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There is no such thing as too much engagement for Whitsunday Regional Council as Mayor Andrew Willcox hosted the inaugural Community Forum at Bowen today.
The Community Forum is another initiative of Mayor Willcox as he continues his unprecedented community engagement with Whitsunday Region residents.
Mayor Willcox said Bowen and Collinsville community groups represented at today’s forum included the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre, Whitsunday Crisis Centre, Collinsville Community Association, Bowen Lions and Rotary clubs and the Salvation Army and Red Cross organisations.
“This is a pilot forum and if it is successful we will roll out similar forums in Proserpine and Airlie Beach/Cannonvale.
“It’s about recognising what support groups we have and getting to know the roles of each group and ensuring each group is aware of each other’s roles within the community.
“We worked through different scenarios such as transport for elderly for medical assistance, depression, and where someone is worried about a family member involved in drugs or abuse then who is the point of contact.”
Mayor Willcox also hosted his first Business and Commerce Forum last week where invited business leaders listened to guest speakers.
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Senator James McGrath, Member for Dawson George Christensen and Sun Water CEO Nicole Hollows addressed the forum and along with Mayor Willcox answered questions and concerns from business leaders.
“This forum was initiated by myself to further expand this council’s open communication with our business community,” Mayor Willcox said.
“We discussed the issues ahead and feedback on how we can all collaborate to deliver the best possible outcomes for our residents.
“As an action council we must plan and deliver the projects that will act as a catalyst for further State and Federal government funding.
“It is these very projects that will continue to stimulate our region’s growing economy, create thousands of jobs and guide our ongoing growth and development.