'New frontiers of prosperity', Mayor says
ENCOURAGING more mines, supporting start-up businesses, building the North Burnett "brand” and reforming the budget are some of the priority action areas identified under the new North Burnett Regional Council Economic Development and Innovation Strategy.
Developed with community input, the strategy canvasses the region's strengths and weaknesses while setting out key goals to "position North Burnett as an innovation leader”, the document says.
"New frontiers of prosperity, opportunity and innovation are before us,” Mayor Rachel Chambers said.
"This plan ... charts our way forward.
"Gone are the days of documents full of good ideas sitting on a shelf.
"This is a strategy with an end goal and an action plan to support local business and investment.”
Infrastructure coverage, retaining people and skills, an ageing population, limited economic levers for council, digital connectivity and literacy, and local access to education and training are all listed as economic challenges for the region.
The strategy categorises its goals under seven heads: building on natural strengths, developing the innovation ecosystem, growing the tourism sector, improving infrastructure and connectivity, empowering community, taking a global perspective and leveraging smart technology.
"The future is partnership and collaboration,” Cr Chambers said.
Public comments on the strategy close on Friday, May 10.