Char­ters boosts its TEL funds

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­THONY GAL­LOWAY an­thony. gal­loway@ news. com. au

T OWNSVI L L E E n t e r p r i s e has re­ceived a ma­jor boost to its mem­ber­ship base, with Char­ters Tow­ers Re­gional Coun­cil in­creas­ing its an­nual con­tri­bu­tion to the or­gan­i­sa­tion by nearly $ 15,000.

The coun­cil has up­graded its mem­ber­ship from a bronze level – $ 7260 a year – to sil­ver, which is $ 22,000 a year.

Char­ters Tow­ers Mayor Frank Bev­eridge said the coun­cil had worked closely with TEL in the past 18 months.

“TEL is the peak eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism pro­moter for our re­gion and, recog­nis­ing that, this coun­cil will re­main most proac­tive in pro­mot­ing our re­gion with TEL’s as­sis­tance, which I be­lieve is of a high qual­ity,” he said.

“We now have TEL lis­ten­ing to us but we have to put in a lot of ef­fort to make sure this hap­pens on an on­go­ing ba­sis. I be­lieve this mem­ber­ship up­grade will take the pro­mo­tion of the Char­ters Tow­ers re­gion to the next level.”

TEL chief ex­ec­u­tive Pa­tri­cia O’Cal­laghan said the or­gan­i­sa­tion would work with the coun­cil to pro­mote tourism and eco­nomic in­fra­struc­ture in the re­gion, in­clud­ing wa­ter and energy projects on the Bur­dekin River.

“This is a pos­i­tive de­ci­sion by Char­ters Tow­ers Re­gional Coun­cil and re­flects the fact that what is good for Townsville is good for the re­gion, and what is good for the re­gion is good for Townsville,” she said.

TEL also re­cently inked a new three- year agree­ment with Townsville City Coun­cil.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion will re­ceive $ 305,000 a year from the coun­cil for core ad­min­is­tra­tive tasks, as well as ad­di­tional fund­ing for “agreed ser­vices”.

TEL also re­ceives in­come from other coun­cils, with Palm Is­land, Hinch­in­brook and Bur­dekin bronze mem­bers.

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