Curran reveals plan for Gympie region
NEWLY re-elected Gympie region Mayor Mick Curran yesterday outlined his plans for "an exciting four years" across the region over the next council term.
And if you think you may have heard elements of the Curran plan before, the Mayor says that is exactly how it should be.
The plan he outlined to The Gympie Times yesterday involving keeping all those election promises about promoting economic development through liveability.
He says he wants the council to give people with business plans good personal and family reasons to bring their employment generating investment here.
Economic, social, tourism and cultural growth are all spokes in the one wheel.
"It all ties in," he said.
"We have to get out of the way of business and have clear guidelines for development.
"Our strategy is to create the environment for growth by having an operational framework that allows business to expand, as well as enticing new business to the region.
"The region has to concentrate on liveability.
"People who want to bring business here have to have lifestyle attractions, as well as business incentives, to make them choose this area.
"That includes some policy issues that are not strictly or solely the council's responsibility."
But the council has to be ready to take advantage of whatever other levels of government on offer.
"We need good schools and libraries.
"We have those already, but they're going to be better.
"We need good sports facilities, good medical facilities and good promotion for the area.
"We have the opportunity to expand on tourism and the marketing of our region.
"The Rattler is a big part of that and I have already said I am looking forward to seeing it running again.
"The council has already started working on our kayak and river strategy, which will open up the Mary River."
River access plans include a river walk on the city side.
And those plans are already well under way.
"The 'Our Towns' streetscape program across the region has already led to benefits for many smaller communities.
Places to benefit will include Kilkivan, Kandanga, Gunalda, Goomeri, Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove.
"We will do more work at the Rainbow Beach parkland areas along the ocean front, with $490,000 already allocated in the current budget.
"Planning is already under way for a new regional library. The Gympie CBD improvement strategy will include street-scaping in Mary St."
Within the council, he says the Continuous Improvement Program will live up to its name, by continuing.
"And improving," he said with a laugh.
"We will keep working to gain efficiencies across council operations and also to focus on improving service delivery.
"We've already put the foundations down to make the region a great place for families, opening up the potential of the region and providing value for every rate dollar."
And on the value for money theme, he says he can hardly wait to eliminate the $85 waste levy, given agreement of councillors during the budget discussions.
Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach tips are too environmentally sensitive to be landfills and will be transfer stations.