As Australia’s third largest local government area, Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) is currently experiencing and preparing for game-changing levels of growth. Accelerating investment and unlocking growth opportunities across our region means identifying our strengths, driving strong partnerships and committing to good planning.

We have a workforce catchment of over 1 million workers and are home to over 32,900 businesses. Our population is forecast to grow by over 40 per cent from 480,000 to almost 700,000 by 2041 – one of the fastest in Australia. And we have 12 new growth fronts that will see entirely new communities emerge which, in some cases, are twice the size of Gladstone. It’s clear that Moreton Bay is becoming much more than just a place between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

The announcement of the Dolphins as a new NRL team is monumental for the region, elevating Moreton Bay onto the national stage as we embrace major growth and new opportunities. A Moreton Bay NRL team is projected to generate
$74.88 million annually to our local economy and is estimated to support more than 400 local jobs.

Amplifying prosperity also means remaining committed to good planning in order to unlock other investment and growth opportunities. Our award-winning Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) 2021-2041 has key targets and milestones that will advance our region’s economy and industries across four key pillars – food and agribusiness; tourism, sport and major events; advanced manufacturing; and knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship. With the REDS, we have a blueprint that takes us toward building a $40 billion economy, attracting and generating 100,000 new jobs, and becoming a top 10 regional innovation hub by 2041.

Through a range of signature infrastructure projects, we are building future prosperity today.

The construction of a new Moreton Bay Indoor Sports Centre for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games acknowledges our unique position but also creates a starting point for a Games legacy for the region. This venue will meet existing demands on our community sports centres and could be the next home for a national sporting team, as well as an entertainment and performance space.

Partnerships with other levels of government are also critical to accelerating opportunities. Our strengthened relationships with other levels of government have secured around $100 million to fund more than 150 projects across our region.

As we boost our productivity, grow our economy and create jobs we remain committed to these partnerships and unlocking investment opportunities.