Economic Development Officer

Job No: PEAK13
Location: St George Qld

About the Organisation

  • Challenging role to encourage economic growth
  • Country lifestyle
  • Salary package neg up to $100K+ subsidised accommodation if req + car with limited private use


The Balonne Shire is located in Queensland, about 500km inland from the Queensland capital, Brisbane, and is nestled just above the New South Wales border. Our Shire serves as a bridge between the expanse of the great outback to its west, and the Great Dividing Range and capital city to its east.

Across more than 31,000 square kilometres, 4500 residents call one of our seven communities home – St George, Thallon, Dirranbandi, Bollon, Nindigully, Mungindi, and Hebel. One of the unique things about our Shire is that every town is situated beside a river.

Traditionally, the Shire’s economy has been built around agriculture, in particular the production of cotton, grain, sheep and cattle. Growth has been shown in new areas such as tourism, and horticultural crops such as grapes, onions, and garlic.

The Shire hub, St George, sits at the intersection of six highways, providing connectivity for the transportation of goods and flow through of visitors alike. The Council plays an important role to improve the thriving economy.

Council operating budget is approximately $ 25 million with a staff base of 97.

About the Position

The position objective is to secure the future prosperity and expanded employment opportunities of the Shire’s residents through economic diversification and value adding to existing industries. 

The EDO will be required to identify and implement key economic development projects and facilitate private investment and re-investment leading to increased local output and employment.  You must be able to develop and manage effective relationships with external stakeholders including local businesses and relevant community groups as well as work effectively and proactively as the region’s primary economic development group.

Please Note: It will be a requirement of the role to spend one night a week at Dirranbandi to service this community and address its particular needs whilst still being responsible for other economic development responsibilities across the shire. This is a three year fixed term contract. 

 Position Details

Please click on the link for a full copy of the POSITION DESCRIPTION

Please click on the link for a full copy of the Balonne Shire Economic Plan

Peak Services is working in conjunction with Balonne Shire Council, exclusively on this position. We offer local government expertise across a wide range of professional fields, providing tailored solutions for councils and other similar organisations. We work with our clients to deliver meaningful outcomes in recruitment and contracting services. 

How to Apply

Before you apply for this position, please read the position description carefully to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position.  You will be required to answer a few questions that relate to the criteria on the online application below.  You will also be asked to attach your current resume which should include two recent employment related referees. Please note that you cannot submit your application without attaching your resume. When uploading your resume or documents please ensure file names should only include 'A-z', '0-9', '.' and '-' characters.

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have commenced your application you cannot save and continue at a later stage. It is recommended you answer the questions in a Word document to save then copy and paste your answers into the portal.

Applications will close on Sunday the 1st July at 10 pm.  Please ensure you leave adequate time to complete your application before the closing date and time. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Celia Jones at Peak Services on 0409 119 561  for a confidential conversation.


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