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Two minutes with Sunshine Coast Airport

The Institute’s newest Sunshine Coast Branch Member, Sunshine Coast Airport, provides an insight into their experiences, learnings, and projects.

General Manager Simon Kinchington sat down for our “Two minutes with…” interview.

Where do you see the property development industry for Sunshine Coast in the next 10 years?

 I see the Coast entering an exciting phase over the next 10 years, with major projects such as the Airport expansion, the new Maroochydore city centre and the hospital precinct at Kawana, moving from the planning and delivery stages and into operation. These projects will in turn stimulate further investment in the region. The new city centre and the hospital precinct in particular have the potential to set the scene for more diverse and vital urban environments providing focal points where a new range of facilities and services can prosper for the betterment of residents, businesses and visitors alike.

What project(s) you are working on in Queensland at the moment?

Sunshine Coast Airport are working very closely with the Sunshine Coast Council to deliver a new runway and associated infrastructure at the Airport. In addition, the next 12 months will see the preparation of a new master plan for the Airport to chart its ongoing development in services, infrastructure and facilities to 2040 and beyond.

Why did Sunshine Coast airport decide to become a member of the Sunshine Coast branch?

 Through its ownership by Sunshine Coast Council, the Airport has been involved with the Sunshine Coast Branch of the UDIA for a number of years.  However, as of 1 December 2017, under a 99 year lease agreement with Council, the Airport transitioned to a private company (Sunshine Coast Airport Pty Ltd) owned by Palisade Investment Partners.  Sunshine Coast Airport Pty Ltd is now responsible for operating, investing and developing the Airport.

Development is both a driver and a barometer of the Coast’s economy.  Given the close relationship between the success of the local economy and the success of the airport, we firmly believe in maintaining close ties with the Coast's development community.  No less importantly, the networking fostered by the UDIA will be invaluable in managing and developing the 430 plus hectares that constitute the Airport property.

What advice would you give to young professionals starting in the industry in Sunshine Coast?

Get exposed to as many facets of the development industry as you can.  Find out which facets really motivate you and dive into them. The networks you develop along the way will be invaluable in your personal and professional development so get involved in, and contribute to, your industry and professional associations.