FCRC Mayor Gerard O'Connell.
FCRC Mayor Gerard O'Connell. Alistair Brightman

Rewards for job-creation projects

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 met job creation targets.

"This is a call to arms to the development industry," he said.

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

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

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

In the case of an existing small business wanting to redevelop, it had to create at least two more permanent, full-time employees.

Daniel Poacher, president of the Fraser Coast Branch of the Urban Development Institute 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 had resulted in more than $15 million in discounts for developers so far. Cr O'Connell said the initiatives were proof the council was "open for business".

 

INCENTIVE FACTS

  • The policy is a one-off offer, with no extensions granted.
  • The jobs must be created by December 31 next year.
  • The rebate will be a 30% refund on infrastructure charges already paid, up to a maximum of $100,000.
  • While the target is permanent full-time jobs, there is provision for equivalent positions.


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