Meet­ings in­crease mo­men­tum

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.”

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