Libs back bid to shift Brisbane offices
LNP candidate for Mundingburra Matt Derlagen says there is widespread support in his party for the relocation of a major government department to regional Queensland.
Mr Derlagen and LNP candidate for Rockhampton D o u g l a s R o d g e r s moved a motion at the LNP state conference at the weekend that the party consider dec e n t r a l i s - ation of the Department of Natural sources and Mines.
“Queensland is the most decentralised state in the Commonwealth, we have numerous cities outside Brisbane with huge populations – Townsville, Cairns, Mackay – and to be able to represent those people, government departments are something we need to fight for,” Mr Derlagen.
“Obviously most mines are based outside of the southeast corner. They’re not on Brisbane’s doorstep, they’re west of Rockhampton, west of Mackay, west of Townsville.”
Mr Derlagen said the Young Liberals’ motion was passed with strong support.
“It passed with ease,” he said. “This is just the first stage ... We moved a motion that the party look at doing that, and then we work from there.”
Where the department would be located was not discussed at the LNP conference.
“I would want to have it in my neck of the woods in Townsville,” Mr Derlagen said.
He said relocating State Government departments to Townsville would boost the local economy.
“There would be huge flowon effects from the department moving into a place like Townsville,” he said.
According to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines’ last annual report, the department employed 2406 full- time equivalent staff. Re-