Fraser Coast Opporunties general manager David Spear is urging residents to sign a petition to make job creation and economic security key election commitments.
Fraser Coast Opporunties general manager David Spear is urging residents to sign a petition to make job creation and economic security key election commitments. Valerie Horton

Sign petition for job creation and economic security

FRASER Coast residents are being urged to petition Federal Election candidates to make job creation and economic security key election commitments.

The campaign is being spearheaded by Fraser Coast Opportunities, the region's new peak body for regional marketing, investment attraction and event and tourism development.

FCO general manager David Spear said with unemployment at almost 10%, there was one big question Fraser Coast voters needed to ask in the lead-up to the September election.

"What are our candidates doing to create jobs and secure our economic future?" he said.

Mr Spear said FCO was meeting and petitioning federal election candidates to confirm their support for three priority economic development projects which were forecast to create more than 4000 new jobs and lift the local economy by $600 million.

The priority projects are a Fly In Fly Out Aviation Industry and Employment Precinct, the Mary River Marine Industry and Employment Precinct and the Fraser Coast Sport and Recreation Event Precinct.

"We urge residents to join with us and sign a special online petition to show candidates that jobs and the economy are key election issues for our region," he said.

"A petition is a fantastic way for the community to unite and demand action.

"We want to know we have support from candidates for what translates to jobs and sensible economic management.

"As well as adding to the diversity of industry in the region, these projects will assist in targeting the gap between population growth and the number of jobs available."

The online petition can be viewed and signed at www.frasercoastopportunities.com.au.



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