Public input sought at Mary Valley planning meeting
PLANNING is under way for a major public meeting on May 31 where business owners and residents will be asked for input in promoting the Mary Valley.
The meeting will be held at the Brooloo Hall from 10am, and organisers are hoping to attract people from the entire valley - from its start in the upper reaches of the Conondales all the way through to Gympie.
This area cuts across four shires, and organisers are also urging council representatives from Cooloola, Noosa, Maroochydore and Caloundra to attend the meeting.
The organising group is Advance Mary Valley, a collection of business owners and residents from the valley, who wish to see it develop as a viable economic and tourism centre.
Spokesman Vince Carige said the group wanted to preserve the village atmosphere of the small towns in the valley, while at the same time capitalising on the fact that there is currently an increased awareness of the area in Queensland, and across the country.
He said this was not a government-led initiative, but a home-grown bid to have a hand in developing the valley.
"For the Mary Valley to move ahead, we must attract more people," Mr Carige said, "but it is imperative that we have some controls over how that is done, to hold on to the lifestyle we have here, while making it more prosperous for everyone."
He said Advance Mary Valley was about branding the Mary Valley as a destination, and the group was forging major links with all tiers of government.
Inquiries to Mr Carige on 5488 6610 or Brian Arnold at Cooloola Regional Development Bureau on 5482 5444.