No big surprise that for most of the good folk who come to the Gold Coast….whether they be “Visitor or Tourist”, the reality is that many will decide to more here, hopefully permanently.
Whilst many of us are continually endeavouring to get some of the jigsaw pieces into place, Stage Two of the Light Rail to link with Brisbane being a key one, our redeeming factor we seem to have, especially notable of late, is the terrific weather.
The number of Victorian visitors who are still escaping the volatile weather they experince cannot speak highly enough of our climate and the clean beaches that are so accessible.(and frankly much nicer than the orange Terrigal sand in NSW or seaweed washed up with rubbish in Port Phillip Bay!)
Even those from Sydney know we have the bees knees here….without the nasty things in the water Up North. Fancy one lass from Lane Cove telling me she hadnt bought an outdoor setting for her new home “because we are waiting for the weather to get warmer”.
With the apparent mini–turmoil in the Financial Markets at the moment due to the obvious dramas in many countries, the good news for some is that our dollar today is at 88 cents against the US Benchmark….dont forget it was around $1.15 in Mid 2011. So we are now a much more “affordable” place to be for the Overseas Audience…for Education and for Property Investment..and Residence.
That finally gets me back to the Subject….where are they all going to live?
85% of them will live in the existing Residentially zoned regions of the Gold Coast….and that means us too.
The huge cost for infrastructure for power, water, waste water, telecoms, roads etc makes it smart to work with what we have. And guess what…the rezoning possibilities within 800 metres of the Light Rail track means many of those will be your neighbours in new large and small developments.
I’m sure that means quite a difference for many of us in our local Residential Landscape but otherwise, where do they live?...and whose going to pay for the millions to create new Suburbs?….not me thank you.
So facing that Reality of a changing landscape and changing population mix, lets not lose that overall reason why we are here…..the warm weather, the clean beaches, the safe boating, the Business opportunites………. and the chance to help make the Gold Coast the prime place to live in Australia.
President of Southport Chamber of Commerce