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A proactive roadshow trip to Brisbane by Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox has paid instant dividends with the Palaszczuk Government announcing State Cabinet will meet in the Whitsundays next month.
Last month Mayor Willcox, CEO Barry Omundson and Councillor Mike Brunker arranged meetings at Parliament House in Brisbane with a number of ministers including Deputy Premier Jackie Trad as part of a mission to fly the flag for the Whitsunday Region.
These meetings were requested and instigated as part of Council’s desire to establish positive relationships with state and federal governments to partner and deliver projects to stimulate growth and economic activity in the Whitsunday Region.
Mayor Willcox welcomed yesterday’s announcement by the Premier that her Cabinet Ministers would meet in the Whitsundays on 23 and 24 October with a community forum to be held at Proserpine State High School on Sunday, 23 October.
“This is a great coup for our region and this council’s proactive attitude and common-sense approach to partnering with State Government is already paying dividends,” Cr Willcox said.
“I spoke with Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk yesterday and advised her that the Whitsunday community is looking forward to hosting State Cabinet and having another chance to discuss face to face the challenges and opportunities our region faces,” he said.
“As an action-council we must plan and deliver the projects that will act as a catalyst for job creation and economic growth and hosting the Premier and her ministers for three days gives our residents a direct line to the Queensland Government.
Premier Palaszczuk said that “Community Cabinet gives Queensland communities a chance to speak with Ministers and raise issues that matter to them.”
“Tourism figures released recently showed tremendous growth of tourism in northern Queensland with the amazing Whitsundays one of the market leaders,” she said.
“In that part of Queensland over the last financial year, the number of visitors are up 30.6% with 2.2 million nights and expenditure of more than half a billion dollars.
“We look forward to meeting with residents from across the Whitsundays Region.
“Prior to the State Budget, our Working Queensland Cabinet Committee toured the regions. As a result, our Budget had a strong focus on infrastructure and employment in regional Queensland.
“Almost half of the $10.7 billion capital works budget committed to the regions and $100 million Back to Work program dedicated to support employers taking on long-term unemployed.”