FCRC Mayor Gerard O'Connell.
FCRC Mayor Gerard O'Connell. Alistair Brightman

Mayor enthusiastic about area's financial prospects

"WE HAVE come a long way in the last couple of years."

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell was enthusiastic as he discussed the financial prospects of the Fraser Coast at the council meeting in Maryborough.

Cr O'Connell announced the Economic Development Action Plan, which is designed to set out a strategy for the next 12 months for the council to create jobs, maintain business and population growth and have a sustainable and diverse economy.

"We have released the Action Plan so residents and business can see where we are heading and how we plan to measure our successes," he said.

"Economic development is a partnership. The council can provide leadership and direction; facilitate a balance between regulation and development and form partnerships with business and governments to attract business and development."

Cr O'Connell said it was important for the Fraser Coast not to be too reliant on tourism.

"While tourism will remain a key economic driver, we have to develop a diverse economy. Fundamental to achieving this objective will be to strategically target high impact industries including: health, education, manufacturing and services, aviation and mining supported by strong tourism and construction industries."



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