Gas and the Wide Bay Burnett Economy

by Cameron Murray

Gas exploration is being undertaken in the Wide Bay Burnett region. Development of gasfields would present a risk to the region’s diverse services, tourism, agricultural, and manufacturing economy. 

Summary points include:

  • Blue Energy is exploring for gas in the Wide Bay Burnett region, a region that features high-value horticulture and sugar cane crops and the World Heritagelisted Fraser Island.
  • The Region’s economy is a diverse mix of modern education and health services (30% of employment), tourism (10%), agriculture (7%), and manufacturing (6%).
  • Gas companies in Australia have a history of exaggerating the economic benefits of gas field development to local regions while ignoring any real economic and social costs.


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