David Spear says it's disappointing, with less than three weeks to polling day, the community has heard nothing about what candidates intend to do to help the region tackle its jobs crisis.
David Spear says it's disappointing, with less than three weeks to polling day, the community has heard nothing about what candidates intend to do to help the region tackle its jobs crisis. Valerie Horton

Fraser Coast Opportunities boss wants 'specific plans'

FRASER Coast Opportunities general manager David Spear has called on the Hinkler and Wide Bay candidates to produce a "specific plan" to create jobs in the region.

Mr Spear said it was disappointing with less than three weeks to polling day the community had heard nothing about what candidates intend to do to help the region tackle its jobs crisis.

"We've presented them with projects that are ready to go and could create more than 4000 new jobs and lift the local economy by $600 million," he said.

"Candidates have generally been supportive of the projects, but no 'formal' commitments have been made to formalise support."

The priority projects include a Fly In Fly Out Aviation Industry and Employment Precinct, Mary River Marine Precinct and the Fraser Coast Sport and Recreation Event Precinct.

"All the federal candidates have identified that jobs are an important priority but none have been able to detail specific local plans on where those jobs will come from," he said.

"If they have no capacity to commit to real jobs in our area then we would wonder why we're actually voting for them to deliver on their pledge to deliver jobs and improving our economy."

Palmer United Party candidates Rob Messenger and Steve Anderson said they would both support the projects.

"I gave a commitment that I was personally in support of these projects," Mr Messenger said.

"I'm meeting with Clive this weekend and I've given him my commitment that these funding commitments are going to be on the table when Palmer United draws up its final election budget."

LNP candidate for Hinkler Keith Pitt said he would back the project if the community supported it.

"Local jobs are my top priority, and I am happy to back proposals that are supported by the community and have passed the relevant assessment processes," he said.

Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss encouraged the Fraser Coast Council to take the projects through the Regional Development Australia process, to have them assessed for funding.

"My priority is to restore a strong economy to our region, to support jobs and ensure that every local household and business has the opportunity to share in our nation's prosperity," he said.

ALP candidate for Hinkler Leanne Donaldson said she would meet with Fraser Coast Opportunities and the Mayor to discuss the projects.

"If there's a way that I can commit to something that will bring more local jobs then I would work to do that," she said.

The Chronicle has attempted to contact Katter Party candidates.



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