Federal ministers to visit
TWO federal ministers have promised to visit the Whitsundays later this year to liaise with business and tourism leaders.
Small Business Minister Bruce Billson and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb have committed to traveling to the region to discuss issues relating to their portfolios.
The ministers’ visit was secured during a two-day delegation by the region’s three mayors to Canberra last week.
Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney was accompanied to the nation’s capital city by Mackay mayor Deirdre Comerford and Isaac mayor Anne Baker as part of the Whitsunday Regional Organisation of Councils (ROC).
During their two-day visit the three mayors held what were described as “positive talks” with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, a range of federal ministers and senior policy advisors.
The aim of their meetings was to push the importance of the Whitsunday region and its infrastructure needs.
Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen, helped facilitate many of the ministerial delegations and appointments with senior policy advisors.
Cr Whitney said the delegation gained strong support from several ministers and resulted in the commitment from the federal ministers to visit.
“This will provide many of our business operators with the opportunity to talk directly with key cabinet ministers and put local issues on the national agenda,” she said.