Federal min­is­ters to visit

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

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.

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