TOURISM would be an important element in Gympie’s future prosperity, Mayor Ron Dyne said in his budget statements yesterday.
He listed tourism and economic development as key factors in “the sustainable growth of the region.”
“Gympie is on the cusp of significant opportunities related to business growth and population expansion,” Cr Dyne said.
“By 2031, the population of the region is projected to double from its estimated (current) resident population of 46,371.
“Over the past five years, the population of the Gympie Regional Council Local Government area has increased at an average annual rate of 2.8 per cent, which is higher than Queensland’s growth of 2.4 per cent over the same period.
“Council is seeking to attract new business and industry which will add value to the region, complement existing business and provide employment opportunities,” he said.