Fraser Coast Opportunties needs to refocus: Rolf Light
ROLF Light is the latest councillor to question the work of the region's peak tourism and economic body Fraser Coast Opportunities.
Cr Light said he did support their work but pushed for more focus on small business.
His comments echo fellow councillor Chris Loft's sentiments that the organisation had been too tourism focused.
"With $48,000 a week of ratepayers' money, they're not above being scrutinised," he said.
"I've received concerns from different elements of the community.
"I am concerned about their lack of focus on small business and primary producers."
But Cr Light said he remained confident the FCO board and the council would continue to work together to achieve results.
However FCO general manager David Spear said in a recent meeting between the FCO board and the council, all councillors expressed their support.
"We have the unanimous support from council," he said.
Mr Spear said the council had their opportunity to review FCO's strategic and annual plans.
"I have a high degree of confidence that Fraser Coast Opportunities will continue to deliver in all areas," Mr Spear said.
"Any small businesses wishing to have assistance have an open invitation to contact Fraser Coast Opportunities' economic development staff."
Mr Spear thought the criticism of FCO was mostly politically motivated.
"I'd like to spend the dominant amount of my time doing good things for the region," he said. "Rather than continually being distracted by politicians throwing marbles under your feet."
Councillor for Tourism and Events, Darren Everard supports FCO, but agreed there should be more focus on small business.
Cr Everard said he was sick of the discussion and wanted to get on with bringing events and people to the region.
"We've got 52 weeks of the year and I'd like to see 26 of them filled up with events," he said.