“Jobs are vital for the long term viability of Charters Towers”

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That comes from Mayor Frank Beveridge ahead of today’s forum in Townsville where representatives of the state government will be discussing funding for the Northern Australia white paper.

“As a small country town we need jobs, we need the local, state and federal government all to be on the same page.” said Cr Beveridge.

The importance of jobs to the region will be highlighted by our Mayor’s fellow representatives from Townsville and the Burdekin at the forum who hope a combined effort will help to sway the state government.

But from a local perspective things like the Adani coal mine project and access to the upper Burdekin will be firmly on the agenda according to the Mayor.

“We visited the mine last week and it was disheartening to see all the machinery parked up because we would obviously like for that  to go ahead,

“I certainly will be mentioning to the premier the impact this will have on jobs in the Charters Towers region.” he says.

The mayor also hoped that the local cry for investment in water security would be heard by the state government now that the drought looks set to continue.

Don’t forget you can catch all the fallout from the forum in next week’s regional report!