The Wide Bay Burnett provides an enviable work life balance and is a great place to raise and grow a family. It truly is “the perfect place at your perfect pace”. The region is rapidly emerging as the food bowl of Queensland, is capitalising on the diversification of traditional manufacturing and food processing industries and is now recognized as the Gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef. The estimated population is 293,500, based around Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Gympie, Maryborough, Kingaroy, Biggenden and smaller regional centres.
The 48,600 square kilometres of Queensland’s Wide Bay Burnett region possess significant natural resources, including the World Heritage listed Fraser Island and Great Barrier Reef, and the Ramsar listed Great Sandy Straits wetlands. Agriculture, forestry and fishery, and manufacturing and mining industries are important employers. Traditional industries, like sugar, have spawned world class brands such as Bundaberg Rum and sophisticated food and beverage processing capabilities. Two thirds of the state’s softwood plantation resources are in Wide Bay Burnett’s timber and forestry industry. With an enviable climate, housing affordability and great job prospects, it’s “the perfect place at your perfect pace”.