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The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Flana­gan

THE Western Downs re­gion had a spe­cial vis­i­tor last Tues­day, al­beit only briefly.

Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk is in the mid­dle of a whirl­wind elec­tion cam­paign across Queens­land, with the me­dia trac­ing her ev­ery step.

Yet the state’s leader found time to drop by the coun­cil of­fices to chat with deputy mayor An­drew Smith and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ross Mus­grove.

Cr Smith said he was grate­ful to spend time with the Premier.

“(Ms Palaszczuk’s team) called us to say the Premier would be stop­ping in for a brief visit. It wasn’t a me­dia oc­ca­sion but it was a visit,” Cr Smith said.

“So we had the op­por­tu­nity to sit with the Premier for 20–30 min­utes.”

Cr Smith said the con­ver­sa­tion was fo­cussed on the key is­sues for the re­gion, par­tic­u­lar­ity jobs.

“Ini­tially we thanked the Premier for the Works for Queens­land pro­gram.

“We ob­vi­ously wel­comed her to our re­gion and made it clear that we are al­ways wel­com­ing of the Premier of this great state,” Cr Smith said.

“We then out­lined to the Premier what’s im­por­tant to our re­gion. We also out­lined our eco­nomic di­ver­sity, which we be­lieve is the se­cret to our suc­cess.

“We ex­plained to her that it’s re­ally all about jobs, so any help to any of the in­dus­tries in our re­gion that cre­ate jobs would go hand in hand with what coun­cil try to do.”

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An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and Cr An­drew Smith.

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