OPINION: Sometimes the perks are necessary

EVERY job has perks.

For a journalist it can be the free food at an event you are covering and for a councillor or council CEO, from the looks of it, a trip to the Whitsundays.

Today's article on page 4 will no doubt bring doubters out from the woodwork about the necessity of Fraser Coast Council CEO Lisa Desmond and councillor Stuart Taylor's trip up north, but there's a few things to remember.

Our community is on the brink of a brand new industry arriving, one with the potential to bring in millions of dollars to local businesses.

When that first P&O cruise ship arrives in April, our representatives and leaders need to be prepared to develop relationships to help this industry flourish and continue.

The cost of wages, flights and accommodation for Ms Desmond and Cr Taylor will pale in comparison to the opportunities presented.

I don't doubt that Ms Desmond and Cr Taylor brought back valuable information and experience on the processes involved with welcoming cruise ships.

Our council should be doing everything they can to foster relationships with cruise companies.

Even if it does include the odd trip to the Whitsundays.

Just one of the perks of their jobs.

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