EOI open for Economic Development Advisory Board Chair

Expressions of interest have opened for Redland City Council’s Economic Development Advisory Board Chairperson.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the board would maximise economic opportunities for the region and lead the implementation of the Redland City Economic Development Framework 2014-2041.

“The Redlands is on the cusp of strong growth – a fact confirmed at the Regional Major Projects Conference held on the Gold Coast this week,” Cr Williams said.

“We have $1.3 billion investment on the horizon through the redevelopment of Toondah Harbour, plus about $50 million worth of building and civil works in the pipeline recently approved by our City Planning and Assessment team.

“Development applications are also on the rise with a 21 per cent jump in applications last financial year compared to the 2013-14 financial year.

“We are establishing an Economic Development Advisory Board to maximise the economic opportunities for Redlands’ industries and businesses that comes with growth and to help make our economy more resilient.

“The board and its framework are not mere bureaucratic exercises. Both are accountable to deliver tangible economic action plans designed by local business leaders and to chart a course to achieve the framework’s ultimate objectives of 30,000 new jobs and increasing the city’s gross regional product to $6.8 billion by 2041.”

The Economic Development Advisory Board chairperson will provide advice to the Mayor and Councillors on the progress of implementing the framework and any changes necessary to be made to enhance its performance. They will also advise on areas where Council can improve its processes.

Council financial services spokesman Cr Mark Edwards said the board’s chairperson would lead a board of nine other members.

“We are looking for a professional business executive as the board’s chairperson, someone with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors,” Cr Edwards said.

“Candidates will need to demonstrate strong capabilities in strategic planning, corporate governance and leadership, as well as an understanding of the Redland City economy.

“I encourage any local residents with this experience to apply.

“The chairperson will lead a board of nine other members. Each member will have professional experience in the eight industry sectors dominating our economy: construction, education and training, financial and professional services, health care, manufacturing, retail trade, rural enterprises and tourism.

“The final board membership will be a non-voting position held by the Redland City Mayor or Councillor responsible for the economic development portfolio.

“Remuneration for directors will be negotiated by Council’s Chief Executive Officer and will be commensurate with standard board fees.

“We are ensuring costs for this expert advisory group remain reasonable by limiting the number of times the board can meet each year to four meetings.”

For more information or to apply contact Davidson’s principal consultant Peter Murphy on 3023 1036 or peter.murphy@davidsonwp.com

To view the Redland City Economic Development Framework 2014-2041 visit http://www.redland.qld.gov.au/Business/Documents/EconomicDevelopmentFramework2015.pdf