Fraser Coast councillor Gerard O’Connell.
Fraser Coast councillor Gerard O’Connell.

Concept creates economic benefits

FRASER Coast businesspeople were yesterday invited to jump on board an ambitious new economic development strategy.

While the Centre for Economic Development and Enterprise was not a name that grabbed attention, Fraser Coast councillor Gerard O’Connell told the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce breakfast yesterday, the concept had the potential to create huge economic benefits for our region.

“This is an exciting new adventure for the Fraser Coast region,” Mr O’Connell said.

“It’s about a number of organisations interested in improving the economic viability of the region coming together under the umbrella of the University of Southern Queensland.”

The $140,000-a-year plan has been given the go-ahead by USQ, which has committed $90,000.

The Fraser Coast council has stepped in with $50,000, the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce has set aside $10,000 and two Maryborough businesses have chipped in $1000.

Mr O’Connell, the chair of the council’s economic development portfolio, yesterday encouraged more businesspeople to throw their support behind the initiative.

“From Torquay to Tiaro, from Bauple to Brooweena and from Tinana to Tinnanbar, this has got to be a regional thing,” he said.

He said the main work at the centre would involve interaction with other agencies in the region.

“It’s also good because it’s a professorial chair. My vision is that he or she will come from a business background, obviously with qualifications.

“Businesses are committing serious money into this and they’re not doing it for personal gain or satisfaction.

“They’re doing it make the region more prosperous.”



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