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Major award for Council strategy

Posted: 10am 19 Oct 2021

Moreton Bay Regional Council has won a major industry award for its Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS).

The REDS won the national award for Strategic Thinking at the Economic Development Australia Awards.

Mayor Peter Flannery says the acknowledgement is incredible endorsement of the REDS, which was launched in February.

“There are no words to describe my excitement, I can hardly think of higher recognition for our plan to transform Moreton Bay Region than this incredible industry award,” he says.

“The fact that this win (came) just one day after the NRL announced Moreton Bay’s Dolphins will be entering the League in 2023 is like winning the lotto.

Mayor Flannery says Council is making the most of the momentum with the launch of a national marketing campaign at the weekend, ‘Invest More’, to let major investors know the region is ready to do business.

Spotlight on the region

Invest More outlines the abundant opportunities for business in the Moreton Bay Region.

“Investors seeking to grow their business have an unrivalled opportunity to take advantage of one of the fastest growing business ecosystems in Australia, and a Council dedicated to supporting business and industry flourish,” he says

Mayor Flannery says that includes the likes of:

  • The Mill at Moreton Bay, which is ripe for digital technology investment, medical research facilities, and advanced manufacturing operations.
  • The Caboolture West development - a brand new city being built from scratch with 30,000 new dwellings to accommodate 70,000 new residents.
  • The Scarborough Harbour Masterplan - to make Moreton Bay Region the epicentre of Australia’s $74 billion marine industry.

Mayor Flannery says the region is home to 29,000 businesses, and Council is committed to supporting their growth, resilience and innovation.

“Our region is an economic goldmine ready for a rush of multi-billion dollar region-building projects, supporting incredible job opportunities for local and future residents.

“Moreton Bay is the right place for businesses to thrive, with a plethora of prime business hubs and industrial precincts ready for investment, now and into the future.

“(The) award from Economic Development Australia is just the tick of approval we needed to kick-off this major investment drive,” he says.

Moreton Bay Region’s REDS document outlines the agenda to transform Moreton Bay Region over the next two decades into a $40 billion economy, with an additional 240,000 people and creating 100,000 more local jobs.

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