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Posted on: 23 August, 2018

Establishment of Capricorn Coast Region Leadership Alliance will drive economic development

Council continues to play a key advocacy role in facilitating local economic development by supporting the process for the formation of the Capricorn Coast Region Leadership Alliance.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said the purpose of the alliance is to provide pathways to and from Council to assist with effective decision-making on employment generating and economic development opportunities.

“This alliance will also oversee the implementation of the Invest Capricorn Coast Region Economic Development Plan to ensure a diverse, strong, innovative and sustainable local economy and future for the region,” Mayor Ludwig said.

“The Leadership Alliance will support and secure the opportunities this region has to offer, not just through our unrivalled lifestyle and world class tourism, but supported by a high growth agricultural economy, connections to mining, excellent health care, superior education and Shoalwater Bay, home to defence force training facilities.”

Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton said providing increased support to these economic pillars will provide real jobs and prosperity for the region.

“This alliance will identify initiatives that support and improve the community vitality and economic viability through resilience of the local economy, business and industry while identifying new models for financing projects and encouraging and leveraging funding partnerships, along with several other key objectives,” Cr Hutton said.

“It is important that Council establish the Leadership Alliance so that input and advice on delivery of the strategic initiatives of the Invest Capricorn Coast Region Economic Development Plan are sought from proactive local businesses in conjunction with economic development practitioners and professionals.”

The Leadership Alliance membership will be comprised of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Director Strategic Growth and Development, Chief Executive Officer Capricorn Enterprise, representatives from the Capricornia Chamber of Commerce, the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Regional Development Australia Fitzroy and Central West, Trade and Investment Queensland and six to eight members from the business community.

Council adopted the Invest Capricorn Coast Region Leadership Alliance Terms of Reference at an Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday 21 August 2018.

For more information on Council’s Economic Development opportunities please visit,
http://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/1039/Investment-and-Business

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