Childers’ de­vel­op­ment ‘ne­glected’

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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