Growth constraints to be addressed

The historic Dickabram Bridge near Miva.
The historic Dickabram Bridge near Miva.

WHILE business confidence in the Gympie region is strong, owners and operators have identified what they see as constraints to growth.

The question is, how can council help alleviate those constraints?

Declining demand from customers rated third highest in the list of 26 constraints on business success.

In this regard, Gympie Region Deputy Mayor Cr Perrett said council would look at meeting with businesses and discuss pricing structure and other ways of bringing back custom.

Global and national economic performance – or lack of it – was top of the list and the influence of a reduced demand for exports was at the bottom.

“While it is essential to understand how the global, national and Queensland business communities are faring, this survey demonstrates the importance of understanding the mood and challenges facing business on our own doorstop,” Cr Perrett said.

Declining visitor numbers came in at number 11 and Cr Perrett said the council could help by looking at ways to bring people to the area.

Some suggestions to improve business growth included:

Availability and willingness of professional staff to relocate to this area;

Council investing money in programs to promote doing business locally;

Reliable power supply and sealed or graded roads to our region;

More parking in Nash and Young streets for shoppers;

If the government could undo the damage to the Mary Valley

Farming returning to the Mary Valley

Completion of Cooroy-to-Curra stretch of Bruce Highway

Use the Theebine to Goomeri train line for something

Stop the talk about fishing closures

More business to business networking opportunities

Effective public transport service

Better mobile/internet access

Council hopes to conduct regular surveys of local businesses to monitor the effectiveness of any strategies put in place in the future.

The next survey would “ideally be in six months but realistically it would probably be 12 months”.

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