There is an exciting outlook
IT was full speed ahead as the Mary Valley looked to a big new future this week.
All eyes seemed to be on the economic, social and environmental ambitions of Valley residents and investors as more than 200 people crammed into the Imbil Showgrounds hall on Thursday evening.
Speaking for meeting host, the Mary Valley Renewal Team, Glenda Pickersgill said residents, businesspeople and supporters at the meeting had been told about State Government, Gympie Regional Council and community group plans for their contribution to the Valley's future.
It was also important for people to hear of progress over the past 12 months, including the federal funding supplied to the Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee for its threatened species recovery program.
"It was an excellent turnout," she said.
MP David Gibson told the meeting of newly announced State Government plans which he said would be the start of "a bright new future" for the Mary Valley.
He said the plans were outlined in the Mary Valley Economic Development Strategy prospectus, which aimed to attract investors to the Mary Valley and nearby parts of the Gympie electorate.
"There are huge opportunities for the Valley, its existing businesses and residents," he said.
"This is an important step in the process of restoring sustainable economic development.
"As locals we know what a world-class location the Mary Valley is to work and live and now this prospectus will assist in promoting the Valley for investment.
"(It will) boost agribusiness and tourism opportunities as we seek to transform the region into a corridor of sustainable growth after the failed Traveston Crossing dam debacle."
Other speakers told of research funding and progress with promoting the Mary Valley Country website as well as new recreation opportunities.