Fraser Coast Council manager economic development Andrew Jackson and councillor Gerard O’Connell discuss the region’s future.
Fraser Coast Council manager economic development Andrew Jackson and councillor Gerard O’Connell discuss the region’s future. Alistair Brightman

Advisory committee means business

WITH a tap on the shoulder of Bill Gosewisch, Andrew Jackson decided to show the president of the Burrum and District Chamber of Commerce he meant business.

The formal morning launch of the council’s economic development strategy now a done deal, it was time for action.

Minutes later the first meeting of the advisory committee set up by the strategy started.

“The advisory group will bring the strategy to the table and work out what’s achievable in the next year,” economic development manager Andrew Jackson said.

“I hope to see the business and development communities support us. We don’t want it to be a shelf document.”

Among the strategy projects highlighted by Mr Jackson was a plan to create an industrial sector near the Bruce Highway with rail access.

He said the council would be working with the State Government to bring this forward.

A funding agreement with the Hervey Bay campus of USQ to turn it into a centre for economic development was also high on the list.

He also revealed that Complete Sports Marketing had been hired to identify national sports events that could be brought to the Fraser Coast by delivering a sports audit on the region.

CSC was instrumental in making Caloundra a home base for the Wallabies rugby team and also delivered an audit of sports venues in Lismore and Coffs Harbour.

“For example,” Gerard O’Connell said, “the Queensland Bulls could make the Fraser Coast a pre-season training base.”

Mr O’Connell chaired the inaugural meeting of the advisory committee which ran for more than an hour.

The advisory committee, which is set to meet monthly, includes Mick Kruger, mayor Fraser Coast; Andrew Brien, CEO Fraser Coast council; Andrew Jackson, manager economic development, Fraser Coast council; Damien Massingham, general manager Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism, Steve Dixon, David Rees, Lance Stone, Darryl Stewart, Bill Gosewisch, presidents chambers of commerce; Daniel Poacher, president UDIA Fraser Coast; Ken Stott, provost USQ; Trevor Schewenke, director Wide Bay TAFE; Bob Hockey, State Government representative; Grant McClean, RDA Wide Bay Burnett; Peter Gregory, executive officer, AIEM; Mike Barry, CEO Maryborough Sugar Factory; Paul Cotton, Fraser Coast Health Focus Group.



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