Push for key projects

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

“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.

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