The Moreton Bay region is one of the fastest growing economies in Australia and is the third largest local government area by population in Australia behind Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The region is home to a diverse range of settlements including rural, urban and bayside communities, each with its own characteristics and strong sense of identity.
Manufacturing and Construction - The two largest export sectors for the Moreton Bay region are manufacturing and construction, which together account for 54 per cent of the region's $5.6 billion exports.
Key drivers for these sectors are the availability of high quality affordable industrial, commercial and retail sites across the region's key employment locations, including Brendale, Burpengary, Caboolture, Clontarf, Lawnton, Narangba, Northeast Business Park (North Harbour) and North Lakes.
Agribusiness - The Moreton Bay region also has strong agriculture, forestry and ﬁshing sectors. The agribusiness sector contributes
$347 million in sales and employs over 1700 people in the region. Moreton Bay strawberry sales contribute $46 million to the local economy and is one of Australia's largest berry growing regions.
Tourism - Each year, the Moreton Bay region attracts more than 2.9 million visitors from around the world, spending over $670 million in the local economy and providing over 8500 direct and indirect jobs from tourism. By 2019, this is expected to increase to
3.6 million visitors with an $810 million expenditure and 10,000 plus jobs.
The region boasts year-round offerings, from log ﬁres and whale watching in winter to
beaches, camping and festivals in summer. Local operators are working collaboratively to increase the number of events and attractions and position the region as a destination in its own right. There are 11 thriving precincts, each with its own distinct and unique personality, including the picturesque rural towns of Samford Valley and Dayboro; Woodford, home of the famous Woodford Folk Festival; and Bribie Island with its relaxed family beaches.
Food and Beverages - The food and beverage product manufacturing industry employs more than 970 people and contributes more than
$356 million in sales, with exports valued at
Other key sectors in the Moreton Bay region include: education and training; rental, hiring and real estate; and transport, postal and warehousing.
INNOVATIVE AND EMERGING INDUSTRIES
Education and Training - The education and training sector in the Moreton Bay region has signiﬁcant export growth potential. The development of a university precinct at The Mill Moreton Bay in 2020 is expected to strengthen Moreton Bay's position in Australia's education export sector.
Construction Technology - Innovation in construction technology development will also feature in future growth as the sector continues to supply construction and manufacturing capability and expertise to the wider Brisbane and South East Queensland region. Growth in the food sector and food innovation is also strong.
The Moreton Bay region is strategically located in South East Queensland north of Brisbane, with direct access to world-class export infrastructure including the Port of Brisbane, Australia TradeCoast and the Brisbane domestic and international airports, enabling businesses to access both domestic and international markets with ease.
Moreton Bay Rail Link - The Moreton Bay Rail Link investment attraction offers signiﬁcant export potential. This major infrastructure project includes ﬁve new rail stations and precincts along the Moreton Bay rail line.
The Mill Precinct - The Mill Precinct at Moreton Bay is a world-class innovation and knowledge precinct. Over a 460-hectare footprint, the precinct will provide 204,000 square metres of commercial, retail, industry and mixed-use ﬂoor space and will create over 6000 high knowledge jobs.