Libs back bid to shift Bris­bane of­fices

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH

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-

Matt Der­la­gen.

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