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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Focus on work-life balance

Moreton Bay Regional Council has launched the first official Community Plan for the region.

Mayor Allan Sutherland said more than 4,500 survey responses and eight public forums had helped shape the plan.

“We’ve Got It All in the Moreton Bay Region, and the Moreton Bay Region Community Plan 2011-2021 seeks to retain what we all love about this fantastic region,” the Mayor said.

Key outcomes from the plan include increasing the opportunity for local residents to live and work in the region, promoting a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle while protecting the natural beauty of our environment.

Mayor Sutherland said the plan foreshadowed Moreton Bay Regional Council working closer with the business community and government to create even more local job opportunities.

“Almost 60 per cent of Moreton Bay residents work outside the region,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“We want to ease the daily grind so local residents can achieve a better work-life balance.

“Council is already actively encouraging big business and government agencies to move their operations to the region.

“Council wants to be at the forefront of attracting State Government agencies to set up shop in the region.

“Our region is well serviced by train stations from Strathpine through to Caboolture with the Moreton Bay Rail Link to come online soon with train stations at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Kinsellas Road, Rothwell and Kippa-Ring.

“The Moreton Bay Region offers rail infrastructure ideally suited to transit-oriented development and a sustainable work-life balance.

“Moreton Bay Regional Council will continue to make direct representations to government and business to increase local job opportunities in a variety of different roles.”

Council has sought a meeting with the Local Government and Planning Minister, Paul Lucas, to discuss how the Moreton Bay Region can play a key role in the State Government’s decentralisation strategy.

More information about the Moreton Bay Region Community Plan 2011-2021 is available on council's website: