Mayor talking about Commonwealth Games opportunities

FRASER Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell was in Brisbane on Monday to chair the Local Government of Queensland Regional Economic Development Advisory Group meeting.

Commonwealth Games opportunities, regional roads, airports and improving telecommunication systems across regional Queensland were among the topics on the agenda.

"The Commonwealth Games would bring opportunities for regional Queensland from increased tourism, hosting teams, supplying products to providing a huge audience to which we can market ourselves," Cr O'Connell said.

"Regional councils need to identify those opportunities and work collaboratively so we enhance our image and opportunities rather than trying to undercut each other.

"Regional business and councils also need improved telecommunications systems if we are going to be remain competitive and attract new business and investment.

"The advent of Cloud-based ICT solutions means businesses are not tethered to capital cities and that improves our ability to attract them to regional areas to take advantage of our lifestyle and lower set-up and operating costs.

"It would also bring improvements in education, especially to education providers to provide quality learning outcomes and enable us to hold on to our youths.

"REDAG has an important role in lobbying for improvements to broadband availability and access.

"It is also linking with other groups, such as the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils, to ensure that improved telecommunications is a major focus."