First and Last Mile Project
WBBROC has been successful in having the Wide Bay Burnett region nominated the next First and Last Mile project. This will involve a study by an independent consultant
Many freight journeys start and finish on local roads. When heavy vehicles cannot travel the whole journey, and freight has to be moved to smaller trucks, this can substantially increase costs.
The underlying objective of the First and Last Mile project is to create complete freight routes that extend from the point of origin to the destination, and which are able to be used by the same, largest sized vehicle for the entire journey.
Water for Economic Development
WBBROC is very aware that reliable and secure water availability is vital for the growth of food production in the Wide Bay Burnett region. Water security is also important for industrial use, e.g. food processing.
The agribusiness sector is a significant contributor to the Gross Regional Product (GRP) across the region with a great potential for growth. WBBROC, in collaboration with the State Government and other stakeholders, is looking at ways to assist this important business sector in the region expand, while also ensure water security for urban communities.
Port of Bundaberg
WBBROC has been successful in advocating to the State Government to advance access to and increased use of the Port of Bundaberg. This includes:
- Gaining State Government funding for a gas pipeline to the Port, which will provide energy for new industries to establish at the Port,
- Support from the RDA, Gladstone Ports, Transport and Main Roads, and the Department of State Development for a Transport Network Study for the Port.
- State Government declaration of the Port as a State Development Area (announced on 10 February, 2017). This declaration will greatly help to speed up development at the Port.