Businesses back CEDE plan at USQ

THE DETERMINATION to set up a centre for economic development and enterprise at the Hervey Bay campus of USQ is gaining momentum with two businesses moving quickly to back the lead shown by the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce.

Mango 4 Office Technology and Toast Coffee Shop have each contributed $500 to a corporate fund set up by the Maryborough Chamber, which has committed $10,000 over three years to the CEDE plan.

The University of Southern Queensland has set aside $90,000 to put a professorial chair into place at the centre, with the Fraser Coast Regional Council following with $25,000 over three years.

The CEDE plan is part of the council’s economic development strategy, launched last month.

“I believe ratepayers have a real possibility of getting bang for their buck,” said councillor Gerard O’Connell.

“I would encourage people to do what Maryborough Chamber of Commerce has done.”

Mr O’Connell, who holds the council’s economic development portfolio, is “pushing to get this person appointed because success breeds success”.

David Dwyer of Mango 4 believes the university plan is too good not to take up.

“Otherwise they will go elsewhere.

“The university is very important. It adds tremendous depth to our area and our area needs that depth.”

The corporate fund will be launched at next Tuesday’s breakfast meeting of the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce.

The professor, when appointed, will interact with Fraser Coast agencies and organisations in a far-seeing move to create employment by investment in the region.



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