Facilitator Mark Olsen talks with Bernie Halpin from Tasman Warajay, Peter Tracy from the resource sector and Mike Barry from MFS Sugar at the Regional Development Australia State of the Region Conference in the Hervey Bay RSL.
Facilitator Mark Olsen talks with Bernie Halpin from Tasman Warajay, Peter Tracy from the resource sector and Mike Barry from MFS Sugar at the Regional Development Australia State of the Region Conference in the Hervey Bay RSL. Alistair Brightman

Spotlight on need for growth at State of the Region meeting

FLY-IN, fly-out workers based on the Fraser Coast have been highlighted as a potential saving grace for the region, as the spotlight shines on the need for Wide Bay's economic growth.

The region's top thinkers, including local business representatives and council, put their heads together to discuss how to develop infrastructure and services to encourage new industries to relocate or expand in this region.

Acting Prime Minister and Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss visited Hervey Bay on Thursday to meet with businesses and councillors to discuss federal government investment in the Wide Bay Burnett.

Mr Truss, who is also the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, spoke at the Wide Bay Burnett State of the Region conference about how regional communities should be benefiting from recent nation-wide growth.

"The incoming coalition government has committed one billion dollars to our new national Stronger Regions Program," he said.

"Federal funding is available, there has certainly been funding provided to support the fly in fly out co-ordinator in this region."

Regional Development Australia WBB chair Grant Maclean said the conference was aimed at presenting a clear and united focus on the region's priorities, gaining a community perspective on regional opportunities and initiatives and determining how to measure the success of the region's growth and prosperity.



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