OPINION: Max Brenner a sweet deal for region’s jobs

THE numbers don't lie.

When The Morning Bulletin exclusively broke the news that chocolate bar Max Brenner would be among the new eateries setting up shop in Stockland Rockhampton's new alfresco dining area, there was a surge of online interest in the community.

Our report generated close to 6000 Facebook likes.

It was shared nearly 500 times.

It reached more than 43,000 people within hours.

On top of this, about 300 comments were made.

Many users were saying they couldn't wait to hit the choc-lovers' paradise.

This is clearly something the people of Rocky and the broader Central Queensland region are interested in.

This level of interest suggests Stockland's new The Terrace precinct is going to add to the region's fast-improving eatery scene and be well supported.

More than 50 full-time jobs will be created by this precinct.

These are tough times in Central Queensland. We only have to look at the cuts Hastings Deering has this week been forced to make to appreciate that.

So it's increasingly vital to see jobs being created in new areas.

Our region's future is bright, but we need to do what we can to support businesses prepared to support us.

This Christmas let's look to take every opportunity to back local companies, based in our region, where we can.

If the choice is between an online bargain and a local bargain, I think the decision is obvious.

Every job generated and that remains in our region means someone's family has that little better quality of life.



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