Extra funds explained for Fraser Coast Opportunities

THE council has further explained how Fraser Coast Opportunities will be funded - and the body's new chief has supplied more details of its structure.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the existing $1.65 million budget for events, marketing, visitor information centre management, economic development and tourism would be coupled with an additional $500,000.

"The extra $500,000 a year to help the entity establish itself is only for three years," Cr O'Connell said.

"This is to promote the region for all industry sectors and to attract investment and development to the region."

Cr O'Connell said FCO would also need to secure revenue from other sources.

FCO general manager David Spear said the new body would have 22 full-time equivalent staff.

He said the workforce would be made up of Tourism Fraser Coast staff, once it is dissolved in September, council staff and new employees.

Some employees were taking redundancies or being redeployed with the council.

"FCO is governed by a board of directors, consisting of mostly private sector representatives in addition to the mayor and CEO ," Mr Spear said.

Fraser Coast Opportunities structure

  • Tourism development 5 full-time equivalent positions
  • Marketing 6 FTE
  • Events 5.5 FTE
  • Investment attraction 3 FTE
  • General manager 1 FTE
  • Office manager and administration 2.6 FTE


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