The new Fraser Coast Regional Council CEO Ken Diehm arrived just in time for the Mary Poppins Festival and is looking forward to the Ocean Festival.
In his first two weeks in the Fraser Coast, Ken has already travelled more than a 1,000 kilometres visiting Council work sites and exploring the region’s tourism offerings.
“I am a strong believer in the importance of events-based tourism and signature festivals,” he said.
“Not only do they showcase our region but they also add considerably to our local economy.
“In the space of about six weeks our region will experience the benefits of the Mary Poppins Festival, the Australian Music Teachers Conference, the Qld State Touch Football Titles, the Burrum Coal Discovery Festival, and the start of the Ocean Festival.
“These events will generate thousands of visitors to our region and are likely to have an economic contribution of well over $1M.
“Our region is made up of many diverse communities and I am pleased to see that our events leverage off and celebrate the unique characteristics of each of these communities.”
Having just returned to Queensland after four years as CEO of the City of Greater Geraldton in Western Australia, Mr Diehm, and his wife are looking forward to sampling the joys of QLD seafood again and will be regulars at the Ocean Festival.
Having also swum with Whale Sharks in WA, Ken is keen to get out and see the Humpback Whales close up with his grandchildren.
“What is great about the Ocean Festival is that it has a range of activities to cater for people of all ages and tastes,” he said.
“Visitors to our region during this period are going to be blown away by the amazing scenery, weather, attractions and events.
“I believe that the Fraser Coast has unparalleled economic opportunity and I am delighted to be able to work with the Council, business community and other levels of government to help bring about renewed economic prosperity and growth to the region.” – Article and photo by Kevin Corcoran