SEQ a great place to live, work and play, say civic leaders

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Somerset regional Mayor Graeme Lehmann speaking at the Regional Major Project Forum in Ipswich .
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Somerset regional Mayor Graeme Lehmann speaking at the Regional Major Project Forum in Ipswich . David Nielsen

LOCAL mayors were selling their regions as great places to live, work and play at the Regional Major Projects Forum held in Ipswich this week.

The event was presented by the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning's SEQ office with the aim of helping business find out about opportunities in the Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Somerset regions.

Somerset mayor Graeme Lehmann spoke about the progress the region was making on a variety of fronts.

"As far as development goes we are developing above the state average, so this is a great place to live, work and play," he said.

"Another one of the things we spoke about was the opening up of Wivenhoe Dam to more recreation and we see that as a big plus for our region as well

"The regions work together. Somerset and Wivenhoe dams act as a playground for Ipswich and Brisbane.

"We spoke about what happens in the area as far as farming goes, and the value of the abattoirs, extractive industries and all the industries in our region. Selling the region is what it is all about."

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the importance of jobs for local people was of paramount importance.

"When I got elected back in 1991 no-one talked about economic development," Cr Pisasale said.

"What people are starting to realise is that the economic growth of any community depends on whether your kids stay here or not.

"When there are no jobs, no kids stay here.

"I spoke about how there are no boundaries when it comes to economic development and that we all have to work together.

"As a region Brisbane needs Ipswich more than Ipswich needs Brisbane.

"We can take those big (job) generators like DB Schenker and TNT because there is no room left for them in Brisbane…and we will create the jobs here.

"We have to create work opportunities where people live."

Cr Pisasale spoke about the importance of "full utilisation of the aerospace industry, the motor sport precinct, our logistics hub and industrial land".

"Economic development is about a region working together."

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