Planning to increase population

ATTRACTING the right mix of new residents to the region is an important task facing Bundaberg Regional Council in the future.

“We’ve got to grow our rate base. We only have 92,000 people here at the moment,” Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said.

The council is expecting a 3% annual population growth for the region, which means an overall planning scheme has to be developed.

“People who want to invest here have to have a clear direction,” Cr Pyefinch said.

She said the region had a high proportion of older people on relatively low fixed incomes.

“We need to attract more young, professional, skilled people with families,” Cr Pyefinch said.

“We want to attract people who are going to come here and establish businesses and make it easier for them to get a start in the property market.

“But if we want to attract young families, we need to have quality educational and sporting facilities.”



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