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Help create a regional economic roadmap

11 February, 2019

A new roadmap to guide the Fraser Coast’s future economic development to 2030 is being drawn.

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the Council was committed to growing the region.

“We’re seeing some positive green shoots- we’ve attracted some big businesses to our region and the health care and social services sector is employing more and more people,” he said.

“We need to ensure that we are building better communities through our Economic Roadmap, which is a blueprint for the future and highlights Council’s commitment to bringing jobs here and growing our economy, especially through working in partnership with other levels of government. 

“As part of the development of the Roadmap, Council staff are consulting extensively with community, business, industry and government groups. The feedback will help shape the Roadmap and ensure community views on development and our future prosperity are considered.”

Cr Seymour said the next consultation phase involved an online survey which was open to everyone. 

“Council wants to grow and diversify our economic base and harness the region’s competitive advantages. There is room to grow our traditional industries as well as attract new industries,” he said.

“Great examples in Maryborough are Hyne Timber which has started to build a new glue laminating plant that uses cutting edge technology to create new products for the building industry, as well as the Rheinmetall/NIOA munitions factory, while in Hervey Bay, Astro Aero is developing an aircraft manufacturing plant.

“There are other new innovative industries and products that could be attracted to the region as well as developed to grow our economic base.

 “While Council has an important role to play we cannot do it alone. 

“The Roadmap will also outline how other levels of government, business and industry groups can work together to plan and facilitate economic development. 

Information on the Economic Roadmap and an opportunity to provide feedback will be available on the Have Your Say page of Council’s website  from Monday, February 11.

Submissions close at 5pm on Monday, February 25.