Triple eleven date for forum

NEXT Friday's triple-eleven date of 11/11/11 will be considered by many to be a positive omen for prosperity.

That could be particularly so for those attending the Sunshine Coast Futures Conference at the University of the Sunshine Coast on that day, with some of Australia's leading economic experts lined up as guest speakers.

The conference has been jointly organised by USC and the Sunshine Coast Council and will have the theme: "The Three 'P's: Population, Participation and Productivity".

Keynote speaker will be Westpac Chief Economist Bill Evans, whose presentation will be followed by addresses from Deloitte Access Economics Director David Rumbens and USC's Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and Professor of Property and Development Mike Hefferan.

Professor Hefferan said the conference followed last year's "What Works" conference at USC, where Chris Richardson of Deloitte Access Economics spoke about the "Productivity Equation" (the three 'P's) and its application to the Sunshine Coast.

The event will bring together key regional stakeholders, academics and professionals from across a wide range of disciplines to contribute their discuss a sustainable economic future for the Coast.

"We anticipate that this auspicious date - 11/11/11 - will be marked by a willingness by participants to contribute their experience and expertise to discussions and proposed actions around this important building block of sustainable economic development," he said.

"We need to understand that the Sunshine Coast's future is not simply about accommodating population growth into the future.

"It is equally about the extent to which the population is engaged in work participation and how productive we, as individuals, firms, and an entire community can be."

The conference will be held at USC's Innovation Centre auditorium from 8.30am to 3pm. To register or for more details, phone Sharon Hall at USC on 5430 1127 or email her on shall@usc.edu.au

► What issues would you like to see addressed at this conference? What is the secret to ensuring the Sunshine Coast grows responsibly? Comment below.
 


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