Council’s economic development unit almost up and running

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow
Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow

AFTER cutting up to $600,000 in Rockhampton Regional Council funding for Capricorn Enterprise, council's new economic development unit is almost up and running.

Council is offering an annual salary of up to $145,000 for the position of resource industry relationship executive in the unit.

There will be two positions in the unit, but council did not divulge the the salary for the second role to The Morning Bulletin.

The resource industry relationship executive is expected to work with resource sector representatives to secure opportunities for businesses that service the sector to be established or expanded within the Rockhampton region.

Mayor Margaret Strelow made the controversial budget cut earlier this year because Capricorn Enterprise would be focused on the entire region, rather than being Rockhampton-centric.

Cr Strelow said she expected the unit would cost a similar amount to the Capricorn Enterprise funding from council, but would deliver better results.

The council will continue to fund Capricorn Enterprise in full until December 31.

The Morning Bulletin incorrectly reported that $200,000 had been cut, when up to $600,000 has actually been cut. We apologise for the error.



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