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Water, sugar, in Senator’s sights (Fraser Coast Chronicle)

March 08, 2018

WATER security, the NBN and road improvements are some of the major projects the Fraser Coast Regional Council and the Federal and State Governments will improve over the next few months. Acting mayor George Seymour met with Queensland Senator Anthony Chisholm on Tuesday to go over some of the region’s major infrastructure and development projects. Some of the projects include safety upgrades to the Bruce Hwy and water security to expand agriculture.

Cr Seymour said he would particularly like to see the Fraser Coast’s NBN rolled out quicker and any connection issues resolved to improve business and make the region “future-smart.” He said it was an important issue for locals.

In January, a motion calling for developers to have NBN fibre cable laid out in available areas was defeated in a council meeting. Cr Seymour said the council was committed to working with both sides of politics.

He said Mr Chisholm, who is a member of the Federal Parliament Environment and Communications Committee and Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee, would return for more meetings.

“We spoke about the future of the sugar and timber industry, manufacturing in Maryborough and investments in our universities and the NBN,” Cr Seymour said.

“The council should be an advocate for the region and our community.”