Jim MacKellar today announced that he would not be contesting the upcoming Mayoral election on the Fraser Coast but would however be seeking a Councillor position.
“My goal has always been to contribute to achieving better outcomes for the people of the Fraser Coast and I cannot do this by running an underfunded Mayoral campaign’, Jim explained.
“As I live in Howard I will be a Councillor candidate in Division 4 of the Fraser Coast Region. If elected as a Councillor I will still be able to work for the people to improve the performance of our Council.”
“I have had to accept the reality that I do not have sufficient funds to conduct an effective Mayoral campaign. It is much better to aim for a more achievable outcome and have a greater chance of being able to participate directly in Council decision making processes during the next four years.”
“I would like to thank all those who have supported my campaign and express my sincere hope of their continued support in my endeavours to give all a true voice on the Fraser Coast Regional Council”, Jim concluded.
TORBANLEA & HOWARD AREA HAS ALL THE REQUIREMENTS TO FIT IN WITH THE PROPOSED SERVICE CORRIDOR IN QUEENSLAND AS OUTLINED BY OUR LOCAL FRASER COAST COUNCIL.
We have plenty of land here for a major airport, industrial estates, transport terminals, electric trains & station, highway access, skilled available workforce, water supply, electric power, national broadband connection availability, short distance to beaches and more than adequate community services & facilities
One proposal I have suggested also was to have a huge ‘container terminal’ here to take some of the pressure from the Brisbane wharves. This would be serviced by the existing but upgraded rail & highway network in shifting the containers from the Brisbane wharves as they arrive there to here where they can be stored and dispersed from here to various locations around the state of Queensland.
I have access to corporations that will assist in putting together such a development given that this proposal is now possible. We need however to commission a report investigating the initiative.With the local & state governments co-operating and funding such a report, one can confidently march forward towards a prosperous future for our region
A great start is a local Fraser Coast central trades & services project that requires some support to kick start the proposal. Refer link below.
**Refer the Fraser Coast council press release below
Council advocates for a service corridor
16 September 2011
The Fraser Coast Regional Council has called for the State Government to recognise the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay Burnett as a service corridor under plans to promote regional Queensland.
The push was contained in the Council’s response on the draft Queensland Regionalisation Strategy and draft Queensland Infrastructure Plan.
“The Fraser Coast and Wide Bay Burnett should be recognised as a service corridor to the developing gas and mining sectors next door,” Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said.
The draft plans indicate that services account for at least 20% of the Queensland economy but fail to recognise the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay and Burnett in maps outlining Queensland’s economic zones. (See purple area to be added to map from planning document.)
“The map shows our region as a white void,” Cr Kruger said.
“Our submission on the draft documents includes support from Wide Bay Burnett Mayors, the Regional Development Authority, the Urban Development Institute of Australia – Wide Bay and all chambers of commerce – for our region to be included as a service corridor to the growing resource sectors to the west and north.
“The Fraser Coast is more than just a tourism destination. It is ideally positioned at the gateway to the gas and energy sectors so our skilled trades, manufacturing and service industries will have an important role in the development of the resource sector.
“Recognition of the Fraser Coast as a service centre will focus attention on our ability to provide equipment, logistics, fully serviced and affordable industrial land, land for homes as well as workers.
“It will also focus government attention on the need to fund infrastructure here so we are ready to meet the demand for new homes and industries to expand.
“The support of regional stakeholders to this proposal is strong and we urge the State to recognise the economic opportunities for the Wide Bay Burnett in these strategic plans that will guide future infrastructure investment and development of the state.”
The Council submissions on the Queensland Regionalisation Strategy and Queensland Infrastructure Plan have been lodged with the State Government as part of the community consultation process. Outcomes are expected later this year.
A delegation led by Mayor Mick Kruger lobbying support for our region has received a positive response from state leaders and resulted in a meeting with Invest Queensland.
Seeking financial assistance and backing for major mining, marine and engineering projects that would generate employment and investment in our region, the local delegates met with Deputy Premier Paul Lucas, Treasurer Andrew Fraser and other ministers who reacted positively to the region’s initiatives.
Council is partnering with business owners within the CBDs and shopping centres in an excitingproject to enhance the appearance of buildings and facades and improve access to premises. Under the Fraser Coast Streetscape Scheme, small businesses which employ fewer than 20 people can apply for grants up to $1500; and $2500 if the property is listed on Council’s Local Heritage Register.
A copy of the scheme and an application form is available by clicking here.