Lorraine Pyefinch
Lorraine Pyefinch Mike Knott

Bundy leads with enthusiasm

BUNDABERG’S civic and business leaders are at the forefront of helping Bundaberg’s spirit shine, by pledging support and ideas to move the region ahead during the next few months.

Bundaberg mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said there was a good reason the word spirit was chosen for the council’s corporate branding.

“Spirit is a perfect way to describe what is great about our community,” Cr Pyefinch said.

“We believe this region has a very unique spirit, strength and resilience. That spirit is needed even more now.”

Cr Pyefinch said there was a lot of hard work ahead of the community in the coming months.

“It is vitally important that everyone – community, government and business – works together to ensure that this natural disaster does not negatively impact on the long-term future of the region,” she said.

Bundaberg Chamber of Commerce president Dion Taylor said the Bundaberg spirit had amazed him, and harnessing that would benefit businesses.

“The business sector is crucial to the survival of the community, so we want to see businesses grow and foster a relationship between businesses to develop a synergy,” Mr Taylor said.

“We can harness the growth of new businesses and all get the benefit from it.”

Developer Bill Moorhead said he wanted to help change attitudes and appreciate the region.

“I think we underrate ourselves and what we have to offer — to locals, visitors and to businesses,” Mr Moorhead said.

“We need to say, ‘we have a great town and fantastic industries’, and see what we can do – and not worry about what we can’t do.”

Sporting and cultural spirit are already shining in the region.

Playhouse Theatre president Nigel Dick said providing a theatrical venue to the community to enjoy at affordable prices was something the committee was always striving for.

“We are turning 60 this year and have a strong and healthy membership,” Mr Dick said.

Brothers Cricket captain David Boge said the next 12 months would be particularly challenging for the sporting community, with fields washed away and courts ruined, but everyone was already doing what they could to help.

Mr Boge, also deputy at St Mary’s Primary School, said the netball rep team was using its multipurpose courts to train, while cricket teams were playing later in the day to allow juniors time on the pitch.

The region’s politicians also have a lot of work ahead of them.

Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey said he wanted to focus on moving the region’s infrastructure needs forward, namely the airport and port.

“Those two major pieces of infrastructure will bring the region forward,” Mr Dempsey said.

“When people see them (the infrastructure) happening, others will want to get in there as well.”

Member for Burnett Rob Messenger said there was an opportunity to correct wrongs of the past to capitalise on industry expansion in the region.

“We can help Queensland grow and get out of this financial mess,” Mr Messenger said.

“We need to really think hard about establishing special economic zones and reducing waste and bureaucratic red tape.”

Member for Hinkler Paul Neville said timely compensation for those affected by the floods was important.

“We need a system of renewal coming from a combination of governments for farmers and fishers,” Mr Neville said.

“We don’t want the economy to slip; it will only compound the problems.

“We need to commit to renewal and rebuilding and keep that positive image in front of us.”

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