Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow speaks to local media about opportunities with Arrow Energy. Austin King (via The Morning Bulletin)

OVER the next few months Rockhampton Regional Council will be overseeing the development of a strategy for economic development in the region.

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow says members of the community should stay tuned for invitations to participate in working and focus groups as the document is developed.

“The strategy will set out a vision for growth and map out what is needed to help us get there,” Cr Strelow says.

“The plan will identify lead agencies and organisations within the community who are able to help deliver or advocate for elements of the plan.

“While the council has lead responsibility for economic development in our community, we recognise that there are many other stakeholders and contributors.”

Cr Strelow says this will be another exciting step forward for the community.

“In the past we have tended to look for ‘big projects’ and opportunistic economic development.

“While the big projects are exciting and we should continue to strive for them, it is critical for us to be more deliberate and structured in our long term approach, to build our future – one step at a time.

“Implementing an economic development plan is challenging but necessary to support long-term economic growth and we look forward to receiving and implementing the recommendations put forward to the council.

“Our geographical position is pivotal to the servicing of industries in Central Queensland and we must identify and connect with the best opportunities for our region.”

Cr Strelow has recently appointed to the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) Regional and Economic Advisory Group…

Read more by Austin King, The Morning Bulletin 6 February 2015