Business leaders back plan to move council admin building
THE Fraser Coast's business leaders are confident the council's proposed move to Pialba will help raise confidence within the business community.
It follows the Chronicle's exclusive that revealed the council would be seeking tenders to develop a new administration building in the Pialba precinct, as recommended in the Hervey Bay CBD Urban Renewal Master Plan.
The move heralds the start of the ambitious development plan after years of limbo in the council chambers.
Hervey Bay's Chamber of Commerce president Sandra Holebrook said relocating the centre was an "important catalyst" for the creation of a defined CBD.
"It will undoubtedly establish a strong anchor point for the Hervey Bay business community," Ms Holebrook said.
"The development of a defined CBD signals to the business community that growth in business and the creation of jobs is high on the agenda and that council is making a serious contribution to the economic development of our city."
Kane Macready, the Fraser Coast branch president of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, said the move would give Hervey Bay "a commercial sense of place" and "give investors the confidence to be a part of the future development".
A report recommending the call for expressions of interest will be voted on at council's meeting next week.