Mayor holds talks in Canberra
WHITSUNDAY mayor Jennifer Whitney and Council's chief executive officer Scott Waters have returned to the region after presenting a delegation to Federal politicians and senior public servants in Canberra.
Cr Whitney and Mr Waters joined representatives from Mackay and Isaac Regional Councils to meet with senior government and opposition figures to discuss key issues confronting the Whitsunday region.
Cr Whitney said the delegation was a positive example of the region's three local governments collaborating to achieve positive outcomes for the community.
"Our combined economy is the third largest in Queensland, after those of Brisbane and the Gold Coast and we're committed to ensuring that we work together to achieve positive results for the Whitsundays at State and Federal levels," she said.
Cr Whitney said the delegation met with various ministers, parliamentary secretaries, opposition portfolio spokespeople and senior staffers and raised issues including infrastructure, transport, agriculture, environment, energy and resources.
“I can confidently say that we received a fair hearing and there was genuine interest in what we had to say," she said.
Cr Whitney and Mr Waters also attended the Australian Local Government Association’s (ALGA) National General Assembly, which focused strongly on the upcoming referendum on constitutional recognition of local government.