I am writing to commend Jenny Wagler for her column (Coast Reporter, April 2).
We very much need to do more to keep our young people on the Sunshine Coast - in fact, we need to attract even more talented and motivated people.
Economic development initiatives are the key way to do this - local businesses doing well and new businesses being attracted to the Coast create additional career opportunities. This leads to a more healthy, prosperous and sustainable community, providing a solid base for our children who want to make the Sunshine Coast their home.
I am pleased to advise that the Sunshine Coast Community Forest is moving forward on this front, with the announcement of the community forest economic opportunities fund. The fund will be used to foster economic development opportunities on the Coast. The board of directors are of the opinion that using the results of our economic success in this way is the best legacy the community forest can provide to the community.
In the coming months, we will be consulting with interested members of our community for advice and suggestions about how best to use the economic opportunities fund.
John R. Henderson
Chair, Sunshine Coast Community Forest