RDA committee touring the Smart Berries farm outside Mundubbera.
RDA committee touring the Smart Berries farm outside Mundubbera.

Solving regional issues with mayors

THIS week the Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett committee came to Mundubbera for its quarterly meeting.

The aim of the meeting was to discuss issues close to the hearts of residents and to ensure a solid understanding was established within the North Burnett region.

Regional Development Australia executive officer Scott Rowe said the meeting was successful and now it was time to take it to the government.

"We spoke about water security and freight and logistical issues in regards to the citrus season,” Mr Rowe said.

"It's important we have these quarterly meetings as they allow us to understand the problems facing regional Queensland.

"It's all about collaboration and a functioning government that is dedicated to solving issues.”

Bundaberg mayor Jack Dempsey, along with Fraser Coast mayor Chris Loft, RDA Chairman Bill Trevor and North Burnett Regional Council mayor Rachel Chambers were all present at the meeting, which was held in Mundubbera.

Attendees focused on employment in the North Burnett.

"We toured the Smart Berries facilities which is a vital part of the North Burnett, likewise with the new hostel opening up, more workers will be employed and that's very good news for the town,” Mr Rowe said.

Cr Chambers said it was to bring all levels of government to the region.

"Our council has a very good relationship with our RDA counterparts and we are in regular contact for advice, direction and support with various ideas and projects,” Cr Chambers said.

"At the meeting I spoke about roadblocks to our economic growth which included water availability and reliability, transport logistics, a stagnant population and lack of telecommunications in the region.”

The next RDA meeting will be held in Bundaberg sometime in August.