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Gympie’s Future: Something That Can’t Be Bypassed (Sold Out)

February 13 @ 6:45 am - 8:45 am

| $25.00

This event is now Sold Out. We are welcome to join us but there is standing room only and no breakfast can be included.


Scott Rowe, David Sparks and Lynne Banford

Representatives from all three levels of Government will discuss the current position on economic development, with particular focus on:

  • The reasons why industry should come to the region and WHO that could be
  • The availability of industrial land with infrastructure firmly in place to accommodate potential industries
  • Identifying obstacles and challenges that may be hindering this, and
  • What solutions can be put in place to overcome these obstacles
  • An Action Plan going forward

Scott Rowe Director of Regional Development of Wide Bay, David Sparkes State Govt. Director of Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Innovation and Lynne Banford Gympie Regional Council Economic Development will be giving their views on all of the above, with a Q&A session to follow.

The Gympie Chamber of Commerce has a renewed focus in working with all three levels of Government to attract large wealth type industries to our region, which will boost the local economy, fill empty shops, create jobs and will generally be good for everyone.

Non-members are very welcome but if you wish to join the Chamber please check our website for membership options. We’re here for you and we’d love to have you on board.


Lynne Banford is Gympie Regional Council’s “Gympie Futures Manager”, overseeing the Gympie region’s economic development and tourism portfolios.

With almost 25 years’ tourism, major event and economic development experience at senior levels in Local, State and Federal Government, Lynne leads the development and implementation of Council’s tourism and economic development strategies  –  strategies that will deliver economic prosperity for the region in to the future.

Having worked for two world leading Economic Development Agencies in the United Kingdom and New Zealand and, having been a Director with Tourism Queensland for 11 years, Lynne brings an extensive background in strategic planning,  industry development, marketing and promotion and major event management and sponsorship.

This is complimented by significant sector knowledge and established networks across Australia, New Zealand and within the United Kingdom, Europe and North America.

David Sparks is the Acting Regional Director for the Department of State Development’s new Fraser Coast and Gympie regional office. The department made a decision to provide more support to the Fraser Coast and Gympie and asked David to temporarily move from his job in Ipswich to establish a new office in this region. David has over 20 years of experience in economic development starting with the Queensland DPI before moving to State Development. His priority for the new regional office is to support business growth and job creation.

Scott Rowe is the current Director of Regional Development for Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett.

RDA’s are a network of 55 committees across Australia tasked with working across all levels of government, industry and community to enhance economic development opportunities.

Scott has a small business background having held senior managerial positions with regional media companies across Queensland over the past 25 years.

An award-winning journalist and former newspaper editor and owner, Scott has lived and worked in the Wide Bay Burnett for more than 15 years and boasts large community networks and connections.

Based in Hervey Bay, Scott was Enterprise and Investment Manager of Fraser Coast Opportunities before joining Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett in 2014.

With a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Business, he has a strong understanding of the region’s economic opportunities and business challenges and volunteers his time on boards, sporting clubs and community and economic development organisations.



February 13
6:45 am - 8:45 am


Gympie RSL
217 Mary Street
Gympie, QLD 4570 Australia
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Gympie Chamber of Commerce