Welcome to the September 2018 issue of the WBBROC newsletter. Don't forget that the WBBROC website www.wbbroc.org.au also has up-to-date information about our organisation, projects and events.
Mundubbera Durong Road
WBBROC recently endorsed the Mundubbera Durong Road as a high priority road for the region. This road continues to carry increasing volumes of traffic and is crucial to the economic prosperity of several associated regions, including the Wide Bay Burnett.
It is a main thoroughfare for heavy vehicles laden with cattle, timber and grain. It is also the main inland route connecting the Western Downs with Rockhampton.
The critical needs for the road, that need to be addressed, are:
The replacement of the John Peterson Bridge over the Boyne River,
The upgrade of the single lane section directly south of the North Burnett Regional Council boundary.
Section of Munduberra Durong Road
Regional Resilience Coordinator
WBBROC has appointed Andrew Bryant to the new role of Regional Resilience Coordinator thanks to funding by the Australian and Queensland Governments through the 2017-18 Natural Disaster Resilience Program.
As a returned North Burnett local, Andrew has spent the last 13 years working in the Human and Community Services sector in the North and South Burnett and Cherbourg areas, and regularly travelling to the Bundaberg, Fraser and Gympie areas. Andrew says, "I have a passion to see communities in the Wide Bay Burnett thrive, socially and economically, and to be able to withstand and recover from any future disasters that may come our way."
Andrew's role will primarily involve implementing the Burnett Catchment Resilience Strategy, in conjunction with WBBROC, individual Councils, Government agencies and non-government organisations. You can contact Andrew via email firstname.lastname@example.org and phone 0429 822 312. Please make him feel welcome.
Regional Resilience Coordinator - Andrew Bryant
Regional Biosecurity Coordinator
Josh Dyke has been appointed as the Regional Biosecurity Cooridnator, thanks to funding from the Queensland Government as part of the Better Partnerships Program. Josh has strong connections with the Wide Bay Burnett region and over 10 years of experience in invasive species management throughout Queensland. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Environmental Management in Natural Systems and Wildife (Honours) and was responsible for the development of the first region-wide invasive species management plan under the Biosecurity Act 2014 for the Gladstone Regional Council.
"I have developed an interest in the incorporation of technological tools into environmental management programs", says Josh, which he believes not only improves efficiencies in the collection of field data, they also provide real-time data to allow managers to make effective decisions.
Josh's role will involve managing the implementation of the Regional Biosecurity Strategy and working with communities, landholders and local organisations to ensure the best outcomes for biosecurity in the Wide Bay Burnett region. You can contact Josh via email email@example.com and phone 0488 953 844. Please make Josh feel welcome.
Regional Biosecurity Coordinator - Josh Dyke
Wide Bay Burnett Regional Economic Development Growth Forum
The fifth annual Wide Bay Burnett Regional Economic Development Growth Forum has a fresh look and a new venue for 2018. The Bundaberg Multiplex will host this major event on the Wide Bay Burnett’s economic development calendar and is once again being co-delivered by the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils, the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Planning and RDA Wide Bay Burnett.
The FREE event will include an amazing array of local and regional based businesses as part of a fresh new program and provides an excellent opportunity for business, industry and leaders to come together and showcase the region's achievements with a focus on innovation, exports and emerging opportunities.