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Blueprint for thousands of new jobs in region

Posted: 9am 27 May 2021

From boat repairers to retailers, teachers, tour guides, medical staff and home-based entrepreneurs, North Harbour will be one of the Moreton Bay region’s biggest job generators over the next two decades.

Research from independent economics group Urbis shows the expected breakdown of jobs in the construction and operational phases of the proposed marina precinct and business park.

Projected jobs by the numbers:

Mixed industry and business 1833
(including marine industry)

Retail showrooms 455

Suburban offices 333

Specialty stores 283

Supermarket 235

Teachers and childcare 166

Tavern and club 134

Food and beverage 101

Retirement & aged care 100

Dry boat stacker & 72
hardstand operations

Indoor sports 69

Short-term accommodation 54

Medical Centre 38

The State Government’s commitment to declare the North Harbour Marina Precinct a Priority Development Area (PDA) is expected to be the catalyst for more than 6500 ongoing jobs generated by the Burpengary East project.

According to the Urbis report, the marina project would underpin other major components of the North Harbour masterplan, including the Business Park and the delivery of new homes.

It forecast the creation of more than 4400 direct jobs across all North Harbour precincts on an ongoing basis and a further 2142 indirect jobs because of flow-on effects. Around 5900 of these jobs, or 90 per cent, would go to workers living in the Moreton Bay region.

“The Marina development is anticipated to provide catalytic support to growth outside of the PDA,” it said.

“The North Harbour Business Park will generate the highest number of jobs with a total of 5228 employment opportunities.

“The enabling environment created by the Marina development could potentially create a notable portion of workers in the marine industry.

“The Marina precinct will provide a diverse employment base and support the retention of jobs within the Moreton Bay LGA (Local Government Area).”

Project Director Bryan Finney said the Urbis report detailed the wide range of job opportunities at North Harbour.

“The scope of jobs here is enormous and we’re relishing the opportunity to play a major role in shaping the prosperity of the Moreton Bay region for decades to come,’’ said Mr Finney.

North Harbour has strongly back the Moreton Bay Regional Council initiative to build a $40 billion economy and generate 100,000 jobs in the next 20 years.

“North Harbour is proud to swing its support behind the council’s Regional Economic Development Strategy and join with a host of other business and community leaders in #teammoretonbay in expanding on a COVID-19 recovery,” he said.

“North Harbour will support highly skilled workers in all facets of the boating industry, from cabinetmakers to electricians, sail makers, fabricators of upholstery and metal including boilermakers and welders, deckhands, staff for dry boat stacking and hardstand operations as well as tour operators, guides and dive instructors.

“We’ll also accommodate hundreds of workers across a range of other industries, teachers and childcare personnel, retailers, medical centre staff and food and beverage suppliers to support the wider community as this exciting master-planned development continues to evolve.”

For more on North Harbour visit northharbourmarina.com.au, email info@northharbourmarina.com.au or go to facebook.com/northharbourmarina

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