Investment Opportunities

Council of Mayors | South East Queensland

South East Queensland is uniquely positioned within Australia and the Asia Pacific region, to offer significant competitive advantages to commercial investors:

  • The South East Queensland (SEQ) time zone is within two hours of China, Hong Kong and
    Singapore time zones and only one hour outside of Japan and Korea time zones.
  • South East Queensland boasts four international airports and a further four domestic
  • The region is home to Australia’s fastest growing shipping port, and Australia’s largest
    exporters of cotton and meat.
  • Freight costs and shipping times from South East Queensland are significantly less to North Asia than from most of Europe and most of the US, and marginally less than from the US
    West Coast and Canada.

Close proximity of supply chains to both domestic and international markets, is driving investment and capacity development in key industry sectors: [link to feature opportunities]

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Major Projects and Developments

South East Queensland offers a range of greenfield, brownfield and mixed use sites suitable for development or redevelopment:

  • Over 17,000 hectares of identified growth areas for residential and commercial developments
  • Multiple CBD redevelopments including Australia’s only greenfield CBD site (Maroochydore)
  • Over 15,000 hectares of strategic industrial land including sites with exceptional access to existing and proposed sea, rail and airport infrastructure.

Tourism, Sport and Recreation

South East Queensland’s tourism marketplace has long had a significant regional and global profile. It is now maturing into Asia-Pacific’s most attractive region for stable and secure, long-term investment. Potential opportunities to capitalise on growing visitor expenditure and develop new products are welcome for:

  •   Five/Six-star integrated resorts and convention facilities
  •   Global quality theme parks and iconic natural experiences
  •  High roller casinos
  •   International cruise terminals and marinas
  •  International sports events, training, education and research facilities.

Food and Agriculture

South East Queensland has a natural advantage in agriculture and food production with a favourable climate, location and fertile soil conditions. SEQ is already Australia’s premium food bowl and opportunities exist for:

  •  Boutique food processing and value added production facilities
  •  Agricultural tourism and gourmet food destinations
  • Innovative large scale agricultural and farming enterprises
  •  Supply chain and logistics solutions – warehousing, rail, road, airport and port – to meet the demands of national   and international markets.

Health and Medical

This is the fastest growing industry sector in SEQ. With strong public sector investment into modern, well equipped public hospitals including two new University hospitals in the Gold Coast’s ‘Health and Knowledge Precinct’, complemented by high quality private hospitals throughout the region, potential opportunities exist for:

  •  Commercialisation of research and new technologies
  •  Manufacturing of medical equipment and devices
  •  Joint venture partnerships eg. research, clinical trials
  •  Co-location with university and hospital facilities

Specialist Industries

South East Queensland is home to a fast growing range of diverse specialist and niche industries. Interest is sought in relocation of businesses and/or investment in sectors of existing strength, including:

  •  Aviation and aerospace
  •  Advanced manufacturing
  •  Biotechnology
  •  Human bionics
  •  Spatial technologies.

Education and Training

With nine world class universities in the region and a strong and internationally renowned vocational education and training (VET) sector, SEQ is an education centre of excellence. Expressions of interest are welcomed in a range of opportunity areas:

  •  New university entrants
  •  International education providers
  •  Innovation centres
  •  Business start-up incubators.

Transport and Logistics

South East Queensland is the primary hub for goods movement within the state of Queensland, for both Queensland and interstate goods destined for both domestic and export markets. As the region continues to grow and place pressures on existing infrastructure, new infrastructure is coming online
to support this growth. Opportunities exist in:

  •   Transport and logistics infrastructure and facilities (eg. warehousing)
  •   Export facilities (eg. cold storage).