26 May, 2021
Economic stimulus policy to be reviewed early
COUNCIL has brought forward a review of an economic stimulus policy.
The Facilitating Development in the Mackay Region Policy is due to be reviewed in December
But that review will now be done and completed by the end of August following a motion carried
at today’s ordinary meeting of council.
A notified motion was put forward by councillors Laurence Bonaventura, Alison Jones, Martin
Bella and Russell Seymour.
An amendment to that motion, removing some wording around the current “buoyant” state of the
economy, was carried.
That amended motion was then endorsed by council.
As part of the review, councillors will be involved in a workshop to understand the changes in
the Mackay region’s economic situation prior to staff developing an updated policy.
Councillors in favour of the amendment indicated they shouldn’t be commenting on the current
economy as that information would come forward as part of the review.
Mayor Greg Williamson said all councillors agreed an earlier-than-planned review of the policy
“This policy was first put in place in 2014 during the economic downturn. It has been reviewed annually and amended to reflect the different sectors of the economy
council has wanted to help stimulate," Mayor Williamson said.
“It has been successful in helping stimulate many developments in our region, with conditions around projects being completed in a timely manner and using local contractors.”
Nearly 60 applications have been approved under the Facilitating Development in the Mackay Region Policy.
Of those, 28 have been completed and another seven are under construction, with combined
construction costs of about $130 million.
Concessions provided for the completed and under
construction projects total more than $4 million.
The economic output of those projects is estimated to be more than $270 million, creating nearly 650 jobs.