Resort jobs: 360 positions created on Sunshine Coast
A NEW development has pledged to bring hundreds of permanent jobs to the Sunshine Coast.
360 full-time positions will be created at Yaroomba Beach, with the proposed Westin Coolum Resort and Spa creating 130 jobs for hospitality and food industry workers and graduates.
Releasing the first detailed breakdown of long-term jobs created by the development, Yaroomba Beach project director Evan Aldridge said hospitality and food would be the biggest employment categories of the 260 jobs to be created at The Westin Coolum Resort and Spa.
The second biggest category was 90 new guest services jobs, with other jobs created in landscaping, building maintenance, management and administration.
Mr Aldridge said that an average of over 9,000 students graduate TAFE Queensland East Coast each year with 45% of graduates studying on the Sunshine Coast.
"We have already partnered with TAFE Queensland East Coast to help create job-ready graduates," he said.
"And we are creating jobs to keep our young people on the Sunshine Coast.
"We will create 260 jobs at The Westin resort, and another 100 jobs in retail, hospitality landscaping and maintenance and administration services," he said.
"With the new tourists bringing in $39 million of new spending each year, the economic studies show that there will be a total of 1,400 jobs generated across the Sunshine Coast, across a wide range of businesses that supply the local produce - the beef, seafood, flowers to the hotel, existing tourism experience businesses plus existing retail shops and cafes from the coast to the hinterland."
Mr Aldridge said that Sunshine Coast Council's Regional Economic Development Strategy called for 40,000 new jobs to be created on the Coast in the next 16 years.
"Yaroomba Beach will create almost 1,400 of those jobs - almost 4% in just one project.
Mr Aldridge said the 1,400 new jobs did not include construction jobs.
"We have already committed to a Local Industry Participation Plan to ensure that maximum involvement of Sunshine Coast tradies and suppliers in the development of Yaroomba Beach."