OPINION: CBD master plan a hot topic for breakfast function

OPINION: A couple of weeks ago I highlighted the need to promote confidence in this region as a place for business to invest, and I mentioned one key project to do this could be the Hervey Bay (Pialba) CBD Urban Renewal Master Plan development.

A draft master plan has been formulated and the council has been active in promoting this to the local community, including a forum invitation to Pialba business owners and operators.

The chamber sees this project as important to all regional businesses, with a Hervey Bay CBD having a similar impact on local business as Stockland Shopping Centre has had on the local retail industry specifically.

Therefore we are pleased the Mayor has accepted an invitation from the chamber to speak to the local business community at our monthly breakfast function at the Hervey Bay Boat Club on Wednesday, April 29.

The deadline for submissions on the CBD project will have passed on Friday, this breakfast event should provide a good opportunity to hear first-hand the council's thoughts on all feedback received, and the direction of this project.

This chamber has been active in providing an initial detailed response to the master plan, on behalf of our members, and has been proactive in consulting with the council on the merits of our response.

Like the Urangan Boat Harbour - which this chamber has also championed - this CBD project has the potential to transform this region for the betterment of all.

Tim Powers is the Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce president