All aboard BIEDO bus to tackle region's economic future
SHOCKING employment statistics and projects boosting the economy were two of the topics discussed on BIEDO's latest bus trip.
BIEDO took a busload of North and South Burnett business owners, council and industry representatives to join 200 forum attendees to hear about the latest economic developments in the Wide Bay Burnett on October 11.
The bus made several stops throughout the Burnett along the way to the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Council's Regional Economic Development Growth Forum in Bundaberg.
BIEDO CEO Kristy Frahm said there were 18 people on the bus, including a combination of business, department and industry representatives from AgForce, QRIDA and Ken Mills Toyota.
"The great benefit of the bus is the conversations that we were able to have, particularly on the way home," Ms Frahm said.
"It's great to hear everyone else's perspectives on the day."
At the forum it was announced that the Wide Bay Burnett had the nation's highest level of recorded unemployment.
"While the data and statistics were presented, people are immediately looking to what are some potential solutions or ways to address that data," Ms Frahm said.
The forum itself was a good opportunity to get the big picture of the Wide Bay Burnett region and the projects already under way to secure future economic opportunities.
"I learned a lot of new things about projects happening beyond the Wide Bay Burnett and it was also lovely to hear updates about the ones that are happening within our regions too," Ms Frahm said.
Ms Frahm said her take-home message was the need for measured and decisive leadership.
The forum included industry speakers who shared about Swickers upgrades, Cherbourg's recycling facility, the Biggenden Saleyards expansion, the Royal Flying Doctor's Service's new Aero Medical Hub, securing the ex-HMAS Tobruk shipwreck and the GMG's opportunities with defence projects.
"It's a wonderful example of the collaboration happening at so many different levels," Ms Frahm said.
Government projects were also discussed, including the Bruce Highway realignment, additions to the Bundaberg Hospital and other projects to boost the Wide Bay Burnett's economy.