Show­cas­ing Bur­nett

Putting re­gion on map is fo­cus for coun­cil this year

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Bran­don Livesay

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.”

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

FUTUREPLANNING: May­orDonWaugh and coun­cil­lor JohnBowendis­cuss howto im­prove the North Bur­nett.

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