Whatever business you are in, this is an incredibly exciting time in the life of our region.
There are tens of millions of dollars in significant projects progressing in the Scenic Rim this year alone.
The new Churches of Christ Fassifern Aged Care Service development, that’s $23.5 million, is under way now and that’s 600 jobs over the course of its construction.
We’ve also just welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement declaring a $10 million agricultural industry precinct in the Fassifern Valley as a coordinated project.
This 40-hectare industrial precinct being proposed by one of our bigger vegetable growers, Kalfresh, would be able to accommodate food processing, production and manufacturing businesses in the Fassifern Valley.
A precinct that builds strongly on our high quality food credentials and does so within the Fassifern Valley, which is the heart of our fresh produce area, sits well with our aspirations for the region.
The Kalfresh crew are to be applauded for their visionary approach in thinking this way.
Excitingly, this proposal includes investment in an Anaerobic Digester, which would divert about 48,000 tonnes of landfill every year.
We’re delighted that the State Government has created the forward momentum for this project, and we look forward to exploring the finer details.
Watch this space!
Then there are the two quarry proposals in the west of the region that are under evaluation at the moment. Both Wagners and Neilsens have indicated they’re keen to get started as soon as they can.
These projects and more are all really exciting in terms of future opportunities for the region.
Working with small business
How great was Small Business Week 2019 in the Scenic Rim? It was wonderful to see more than 300 people taking part in the 11 dinners, breakfasts, workshops and events Council helped facilitate across the region in partnership with local chambers of commerce.
Council is supporting the growth and development of local businesses by increasing our local spend and revising our trading terms so that, wherever possible, suppliers are paid within 30 days of receipt of invoice.
We are endeavouring to work more closely with local businesses and encouraging them to stock goods that will be required by Council.
Already, buying locally accounts for around 29 per cent of our expenditure. To put that into context, for this financial year, based on $76 million you are looking at around $21.6 million being spent locally. In the term of this Council it equates to some $60 million being spent in this region.
Bringing down the Budget
We’re bringing down the 2019-2020 Budget on 12 June. We’ve taken a very strong focus in this budget of continuing to focus on the reliability of the key foundations for our regional economy.
What we’ve shown over recent years is economic corridors – roads and bridges – had to be a priority, because that’s essential to the success of our local economy, and that will continue to be a priority.
We’ve demonstrated the value of town centre activations through our town centre renewals, firstly on Tamborine Mountain, the one currently happening in Boonah and the next one in Beaudesert.
We’re now focused on the next challenges and opportunities of activating jobs growth in the Scenic Rim. In another coup for our region, Council secured funding from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training to develop the Regional Skills Investment Strategy (RSIS).
This strategy will identify current and emerging jobs in targeted industry sectors and ensure there is a supply of skilled local people to meet demand, particularly in the fields of health, primary industry and tourism. It will also identify suitable training pathways and strategies to address gaps in local delivery and we are currently in the recruitment phase for a project coordinator.
Gearing up for Eat Local Week
I’m sure you’ve seen the great promo ramping up for 2019 Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, which officially happens from 29 June to 7 July (with a few great entrée events happening before that).
One of the most pleasing things for me has been to see locals supporting locals, and collaborating to ensure the best tourist experience to our beautiful region. That’s the way we build a better future.
So if you haven’t already had a look at the program, I encourage you to hop online now to www.eatlocalweek.com.au or pick up a program from one of our customer service centres and book yourself in for some fabulous events.