It’s great to see the spotlight on the Cassowary Coast at the moment with news on the Dunk Island Spit, Castaways development application and more recently, a move forward to revitalise our existing Art Deco Heritage.
At the Economic Activation and Tourism Committee meeting last Thursday, I’m excited to be taking a step forward in supporting local businesses with Council adopting three new development incentives polices to encourage long term growth and investment in the Cassowary Coast region - The Reduction in Development Application Fees Scheme Policy; The New Development Attraction Incentive Scheme Policy; and The Façade Improvement Incentive Scheme Policy.
These policies are part of Council’s ongoing commitment to revitalise the Cassowary Coast region as a dynamic and vibrant destination that positions the region as a lifestyle, investment and tourist destination as well as delivering significant and sustainable economic growth and diversity.
The policies offer general rate and development application fees concessions for the construction of certain types of new development, and grants for shopfront improvements to existing commercial buildings throughout the whole of the Cassowary Coast region. These have been developed to ensure that local businesses and licenced tradespeople who specialise in construction, facade and shopfront refurbishment will gain work and the economic benefits generated by the incentives will stay in the Cassowary Coast region.
We believe this to have great potential in contributing to the revitalisation of the region’s economy and are encouraging all eligible Cassowary Coast businesses to jump on board.
I am pleased to see construction begin on the much anticipated regeneration of the Flying Fish Point sea wall this week. As part of the Cassowary Coast Regional Council’s $1.5m seawall renewal program, the rock wall will provide improved erosion protection, improved maintenance access and enhance marine habitat, which is always priority of our Council.
This Friday I have the pleasure of welcoming Hon. Curtis Pitt to the Cassowary Coast to officially open the Sewage Pump Station upgrade on Burgin Road in Innisfail, and the new $4.2 million South Liverpool Intake and Nyleta Hill Reservoir. We as a Council have been committed to improving water quality across the region, and it’s great to see we are delivering on guaranteeing our drinking water meets the highest quality standards.
Lastly, for those of you attending Anzac ceremonies next week, I look forward to paying my respects by your side.
MAYOR John Kremastos
CASSOWARY COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL