Meetings increase momentum
THE momentum gained from recent meetings with State Government representatives will be continued in Brisbane as the mayors of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils gather for more talks.
Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor and chair of WBBROC Cr Mal Forman said the recent Country Cabinet meeting and last week’s Regional Economic Development Growth Forum had raised the profile of many projects that were currently high priorities for WBBROC.
This meeting in Brisbane was to take the opportunity to meet with relevant ministers and their staff to discuss a fairly full agenda of issues.
“We also met with representatives from the LGAQ to flesh out a number of initiatives that are relevant to WBBROC, prior to meeting with government representatives,” Cr Forman said.
“There are a number of issues from an agricultural perspective, including the access to and cost of water, electricity prices and the potential for the use of unallocated state land.
“WBBROC is committed to improving communications throughout our regions and we will be discussing telecommunications black spots.
“Funding is always an important topic and we will be seeking to press our case for funds for a number of projects across the WBBROC territory.
“These include joint partnerships with indigenous communities, the future of the Port of Bundaberg and a Regional Innovation Centre.
“The Centre for Regional Innovation is a job creation project aimed at addressing the regions high unemployment, ageing population and limited opportunities for youth.”