Burdekin Shire Council is releasing more blocks of land at the Ayr Industrial Estate in an effort to draw investors to the region.
Mayor Bill Lowis said there was a recognised need for additional industrial land in the Shire.
“The Ayr Industrial Estate is currently full and we believe there are people out there that want this type of land,” he said.
“This estate was designed primarily for small to medium business operators with investment from local operators wishing to expand and also from national and international companies.
“The extension of the Ayr Industrial Estate is to be developed on Council-owned land.
“Council’s key objectives in developing and selling industrial land at the estate include increasing the number of jobs in the Shire, increasing the region’s total output and increasing our population.”
Economic Development Manager Adrian Scott said the current output from the estate for manufacturing in the Burdekin was about $200 million.
“Once these lots are sold and occupied, there will be additional jobs and our output will increase,” he said.
“We expect about 30 direct jobs to be created from the expansion.”
Council will advertise for Expressions of Interest in land and request area of land required (non-binding) and any location preference. Once Expressions of Interest close, Council will confirm the block layout and then go to tender.
Cr Lowis said this was a win for the Shire.
“Council is committed to boosting our Shire’s economy and by opening up more of the Industrial Estate I believe we will see positive results,” he said.