The Sunshine Coast Business Council (SCBC), representing more than 4,000 Sunshine Coast businesses through its membership, has welcomed the announcement of Chris Mills as the new CEO of Sunshine Coast Airport.
With a long-standing partnership that dates back more than a decade, the collaboration between Sunshine Coast Business Council and Sunshine Coast Airport has helped in facilitating connectivity, driving economic growth, attracting tourism and investment for the Sunshine Coast region.
Sunshine Coast Business Council Chair Sandy Zubrinich said she eagerly anticipates the opportunity to work closely with Mr Mills, formerly CEO of Queensland Airports Limited which owns and operates Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach Airports. Mr Mills also brings valuable tourism experience to the role, notably with his most recent position at Experience Gold Coast as its Transition CEO.
“Over the years, the Sunshine Coast Airport has been a valuable member of the SCBC, contributing significantly to the Business Council’s mission to promote and advance the economic well-being and quality of life for all residents and businesses on the Sunshine Coast and we are excited to continue this journey with Mr Mills,” said Ms Zubrinich.
“With total direct employment at Sunshine Coast Airport set to increase from 530 to an anticipated 2,400 direct jobs by 2040, the airport is a significant driver for regional development.
“Likewise, the airport is estimated to directly contribute an estimated $306 million to Australia’s GDP and $460 million in total, further underscoring its remarkable impact.
“As we look to the future, SCBC is committed to our advocacy efforts to attract investment, improve infrastructure and generate employment within the Sunshine Coast region.
“It is thanks to partnerships like that with the Sunshine Coast Airport, that we can achieve these goals and further strengthen the Sunshine Coast’s position as a dynamic and prosperous community.”
The Sunshine Coast Business Council is the leading regional business advocacy group on the Sunshine Coast. It represents approximately 4,000 businesses through its membership, which includes key national and regional industry groups and their members as well as national and regional businesses. For more information please visit www.scbusinesscouncil.com.au.