Economic development vital to grow Burdekin

The Burdekin Shire Council will spend more than $63,000 to draw more investment and grow the region’s economic base in the 2014/15 financial year.

Mayor Bill Lowis said promoting the shire was essential to drawing new investment and visitors to the region.

“The Burdekin region is quite well known among the travelling public and we want to ensure more people get to know about the beauty of our Shire,” he said.

“We also want investors to know that Council welcomes their interest in our Shire and will help in any way we can.

“Council is continually looking to create a sustainable future for our region and to do that we need more industries to base their businesses here.”

Some of the highlights of the Economic and Community Development budget:

  • $6000 to upgrade highway promotional signage.
  • $5000 for promotion and advertising.
  • $5000 for the Burdekin Tourism Association.
  • $5000 to participate in tourism/defence expos in Townsville to promote the Burdekin.
  • $32,000 in events funding including $17,400 in in-kind support.
  • $5000 for agribusiness/manufacturing workshops/forums.
  • $5000 for business/industry updates

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