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FCO general manager to resign once funding is secured

FRASER Coast Opportunities' interim general manager Leigh Bennett will relinquish his role at the entity as it approaches a funding renewal.

After the resignation of David Spear as general manager in March last year, Mr Bennett was tasked with calming and growing the entity.

At the end of June 30 this year the "safe pair of hands" is expected to hand over the role.

"I initially came in for around six months but will have completed 14 months on June 30th and that will be it, with hopefully a stable and robust organisation in place," he said.

"I won't continue nor will I leave it abruptly if it needs some extra help in the short term changeover."

Recruiting a new general manager and the future of the entity will hinge on Fraser Coast councillors extending the funding to the organisation before it expires on June 30.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council injects about $2.5 million annually into FCO along with about $500,000 from Tourism and Events Queensland.

 Mr Bennett has urged the councillors to look at FCO's achievements and endorse a funding extension to the entity when the new council is formed after the March 19 elections.

"Before FCO existed major events, Visitor Information Centres, tourism destination marketing and economic development were all being managed or conducted by either council or the previous tourism body," Mr Bennett said.

"My expectation is that a rational decision would be made to have the optimum model to keep these going.

"FCO's cost base is lower and wages below those in local government, so it is able to be more nimble and efficient."
 

Topics:  economic development fraser coast opportunities fraser coast regional council leigh bennett tourism



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