- Tuesday 14 August 2018
Major projects on the Sunshine Coast will be on display and relationships will continue to grow when the largest Korean business delegation to visit the Sunshine Coast spends a day here on Tuesday (14 August), ahead of Korean Liberation Day.
Supported by the Sunshine Coast Council and Trade and Invest Queensland, the delegation will be led by Mr Sangsoo Yoon, Consul General, Head of the Consulate for the Republic of South Korea in Sydney, and hosted on the Sunshine Coast by Acting Mayor Tim Dwyer.
The delegation of 40 includes Australian-based managing directors of some of Korea’s largest companies and major investors, the Executive Director of the Australia Korea Business Council and members, in addition to representatives of Australia’s major international professional services firms.
Acting Mayor Cr Tim Dwyer said the Sunshine Coast had become one of the strongest regional economies in Queensland and was enjoying some of the state’s highest levels of business confidence.
The visit from the Korean delegation supports the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) local to global pathway and helps to promote investment to the region as well as exports of locally produced goods and services.
The strategy provides a 20-year blueprint for the region’s sustainable economic growth.
“Korea is Australia’s fourth largest trading partner and here on the Sunshine Coast we are committed to an ongoing relationship,” Cr Dwyer said.
“Significant capital investment is already underway on the Sunshine Coast highlighted by our new city centre – the only greenfield CBD in Australia at this time – being established on a 53 hectare site in Maroochydore.
“To deliver projects of this scale requires international collaborations with businesses and community.
“Envac Korea is just one of the many businesses that will be part of the delegation.
“Envac is delivering Australia’s first, high-tech, automated waste collection system at the Maroochydore CBD.
“Including this technology will help us to be one of the cleanest and greenest cities in the country. That’s great news for the Sunshine Coast.
“Our Sunshine Coast Airport is being expanded to deliver Australia’s next international gateway, furthering opportunities for tourism, education and economic development with Korea and other countries.
“We know more and more Koreans are keen to experience all that the Sunshine Coast has to offer, and through the airport expansion and the tourism campaign underway on Korean Television, there is a positive future ahead.
“We look forward to showing the Korean delegation all that the Sunshine Coast has to offer.”
This visit follows on from Mayor Mark Jamieson’s Investment Mission to Korea in 2016 and the Mayor and CEO’s visit to Korea for the Asia Pacific Cities Summit in 2017.
The delegation will meet at the Sunshine Coast Kon Tiki building on Tuesday, August 14 where they will hear from the Sunshine Coast Council’s Head of Investment Attraction, Alex Lever-Shaw, along with representatives from Visit Sunshine Coast and SunCentral Maroochydore.
Following the presentations, the delegation will have the opportunity to visit the Maroochydore CDB development before continuing onto Caloundra for lunch where they will enjoy a menu featuring regional produce.
They will then return to Brisbane for Korean Liberation Day celebrations.
Photo: Mr Sangsoo Yoon, Consul General, Head of the Consulate for the Republic of South Korea in Sydney & Acting Mayor Cr Tim Dwyer.