“It’s the Goldilocks effect – our area is ‘perfect’: not too big that you don’t know your neighbour, or dominated by skyscrapers, and not too small that you don’t have access to world-class services and talent,” says Flannery.
“From the hinterland to the beaches and everything in between, what we offer is not only an attractive business proposition, but also a lifestyle,” says Flannery.
“People may move for business, but they stay for the region’s quality of life.
Nation’s future engine room
In terms of activity and growth, the region already has a head start. With around 29,115 businesses and over 228,000 employed residents across the region, it is now firmly established as the engine room of South East Queensland.
Advanced manufacturing in Moreton Bay now employs more than 10,000 people and generates around $1.1 billion in exports, supported by purpose-built industrial estates such as Brendale, Narangba and Burpengary that secure operating costs reduced.
Moreton Bay’s billion-dollar food and agribusiness industry thrives on more than 300 days of sunshine each year, which boosts agricultural production.
Access to global and local markets is fundamental to any master plan, and Moreton Bay’s established transport infrastructure ensures easy distribution and access to markets.
This last factor, says Flannery, has been critical in Moreton Bay’s growth story.
“Our region is close to Brisbane Airport (the third largest in Australia) and the Port of Brisbane, less than 30 minutes by car, as well as key road and rail connectivity,” says Flannery.
“In fact, many of our industrial estates are closer to Brisbane Airport than Brisbane’s own industrial estates. With the potential for an alternative Bruce Highway being developed, our ability to move goods and services, whether interstate or overseas, will only strengthen our offering. »
Future projects to transform the area include the University of the Sunshine Coast Moreton Bay campus – a second-stage campus development with three new buildings to accommodate 10,000 students, and the Caboolture West development which will include a center- city, three high schools, nine primary schools, a TAFE establishment and a private hospital.
Add to that the Wamuran Irrigation Scheme, providing critical water supplies to the region, a new marina at North Harbor and South East Queensland’s North Freight Terminal for transmission and distribution infrastructure and some 200,000 new residents over the next 20 years and the Moreton Bay region is poised to be one of the most dynamic growth stories on the East Coast.
Its most ambitious development, however, is The Mill at Moreton Bay: set on a pristine 460-hectare site, The Mill at Moreton Bay is a priority development area offering sustainable mixed-use development land.
With investment opportunities that span health, education, tourism, entertainment and sport, as well as advanced high-tech manufacturing, education and smart city infrastructure, The Mill at Moreton Bay is expected to boost the regional economy by $813 million per year and generate 8,600 jobs. .
“The Mill at Moreton Bay is set to become an innovation hub twice the size of Brisbane’s CBD,” says Flannery. “It is already home to a new university campus with 3,300 students which will eventually accommodate over 10,000 students and provides industry in the region with a talent pool for the future at a time of labor shortages. face across Australia.”
Elexon Electronics is a Brendale-based team of innovators involved in the design, development and manufacture of bespoke high-tech electronics for customers in Australia and around the world.
Based for over 20 years in Brendale and with a team of over 80 employees and five divisions operating under one parent company, Elexon is typical of knowledge-based industries moving to Moreton Bay.
The company says Moreton Bay’s skilled workforce and its ability to attract the world’s best talent through enviable lifestyle assets have been instrumental in Elexon’s international success.
“Queensland is becoming a major technology hub with many electronics companies,” said Pieter Kuiper, managing director of Elexon Electronics.
“Being in Moreton Bay is a huge advantage as we are close to Queensland’s newest University campus and developing tech hub, where we have access to students, start-ups and other innovative tech companies. It is also a good place to live. »
For those considering coming to Moreton Bay, Flannery says there is plenty of help to offer.
“More and more opportunities are emerging for Moreton Bay businesses and the council’s dedicated investment attraction team is available to assist investors every step of the way,” he said.
There’s more to Moreton Bay for businesses to grow, including dedicated business districts, better access to skilled workers, more savings than other locations, and a more livable location with more affordable housing. and an idyllic South East Queensland lifestyle.
Contact the Moreton Bay Council Investment Attraction Team today.
1800 314 730 or visit www.investmoretonbay.com.au