunshine Coast. Aerial view over Noosa Main Beach and Noosa Surf Club. Bernard Salt says containing jobs and spending within the region will be the way to a better future. Picture: Lachie MillardRENOWNED Australian demographer Bernard Salt has a vision for the Sunshine Coast – and it involves “containerisation”.In a speech at a meeting of the Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland at Maroochydore today, he said there needed to be changes made to the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan to allow “containerisation” to occur across the coast.More than 150 business and community leaders attended the event which was sponsored by Consolidated Properties.last_img

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