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Whitsunday Regional Council Councillors have unanimously resolved at its recent ordinarymeeting to meet with Government and lobby to end the uncertainty around the Abbot Pointdevelopment.
In a motion moved at last Wednesday’s Council meeting by Division 3 CouncillorJohn Collins, the Councillors resolved the following:
That Council authorise the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chief Executive Officer to meet withHonourable Mark Bailey Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and MinisterEnergy and Water Supply to discuss the future of Abbot Point and re-establish plans forAbbot Point to become a multi-commodity port focused upon resources, agriculture andcontainerised imports and exports. Should the Minister be in the region all available Councillors be invited to the meeting.
Furthermore, that the Chief Executive Officer of North Queensland Bulk Ports be invited tothe next available Council briefing session to discuss NQBP’s current position in relation toAbbot Point and their plans for expansion and growth at the port and associated statedevelopment area.
At the meeting Whitsunday Regional Council Deputy Mayor Cr Andrew Willcox said “Our Council unanimously resolved in April 2013, that we fully support the development of Abbot Point, NQBP and its proponents for the future prosperity of the region, the state and the nation, subject to the management of adverse impacts.”
“This remains unchanged and our position is the same for the Carmichael Mine project as well as the rail corridor of which 80% runs the through our local government area. What is required iscertainty for all proponents, Council hopes that the current uncertainty can be resolved quickly.”
Whitsunday Regional Council’s Corporate Plan that underwent extensive community consultation sets out 7 strategic priorities for focussing on regional and economic development including advocating for the continued development of the Port of Abbot Point and the Abbot Point State Development Area.
The resolution at last week’s ordinary meeting continues the work undertakento date.
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