Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones. Rob Williams

We're not interested: Lockyer Valley Mayor to big developers

LOCKYER Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones told more than 200 business and industry leaders that his council was different to others across the south-east as it was not in the market to attract big housing developments or industries.

He said the region's focus was solely based around agriculture and lifestyle.

Cr Jones, who was speaking at an Urban Development Institute of Australia breakfast in Brisbane on Friday, said he wanted to further grow the region's reputation.

"We are not out to seek heavy industry or difficult industry for us to fit around agriculture," he said.

"We are more and more working towards a food bowl element.

"The industries we want to attract would be based around that food element."

Cr Jones said region was one of the most fertile in the world and council really needed to start capitalise on it further.

"It is really important that we focus on that because agriculture is not very sexy in today's life with government," he said.

"We need to make sure it is brought to the forefront.

"Everyone needs to eat and our produce is some of the best quality in the world."

Cr Jones told those gathered that he still had reservations about the South-East Queensland Regional Plan the government was looking at introducing.

"The problem with the last plan, and the plan before that, was it took a one size fits all mentality," he said.

"We need greater flexibility.

"My concern is the plan will be heavily urban focused."

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