New jobs incentive from council

IF YOU can create jobs on the Fraser Coast, you can expect a windfall from the council.

That is the position of Mayor Gerard O'Connell, as he announced rebates of up to $100,000 for business developments which meet job creation targets.

"This is a call to arms to the development industry," Cr O'Connell said.

In order to be eligible for the rebates, the development must correspond to a commercial or industry use, and must be located in specific areas in either Maryborough or Hervey Bay.

There are also provisions allowing the rebates if the development is located in a commercial zone of a coastal or rural township.

Cr O'Connell said the applicant for the rebate must show the development would provide six new permanent, full time employees.

In the case of an existing small business who wishes to redevelop, they must create at least two more permanent, full time employees.

Daniel Poacher, president of the Fraser Coast Branch of the Urban Development Industry Association, welcomed the policy.

"This policy joins the council's existing infrastructure charges incentives, and along with the $12 million Building Better Regional Communities infrastructure program make the Fraser Coast one of the most attractive regions in Queensland for development," he said.

The existing infrastructure charges incentives have resulted in over $15 million in discounts for developers so far.

Cr O'Connell said the existing incentives and the new job creation rebates were proof the council was "open for business".

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