FROM THE MAYOR’S DESK

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT - Cr Faye Whe­lan, Act­ing Mayor

GREAT eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity ex­ists for North Bur­nett agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries if we have the ca­pac­ity to de­liver pro­duce into the Asian coun­tries, es­pe­cially China. This is the mes­sage I got last week when CEO Mark Pitt and I at­tended AG in the Asian Cen­tury Na­tional Ex­port and In­no­va­tion Con­fer­ence in Toowoomba. They are look­ing for clean and green pro­duce, in­clud­ing fruit and vegetables, dairy and pre­mium beef.

They con­sider food safety as a high pri­or­ity and see Aus­tralia as a pre­ferred sup­plier.

Agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries are im­por­tant to the sta­bil­ity and growth of the North Bur­nett and I see lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s role to keep abreast of changes and fa­cil­i­tate con­nec­tions be­tween tiers of gov­ern­ment to as­sist in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives to look for ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Monto res­i­dents and vis­i­tors turned out for their Dairy Fes­ti­val in the best spring con­di­tions.

At the spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing Septem­ber 30, coun­cil car­ried a res­o­lu­tion to seek fur­ther fund­ing from gov­ern­ment to con­struct a flood levee to pro­tect Mun­dub­bera town to the 2013 flood level. Should fund­ing not be avail­able the levee will not be con­structed.

This week is Men­tal Health Week. Sadly last week I was per­son­ally aware of three peo­ple who took their own life. Men­tal ill­ness is like many other ail­ments, such as kid­ney dis­ease. It can strike any­one. Please seek help and if you know any­one who is strug­gling with de­pres­sion reach out to them and guide them to pro­fes­sional help such as Life­line 13 11 14 or con­sult your lo­cal doc­tor.

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