In 2013 South Burnett Regional Council (SBRC) established a peak economic and tourism development organisation – South Burnett Directions (SBD). It is a committee of Council consisting of business leaders representing agriculture, resources, automotive, finance, legal, health, tourism, livestock and food processing business sectors.
The Committee has prepared the inaugural South Burnett Regional Economic Development Strategy and oversees the implementation of projects of regional significance which include:
- Agriculture Growth
- Business and Industry Growth
- Health Services
- Tourism Development
- Heavy Vehicle Transport
- Education Pathways to Jobs
- Trade Development
South Burnett Directions was established to strategically develop economic growth. South Burnett Directions has had success with opening a community hospital to support health services, implementing a tourism strategy, receiving funding from the Federal Government’s Round 1 Black Spot Funding Program – the region winning new telecommunications at 4 black spot areas – the most awarded in Queensland.
In business and industry growth South Burnett Directions has led strategic programs such as the Business Excellence Awards and the South Burnett Rewards (shop local program), both of which build local business capacity and growth and facilitates a close working relationship with local businesses.
South Burnett Directions continue to work on implementing the Economic Development Strategy 2014-2019 and strategically developing economic growth for the South Burnett.