Breakfast an opportunity to share challenges and ideas

Burdekin community members are being invited to help shape the future of the region at an innovative breakfast event this month.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the next Burdekin Industry Breakfast, to be held 7am to 9.30am on Wednesday 21 March at Burdekin Theatre, would give local business operators, community groups and residents the opportunity to have their say on two future-building initiatives.

“We will be hosting a Technology Adoption Program (I-TAP) – Challenge Development Workshop, in which the audience will be invited to define the biggest challenges facing the region so that solutions can be developed,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“It will be a great opportunity for the Burdekin’s industry and community leaders to provide feedback on the challenges they are experiencing.

“I-TAP will refer the challenges identified to Smart Seeds, a program inviting fresh ideas from our region’s talent.”

Cr McLaughlin said I-TAP North Queensland was a collaboration between industry and government to stimulate innovation across North Queensland.

This program is led by GHD and supported by Advance Queensland and all local governments in the Townsville and North Queensland region.

Following the Challenge Development Workshop, Council will conduct a community consultation session for the Burdekin Tourism Strategy from 8.30am to 9.30am.

“Council acknowledges the importance of tourism and the visitor economy in the Burdekin and is taking an active role in growing it as an industry,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Council has successfully secured funding from the Federal Government to develop a Burdekin tourism plan and has appointed Stafford Strategy to undertake the project.

“Part of the process is consultation with the community and stakeholders so this will be an important opportunity for residents to provide input into the plan.”

To attend the breakfast please RSVP to Eliza Lovell at Council by Friday 16 March by calling (07) 4783 9831 or email.

Cost is $10 per person and includes a hot breakfast.

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