Economic development

Advocacy priorities

Council’s economic development team are engaged in a number of advocacy projects that will help stimulate investment and create employment growth in the region. Some of these are featured below.

Demaining Quay Street

Council seeks the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads to work with Council to prepare the business case for, and delivery of, state road diversion around the Bundaberg CBD, necessary to facilitate the demaining of Quay Street. As part of the Regional Deal, $32 million is allocated in the Federal budget for the diversion plus $8million for an intersection upgrade of Princess and Scotland Streets.

Status: Completed preliminary business case
Lead: Bundaberg Regional Council
Value: $66 million
Completion: 2025


New Bundaberg Hospital

The Queensland government has committed to establishing a new hospital in Bundaberg by the year 2026. This will see many new acute, level 5 health services provided in Bundaberg, including an expanded medical school.

Status: Detailed business case
Lead: Queensland Health
Value: $500m and $1,500 million
Jobs: 800 - 1000 new specialist
Completion: 2026


Bundaberg Civic and Cultural Arts precinct

Council is exploring a new vision to create a civic and cultural arts precinct in the heart of Bundaberg CBD. This vision will deliver new and reinvigorated cultural arts infrastructure in the CBD, acting as both a catalyst for investment and further incentive to live and work in the Bundaberg Region.

Status: Under investigation
Lead: Bundaberg Regional Council
Completion: Twenty year vision


Ag Tech precinct

CQ University, the Australian Government and Bundaberg Regional Council are partnering to establish Australia’s first Ag Tech prototyping precinct in the Bundaberg Region. This precinct will attract, engage and connect innovators, researchers and industry in the testing and rapid prototyping of Ag Tech to delivery improvements in agricultural and economic performance.

Status: Funded by Australian government
Lead: CQ University
Value: $5 million
Completion: 2021


10 Giga Berg

This project aims to deliver speeds of up to 10 gigabytes per second of affordable internet speed in Bundaberg. By leveraging existing local and state telecommunications infrastructure, this project aims to address better connectivity as a priority for business and the community.

Status: Under planning
Lead: Bundaberg Regional Council
Completion: Ongoing


Port of Bundaberg expansion

We are advocating for the expansion of the Port of Bundaberg into a top tier Australian Port. Opportunity exists to expand the port to encourage the export of the region’s rich agricultural and mineral endowments. In 2018, Bundaberg Regional Council, WBBROC and Gladstone Port Corporation identified the opportunity to grow 24,000 jobs across the region, if the port’s potential could be unlocked.

Status: Advocacy
Lead: Bundaberg Regional Council
Jobs: Up to 24,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2035


Anzac Park water recreation facility

As part of the Civic and Cultural Precinct, Council is seeking State government funding to “establish a recreational space that activates the riverfront".

Value: $17 million
Status: Design Complete (seeking funding)
Lead: Bundaberg Regional Council
Completion: Unknown


Regional aquatic centre

Bundaberg Regional Council is seeking Federal government funding to establish a new state of the art national standard aquatic facility in Bundaberg.

Status: Planning and funding
Lead: Bundaberg Regional Council
Completion: 2-3 years


Challenger Learning Centre

The Challenger Centre approached Bundaberg Regional Council (BRC) with the proposal to develop Australia’s first Challenger Learning Centre. This is a specifically designed education facility aimed at providing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) lessons from primary through to high school aged children. It includes several scenario-based learning activities established around space missions.

Status: Under planning
Value: $7 million
Lead: Bundaberg Regional Council and NASA
Completion: 2 years


Mon Repos Turtle Centre

Construction of new Mon Repos Turtle Centre to represent turtle conversation and promote regional tourism.

Status: Funded by State Government / Under Construction
Value: $17 million
Lead: Bundaberg Regional Council
Completion: 2020

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