The Regions’ Region Economic Development Strategy 2017-2021 aimed at attracting investment and creating jobs has been adopted by the Whitsunday Regional Council held in Collinsville today.
Entitled “A Blueprint for Regional Prosperity” its adoption follows an extensive consultation period across wide cross sections of the community. Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox says adopting this region’s first ever Economic Development Strategy (EDS) was an historic day for the whole community.
“The EDS identifies the three pillar industries that underpin our economy; mining, agriculture and tourism, our region’s other industries are closely integrated with the big three through local supply chain links.”
Council’s Executive Officer Economic Development and Tourism Melanie Davies says the EDS will focus our effort and investment on the activities that will grow the jobs and opportunities for the future generations.
“Importantly it expands on the infrastructure and facilities for our tourist industry and encourages both government and private enterprise to invest here.”
An Airport & Whitsunday Trade Coast development/ transport logistics hub, Shute Harbour redevelopment, a Marine Centre of Excellence at the Bowen Marina and a 5 Star Hotel & Conference Development in Airlie Beach are some of the strategies outline din the document.
The EDS also focuses on mine, rail and solar farm projects constructed and operational in our hinterland near Collinsville, water security r productive land for agriculture and food production and looks at the development of facilities to leverage our world class barramundi fishing at Lake Proserpine.