Moreton Bay: base for business and workforce expansion plus EDA conference

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Moreton Bay is the perfect balance of business and lifestyle.  A strategic location and access to the world, its 25,000+ businesses along with its highly skilled 185,000 workers, makes the region is the perfect base for business. With a $12.825 billion GRP, Moreton Bay is going from strength to strength.

Setting the scene for Australia’s economic future

The Moreton Bay region sits just north of Brisbane in the booming South East Queensland region.  With access to major transport routes – air, road, port and rail – it’s the perfect base for which to expand your business across Australia and the globe.

Moreton Bay generates an estimated $24.374 billion – representing 8.37% of the $291.225 billion in output generated in Greater Brisbane and 3.90% of Australia’s $625.273 billion output.

The region is undergoing a major transformation with big investment projects continuing to support economic activity.  Major projects include the Moreton Bay Rail Link, the Corso Project at North Lakes, and the Strathpine Gateway Project – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The Moreton Bay Regional Council is committed to improving business and employment by providing opportunities for local business growth and investment.

The region played host to more than 200 professionals from across Australia for the EDA National Economic Development Conference, bringing together hundreds of business people charged with developing the economy, creating local jobs and helping communities to attract investment.

Mark Holdsworth, National Chairman for Economic Development Australia (EDA) has grasped the vision.

“We are very excited about bringing this flagship event to the Moreton Bay Region which was chosen for its excellent submission, but also because of the vibrant lifestyle, significant infrastructure and tourism developments and an innovative approach to planning for the future.”

“We are looking forward to showcasing what this beautiful region has to offer including some of our key investments such as the Moreton Bay Rail project and major new university proposal,” Mayor Allan Sutherland added.

“It’s encouraging to see our region’s approach to economic development, coupled with our outstanding reputation for successful events has been recognised by the nation’s peak professional body.”

“Recognition via the 2015 Economic Development Awards is important for those people who are facilitating innovative economic and workforce development projects.  Congratulations to all the finalists and winners, you are local and national leaders, your region and stakeholders are proud,” said Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint.

Supporting your business & workforce needs

It’s not only businesses that benefit from the region – it’s a hub for young students, too.  Moreton Bay is close to many major research and development centres in South East Queensland, including the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Griffith University, Australian Catholic University and Sunshine Coast University, as well as, Trade Training Centres and an Aquaculture Research Centre, all to support your business and workforce needs.

According to a workforce analysis launched by Deloitte, the total increase in employment over the next 20 years is expected to be more than 91,000 and 108,000 jobs respectively.

In total, the employment base of the Moreton Bay Council Region is projected to increase from 173,373 in 2011-12 to almost 281,500 in 2031-32.  Of the total lift in employment of more than 108,000 jobs, some 104,000 are expected to be due to base employment growth, with a smaller proportion contributed by additional employment from transformational projects.

As it stands, the top give growth industries for Moreton Bay include health care and social assistance, education and training, professional, scientific and technical services, retail trade, and construction.

The Moreton Bay Council offers a number of workforce programs including university student positions, traineeships, school-based traineeships and apprenticeships.  Designed to provide opportunities for high quality training and professional career development, locals can acquire transferable skills that are recognised by both public and private sector employers.

Given its increased emphasis on skills in the workforce, skilled workers will need to be supported to keep up with Moreton Bay’s steady growth rate and workforce development strategies can help support skill growth in Queensland’s strongest council.

To design workforce development strategic for economic growth for your enterprise, industry or region, please contact Wendy Perry via

September 2015

PS. See the Twitter feed for the EDA National Economic Development Conference via #NEDC15.

PSS. View finalist in the national awards, Robinvale Agribusiness Workforce Development Strategy, presented by Glenn Stewart from the Robinvale District Health Service and Wendy Perry from Workforce BluePrint Robinvale Agribusiness Workforce Development Strategy.



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