Push for key projects
“The opening of the Townsville office today shows our commitment to building the north Queensland region and the importance to north Queensland to the state economy,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“North Queensland has huge economic potential and we’re already working with local business and industry to find economic opportunities to create jobs and grow the local economy.
“We want to further develop the established industries of tourism, mining and agriculture but also look for new growth opportunities in science, research and innovation. There is already some great work being done in tropical sciences, marine business, defence and aviation. We want to develop economic opportunities all across north Queensland from the tip of Cape York, south to Mackay and west to Mount Isa.” Mrs O’Rourke said she wanted the office to address the region’s unemployment woes by championing projects in the area. She said the business community could go directly to the office who would then liaise with her, rather than dealing with bureaucrats in Brisbane.
“Having an office located here in Townsville means members of the north Queensland community, business leaders and other key stakeholders will have a central location to speak with the Palaszczuk Government,” Mrs O’Rourke said.
“It will also be home to three dedicated staff including an administration assistant, a policy adviser with a focus on economic and business development needs of the region and a manager.
“These are people who can help ensure that myself and the Premier are getting the strong local advice we need to ensure the region prospers.”
The Government will host a conference with local leaders and the business community in September to work out the key priorities for the region.