Wide Bay Burnett Economic Development Strategy

WBBROC has endorsed the Wide Bay Burnett Economic Development Strategy 2019-2024 for the region. This strategy has been developed to provide a roadmap for WBBROC, State and Federal Governments, and Industry. In actioning these strategies, the economic potential of the Wide Bay Burnett region will be unlocked, improving the socio-economic position of our communities, and delivering jobs and economic benefits to Queensland.

Wide Bay Burnett Economic Development Strategy 2019-2024


Regional Water Position Paper - 2019

Over the past 2 years, WBBROC, in consultation with workshop participants, has developed a Regional Water Position Paper. This document provides a rich source of information for water advocacy across the Wide Bay Burnett region.  WBBROC would like to thank workshop participants for their involvement and feedback which has proved invaluable in formulating this document. A short Executive Summary highlights the common issues most important to WBBROC members.

Regional Water Position Paper - Executive Summary - 2019


Water for Economic Development

WBBROC is very aware that reliable and secure water 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.

WBBROC Water Advocacy Brochure


Port of Bundaberg

 WBBROC has been successful in influencing the State Government and advancing access to and increased use of the Port of Bundaberg.  This includes:

  • Gaining State Government funding for a gas pipeline to the Port, to support new industries.
  • Declaration of the Port as a State Development Area, helping to expedite development.  

A report has now been released that calls on the Federal and State Governments to fund a number of strategic infrastructure investments that will deliver economic prosperity to the Wide Bay Burnett region.  The Wide Bay Burnett is well positioned to capitalise on a number of global megatrends, trends that if leveraged through greater infrastructure investment will release inter-generational economic benefits for the region. This report clearly details how to unlock this potential.

Building the Future Trade Potential of the Wide Bay Burnett.pdf


Independent Broadband Testing in the Region

Dependable, fast broadband, and mobile telephone coverage continues to be essential for the economic development of the Wide Bay Burnett region.  Mobile telephone coverage is also crucial during natural disasters and serious accidents. 

This is why, in 2014, WBBROC commissioned independent testing of broadband access across the Wide Bay Burnett region.   The independent telecommunications consultant travelled over 2,000 kilometres of roads throughout the region.

The following report highlighted the needs at that time:

WBBROC continues to use this independent evidence to lobby both the Government and the telecommunications carriers.  In this way, key priority blackspot areas, are slowly over time, being eliminated.