Business leaders concerned after council advisor appointed

FRASER Coast business leaders are concerned about the impact a council adviser will have on the economic growth of the region.

Last week the State Government ordered an adviser be appointed to the Fraser Coast Regional Council to ensure it performs its responsibilities.

Stephen Johnson, who is the second in charge of the Department of Local Government, will spend between three and six months working with councillors.

Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce president Tim Powers raised concerns about how it would impact on the region.

"The appointment of an adviser to help the council is detrimental to economic activity in the region," he said.

"It's not a good sign to investors that are looking to invest.

"Until they sort their internal conflicts, learn to get on with the decisions the majority have made, the region will be worse off."

Urban Development Institute of Australia Fraser Coast chairman Glen Winney agreed, saying the appointment of an adviser was bad news for industry confidence.

"Hopefully the adviser will get a proactive and good outcome and the region can start prospering again," he said.

"People want to see confidence in a region and in a council; they certainly want to see an economic plan and a united council," Mr Winney said.

Maryborough Chamber of Commerce president Lance Stone urged leaders to fix their issues.

"I hope they get their business in order quickly," he said.

"I'd hate to see us become the laughing stock of the state."