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Key stakeholders gather to identify Coast’s infrastructure needs and plan for a growing population to 2050.

More than 180 people have gathered for an important summit to identify the next generation of major infrastructure for the region.

The inaugural Sunshine Coast Infrastructure Summit, held on June 2 at the University of the Sunshine Coast, aimed to inform the development of a prioritised infrastructure plan for the Sunshine Coast to 2050.

This plan will also include identification of delivery, funding and accountability responsibilities for the core priorities across key infrastructure classes.

Guests included federal, state and local political representatives, local business leaders and key stakeholders.

Infrastructure Association of Queensland Chief Executive Officer Louise Van Ristell says the summit provided the opportunity to recognise the diversity of the Sunshine Coast while planning future development.

“I believe it is important to underscore future growth with conversations around Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) principles to ensure environment and community underpin decisions for this unique region,” she says.

Mayor Mark Jamieson says inviting key stakeholders to work with Sunshine Coast Council will provide a new blueprint that will propel the region forward over the coming decades.

He says it is essential the region has a long-term plan implemented.

“The infrastructure mix that is being delivered now … along with the infrastructure we will need to see delivered over the course of the next 30 years and beyond, is not an easy equation to solve,” Mayor Jamieson says.

“We need to build on what we have already achieved, but in doing so, define an infrastructure agenda and program that is responsive to – and takes maximum advantage of – a rapidly changing and evolving local, national and global landscape.”

Speakers included Vancouver’s Chief Administrative Officer and Commissioner Jerry Dobrovolny, who provided insight into the city’s infrastructure planning journey for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

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