Roads, Economic Growth Are Top Priorities
Nanango's CBD upgrade prompted concerns the community hadn't been sufficiently informed about the project; Mayor Keith Campbell says communication and engagement is one of five key election issues that will be addressed by the new Council
April 20, 2016
Mayor Keith Campbell
The top five areas the South Burnett Regional Council will focus on in this term are roads, economic development, water security, value for money and communication and engagement with the community.
South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell told Wednesday’s Council meeting these were the major issues raised by residents during the March council elections.
Delivering his Economic Development portfolio report, Mayor Campbell said:
- A region-wide “Shop Local” campaign is currently being developed and will commence in the second half of the year
- Two recent training programs for local businesses had been well received by those who took part in them
- Three tourism workshops funded through the Tourism Industry Capability Program will be run this month for event organisers and tourism operators
- Commercial photographer Cory Rossiter has been engaged to create a regional image library over the next few months
- The South Burnett will exhibit at Regional Flavours in Brisbane again this year, and local chef Jason Ford has been engaged for the promotion
- A mini Visitor Information Centre has been completed at Yallakool Tourist Park with the aim of extending visitor stays
- Discussions with Central Queensland University about establishing a study hub in the region are progressing
- A recent meeting of the Agricultural Reference Group highlighted water and enhanced supply chains as priority areas for future growth
- The SBRC will be applying for extra telecommunications sites under Round 2 of the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program to further improve mobile and broadband coverage
- Councillors completed an intensive induction program lead by CEO Gary Wall over the last week to get an understanding of Council’s operations, as well as their roles and responsibilities
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The Mayor noted Council was now three-quarters of the way through the current financial year, and had made a number of significant achievements so far.
These included getting a new operator for the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital in a way that minimised risk to ratepayers, and starting an apprenticeship and trainee program through the State Government’s First Start program to help the region’s youth.
Other highlights included developing a draft Planning Scheme for the region, which is currently being reviewed by the State Government; upgrading the region’s former landfills to Waste Transfer Stations ahead of schedule; and delivering multi-million dollar capital works and maintenance programs for roads, water, waste water, property and parks.