Mayor holds talks in Can­berra

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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