Future economic development in regional plan
The State Government recently announced that the Far North Queensland Regional Plan would be updated to reflect latest forecasts.
Cr Kerr said that would provide the basis for identifying improved opportunities for economic development and liveability.
“The FNQ Regional Plan sets the long-term direction for how our region will grow and respond to change over time,” Cr Kerr said.
“Reviewing and updating the Regional Plan is vitally important for Douglas Shire Council and our community as we plan for future growth.
“Together with the State Government, we need to make sure we are well prepared to cater for growth in terms of infrastructure, including housing supply, roads and schools, as well as employment opportunities.”
Housing supply a priority
The Mayor added that Council is aware that like most of regional Australia, housing availability and staff shortages are an issue.
“It is important there is a balanced approach to accommodation within Douglas that meets the needs of long-term residents, seasonal workers, and visitors, who want to stay here and experience our beautiful Shire.
“As Council seeks to diversify and attract new business to the local economy, a sustainable amount of housing development is needed to ensure local employees have a place to live.
“Council is conducting a residential housing needs analysis to assess the current and future housing need.”