Putting region on map is focus for council this year
IT IS shaping up to be a busy year for the North Burnett Regional Council.
Councillors and Mayor Don Waugh are looking forward to improving the region and drawing in new residents.
“There is so much positive stuff happening around the region,” CrWaugh told theCentral and North Burnett Times.
“We’ve got the Orange Festival this year, and Tastes of the Burnett. Tastes of the Burnett will be displaying what fruits and cropswe have, to encourage workers and also to promote the industry as a whole.”
Another initiative for this year still in the planning stages is Our Futures Program which looks to be held mid-year.
“It will be a promotion of our industry, our strengths, and areas we are going to build our economy on... to showcase what we have in the region,” Cr Waugh said.
“The more we are able to get people to see what we have on offer here, the better it is for the region. Wewant to encourage families to come and live here.
“The major thing we need here is population, and to get population you need industry.”
A main priority for North Bur- nett Regional Council is to protect the local agricultural industry.
“Mining isn’t here forever, (but) farming is, if it’s looked after,” he said.
“It’s up to us to make sure the government recognises agriculture as vital for the community and the state. We need agriculture to develop to the extent where it can drive our economy.”
FUTUREPLANNING: MayorDonWaugh and councillor JohnBowendiscuss howto improve the North Burnett.