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Council turns focus to economic development

The Balonne Shire Council’s adoption of a four-year economic development plan places its focus on four economic pillars – sheep and cattle grazing; grain and cotton; horticulture; and tourism and events.

Mayor Richard Marsh said the new economic development plan would be used by Council to enhance the vibrancy, liveability and economic sustainability of the Shire’s communities.

“This is a very important document which will drive Council’s decisions on development in our shire,” he said.

“Sustainability is key to our communities surviving and thriving and this plan will aid Council planning to drive growth in the four economic pillars.

“Our shire is strategically in a great position to build on what we do best and nurture new industries in our region.

“If we can boost industry, we will boost employment opportunities, which in turn will bring more people to our towns.

“Council has an important role to play in ensuring our communities grow and this plan will help us achieve that goal.”

Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin announced the appointment of a short-term economic development officer to help Council put the plan into action.

“Council is fortunate to have obtained the services of Gary Kerr who has 20 years’ experience in economic development and has previously worked with smaller local governments to grow their regions,” Mr Magin said.

“Gary will work with the community to ensure they are coming on this journey with us and we encourage feedback to ensure Council is on the right track.”

The Balonne Shire Economic Development Plan 2018 -2022 can be downloaded from Council’s website.

Call Council on 4620 8888 for any further information or to speak with Mr Kerr.