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Council releases new business incentives program

Deferral of infrastructure charges will be one of the incentives which could be offered to intending business investors by the Scenic Rim Regional Council in future.

In a move styled on the Jobs Jump Start program offered during the former term of Council, the Investment Attraction Incentives Program was adopted at the Council’s general meeting this month.

However, where the Jobs Jump Start offered 50 percent off infrastructure charges in the first year and a 25 percent reduction in its second year, the new program may offer up to a three year deferral of payment or equal payments across a three year term.

Mayor Greg Christensen said in announcing the new initiative that it  … “will give the Scenic Rim a competitive edge and make it easier for business to thrive in the region”.

He said Council officers would look at each intending applicant on the basis of a case management approach.

“This may include support ranging from concept meetings and pre-lodgement meetings through to assistance with development applications.”

The new approach will attract investment, according to Cr Christensen.

“[It} will drive jobs and growth in the Scenic Rim and is consistent with our shared objectives in the Scenic Rim Community Plan 2011 - 2026.”

The Investment Attraction Incentive Program Policy and the Scenic Rim Investment Attraction Incentives Program - Infrastructure Charges Deferral Guideline will be released in early February.