Childers’ development ‘neglected’
Ren Cini We want more representation for our region on all the council sites.
CHILDERS Chamber of Commerce president Ren Cini says the region is being neglected across Bundaberg Regional Council websites, with fears the district could be missing out on development opportunities.
Mr Cini said a meeting last month with the council representative Cameron Bisley regarding industrial development land that was available in the region left a sour taste in his mouth.
“The council have an Invest Bundaberg website where an outsider, say a developer, would look at available industrial land and it shows absolutely nothing in Childers available – or Gin Gin for that matter,” he said.
“We contested that and he (Cameron Bisley) said our sites are not shovel ready.”
Divisional representative Tony Ricciardi said the council took its responsibility to promote industry development across the whole Bundaberg region seriously. “The Invest Bundaberg project, including the website, was a new initiative for council and we were keen to receive feedback from Childers Chamber of Commerce members on how it could be improved,” he said.
“Councillors present at the meeting and council staff presenting on the night welcomed the involvement of the Childers chamber in helping to ensure all strategic parcels of industrial land are listed on the Invest Bundaberg website.”
Mr Cini said the chamber felt, after it conducted an independent audit of the Invest Bundaberg website, that the site was favouring Bundaberg over Childers.
“We want more representation for our region on all the council sites,” he said.
“We just feel like we’re being left behind.”
Cr Ricciardi said since the last Childers chamber meeting, the council’s staff had been provided with information about available commercial and industrial land within the Childers area.
“We are currently seeking further information to ensure any suitable industrial properties can be appropriately listed and promoted,” he said.