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Economic Development Plan

Cook Shire Council plays a lead role in the economic development and promotion of Cook Shire and is charged with making the most of Cook Shire's assets to secure prosperity and jobs for the long-term future of the region.  Council has prepared the Economic Development Plan (EDP) to support the establishment of a strategic action plan for the Cook Shire economy.  

The EDP will provide guidance and reference for Council and key stakeholders in relation to economic development activities and projects.  Council's operational plan will act as the working arm of the EDP and provide specific detail with regards to activities, projects and budgets.  The EDP will also provide a clear and focussed direction to underpin and assist the delivery of the Tropical North Queensland Regional Economic Plan in partnership with key economic development bodies as well as the Tablelands, Cairns and Cassowary Coast local government areas.

The Cook Shire Council Economic Development Plan aims to:

  • Lay the foundations necessary for regional economic success and prosperity;
  • Strengthen the industries with good growth prospects; and
  • Support new employment opportunities across a number of key industries and skill levels.

Council's goal is to build a sustainable economy that can compete on a regional, national and international stage, and which is recognised as a strong player against other high-profile local government areas.  Economic diversification and development of key industries is critical to providing a resilient economy for our communities. 

Economic Profile

Cook Shire Council has a vision to develop a mature and diversified economy based upon competitive business practices, a highly skilled and dynamic workforce and infrastructure which meets the needs of a wide-ranging and growing population.

The Cook Shire Economic Profile provides data on various local demographics and highlights the strengths and weaknesses of our local economy.  The Economic Development Plan and Economic Profile will be used to support local business opportunities and investment activities, and assist in future funding applications through the State and Federal Governments.

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