Sun shines, but not for the young

The Sunshine Coast is a great place to live, but not if you are a young adult looking for work or fun after hours, Melissa Halsey says.



The Sunshine Coast: an amazing place to grow up, an amazing place to raise a family and an amazing place to retire in.

But what can it offer for young adults? The truth is, not a whole lot.

In reality, the Sunshine Coast is actually quite boring and lacking opportunity for those aged 18-30.

Getting a dinner booking after 8.30pm is impossible because kitchens are closed by then, and that is just the beginning of our problems. If you head down to Caloundra the one trendy bar there has a midnight licence, a time many big city goers are only just beginning to surface out of their pre-drinking antics.

What does this mean for us? If we want to continue our night in Caloundra our options are limited to going and joining the oldies in the pokies at the local RSL.

Alternatively, you can spend $60 on a cab to Maroochydore, another $60 home, and before you know it you can’t even afford groceries for the week.

If you do happen to head to the more central area of the Sunshine Coast, once again you are limited when it comes to looking for a decent night club. You have one, maybe two, maybe even three options depending on what your definition of a ‘night club’ is.

(Side note: Don’t go on a Friday night, there will only be about 20 others there.)

All leisure aside, even when it comes down to the jobs available or the money that can be made on the Sunshine Coast, it definitely does not compensate for the lack of “fun” available.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the average household income on the Coast is $52,520, which is more than $12,000 less than the overall average for Queensland. Statistics also show the rent and mortgage prices are then higher than the overall average of Queensland.

In short, the pay is lower and the rent is higher. The opportunities for a corporate level job on the Coast is also harder due to the high number of small businesses here.

Getting ahead as a young person on the Sunshine Coast is hard, it’s no wonder so many people decide to leave.

One of the biggest problems with the Sunshine Coast is it’s a “who you know” town, not what you know. Getting a job relies on you being well networked in the right industry. Which makes it even harder for those who didn’t grow up or study here.

The Sunshine Coast could be a great place for young adults, but only if you enjoy spending large amounts of money to go to clubs that are lacking in so many areas they should just be called a “meeting place for drunk people”, have parents willing to cover your home loan deposit and know people in the right business to get you ahead in a job.

You live here for the laid-back beach lifestyle, not if you are looking for a career.

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