PLAN­NING FOR THE BUR­NETT’S FU­TURE

Coun­cil­lors and may­ors map out their next steps

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Philippe Coquerand philippe.coquerand@cnbtimes.com.au

THIS week the Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia Wide Bay Bur­nett com­mit­tee came to Mun­dub­bera for its quar­terly meet­ing.

The aim of the meet­ing was to dis­cuss is­sues close to the hearts of res­i­dents and to en­sure a solid un­der­stand­ing was es­tab­lished within the North Bur­nett re­gion.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Scott Rowe said the meet­ing was suc­cess­ful and now it was time to take it to the gov­ern­ment.

“We spoke about wa­ter se­cu­rity and freight and lo­gis­ti­cal is­sues in re­gards to the citrus sea­son,” Mr Rowe said.

“It’s im­por­tant we have these quar­terly meet­ings as they al­low us to un­der­stand the prob­lems fac­ing re­gional Queens­land.

“It’s all about col­lab­o­ra­tion and a func­tion­ing gov­ern­ment that is ded­i­cated to solv­ing is­sues.”

Bund­aberg mayor Jack Dempsey, along with Fraser Coast mayor Chris Loft, RDA Chair­man Bill Trevor and North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil mayor Rachel Cham­bers were all present at the meet­ing, which was held in Mun­dub­bera.

At­ten­dees fo­cused on em­ploy­ment in the North Bur­nett.

“We toured the Smart Berries fa­cil­i­ties which is a vi­tal part of the North Bur­nett, like­wise with the new hos­tel open­ing up, more work­ers will be em­ployed and that’s very good news for the town,” Mr Rowe said.

Cr Cham­bers said it was to bring all lev­els of gov­ern­ment to the re­gion.

“Our coun­cil has a very good re­la­tion­ship with our RDA coun­ter­parts and we are in reg­u­lar con­tact for ad­vice, di­rec­tion and sup­port with var­i­ous ideas and projects,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“At the meet­ing I spoke about road­blocks to our eco­nomic growth which in­cluded wa­ter avail­abil­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity, trans­port lo­gis­tics, a stag­nant pop­u­la­tion and lack of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in the re­gion.”

The next RDA meet­ing will be held in Bund­aberg some­time in Au­gust.

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