Message from the Mayor

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

Hi all, I’m just back from In­dia and it was a planes trains and au­to­mo­biles whirl­wind trip of long days with 4am starts and post

11pm fin­ishes. I only spent 2 of 4 nights in a ho­tel with the other two trav­el­ling

overnight. The Premier’s del­e­ga­tion to meet with Mr Adani and the full board was a great op­por­tu­nity to ad­vo­cate for the Whit­sun­day Re­gion. This trip cer­tainly opened my eyes to the wider op­por­tu­ni­ties in­volved in work­ing with the Adani Group as only 30 per cent of their core busi­ness is de­voted to min­ing and ther­mal power. Adani are also ma­jor play­ers in agri­cul­ture and so­lar en­ergy so build­ing re­la­tion­ships with one of the world’s most in­te­grated in­fra­struc­ture com­pa­nies is vi­tal for fu­ture projects and job op­por­tu­ni­ties for our res­i­dents. Build­ing these re­la­tion­ships with one of the world’s most in­te­grated in­fra­struc­ture com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing across re­sources, lo­gis­tics, en­ergy and Agri­cul­ture, has end­less fu­ture po­ten­tial. I at­tended for­mal din­ners both nights in Mum­bai and held pos­i­tive talks with the first din­ner at­tended by all May­ors, Premier Palaszczuk and the Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sioner to In­dia and the sec­ond din­ner with Adani chair­man and founder Gau­tam Adani and his board. The Carmichael mine, rail and port proj

ect has over 142 leg­isla­tive, reg­u­la­tory and pre­scribed con­di­tions to pro­tect our en­vi­ron­ment and that is un­der the watch­ful eye of the Fed­eral and State

Govern­ments. What my role as Mayor of the Whit­sun­day Re­gion is how­ever to ad­vo­cate for job op­por­tu­ni­ties for our res­i­dents. Our com­mu­nity is do­ing it tough and as

Mayor I am pas­sion­ate in fight­ing for projects in the Whit­sun­day re­gion that cre­ate job op­por­tu­ni­ties for Whit­sun­day

Re­gion res­i­dents.

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