Opinion

Fraser Coast Opportunities offers much

EDITORIAL: The handing down of the council budget appears to have been a fiery affair punctuated by a moment of sheer silliness.

It was the call to deconstruct Fraser Coast Opportunities. In truth, it was a waste of breath that was never going to produce a meaningful result.

The claim that winding up FCO would save $700,000 a year was fanciful to say the least.

Fraser Coast Opportunities exists.

It will not go away, nor should it.

Much of the money that funds it has come from finances used for tourism, business and events in previous identities.

Is anyone seriously suggesting that these things are not important?

Do we genuinely believe that such a body is not vital to the area if we are to survive and knock down our escalating unemployment numbers?

FCO has become an easy target if you want make a noise about nothing.

Few understand that it began with no infrastructure and has grown fairly rapidly to a point where it is now showing some positive results. And it must be allowed to continue.

Its doors are open to businesses who want to have a go at expanding, creating income-boosting events or forging partnerships with like-minded operations.

It's time to grow up. Let's stop the knocking and see how FCO can function with a united council behind it.

Topics:  budget, fraser coast opportunities, fraser coast regional council



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