EDITORIAL: The confirmation that retailer Spotlight is coming to Hervey Bay with 30 jobs in tow is another exciting piece of news for our region.
It confirms again that we have a strong future.
We mustn't underestimate the good news that we've had in our region in recent times, as tremendous steps forward have been taken.
Stockland has brought a raft of new jobs and shops and Spotlight will do the same.
And let's not forget the numbers employed after the reopening of the Beach House Hotel and the coming employment opportunities when the new St Stephen's Hospital opens its door.
There are more businesses waiting in the wings, with announcements likely in the days ahead.
This is a region forecast for dramatic growth and big players in the retail market are taking that forecast very seriously.
It's good to see that we are seen as "doors open" community to the right kinds of businesses.
This should be good news for existing businesses as well. With more people working, more money is spread across the community.
We still have a high unemployment rate but the region's future looks promising.
Let's hope we keep hearing positive announcements.