Knowledge, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Priority Industry

It begins with education. Grows with purpose-built innovation hubs. Then cements leadership through a supportive community of entrepreneurs.

Moreton Bay has become an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship.  

The Moreton Bay suburb of Brendale is a well-established industrial precinct that has been named one of the top 10 places to work in the greater region.   

Its credentials are buoyed by smart city infrastructure, high productivity, a sustainability focus and easy logistics and market access.  

While Brendale is infamous for breeding manufacturing leaders, the state’s high-value, emerging industries are breathing a new technological focus into this established hub.  

Moreton Bay’s emerging industries include aerospace, biomedical, biofutures, defence, food and beverage, vehicle manufacturing, mining technology, precision agriculture, rail manufacturing, renewables and resource recovery sector. 

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Australia’s newest and most innovative university campus

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Innovation hub twice the size of Brisbane’s CBD

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Connection to Queensland’s fastest telecommunications and data point

Why Moreton Bay?

Moreton Bay’s key advantages:

  • High speed telecommunications and digital connectivity
  • Dynamic education sector for skilled workforce
  • Dedicated knowledge and innovation precincts
  • High investment into emerging technologies and R&D
  • Established business community and collaboration network
  • Support for start-ups and scale-up opportunities
  • State-of-the-art research facilities

Dedicated knowledge and innovation hubs

With land available at affordable prices and two greenfield projects being paved as future entrepreneurship hubs, Moreton Bay’s strengths in knowledge and innovation are set to boom.

The Mill at Moreton Bay is the largest greenfield development in Australia, earmarked as a landmark knowledge and innovation precinct that will be twice the size of Brisbane's CBD. It is already home to the $150 million first stage of the USC Moreton Bay, Australian's newest and most innovative full-service university campus. Upon completion, it is projected to stimulate $813 million annually for the regional economy and generate more than 8,600 jobs.

Futuristic education to build a highly skilled workforce

Grace Lutheran College is a prime example of how Moreton Bay’s deliberate focus on innovation extends into multiple facets of the community.

All students in Year 7 and above study a range of science, technology, engineering and robotic programs that focus on future technology and practical work skills.

The innovation ecosystem is extended into the community through Innovate Moreton Bay, a program that aims to facilitate a range of learning and education opportunities to assist in the development of innovators and entrepreneurs.

Moreton Bay is home to two TAFE precincts and a campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

Modern data infrastructure drives digital transformation and connectivity

Business investors in Moreton Bay will reap the market-opening benefits of high-speed and reliable data connectivity without the associated capital investment and high operating costs. 

The $10 million Helios Project by Titan Fibre Networks will see neutral cable operator Torus Networks create a 140km backbone of dark fibre cable running through the Moreton Bay Region. The cable links to Queensland’s fastest international data and telecommunications point, connecting economic hot spots such as The Mill at Moreton Bay, Caboolture and North Lakes, directly to global markets. 

The Moreton Bay Region is also primed to secure multiple data centres supporting new industry development and business growth to 2041. These facilities will support artificial intelligence, cloud computing and web-based services, vital tools in the digital transformation of many businesses. 

By 2026, Deloitte Access Economics forecasts there will be over 1.1 million technology workers in Australia. The Moreton Bay Region will provide the technological infrastructure to support South East Queensland businesses as they grow and connect to the world.  

Brighter businesses

Tourism, sport and major event businesses that choose to call Moreton Bay home. 

Jesi Case Study

Moreton Bay has the highest concentration of Smart Cities Certified Practitioners. They are working with solutions around smart parking, smart LED street lighting, road flood monitoring and environmental sensing.