Salt reaffirms Sunshine Coast's strengths
A REAFFIRMATION of the path being taken and a fresh stoking of the fire to fight for the region's future success was what a touch of Salt delivered.
Speaking after the Daily's Future Sunshine Coast event which featured insights from leading social commentator Bernard Salt, Sunshine Coast Business Council chairwoman Sandy Zubrinich said Mr Salt's presentation had "highlighted how much we are on the same page".
"Having somebody like Bernard Salt come and talk... people look for the new things, but really he draws our attention to the obvious," she said.
"He reminds us about our strengths and then will perhaps push that idea out a little bit further into the future."
Sunshine Coast Environment Council spokeswoman Narelle McCarthy praised Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington for putting climate change "front and centre" in terms of planning, and Noosa's aims to diversify its economy by seeking "value, not volume" to support and complement tourism, rather than through population growth.
She said the Coast needed certainty about how people would live, as it took the larger population influx in the region in coming years.
Sunshine Coast Business Awards chairwoman and MC of yesterday's event, Jennifer Swaine, said it was "amazing" to have Bernard "on the outside of the jar, if you like, looking in".
She said his insights had helped reaffirm what the community was telling itself, but it also gave that credibility.
Ms Swaine said the presentations from both mayors had shown there were differences, but "when the chips are down, the community comes together and fights with one voice for the good of the greater region".
"Today gave me goosebumps. This room left united today," she said.
"We all want to see this region succeed."