Key project manager leaves council

THE COUNCIL'S special driving-the-economy project team has met a hiccup with its economic development manager, Andrew Jackson, moving to the North Burnett Regional Council.

But CEO Andrew Brien promises Mr Jackson will be replaced and says he's boosted the team to five.

“The changes will mean that the five-member team will follow projects from their inception to implementation,” Mr Brien said.

“Under this plan the projects will be project-managed by the team as they make their way through council.

“These changes will help to ensure that the council is able to quickly respond to new projects and have all the relevant staff in the room to progress projects as they arise.

“It shows that we are serious about economic development, its importance for the region to continue to grow and to create sustainable business opportunities.”

The council's Strategic and Organisational Services chair, Councillor Gerard O'Connell, said yesterday that he heard “every day from people wanting our council to take the lead in economic development”.

“Those councils that trumpet economic development like Brisbane and Ipswich achieve a lot. We endorsed our economic development strategy last year and I don't want to see it rest on a shelf. It's time to get on with it and council's moves in our economic development committee are welcome.”

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