Our solution addresses a key priority in the Economic Development Strategy
We have a huge problem that nobody seems to want to talk about: Limited Economic Diversity, Poor Wages, and Low Productivity.
Our district has an over-reliance on tourism and related businesses. More than 50% of the businesses in our district provide tourism-related services or rely directly on tourism for their existence.
As a result, our region has high employment rates but low wages; a recipe that’s magnified the affordable housing crisis we are seeing today. It is the crux of our economic productivity challenge.
The current QLDC Economic Development Strategy has defined the development of our knowledge and innovation business sectors as a key priority to address this risk.
The chart below, from the plan, summarizes the priorities and aspirations adopted by the council in 2015.
Startup Queenstown Lakes (SQL) proudly submitted on 12 April, 2019 to QLDC a focused, achievable plan to continue our work to tackle this strategic priority. Our submission develops our economic infrastructure, spurred by a well supported and organized entrepreneurial ecosystem across our district.
You can download the submission to read it in its entirety.
How can you help?
Quite simply, the best thing you can do is contact our Mayor, Jim Boult, members of QLDC staff, and the counselors themselves to advocate for our plan to be fully supported. Here’s a list of their bios and email addresses.
Let them know you believe it is critical that QLDC’s investment in economic infrastructure receives the same priority of investment as our physical infrastructure and that Startup Queenstown Lake’s submission is a step forward in that direction. Both have been under-resourced for far too long. Our future needs a productive and sustainable economy, and this has to be planned for and invested in, just as roads and water infrastructure are important.
Thank you for your support.