Council drives region’s economic growth projects: Cr Strelow

L-R Russell Claus (RRC CBD Revitalisation Program Coordinator), here with business woman Bronwyn Fenech, is working on revitalising the city's CBD.

IT'S been just over a year since Rockhampton Regional Council took back the role of planning for our community's economic growth.

Since then we have driven a number of projects.

We have employed an urban renewal specialist to head up our strategic planning and economic development area.

We are committed to growing the population in the core of the city to get the best use out of existing infrastructure, as well as to help keep the CBD active.

We have halved infrastructure and planning charges for business and commercial uses right across the region.

We have re-invigorated an ambitious plan for agriculture (called the "food bowl" by some) which had been put aside after I left office in 2008.

We have been working with a recognised expert on Australian Defence to help us prepare a solid case for a greater military presence. We have employed a full-time manager who has helped establish the new local group for resource industry businesses (RIG), as well as helped build great relationships for our community with the various mines and gas companies.

And we have focused significant effort on new major events and in marketing our region.

We have a great team who are committed to promoting us as a place to live, work and invest.



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