Charters Towers Regional Council will work hard to build a solid working relationship with the newly elected State Government headed by Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk.
Mayor Frank Beveridge says his Council are pursuing a range of issues with the new State Government that are of high importance to the region.
“Local government is a level of government in its own right and this Council has big ideas we wish to pursue,” says Cr Beveridge.
“During the election campaign, this Council distributed a list of major projects that we are advocating for funding from the other levels of government to all four candidates for the seat of Dalrymple.
“Now that the election has been decided and the new ALP government is in power, Council will do everything it can to open lines of communication with the Premier, with his ministers and in particular the Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad who is also Deputy Premier.”
Cr Beveridge says the major projects list included a roof over the Dalrymple Saleyards selling pens; White Mountains National Park eco-tourism project; the Motor Sport Complex; and the Wildlife Sanctuary.
“This is only the tip of the iceberg of Council’s proposed projects list,” says Cr Beveridge.
“As a Council responsible for a very diverse region, we have projects on our books that reflect that diversity.”
Cr Beveridge says Council will also be lobbying for a return to fairer State Government subsidies in a range of areas.
“We would like to see a return to subsidy programs from the State Government that supported subsidies for the provision of essential services such as water and sewerage,” he says.
“Subsidies of up to 40 per cent were available for these projects in previous years.
“Council will also be working with a new State Government to seek access to water from the Upper Burdekin River system.
“This Council finds it difficult to understand why there are no studies into this river system when it is one of the largest river systems in Queensland.”
The Mayor says his council will also continue to work productively with the Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth.
“CEO Mark Crawley and I meet regularly with Shane,” he says.
“These meetings are an opportunity for us to understand each other better and to share information that is appropriate and certainly mutually beneficial.
“An example of this communication is that I believe the Member for Dalrymple now better understands Council’s view on the continual upgrade of the Gregory Development Road as the future inland route between the far north and Sydney and Melbourne.”