Government announces development pilot

The Federal Government has announced the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay region will pilot the new Regional Deal, which it claims will bring together all three levels of government to strengthen and foster economic development.

“The Regional Deal approach provides a unique opportunity to get all three levels of government on the same page and working together towards the common goal of ensuring a region can reach its maximum potential,” Federal Minister for infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said.

“Working together will help governments develop a shared vision for a region, which will identify and consider key investments and reforms that are required in that area. For instance in the Bundaberg-Hervey Bay area, a Regional Deal could look at existing plans or opportunities to attract new business to the region.”

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt has said the Bundaberg-Hervey Bay region has a lot of untapped potential to increase the output of key industries including agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.

“This region has one of the highest unemployment rates in Australia but this is what makes it well-suited to the Regional Deal model, which is all about developing projects which will generate jobs,” Mr Pitt said.

“To address the challenges and make good on the opportunities, I believe we need all levels of government working together to develop a plan that will help the Bundaberg-Hervey Bay region prosper over the next decade.”

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