Douglas Shire
Economic Development Strategy 2021-2024

This Economic Development Strategy (the Strategy) provides the overarching strategic direction for economic development in the Douglas Shire Council Local Government Area (LGA).

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Draft Douglas Economic Development Strategy

In adopting the Douglas Shire Economic Development Strategy, Council recognises that achieving the desired outcomes will require a commitment of financial resources and specialist skills from several groups and organisations within the community.

Although Council will implement and monitor the strategy, delivery will be the result of a collaborative approach implemented over four years. The strategy:

  • Will be an important part of Council’s decision-making framework
  • Recognises a whole of Council approach to economic development
  • Sets a clear and measurable action plan to monitor Council’s efforts and progress towards economic diversification and prosperity.

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Priority drivers of economic growth

The tourism and agricultural sectors have been and will continue to be major contributors to Douglas Shire’s gross regional product, creating job opportunities for the 12,000 residents who call the region home and supporting the hundreds of thousands of people who visit each year.

It’s the intention of this Strategy to recognise the contribution of these established industries, while building resilience and broadening the economic structure of the Douglas Shire.

Seeking an economy that is thriving, growing and diverse the following three priority areas provide the overarching strategic direction for economic growth in the region:

1. TOURISM

Diversify and expand the tourism offering

2. AGRICULTURE

Diversify and innovate in agriculture

3. POPULATION DIVERSIFICATION

Targeted growth of Shire's population

Supporting priorities

Underpinning Council’s priority drivers are five interconnected areas of focus, each playing an essential role in establishing a supported and thriving business environment.

Infrastructure

Provide infrastructure that connects people, enhances liveability & supports business

Innovation

Develop an innovation culture across business & the community

Indigenous Economy

Build direct links between our indigenous community & the economy

Environmental & Social Links

Ensure environmental & social links to the economy are strengthened & maintained

Business Support

Reduce red tape & improve business support

Feedback invited

The Draft Douglas Shire Economic Development Strategy 2021-2024 is available for public comment until 28 February, 2021. You are invited to submit your feedback via the form below or by emailing enquiries@douglas.qld.gov.au. Alternatively, you can post or drop off your feedback to Council.

If you are providing comment, a reference to the page number your feedback refers to would be helpful.

  • Please provide your comments below

  • Register your interest in being involved

    Although Council will implement and monitor the strategy, delivery will be the result of a collaborative approach implemented over four years. A series of reference groups and plans will be coordinated by Council through the implementation of the Strategy and we're inviting the community to get involved. If you have a vested interest in any of the following, register your interest now.
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    If you registered your interest at any of the above items, or would like to receive updates on the progress of actions, initiatives and projects as identified in the Draft Douglas Shire Economic Development Strategy 2021-2024, leave your details below.
  • Note: Your contact details are not required to lodge feedback. They are only required if you wish to get involved or receive updates. If you have any enquiries, please contact Council's Tourism and Economic Development Officer, Amy Mail via email amy.mail@douglas.qld.gov.au or 4099 9444.