Mid-year update: New incentive strategy a win for members

Successfully advocating for the “Building Bundaberg 2020” was among the key wins discussed at a mid-year briefing between UDIA Queensland State President Warwick Bible and Bundaberg Branch members.

Branch President Nathan Freeman provided a full mid-year update and summarised the branch achievements from 2020. This year’s mid-year update responded to COVID-19 and how the industry was going to bounce back.

The Institute’s CEO Kirsty Chessher-Brown was also in attendance to provide an update on State related matters.

To date, the branch has also:

  • Advanced the branch’s advocacy by writing to the State Government and Bundaberg Regional Council on four separate occasions in 2020; promoting incentives opportunities to encourage growth and investment in our local area; highlighting budgetary considerations; and identifying key infrastructure projects to fund in the region
  • Signed two new members broadening the depth and expertise of our local membership, despite the uncertainty of COVID-19.
  • Increased our engagement and collaboration with other regional branches, sharing knowledge and insights on how other local governments are operating and the potential application of successful initiatives in the Bundaberg region.

The success of our advocacy behind inspiring council to adopt a new incentive strategy can be credited to the hard-working members of the committee and the effectiveness behind our working group meetings with council. The signed MOU with council allows our members to put forward important issues, and now some of the fruits of the efforts can be seen.

The branch will continue to work with council on these matters but also continue:

  • Our State advocacy on the State Government’s review of the Wide Bay Burnett Region Plan by putting forward the Branch’s top priorities and ensuring the local property development industry’s role as a key local employer is acknowledged
  • Collating an infrastructure priority list from the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) to advise council on suitable local infrastructure which may provide a catalyst for future development opportunities.

The branch has also been to speak to the full council. This will enable us to outline our priorities for our branch and pursue a conversation about issues of mutual interest.

We take this opportunity to thank our hard-working members and the committee on persisting and engaging with council to ensure the local property industry can continue grow, particularly during COVID-19. If you have any questions relating to the committee efforts in 2020, please contact the branch.

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