Managing population a challenge
MANAGING the population explosion expected in the next 15 years is one of the big challenges facing the Bundaberg Regional Council.
Deputy Mayor Tony Ricciardi said projections predicated a population growth of 50% in the region in the next 15 years.
“Where Gladstone has the mining industry propping it up, we rely heavily on the rural sector, with sugarcane and horticulture such as macadamias the major players – we’ve got the biggest tomato industry in Queensland,” he said.
“That gives employment to a lot of the backpackers and labour in the Bundaberg region.”
Cr Ricciardi said the other major growth sector was the ageing population.
“We have to be mindful of that and plan ahead in areas such as aged care,” he said.
The region was also a growing tourism market, and all these factors would contribute to the growth economy.
“The council has started a new regional feasibility plan, but that will take two to three years to complete,” Cr Ricciardi said.