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North Harbour to Generate Thousands of New Jobs



From boat repairers to retailers, teachers, tour guides, medical staff and home-based entrepreneurs, North Harbour is shaping up as one of the Moreton Bay region’s biggest job generators over the next two decades.


Research from independent economics group Urbis has revealed the expected breakdown of future jobs during both the construction and operational phases of the proposed marina precinct and business park.


The State Government’s commitment to declare the North Harbour Marina Precinct a Priority Development Area (PDA) is expected to be the catalyst for more than 6,500 ongoing jobs generated by the Burpengary East project .


According to the Urbis report, the marina project would underpin other major components of the North Harbour masterplan, including the Business Park and the ongoing delivery of new homes.


It forecast the creation of more than 4,400 direct jobs across all North Harbour precincts on an ongoing basis and a further 2,142 indirect jobs because of flow-on effects. Around 5,900 of these jobs, or 90 per cent, would go to workers living in the Moreton Bay region.


“The Marina development is anticipated to provide catalytic support to growth outside of the PDA,” it said. “The North Harbour Business Park will generate the highest number of jobs with a total of 5,228 employment opportunities.


“The enabling environment created by the Marina development could potentially create a notable portion of workers in the marine industry. The Marina precinct will provide a diverse employment base and support the retention of jobs within the Moreton Bay LGA (Local Government Area).”


North Harbour Project Director Bryan Finney said the Urbis report detailed the extraordinary range of future job opportunities at North Harbour.

“The scope of jobs here is enormous and we’re relishing the opportunity to play a major role in shaping the prosperity of the Moreton Bay region for decades to come,’’ said Mr Finney.


North Harbour has strongly back the Moreton Bay Regional Council initiative to build a $40 billion economy and generate 100,000 jobs in the next 20 years.


“North Harbour is proud to swing its support behind the council’s Regional Economic Development Strategy and join with a host of other business and community leaders in #teammoretonbay in expanding on a COVID-19 recovery,” he said.


“We know full well the abundant opportunities for growth and investment in Moreton Bay, which is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia, and we have a plan to match.


“North Harbour will support highly skilled workers in all facets of the boating industry, from cabinetmakers to electricians, sail makers, fabricators of upholstery and metal including boilermakers and welders, deckhands, staff for dry boat stacking and hardstand operations as well as tour operators, guides and dive instructors.




“We’ll also accommodate hundreds of workers across a range of other industries, teachers and childcare personnel, retailers, medical centre staff and food and beverage suppliers to support the wider community as this exciting masterplanned development continues to evolve.”


By 2035, North Harbour will be a world-class destination for recreation and tourism, sensitively integrated with regional open space, jobs, business and marine industries, all set amid modern community living and affordable, innovative housing.


To find out more and follow the story of North Harbour Marina, go www.northharbourmarina.com.au or email info@northharbourmarina.com.au. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northharbourmarina.


Projected jobs by the numbers:


Mixed industry and business 1,833 (including marine industry)


Retail showrooms 455


Suburban offices 333


Specialty stores 283


Supermarket 235


Teachers and childcare 166


Tavern and club 134


Food and beverage 101


Retirement & aged care 100


Dry boat stacker & 72 hardstand operations


Indoor sports 69


Short-term accommodation 54


Medical Centre 38

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