Making Capricorn Coast a sea change destination is priority
THE Capricorn Coast's potential to promote itself as a "sea change" destination for business and industrial investment is the trump card Bill Ludwig has in his back pocket.
The Livingstone mayoral candidate has promised to throw that key lifeline into the ring if elected.
He said the region needed to "capitalise and create opportunities" by first making available start-up leases on council-owned industrial land and adopting more affordable head-works changes to attract new business and industry.
Cr Ludwig said there was untapped potential in sectors like timber, pineapples and beef production.
"These are all critical areas where the new council can and will work proactively with State Development, Capricorn Enterprise and our local business groups like CCBA to get our region ahead of the game," he said.
One of his main objectives if elected mayor was to give businesses the option to buy land at market price once their businesses were fully operational.
He said a major key to the region's prosperity and economic success was the entrepreneurial focus that the new council would bring to bear on economic development.
Livingstone Council had previously "kick started" industrial growth by providing lease opportunities to encourage new businesses in the region.
Cr Ludwig said reintroducing the "tried and proven strategy" would not only attract new investment but also provide a valuable revenue stream for the new council.
"The council already owns the strategically located industrial land reserves," he said.
A full review would be made to have the council head-works and associated charges more affordable