Plan for grow­ing the shire

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

THE Balonne Shire Coun­cil’s adop­tion of a four-year eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment plan places its fo­cus on four eco­nomic pil­lars – sheep and cat­tle graz­ing; grain and cot­ton; hor­ti­cul­ture; and tourism and events.

Mayor Richard Marsh said the new eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment plan would be used by the coun­cil to en­hance the vi­brancy, live­abil­ity and eco­nomic sus­tain­abil­ity of the shire’s com­mu­ni­ties.

“This is a very im­por­tant doc­u­ment which will drive coun­cil’s de­ci­sions on de­vel­op­ment in our shire,” Cr Marsh said.

“Sus­tain­abil­ity is key to our com­mu­ni­ties sur­viv­ing and thriving and this plan will aid coun­cil plan­ning to drive growth in the four eco­nomic pil­lars.

“Our shire is strate­gi­cally in a great po­si­tion to build on what we do best and nur­ture new in­dus­tries in our re­gion.

“If we can boost in­dus­try, we will boost em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, which in turn will bring more peo­ple to our towns.

“Coun­cil has an im­por­tant role to play in en­sur­ing our com­mu­ni­ties grow and this plan will help us achieve that goal,” he said.

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