Statement on the status of the Hinkler Regional Deal
27 March 2019
Joint release with:
The Hon Keith Pitt MP
Federal Member for Hinkler
Cr Jack Dempsey
Bundaberg Regional Council
Cr George Seymour
Fraser Coast Regional Council
A Statement to work together to determine the specifics of the Hinkler Regional Deal was signed today by the Australian Government and the Fraser Coast and Bundaberg regional councils. We look forward to the State Government demonstrating their commitment to the deal.
Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation the Senator Bridget McKenzie said the statement reflected the commitment of the Liberal and Nationals government to identify opportunities to boost the region’s longer term economic outlook under the Deal.
“The Statement plots an agreed path forward to support the regional centres of Bundaberg and Hervey Bay and their surrounds to make the most of their competitive advantages and become more prosperous and economically resilient,” Minister McKenzie said.
“We will be focussing on different ways governments, community and the private sector can collaborate to make the region an even more attractive place to live, work and visit.”
Minister McKenzie said consultation with the region’s community and local business sector is central to the Hinkler Regional Deal.
“Over recent months, consultation has been extensive with stakeholders and that has allowed us to clearly identify a number of priorities for the region to be considered in detail by Deal partners.” Minister McKenzie said.
“A Regional Deal for the Hinkler region will improve quality of life for residents on a number of fronts by stimulating economic growth, building cohesive communities and enhancing the resilience of the environment.
“It’s a real pity that the Queensland government wasn’t able to be part of the commitment for the region.”
The Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said that today was an important step forward in the Hinkler Regional Deal process.
“The Liberal Nationals Government will maximise the benefit of the deal for the people of Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and surrounds, and I am looking forward to establishing significant projects in the short term,” Mr Pitt said.
“I also want to take the opportunity to thank the two mayors for their patience and commitment to the process.”
Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Jack Dempsey said the Deal presented an opportunity to develop and implement a coordinated approach to regional planning, investment and governance to boost the region’s economy over the long-term.
“We welcome the opportunity to work with the Australian government and with the Fraser Coast Regional Council to deliver the Hinkler Regional Deal,” Cr Dempsey said.
Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor George Seymour said the signing of the Statement demonstrated the Council’s ongoing support for the Deal.
“The Deal will go a long way towards addressing the challenges facing the Hinkler region,” Cr Seymour said.
“We also look forward to working with the local community to develop a Deal that will build on the strengths of the region to deliver more jobs into the future.”