Media Release – A vision for the Gold Coast of 2050

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Foundation Business Breakfast at Royal Pines - Ian Pritchard (RDA), Bernard Salt and Craig Devlin (RDA)

At the TSS Foundation Business Breakfast, from left to right:
Ian Pritchard (RDA Gold Coast), Bernard Salt (KPMG), Craig Devlin (RDA Gold Coast)

The Gold Coast must evolve as a knowledge city if it is to remain liveable, sustainable and prosperous into the future.

That’s the view of Australia’s leading demographer Bernard Salt in a new report Beyond the Horizon which provides insights into the Gold Coast’s next 50 years.

Beyond the Horizon is part of a 12-month project by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Gold Coast, sponsored by a number of Gold Coast business leaders and the City of Gold Coast.

“With the city’s population predicted to double in the next 35 years – reaching 1.1 million by 2050, the Gold Coast will require a cultural shift to accommodate further growth in further education, healthcare, wellness, financial services, volunteering, travel and aged care,” Mr Salt said.

“Lifestyle and entrepreneurship will continue to shape the future of the Gold Coast but as it grows it must also evolve as a knowledge city. The ‘sun-surf-and sand’ factor has delivered prosperity and quality of life for the Gold Coast up to the half-a-million population mark but something else will be needed to drive the city’s success by mid-century.

“No other comparably scaled Australian city can credibly claim to double in size over the next 35 years and yet that is precisely the promise of the Gold Coast. By 2050, the Gold Coast will be and must be, famous for something else.”

Some of the report’s key findings about the Gold Coast are:

  • there will be an accelerated need for infrastructure compared to previous years
  • to 2036, there will be strong growth across all age groups on the Coast with the most intense pressure from the youth and retired sectors
  • to 2050, there needs to be a shift from unskilled workers to skilled workers – primarily in education, health and professional services
  • the city needs to seek opportunities in the health and property sectors; the next generation of business eg robotics, education; government relocations and the creation of iconic architecture and public spaces.