REGIONAL GROWTH: Council members at last year's event, Gympie Mayor Mick Curran, North Burnett Mayor Rachel Chambers, Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey with Bundaberg Port manager Jason Pascoe.
REGIONAL GROWTH: Council members at last year's event, Gympie Mayor Mick Curran, North Burnett Mayor Rachel Chambers, Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey with Bundaberg Port manager Jason Pascoe. Sarah Steger

Burnett's economic prosperity in the spotlight at forum

THE economic prosperity of the South Burnett will be discussed at a regional forum next month.

Three levels of government will unite for the sixth time with industry partners to showcase the growth and changing economic landscape.

On November 7, Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils will host the event that draws in support from across a number of regions.

South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell said the event highlighted achievements throughout the Wide Bay Burnett region.

"The Growth Forum is a platform to network with other industries and business leaders,” Cr Campbell said.

"It provides an opportunity for members from our local businesses and industries to gain an insight on current and emerging opportunities within the region.”

WBBROC and Gympie Regional Council Mayor Mick Curran said he was delighted the annual one-day forum was being held at the Gympie Civic Centre in 2019, and he was expecting strong support.

"Last year's forum was an outstanding success with some 160 delegates attending the forum,” Cr Curran said.

"It resulted in enhanced collaboration and confidence between business, industry and government.”

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett chair Bill Trevor said the forum program reflected some of the major infrastructure projects being developed.

"A crucial part of the forum is our industry presentations,” Mr Trevor said.

"They focus on positive infrastructure or economic developments, expansion or growth and sharing that story with those in attendance,” Cr Trevor said.

"This year's forum will provide a range of presentations from an insight into artificial intelligence in the workforce to the value of tourism to the region, and a reflection on projects of significance.

"Ultimately this free forum really does offers something for everybody,” he said.

Along with the South Burnett Regional Council and Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council, other council members from the North Burnett, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast and Gympie regional councils will attend the event.

The master of ceremonies will be current Fraser Coast Citizen of the Year and former long-serving media executive Greig Bolderrow.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien will perform the official closing duties.