Economic Development

Bundaberg Economic Development Strategy

The Bundaberg Regional Council Economic Development Strategy 2014-2024 has been developed to prepare for change and take advantage of the emerging economic environment, explore a new direction for our future and make a commitment to creating a robust and resilient economy for the region.

A Better Climate for Business Strategy reinforces that economic development is a priority for Council and that Council is committed to being a key enabler for our regional economic future. To achieve the economic change required, we are focused on five essential paths to create a new, open, responsive and strong economy. These paths are;
  • Strong Economic Leadership & Collaboration
  • Infrastructure, Investment and Development
  • Industries of Tomorrow
  • Harnessing our Global Relationships
  • Investing in Our People.

For each of these paths, the Bundaberg Economic Development Strategy outlines various priorities and goals, designed to prepare for our region's future, take advantage of the emerging economic environment, and make a commitment to creating a robust and resilient economy for the region.

Click here to download the Economic Development Strategy 2014-2024 (please note the size of this file is 5 MB).

Bundaberg Regional Council continues to invite individuals, community groups and businesses to provide feedback on the Economic Development Strategy 2014-2024. Click here to provide your feedback on the Economic Development Strategy paths above.

If you have any questions, please email or call 1300 883 699.

Digital Economy Strategy

We are at a critical point in time where the future of our region will be shaped by our ability to leverage the extraordinary pace of technological change. As the global and digital economies converge and become seamlessly connected, the Bundaberg Regional Council is committed to promoting regional engagement and participation in the digital marketplace.

As part of this commitment, Council formally adopted the Bundaberg Digital Economy Strategy in March 2013, which will drive the digital capabilities within the Bundaberg Region and also align our region’s digital future to that of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils (WBBROC), Queensland and national strategies.

Fulfilling this digital economy strategy requires a collaborative effort between industry, businesses, community groups, and residents across the region. Together we will reinforce our region’s commitment of being nationally and internationally competitive, encouraging economic growth, and maintaining a superior quality of life through our focus on the following areas:

  • Establishing Council’s digital leadership throughout the region
  • Promoting new technologies conducive to the evolving digital world
  • Supporting digital readiness through business transformation
  • Building digital skills through education
  • Encouraging new initiatives through digital innovation

Further information can be found by downloading Council’s Digital Economy Strategy

Clean Energy Strategy

Energy prices across Australia are on the rise and are predicted to increase in the coming decade. In conjunction with increased reliance, the threat of higher energy prices represents a significant risk to our energy security and ability to absorb dramatic swings in price. Furthermore, continued dependence on carbon-based energy sources reinforces an energy policy that overlooks opportunities that support environmental consciousness and our responsibility as stewards of our natural environment.

In response to these issues, Bundaberg Regional Council is building a plan to help our region take hold of clean energy opportunities and transition away from non-renewable energy sources. This plan represents the goals and vision for a self-sustaining region with energy and resource management as a top priority. In particular, this document provides a roadmap to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Implement clean energy policies that reduce Council’s overall energy consumption and related operational costs based on clear, measureable targets.
  • Provide leadership that raises consciousness around clean energy adoption.
  • Transition from non-renewable energy sources towards emerging clean technologies.
  • Support economic diversification through carefully planned energy investment.
  • Expand Council’s clean energy practices to engage business and industry throughout the Bundaberg region in ways that are meaningful to promote behaviour change and uptake of clean energy technology/practices.
  • Understand our environmental impact and use our knowledge to make environmentally-conscious decisions to preserve our natural resources.

Our growing need for a more cost-effective, resilient and environmentally-conscious future naturally supports a transition to improved energy and resource management. Clean Energy Bundaberg sets the direction for delivering new and progressive energy management policies and measuring the resulting benefits in the years to come.

For more information on Council’s Clean Energy ‘Projects and Initiatives’ please CLICK HERE

Click here to download a copy of the Clean Energy Bundaberg Strategy.