KPMG conducted consultation with the community and stakeholders in 2019.
During the engagement period, all stakeholders were provided with information regarding Surf Ranch Sunshine Coast, including the associated development required to make it commercially sustainable. Activities included:
- 50 1-1 meetings with key community stakeholders
- A community forum with over 25 representatives from the local surfing community
- A meeting with SCEC and other interested organisations
- Presentation at the Future Tourism event with over 300 business / industry representatives
- Online survey sent to a random sample of Sunshine Coast residents
- Online feedback tool that requested people to name their organisation and whether they supported or opposed the project (173 responses received by 75 organisations)
- Media releases, tv, radio and interviews
Summary of findings:
From the randomly selected 500 person survey:
- 31% of respondents that had heard of major tourism projects could spontaneously recall the project
- 73% of respondents somewhat or strongly support the project
- Only 4% strongly opposed
- 86% of people felt that the project would be very or somewhat beneficial to the Sunshine Coast region
- Benefits to tourism was the biggest reason to support the project (88%)
Surf Ranch Sunshine Coast acknowledges the ongoing connection to country of the traditional custodians of the region, the Gubbi Gubbi (Kabi Kabi) people and wish to pay respect to their elders past, present and emerging.
Every part of Australia is Aboriginal country and every part of that country has a series of stories and experiences that are unique to that place. What connects all indigenous people is a strong connection to its natural environment, landscapes and past and future generations.
We will continue to listen and engage with the traditional owners throughout all phases of this project.