Long awaited plan underway

A LONG awaited Economic Development Strategy and Implementation Plan for the region is now in the consultation phase, Gympie Region councillors heard this week.

Street Ryan and Associates Executive Director Joan Gleeson told council Street Ryan would be working closely with the business community, regional business organisations and stakeholders to research and prepare the development strategy and implementation plan.

“(We will place) a lot of emphasis on speaking to people in the region,” she said.

She highlighted a need for industrial land as one of the important issues for the region and how the document, once completed, would hopefully advocate that need to State Government.

She told council a draft would hopefully be completed some time in August.

Mayor Ron Dyne said a key part of the strategy’s development would be an analysis of the economy in the Gympie Regional Council area and identification of its competitive advantages.

“The opportunities and strategies identified will be real and deliver strategies focussed on real growth for the region,” Mayor Dyne said.

Funding from the State Government has fast-tracked the development of the project.

“Additional funding announced by Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe means that council will be able to focus on the direct implementation of strategies and recommendations put forward by the Economic Development Strategy,” he said.

Street Ryan and Associates specialises in improving regional competitiveness and business performance.

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