Bundy eyes off Gladstone LNG opportunities

BUNDABERG seems to be suffering from an inferiority complex as residents and politicians eye surrounding towns for opportunities, including Gladstone's LNG.

Touring Gladstone on Monday, Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said regions surrounding Gladstone needed to invest in skills and training to support the city as liquefied gas exports come online.

He said Bundaberg was ideally placed to take overflow work from Gladstone, the ABC reported.

"We have Gladstone-based companies now working out of Bundaberg. I think we can expand that," Mr Bennett said.

"We have cheaper options. Our labour force is cheaper, our land is cheaper, so there's no reason why we can't have manufacturing, engineering support to the Gladstone area."

The comments come as Bundaberg residents look to other towns in the region and wonder why they're apparently missing out on growth.

Local paper the News-Mail reports that a resident had asked why it seemed Hervey Bay was growing while Bundaberg was being held back.

Responses from readers varied, with many bemoaning what they deemed a lack of progress in the rum city.

"Because any time any some sort of progress is offered to Bundy some one jumps up and down and gets it stopped," Stephanie Rawling said.

"No growth due to many narrow minded people who don't want or accept change," Michelle Smith said.

But there were many parochial Bundaberg people that said Bundaberg had a lot of things going for it.

"I love Bundy as it is. It's brilliant," Jade Sharp said.

"Hervey Bay isn't expanding that much. The Fraser Coast has nothing on the Bundy area," Sammy Connor Ella Bailey said.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said council had worked hard to promote the Fraser Coast, especially through the creation of Fraser Coast Opportunities, its peak economic development, events and tourism organisation.

"We are not competitors and enjoy a strong relationship with all Wide Bay and Burnett councils to promote the region," he said.

Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said Bundaberg Regional Council was pursuing its goals for the benefit of its residents.

"I am sure Fraser Coast Regional Council is doing the same," he said.



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