Hope for jobs in Howard if Power Park is closed by council
A HOWARD community group is calling on the Fraser Coast Regional Council to create jobs if Power Park is closed for effluent water dumping.
The council is pushing to acquire the park from the state government to close and turn it into an area to dump treated water from a new Howard sewerage treatment plant.
Burrum District Community Centre president Faye Whiffen hoped jobs would be created if the park was to close.
"One job in Hervey Bay is a drop in the ocean but out here it would do wonders for the community," she said.
"Hopefully to offset the closure of the park some jobs will be created."
Fraser Coast Regional Council chief executive officer Lisa Desmond confirmed the Howard sewerage treatment plant would create work equivalent to one full-time employee.
"The greatest benefit in terms of jobs growth is private investment opportunities," she said.
"Howard has struggled in attracting new business and industry due to the limitations of the existing treatment plant."
The new treatment plant will provide for 114 commercial properties being able to be connected to the sewerage network.
"This will allow for a motel to be established in Howard and will assist in attracting business and industry to Howard thereby creating jobs," Ms Desmond added.
"In addition the new treatment plant will cater for the 212 RV central facilities, 47 independent living units and a 75 bed aged care facility which will create 237 FTE (jobs) during construction periods and many on-going jobs."