What do you think will generate jobs and a healthy economic climate in the Hinterland?

about 5 years ago
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Please tell us what you think the key industries should be – is it tourism, creative centres, agriculture, retail, offices, training centres? Or do you see see something new?

  • mary over 7 years ago
    All aspects of agriculture needs labour and therefore jobs. Why not have sustainable processing plants here as well. We can use clean processes whether it is handling meat, sugar cane, fruit, water and power supplies, anything that is required to make for a healthy and culturally full lifestyle.
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    • CoorooraChanger over 7 years ago
      The hinterland offers lifestyle and a convenient, central location for tradespersons and home-based industries. Cooroy and Pomona, for example, are roughly equidistant from Gympie, Noosa and Nambour, and not that far from the wider Sunshine Coast. Cooroy has its own industrial estate, but what is required in some smaller towns is a small business 'hub' with work spaces for businesses that want to expand out of home, but are not ready for moving to a big industrial estate. There is a half-way point that is not being catered for at the moment. Council should explore location and zoning for a hub -- small work units side by side and facing a courtyard, office at the front, vehicle parking and workshop area at the rear. They would be built by developers to provide the next step up from a home garage business. The scale of the hubs would be in keeping with the village scale of hinterland towns.
  • PinbarrenDe over 7 years ago
    production and processing of even more local food on the Sunshine Coast, including in the hinterland areas. This is an ideal climate for food production ... and people are becoming more conscious of 'food miles' and eating good quality (and local) foods, in season. Done in an environmentally sustainable way, this will bring economic and health benefits to the region
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    • RichardG over 7 years ago
      When I first came here in the 1980s there were well over 100 dairy farms of various sorts here. I even worked on one for awhile. Now we have half a dozen large farms that employ just a handful. The policies of large food supermarkets like Woolies and Coles is to discriminate against local farmers by driving the price of milk down. This in turn threatens the farmers livelihood. Now a Kenilworth farmer has gone independent and this example is what we need. If the council can support farmers like this in a way by assisting them to make trading easier for a locally based product then council helps to bring food production back to the hinterland. There must be a number of ways to encourage thru council incentives and support to bring production back. Perhaps a support scheme launched thru council (with council's help) to identify SunCoast local produce so that its labeled to assist customers to make local choices. Make up a council support logo for locals. More ideas......
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      • PinbarrenDe over 7 years ago
        Agreed Richard. Apparently, this area (Pomona/Pinbarren) used to be mainly dairy farms ... and orchards. But the business model has changed thanks to the 2 dominant grocery retailers. So, maybe a co-op or independent model is the right answer, as you point to the Kenilworth dairy farmer. I'm aware of a group called FoodQ which aims to promote independent food growers (of all types) and processors across Qld. Legislation by local or state gov't re size/zoning of properties is needed, as protecting fertile agricultural areas across the Hinterland is important. Otherwise mining and property development will change the landscape (literally) if allowed, make farming un-workable on smaller lots. Higher 'value' agriculture/crops such as olives, herbs, flowers, etc should also be part of the mix ... in my opinion.
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        • PinbarrenDe over 7 years ago
          By the way, I also meant to mention that green / clean technology development should be seriously encouraged ... in conjunction with the University and other educational institutions, and local entrepreneurs / inventors (they are all across the Hinterland). Another innovation centre (like the one at Sippy Downs, but possibly smaller) could be an option for the Noosa hinterland (Yandina/Cooroy/Pomona?) and/or up around Maleny, to encourage collaboration and provide a green innovation 'hub'.
        • RichardG over 7 years ago
          To PinbararenDe, One of the crops you mention is herbs and the other flowers. There could be a large flower and herb growing industry here as the area is great for it. There are several businesses already. I'm at the Maleny/Conondale end of the coast, and there are several flower growers here.
  • alf_alphamale over 7 years ago
    Agree with others re food/agric industry - in tandem with tourism. There are many other industries along with what's left of the dairy industry whch can remain sustainable, but the one physical industry which already spans the hinterland is food production, along with its more ephemeral partner, tourism.I am aware of the Seasons of the Sun foodproduciton and security partnership and firmly believe this is the way forward, assisted by the tourism industry.
  • JRC over 7 years ago
    The soil and climate here are excellent for agriculture. Hinterland towns were once much more productive than they are now, because they were farming townships. By specialising in clean, green food we could produce something that people in overcrowded parts of Europe would pay a premium price for in the short term, as well as insulating our communities against the future shock of the impacts of peak oil.
  • JRC over 7 years ago
    Instead of building roads throughout the Sunshine Coast we should use the money to strengthen our rail service. Two tracks right throughout the Sunshine Coast would be an intelligent start, to efficiently move freight as well as people. Light rail on the coast could be linked to this via Nambour.
  • JRC over 7 years ago
    Clean, green agriculture with manufacturing in the small towns. To make manufacturing viable the federal govt would need to reinstate tariffs on imported goods. As a nation we should be aiming at self sufficiency.
  • IanBates over 7 years ago
    Lifestyle industries - health, recreation, tourism, creative arts, education. The hinterland has one big-ticket selling point - its rural beauty, peace and quiet. Those of us involved in home based industry rely on that factor. Those of us nearing retirement look towards the environment we live in to nurture us in our old age. Some of us will encourage share farmers (particularly new immigrants) from urban areas to use our land to produce food for local sale.
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    • CoorooraChanger over 7 years ago
      As I get older, I still feel comfortable about looking after the area around my house on a rural block. But I have a 'back paddock' that is fallow. For a peppercorn rent, I would lease it out to an enterprising younger person who might want to grow a crop of chillies, cut flowers or some other annual crop. The land would not be wasted, the use is in keeping with the rual environment, and a younger person gets a leg-up to perhaps have the confidence to take on a larger rural venture.
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      • Rainey over 7 years ago
        CoorooraChanger, have you heard of Farmshare? http://www.landshareaustralia.com.au/Perhaps you might like to offer your back paddock there.Good on you for thinking generously. It seems a rare commodity these days, but more common in the hinterland, I reckon. Maybe it's the space and serenity that does it!
  • Rainey over 7 years ago
    Tourism, especially in the hinterland - B&Bs, camping grounds (there is a dearth of them in the Noosa hinterland), development of the Noosa Trail, markets, rural events.
  • grays over 7 years ago
    With the growing interest in a sustainable lifestyle and concerns about the future of food production any expansion in these industries could be a major economic boost to the Hinterland.
  • Shaun over 7 years ago
    On a big scale we need to reintroduce sugar cane. The price of sugar is through the roof. If its viable at Rocky poiint then surely its viable on the Sunshine Coast. I miss the verdant green fields of sugar cane. It gave the lowlan hinterland and purpose and a soul and also keeps it as open spaces, though more natural buffers to waterways would be good.On a smaller scale better promotion of the hinterland as part of a wholistic tourism experience is needed - an not just the Blackall Range but the Noosa Hinterland. This wholistic tourrim experience should model Byron Bay hinterland experiences which readily links to local authentic rural suppliers and producers.
  • Teddyboy over 7 years ago
    I can only speak for the town I live in which is Mooloolah. People here have been campaining for a tavern for over 10 years.historically the town has had hotels in the past, not having a tavern really detracts from any benefit from tourism, our proposal would include an 8 room Motel alongside a new Tavern.Recent obstacles concerning the 1 acre site in the centre of town have been resolved,ie railway realignment,all that remains is the rezoning, which was expected by April, alas still not published by Council.It's no good keep talking about enterprise and job creation when the elected members don't get behind their constituants and push along with us, our own surveys tell us about 80% are in favour seeing this as an attractive and positive addition to a town which desparately needs more local employment. A local businessman owns the site, has a design, a builder and the funding!. It would also help the property market! having a place where locals can meet to enjoy a drink and a meal, a real place to enhance community spirit.Hopefully if we can get it built, tourists might linger more the the current few minutes after they discover we have no tavern and nowhere to stay!.
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    • daryl over 7 years ago
      Well said Ted, as a local resident for the last 42 years i couldn't agree more, this community is well over due for a tavern, it is a joke that we are the only town of this size on the rail link with no hotel and we desperatly need accommadation for our travellers, i realize the council don't want to rush this issue but it has only been 90 odd years since the last pub served a beer cheers greg
  • robynj over 7 years ago
    As the world becomes more populated and areas of environmental significance shrink daily, our beautiful Noosa Hinterland must be protected, both for its own sake and as an eco tourism drawcard. So why is this Council allowing the development of a huge mega quarry which will shatter the peace and quiet currently enjoyed by residents not only of Kin Kin but of Pomona, Cooran, Cooroy, Cootharaba and more, dramatically affect property values right through these areas, has already caused closure of a section of the much lauded and popular Noosa Trail Network, and involves the use of a woefully inadequate windy bush road totally unsuitable for haulage vehicles in the number of daily traverses which will probably be upwards of 100 each way if Neilsens extract the product they are predicting - and which residents rightly fear will result in the deaths of innocent people? Neilsens have committed numerous breaches of conditions laid down by both SCRC and DERM, are working to conditions of a yet unseen, unapproved quarry management plan which promises to be an even greater environmental disaster than the already "approved" plan with which they have never even complied, and have shown that they cannot, even though it was of their own design. A recently disturbed arsenic dip which has caused runoff into the Noosa River headwaters still has the DERM jury out - and constant letters written to DERM citing details of the repeated breaches are only responded to by phone, and it is obvious this State Government department is not doing its job (and has made clear has no intention of doing) nor is Council fulfilling its role as manager. If the quarry goes ahead, AND COUNCIL DOES HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING, the Noosa Hinterland will be damaged forever, its serenity lost, its residents highly disadvantaged, and eco tourism? With a quarry which has the potential to be the largest ever developed in Queensland? Forget it. It has been made abundantly clear that the vast majority of Kin Kin residents DO NOT WANT THIS QUARRY. It is in the wrong place, and does not have a single redeeming feature which will benefit the Noosa Hinterland, and that includes the short term focus on jobs. The devastating negatives emanating from this totally inappropriate development, which will have economic benefits for only one family, will dramatically affect the small businesses which rely on a clean green image (one already employs over 50 people and adjoins the quarry) and why would visitors interested in eco tourism want to traverse a once popular walking/riding trail which overlooks the sheer ugliness of a huge, gaping quarry with its intrinsic dust, noise, water pollution and worse? Why would they risk their lives on the worst rural road in the State (RACQ survey) to get there? The key industries should be - tourism, health based clean green cottage industries, production of organic fruit and vegetables, the creative arts already established and flourishing, all related to the superb environment currently enjoyed in the Noosa Hinterland. All of this will be crippled by the development of the Neilsens Quarry in Sheppersons Lane, Kin Kin. The effects of 20 years of quarrying which seems unaffected by constant breaches of the corresponding legislation will almost certainly result in the pollution of the currently near pristine Noosa River. Council must reject Neilsens revised quarry management plan, which appears to be already in operation even though it has not yet been presented, or in 20 years time this stunning region will just be yet another industrial wasteland.
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    • Lachlan Davis over 7 years ago
      According to the sworn affidavit presented to the court hearing by a respected Traffic Engineer last year, there are 'about 3400 vehicles per day' on Pomona-Kin Kin Rd. The maximum number of trucks estimated to come from the quarry is 40 per day. This means that current traffic volume is 141/hr and the quarry will add at most, 4 vehicles/hr. A miniscule 2.5% increase, but we are supposed to believe that this will destroy the hinterland?
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      • IanBates over 7 years ago
        Unfortunately you have once again slewed the facts to suit your untenable arguments, Lachlan. Firstly, 40 trucks and trailers from the quarry each day equals eighty vehicle movements per day - they have to come back, (but we don't care if they don't)!Secondly, most of the traffic recorded on the Pomona Kin Kin Rd is light, not trucks and dogs up to 40 tonne capacity. Read the report properly and you will also see that the Traffic Engineer specifically mentioned that the heavy trucks will continually damage the road edges and allow water to seep under the surface, thereby speeding the deterioration of the whole road.This traffic report was not challenged by Neilsens or the council in the P & E court because they had nothing to challenge it on. You should take their advice and accept it as a damning indictment of the ability of this road to service a major quarry.
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        • Lachlan Davis over 7 years ago
          As you say, read the report properly. It states '3400 vehicles per day' not traffic movements.And if i recall correctly, the court case ended with the judge ruling against the Kin Kin 'Community' Group on all four points, how's that for a damning indictment?
  • Annemarie VH over 7 years ago
    Our key industries need to expand to meet the needs of the growing green/clean economy. We need new manufacturing and production hubs to produce good quality green and clean local Australian goods, create local jobs, education and skilling. We also need more focus on creative industries, people will always need entertainment and cultural connection for our health and wellbeing. A creative hub including a film and music studios would provide opportunities to build talent and give locals the skills to create their own documentaries, movies, music, TV shows and news. Talent is home grown, but it cannot be nurtured without facilities and support services.Our community assets (schools, universtities, community halls and centres, equipment and resources) are under utilised. We need to negotiate and form more community partnerships to make better use of existing infrastructure to provide more opportunities for young people to gain experience and for mature age people to share their knowledg and skills. We have a wide variety of Not for profit organisations who (if they choose to) can collaborate and bring projects and programs to our local area that can fill some of the gaps in education, training and Recognition of Prior Learning.
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    • Kate17 over 7 years ago
      I agree and like your contribution but think we also need to build an appropriate infrastructure for expanding opportuntities and better connections with opportunities everywhere. This includes affordable access to NBN technologies and shared opportuntities to become skilled in using them to expand the scope of enterprises in the region and also learning opportuntities. Community halls and centres need to become communication hubs that can support amateur film expos and e'business gatherings and communicate our rich talent and emerging skills and enterprises to the rest of the world.
  • Steve S over 7 years ago
    For the Sunshine Coast Hinterland agriculture should be one of the primary employers. Currently it is a languishing industry. Rising costs of transportation and energy, and increased global demands for food will see a greater necessity to grow local in the future. Council needs to prepare now for the coming necessity and ensure that good quality agricultural land is protected, that Council owned lands can be placed into agricultural production in areas close to hinterland townships. Leadership through example here will create jobs and boost the agricultural significance of the region whilst ensuring future food security.
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    • chief over 7 years ago
      Rising costs... don't forget the cost of labour and the willingness of modern day people to do the labour. Talk to any farmer where something needs to be "picked" about labour costs and their high workforce turnover.
  • Sammy over 7 years ago
    Food production and the industries that surround it are a vital key to a healthy economic and environmental climate.'Food nodes' can be the epicentre of a range of other industries - from tourism to distribution to hospitality.
  • Minda over 7 years ago
    Incentives for larger landholders to diversify their products would lead to a healthier economic climate and a healthier population. Employment opportunities would increase and the carbon footprint of foods would be reduced if local produce is promoted and marketed locally alongside community education about the need to "think globally, act locally".
  • Kate17 over 7 years ago
    This is a beautiful place for creative enterprises and has good soil for growing food. The community already is concerned to protect the natural environment that is one of our major assets. When we have an effective NBN infrastructure this area will provide a wonderful place for people to run small creative e'businesses, work and learn from home, share knowledge and information, build on the work of others, and reduce their commute to the coast and Brisbane. Similarly food growers and producers will benefit from better distribution networks and on-line shopping services. In the future living in rural areas seems likely to become more attractive as people seek a healthier more independent lifestyle and room to grow food. Current health and wellbeing enterprises will potentially expand their services using e'business strategies. For this to happen we need to pay attention to growing new clusters of expertise and activity and providing good educational opportunities for residents and their children.
  • Denish over 7 years ago
    There can be no "Key" industries as such, all low impact activities should be supported and encouraged with minimal regulations and hassels from all levels of government.If the "Rural" image can be retained in practice and real lifestyles for work and play are the norm, then the people and community will do the rest.A good example could be what happens on the Maleny Precinct.....mixed development for sport & recreation can retain the green image and over time provide work for some members of gthe community with mixed skills.
  • Possumhugger over 7 years ago
    Another Forest park after the style of Mary Cairncross, which is a magnet for tourists. It is suffering from over use. Incorporate Eco-industries and community gardens.Increase and protect agriculture, bushland, eco tourism and retreats/creative centres.
  • Garry Claridge over 7 years ago
    I know agriculture will need to develop as a significant industry to provide economic depth and resilience to our region.Creative Industries (include business creativity such as, software design and development) can also play a major role in developing our economic prosperity.Energy production is also very important. The development of renewable energy technologies will add a great deal of economic depth and long-term prosperity.
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    • chief over 7 years ago
      Businesses that are based around leveraging technology, primarily the internet, can usually work from anywhere. Demanding high quality broadband within the Hinterland will provide many additional local employment opportunities and less demand on traditional infrastructure.
  • Elke over 7 years ago
    One of the limiting factors to business in the hinterland is the lack of transport. Public transport for people but also in the form of ordinary and refrigerated carriers to connect to markets in Brisbane. Commercial carriers need commercial quantities on a regular basis. The quantities are not there to establish these carriers.
  • firefly over 7 years ago
    A strong mix of industries will provide the healthiest economic climate - don't rely on one industry and don't rely on a few major employers. Have a mix of business types and industry types. All of the industries listed are important - the key is balance (as with anything in life).
  • dillenia over 7 years ago
    Access to the optic fibre (NBN) will help to generate more home based business and therefore reduced need to travel away. There are already a number of international enterprises operating from the Hinterland but slow internet connections are a limiting factor.
  • Johan over 7 years ago
    Industrial Hemp is a huge resource of materials and products.Easier, cheaper, healthier than cotton, no need for pesticides.Grow it on land that need rejuvenation.If there is a plant to process the fibre and shiv here as well, it will generate income.