The City Leaders Forum is a joint initiative between Griffith University and YP Gold Coast showcasing the people in our city, who are driving innovation and change within the business community.
Frustrated by the lack of soul in Queensland’s beer landscape, Gold Coaster Peta Fielding and her Hawaiian brew-master husband found the inspiration to establish Burleigh Brewing.
The business, which arguably pioneered the craft beer movement on the Gold Coast, has grown significantly over the past 10 years, converting its original site into a warehouse while the brewing and packaging operation, along with a taphouse, set up shop just down the road.
Fielding, who is set to speak at the City Leaders Forum on November 11, says the Gold Coast is a great destination for innovation and entrepreneurship.
“The Gold Coast is a great place to have our business because we have all of the infrastructure that big cities have and we have the largest city in the state just up the road, but we get to enjoy much more of that village atmosphere and village lifestyle,” she says.
Fielding adds that there is so much to love about living and working on the Gold Coast.
“I think the Gold Coast’s greatest asset is its energy and that is a function of the place and the people,” she says.
“It just feels like a place where anything is possible. People are supported and encouraged to give things a go and if they work, great, and if they don’t, try again.
“It (the Gold Coast) really has an amazing feel about it and I think that is its unique selling point.”
Since its inception, Burleigh Brewing has been honoured with a number of business and brewing awards including Gold Coast Business of the Year in 2014.
Along with leading the Burleigh Brewing team to success, Fielding sits on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Board.
Fielding is one of five panelists at this year’s City Leaders Forum, hosted by Young Professionals Gold Coast.
She will be joined by Mark Peters (CEO of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation), Bob East (CEO of ASX-listed Mantra Group), Marion Charlton (COO Gold Coast Airport) and Professor Ian O’Connor (Vice Chancellor of Griffith University).