WORKING TOGETHER: Members of the Stanthorpe Economic Development Unit recently met with members of the Lockyer Valley Regional Council Development Unit sparking a new and budding working relationship.
WORKING TOGETHER: Members of the Stanthorpe Economic Development Unit recently met with members of the Lockyer Valley Regional Council Development Unit sparking a new and budding working relationship. Rosa Minuti

Granite Belt links up to build opportunity

THE Granite Belt has long been friends with its neighbours and a new partnership with the Lockyer Valley Regional Council development team is set to strengthen that friendship.

Southern Downs Regional Council economic development officer Diane Anstee said the LVRC development unit recently undertook a familiarisation tour in the Southern Downs that included meeting with the economic development unit.

"This initial meeting provided us with the opportunity to share information and identify some synergies as the basis for working together in the future," she said.

"This approach fits well with our EDU partnership approach, working across borders and regions to identify opportunities to cooperatively work together."

Ms Anstee said during initial discussion both parties identified a number of similar focus areas that have the potential to assist in developing joint projects.

"There is a strong sense of opportunity for strategic collaboration to enhance regional economic development outcomes, including applications for funding grants and potential joint industry projects," she said.

"As the practitioner group expands, we also hope to identify opportunities for innovation and connectivity that supports the development of our network."

Ms Anstee said the partnership was still in the works with issues and potential projects to be developed following a planned reciprocal visit by the EDU to the Lockyer region.

"The LVRC development team were inspired by the enthusiasm of our team and will be providing introductions to key stakeholders in the Lockyer Valley during our planned reciprocal visit," she said.

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