SHIP AHOY: Main Event owner/operator Brett Lakey captains his ship into Burnett Heads Port Marina. It will begin Lady Musgrave Experience tours in the near future. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
SHIP AHOY: Main Event owner/operator Brett Lakey captains his ship into Burnett Heads Port Marina. It will begin Lady Musgrave Experience tours in the near future. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Five regions will grow together at meeting

THINKING regionally will be the key message at the Regional Economic Development Growth Forum next month.

The annual forum will be held in Maryborough and have a range of speakers including Brett Lakey owner of Bundaberg's Lady Musgrave Experience and mayors from across the five Wide Bay regions.

Regional Development Australia Widebay Executive Officer Scott Rowe said he was pleased by the early interest which was shown in attending the forum and the spotlight would concentrate on the region as a whole.

"This event will provide a rare insight into how councils, state and federal governments are working together to improve the economic outlook of the region," he said.

"It is the first time all three levels of government have come together to co-host a forum.

"There will be a key focus on the Bundaberg Port as it has been identified as a priority program for the Bundaberg region.

"There has been a lot of growth at the port and we have Brett Lakey speaking about his role in the Lady Musgrave tours."

Mr Rowe said there was also opportunity for expansion in industries such as horticulture from across the five regions to be exported from the Bundaberg port and this would be the right time to discuss it.

"For example we have the pallets from Hyne timber at the Fraser Coast being taken to the Bundaberg port for exportation," he said.

"If we work together and think regionally we can reach our best opportunities. And I looking forward to what the next two to five years has to offer."

Last month the NewsMail reported a mining company that operates from Coonarr had a breakthrough at the port as a cargo of silica passed through the facility for the first time.

Earth Commodities group general manager Darren Wardle said the export of 10,500 tonnes was a trial but would stand to pave the way for other exporters to use the resources of the Port of Bundaberg; which would also have significant benefits for the region.

Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils Chair and Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said the forum was open to the general public and would provide an update on achievements across the region.

"This forum reflects the good work that is being done across all levels of government and proves that by working together we can share greater success for the individual council areas," Mr Forman said.

The event will be held at the Brolga Threate in Maryborough on November 5. For more information 4125 9271.



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