Mayor’s Message 5.2

21 May 2019

I want to continue marketing the strengths of the South Burnett to drive investment opportunities in our region.

We have had considerable activity in development opportunities in the South Burnett. With the ongoing construction of Australia’s largest wind farm south of Kumbia as well as numerous construction projects of varying sizes across the region and the possible construction of another wind farm in the not too distant future, the South Burnett is literally building its investment credentials.

Value of business approvals for the current financial year has already surpassed the total from 2017-18, with three months of statistics still to be included in the final figures. Already reaching $43,473,000 in value, this figure is greater than any year, as far back as 2011-12. Council also reported in March, that as at the end of December 2018, the region’s unemployment rate dropped to a five year low of 8.2%.

With positive economic indicators and positive economic activity, the forward outlook for investment is continually being supported. South Burnett Regional Council will be advertising Council owned industrial land in Cornish Street at Kingaroy for tender. This tender will seek to realise development of the industrial land to generate industry expansion and new jobs. At the same time, we are working with the Durong community to develop a fuel cell at Durong. Initially Council are making improvements to the hard stand area adjacent to the cattle yards and dip facility to enable further development of the underutilised land.

Council’s economic development team are also working with artisan and commercial food producers and manufacturers across the region. Business South Burnett has supported the establishment of a ‘Paddock to Plate’ network, developing new initiatives relevant to food production. Access to local produce is being spearheaded by passionate advocates and chefs throughout the region.

I am determined to ensure that the South Burnett continuously improves its investment potential by ensuring that any element needed for success is met with positive support and direction from the South Burnett Council.