Get to know one of Australia’s fastest-growing economies: The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is Australia’s sixth largest city and one of its fastest growing. With GDP (Gross Region Product) estimated to be more than $35 billion, with a five year average annual growth rate of 4.4 per cent and a multi-cultural population of 590,000 people.

Projected to be home to approximately one million people by 2050. Queensland’s second city is quickly maturing into a place of broad opportunity and rich experiences. Matthew Schneider Director of Urbis Gold Coast, has some of the deepest insights into the market.

In this Lean In, Matthew will share his insights into his interpretation of the vision for the Gold Coast, the local market sentiment, how the current and incoming pipeline of work is tracking and the growth opportunities to come.

This Lean In is a must for any practice that would like to win a slice of the pie in the upcoming work on the Gold Coast.

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Matthew Schneider leads Urbis’ Gold Coast office. He is a respected town planning consultant, strategic advisor and project director, with strong communication and negotiation skills. Matthew’s work is focused on the Gold Coast, but extends across Queensland and New South Wales.

He works with private sector clients and government authorities and he regularly appears as an expert in the Queensland Planning and Environment Court. Matthew is an active participant in industry debate, policy development and events, he has secured approvals for a range of mixed use, residential, tourism, retail and industry projects on the Gold Coast.

Matthew presently leads the consultant team working with the Destination Gold Coast Consortium to secure approval for the development of a world-class integrated resort at Jupiters Island, Broadbeach.