NO-ONE can accuse Gympie region’s businesses of not taking an interest in or not having a positive attitude to their respective industries, their customers and the future.
The proof is in the pudding or, in this case, the survey.
Only one in five businesses (20 per cent) expected their business results to be weaker in the next six months, according to the results of Gympie Regional Council’s inaugural business confidence survey.
Gympie Regional Council and Community and Economic Development committee chairman Tony Perrett was pleased with the diversity of the businesses that took part in the survey and with the areas from which those businesses operate.
“We had responses from retail to agriculture, construction to health, transport to cultural and finance to utilities taking part in the survey,” Cr Perrett said.
“The businesses were from Gympie to Goomeri, the Mary Valley including Carters Ridge, Gunalda to Woondum, from everywhere in the region covered by council.
“The Chambers of Commerce from all those areas were also critical to the success of the survey.”
Cr Perrett said 253 businesses took part in the online survey that spanned three weeks.
“The survey was conducted to gain an understanding of how business was faring in the current economic climate,” Cr Perrett said.
“Job employment agencies can look at the survey and at the industries expecting the largest growth and target those industries.
“Council can also go to governments with the survey results and seek grants or funds for infrastructure and show that business at investing in the area and that it would not look to invest in an area that was going backward.
“It’s not just council doing something because business helped to guide directions.”
AEC Group Economic Analyst Michael Campbell said the positive outlook for the region mirrored sentiment across Queensland.
A special function to release the survey results was held at the Civic Centre yesterday evening with between 40 and 50 representatives from the region’s businesses attending.
Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne congratulated the Gympie community for taking the time to undertake the survey and said he expected an “even greater response next time”.