Historic move by Western Queensland Councils to form new voice for the West
20 July 2020
Leaders from across 60% of Queensland together with senior State and Federal government representatives will gather in Longreach on 27-28 July 2020 for the Western Queensland Alliance of Councils Inaugural Assembly.
The two-day program will focus on formalising the new Alliance and developing long term priorities for Western Queensland which initially will form the basis of an October 2020 State Election Platform.
Keep it Coming - Western Queensland COVID-19 recovery receives roads funding boost
24 June 2020
Members of the Western Queensland Alliance of Councils have welcomed funding from the Australian and Queensland governments which will see up to $200 million in funding invested in vital roads projects across the region.
The announcement this week means that works on key inland corridors can get underway now and over the next six months, providing an immediate boost to our regional economies, business, industry and local jobs...
Western Queensland Councils welcome $25million Works for Queensland funding
4 June 2020
Members of the Western Queensland Alliance of Councils have welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s latest COVID Works for Queensland program funding announcement which will see more than $25million allocated across the region.
This funding is part of the Queensland Government’s Economic Recovery Strategy which includes $200 million for a state-wide COVID Works for Queensland program to be delivered during 2020-21.
The Works for Queensland funds will deliver a significant boost to the Outback councils as they get back to business as usual following uncertain times and restrictions.
North West ready to welcome back Queensland travellers
1 June 2020
Camping out and catching a barra, digging for dinosaur bones, visiting relatives across the North West and more, are all back on the cards for Queenslanders with further relaxing of COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Mayors from the councils of North West Queensland have welcomed the latest announcement by the Premier, which has lifted restrictions on Queenslanders travelling within the state including overnight stays, from 1 June.
Key appointments for NWQOC leaders - region in good hands
26 May 2020
North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils board has re-elected Carpentaria Shire Mayor Jack Bawden as its Chair. Elected as Deputy Chair is Flinders Shire Mayor Jane McNamara.
Cr McNamara will also represent North West Queensland following her election as Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) Policy Executive for 2020-2024.
Richmond Shire Mayor John Wharton AM, has been re-elected as the Chair of the North West Queensland Regional Roads and Transport Group.
Infrastructure and roads funding for local NWQ councils delivers welcome boost
22 May 2020
The mayors of North West Queensland (NWQROC) have welcomed the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program announcement which will see $4.9million invested across our local councils.
This funding adds further to the good news for our region following on from the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions announcement earlier this week.
NWQROC Chair Cr Jack Bawden said: “We thank the Commonwealth for this vital funding, in addition to advancing the Financial Assistance Grants - a move that will provide funding certainty to councils at this critical time.
“We also appreciate the allocative approach of these funding programs. This gives local councils better decision-making power that will ensure action is taken on current priorities for our areas.”
CopperString to power jobs and wealth creation for NQ
Queensland Government Statement - 19 May 2020
The Palaszczuk Government is fast tracking support for the massive CopperString 2.0 high voltage transmission line to provide cheaper power and turbo-charge investment across our world-class North West Minerals Province.
By extending the national electricity grid from Townsville across the North to Mount Isa, CopperString is expected to underpin the creation of thousands of minerals mining and industrial manufacturing jobs for generations to come and stimulate large-scale renewable energy investment.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced $14.8 million as part of the COVID19 economic recovery plan to enable the CopperString project to continue its important development activities and prepare for construction in 2021.
On the road to tackling COVID-19 impacts: Western Queensland Councils welcome fast tracking of roadworks funding
30 April 2020
Members of the Western Queensland Alliance of Councils have welcomed the decision by the Australian and Queensland governments to deliver $185million of vital roads project funding ahead of planned investment timeframes.
The announcement this week means works will commence sooner on key inland freight corridors providing an important stimulus response to support regional communities, business and industry at this critical time.
NWQROC keeps up momentum during COVID-19 as board meeting goes online
24 April 2020
Our first board meeting post-local government elections took place today with the board welcoming two new Mayors, Cr Philip Curr, McKinlay and Cr Danielle Slade, Mount Isa.
With COVID-19 bringing our plans to host the meeting in Mount Isa to a halt, we moved our meeting online to cover a full agenda of more than four hours.
Continuing our advocacy and call for a fair regional deal for the North West, the agenda included high level discussions with key federal and state representatives.
Outback Councils Welcome New COVID-19 Protocols
21 April 2020
All outback Queensland communities applaud the State Government for taking additional measures to help keep the region COVID-19 free.
The Western Queensland Alliance of Councils - a group representing 21 local councils of outback Queensland - has moved to acknowledge the responsive leadership shown by the State government to address the Alliance’s concerns over the potential of government employees to spread coronavirus as they return from Easter leave.
A new protocol has been approved by the Chief Health Officer which applies to the movement of Queensland Government employees and contractors with regards to travel to Western Queensland.
Urgent solution needed as Rex suspends Queensland services indefinitely
31 March 2020
Medical supplies, health workers and essential equipment are amongst the long list of critical services that are potentially now out of reach for remote and regional communities in Western Queensland with Regional Express (Rex) suspending all services across the State indefinitely.
Mayors from across Western Queensland have expressed their disappointment in Rex’s decision and have called on the Queensland Government to deliver a solution as a matter of urgency.
These services provide a lifeline for many of our communities - from larger centres including Longreach, Mount Isa or St George, remote communities such as Birdsville and vulnerable communities such as Mornington Island, Doomadgee, Burketown and Normanton.
Rex reaches agreement with Queensland Government
8 March 2020
Statement from Regional Express (Rex) Airlines - 8 March 2020
Regional Express (Rex) today announces that an agreement has been reached with the Queensland Government for the provision of a reduced schedule under a variation of the existing service contract that covers the Northern 1 & 2 routes, the Western 1 & 2 routes and the Gulf route. The reduced schedule will see all communities on these routes receive at least one return service a week.
Carpentaria Shire to restrict air-travel
27 March 2020
The Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) has taken the decision to further restrict the
movement of non-essential persons into the Shire via Air Travel effective immediately to assist in
reducing the risk of an outbreak or spread of a pandemic in Carpentaria Shire.
Air Travel will remain in place for essential travel only. The LDMG acknowledges it is a vital
requirement for government and health officials to be able to continue to travel to our shire, especially
during this time.
Western Queensland Alliance of Councils COVID-19 RESPONSE STATEMENT
27 March 2020
As the Queensland Government has closed the western and southern state borders, the 21 councils of Western Queensland are stepping up to monitor and restrict access to their communities.
With the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) rising in Queensland, Western Queensland’s leaders have made the move to restrict travel not only to protect locals and essential service workers, but potential travellers as well.
The action stems from the very real concern of being able to adequately respond should the virus reach our regional and remote communities. Western Queensland’s reality is vast distances from major centres, a lack of resources, and a significant number of the community that are at high risk such as Indigenous people and the elderly.
Locals in the spotlight as North West Queensland councils Get Ready for the wet
7 February 2020
Six councils from across North West Queensland have developed a new online resource, bringing together local experience and know-how to help locals and visitors prepare and respond during the wet season and beyond.
Carpentaria, Cloncurry, Doomadgee, Flinders, McKinlay and Richmond councils developed the platform (www.GetReadyNWQ.com.au), through the North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NWQROC), teaming up with local leaders, agencies, business and community to create the content.
Future looking bright for North West Queensland
27 August 2019
The Palaszczuk Government has released an economy-boosting strategy for North West Queensland to attract investment and deliver jobs in resources, agriculture, tourism, business and industry.
Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said the North West Queensland Economic Diversification Strategy was the result of extensive collaboration and consultation with regional stakeholders and community and will be backed by an implementation plan to quickly deliver outcomes.
“Key supply chain and value-adding industries in Townsville and surrounding regions are of strategic importance to the North West Minerals Province,” Mr Dick said.
Flinders Shire to beef up cattle processing facility
29 July 2019
Flinders Shire is poised to take further advantage of its position as one of the best cattle producing regions in the world. Today it was announced that the council had signed a structured and detailed Hughenden Processing Facility Project Development Deed to advance the development of the Hughenden meat processing facility and feedlot with its Chinese partner Ms Miao Wang representing CNVM Investment Pty Ltd.
The Strategic Partnership between CNVM Investment and Flinders Shire Council (supported by State and Federal Government) has advanced the Hughenden Processing Facility to the detailed project design and approvals stage. Importantly the Project Development Deed requires CNVM Investments Pty Ltd to develop the project within agreed time frames and guidelines.
State Budget paves the way for some good news, but falls short of a fair deal for NWQ
12 June 2019
Leaders from North West Queensland have welcomed some good news from the 2019 State Budget but point out the shortfall in fair investment that the state’s powerhouse north west region deserves.
The nine Mayors of the collective councils of North West Queensland (NWQROC) have welcomed State Budget commitments that benefit the region and commend the Queensland Government for its support and approach to working with locals following the unprecedented flooding events earlier this year.
Mayors unite to bring campaign to Herbert
9 May 2019
Nine mayors from North West Queensland have united to fight for a fair regional deal, bringing their campaign to the electorate of Herbert with a clear message for candidates - a strong Townsville, needs a strong North West Queensland.
The mayors chose to meet in Townsville (9-10 May) inviting parties and candidates to take a final opportunity to formally respond to their request for a better regional deal before the Federal Election.
Carpentaria Shire Mayor, Jack Bawden, said North West communities have long felt forgotten by the political process and if these communities continue to be ignored, it will also hurt Townsville’s efforts to build a better future.
Outback Queensland united on the road to the 2020 State Budget
23 February 2020
Outback Queensland communities have united to lobby the Queensland Government for a single spending priority ahead of the 2020 State Budget - roads.
North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NWQROC), Remote Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) and South West Queensland Local Government Association (SWQLGA) acting as the Western Queensland Alliance of Councils is appealing to the State Government to increase investment in roads to provide the most beneficial and far reaching impact on the entire region.
Western Queensland Mayors call for State Government stimulus package
24 March 2020
On the back of the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement today it would provide a $4 billion stimulus package for households and businesses, the leaders of Western Queensland have outlined a plan to keep their regions delivering for the nation as we unite to face down the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayors from 21 councils are calling on the State Government to provide an economic stimulus package as soon as possible to ensure the region can continue delivering not just for its local communities, but state-wide – from agricultural products to other essential resources for households and industry.
News from the North West - Summer 2019
22 December 2019
Welcome to the latest edition of News for the North West as we wrap up 2019 and look forward to what we’ll be getting up to in 2020. There’s a lot that’s happened in 2019, now where to start?
It wouldn’t be a lie to say it’s been a busy and challenging year. With flood recovery, federal election campaigning and more. Read more about what we've been up to in 2019 and what's ahead in 2020.
$33.3 million for North West Queensland economic transformation
20 November 2019
The Queensland Government has released its $33.3 million North West Queensland Economic Diversification Strategy Implementation Plan 2019–2021, developed in consultation with local stakeholders and the community, sets out actions to deliver 13 diversification initiatives.
Jack Bawden, Mayor of Carpentaria said: “The implementation plan gives us a clear path to follow so we can deliver new investment, jobs and opportunities to the communities of the North West region.”
News from the North West - Spring 2019
3 October 2019
Welcome to the latest edition of News for the North West.
We’ve covered some significant ground since our last newsletter. With our Federal Election campaign wrapping up in May, we continue to plan for the future and make progress in securing a fair regional deal.
Read more about what's been happening and what's coming up on our agenda.
Bush Councils Convention 2019
8 August 2019
The Bush Councils Convention 2019 was held in Roma on 6 – 8 August by the Local Government Association of Queensland. It proved to be an impressive two days with a great event that highlighted the strengths of our regional councils and provided a valuable platform for productive conversations.
Our Mayors once again proudly represented our region, continuing their drive to deliver a fair regional deal for the North West.
NWQ mayors welcome election responses from parties
16 May 2019
The nine mayors from North West Queensland would like to thank the people of Townsville for supporting their mates in the North West, as the two major and three cross-bench parties commit their support for North West Queensland and agree that a strong Townsville needs a strong region.
The mayors met in Townsville on 9-10 May and invited parties and candidates to take the final opportunity to formally respond to their request for a better regional deal before the Federal Election.
News from the North West - Autumn 2019
8 May 2019
Welcome to North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NWQROC) News from the North West for Autumn 2019.
It's been a pretty wild ride for our region since the last edition of our newsletter with much of our region hit hard by unprecedented flooding in February. Since then our communities have been hard at work on the long road to recovery, and NWQROC continues its work to advocate for the North West and secure a fair regional deal from our governments.
Take a look at just some of our highlights and achievements so far in 2019.
Federal budget delivers some good news, but falls short of a fair regional deal
4 April 2019
The 2019 Federal Budget has delivered some welcome good news for North West Queensland, however local leaders point to significant gaps that still need to be addressed to deliver the fair regional deal our region deserves.
Nine Mayors from North West Queensland have welcomed Budget commitments that will have an impact on the region and commend the government for its support and approach to working with the locals following the unprecedented flooding events earlier this year.
This targeted regional approach following the floods is a positive way forward and one that produces better outcomes across our large and diverse region - setting up works programs, securing jobs and providing a light at the end of the tunnel for meeting long-ignored needs.
Federal election on the agenda as north west Queensland councils set course for the future
6 August 2018
Leaders from the eight councils of North West Queensland will meet in Karumba on 7 – 8 August, renewing their drive to shape the future of the region ahead of the next federal election.
The North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NWQROC) was established by the eight councils in 2013 to advocate and deliver on agreed priorities for the region.
NWQROC Chair, and Mayor of Carpentaria Shire Council, Cr Jack Bawden said the meeting marked a pivotal point for NWQROC as the region’s importance on state and national agendas continued to grow.
Election needs to go ahead: NWQ Leaders
24 March 2020
With the Queensland local government election day only four days away, the organisation of the eight councils of North West Queensland has called for the current election to continue.
Executive Officer of the North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NWQROC), Greg Hoffman PSM said: “As the world moves to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever we need certainty in our local communities and local government leaders empowered to make the decisions and provide the support their residents need.“
“NWQROC urges the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) to continue with the election – but it must ensure that the safety of its polling staff, electors and candidates is its top priority,” Mr Hoffman said.
Building Our Regions funding a welcome boost for NWQ infrastructure projects
4 April 2019
North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment of $2.4million into three critical infrastructure projects in our region through the Building our Regions (BoR) program.
With the region on the road to recovery following unprecedented flooding, the works provide a boost to economic and job growth for our region.
This funding is backed up by the strong commitment from our local councils to advocate for and secure investment so our region continues to be attractive for people and business to live, work and invest.
NWQROC Statement: Federal microgrid funding a step in the right direction
2 April 2019
The Mayors of nine communities from North West Queensland (NWQ) have welcomed the federal government’s $50.4 million commitment of feasibility funds toward microgrid solutions for regional and remote communities.
This announcement is one step in the right direction as NWQ communities continue to seek commitment to deliver reliable and affordable energy across a large, diverse region that has long been ignored.
Faced with ageing and inadequate infrastructure, a more comprehensive, fair regional deal is needed to deliver the first world energy solutions, as well as transport, water infrastructure, energy, communications and community facilities, that hardworking North West Queenslanders deserve.
NWQROC Statement: Strategic road commitments welcome
27 March 2019
Mayors of North West Queensland welcome the Federal Government’s announcement today to invest in a number of roads in our region as part of a $730 million commitment to NQ strategic roads.
This ticks off several projects in the roads platform of our communities’ strategic Six-point Plan for the future. That Six-point plan covers needs across transport, water infrastructure, energy, communications and community facilities.
As our communities continue to recover from unprecedented flooding, we also acknowledge the valuable support we have received to help us in the initial recovery period.
Federal government delivers yet another southern capital city deal - while north west Queensland gets left in the dark
19 March 2019
The Federal Government has today announced yet another southern “Capital City Deal” - signing a $551million deal to underpin a "bright future" for Adelaide - while our North West Queensland communities continue to be left in the dark.
As our region begins its long-term recovery from the recent devastating flooding, the government is instead focused on delivering a long-term deal framed as making yet another southern capital city ‘more liveable’ - while our regions still lack critical investment in living essentials for infrastructure, transport and social services.
Region-wide response critical to northern recovery say flood affected mayors
20 February 2019
The collective force of leaders from across flood-hit northern Queensland have made their mark in Canberra as they push for a united regional recovery response.
The delegation including Townsville Enterprise, the Regional Organisation of Councils from North and North West Queensland (NQROC and NWQROC) are joined by peak industry bodies at Parliament House. The two-day meeting schedule (Tuesday 19 February to Wednesday 20 February) with key Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet ministers including Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack MP and opposition leader Bill Shorten MP.
Where we come from, we stick together, and neighbours help one another. That’s why we’re working with Townsville and wider North Queensland - we have a shared challenge and we should look to shared solutions for now and into the future.
Leaders from across Northern Queensland start road to recovery in Canberra
19 February 2019
Leaders from North West Queensland are in Canberra this week as part of a united Northern Queensland delegation meeting with our nation’s leaders to continue to push for recovery support following the devastating flooding events across the state’s north.
Burke Shire Mayor, Cr Ernie Camp, Mount Isa City Mayor, Cr Joyce McCulloch, and NWQ Regional Organisation of Councils Executive Officer, Greg Hoffman PSM, will join Townsville Enterprise, North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils and peak industry bodies.
The delegation will take a united message from the North to Parliament House seeking immediate action on the economic rebuild of communities across North Queensland and North West Queensland in the wake of one of the most devastating natural disasters we have seen in recent memory.
NWQ needs a regional deal for the future now more than ever
13 February 2019
As North West Queensland faces the road to recovery from its greatest natural disaster, the leaders of the region have made a call to the wider community on their urgent need for a fair regional “Future Deal” from Canberra.
Even as our region counts its losses from devastating flooding, the Federal Government is set to deliver yet another “City Deal”, ramping up its already significant investment in South East Queensland.
Representing the eight regional Mayors and Carpentaria Shire, Mayor Cr Jack Bawden said politicians are yet to commit to the necessary deal for our region and is time for real regional investment beyond the east coast.
NWQ leaders deliver pre-budget submission to Canberra
4 February 2019
he leaders of North West Queensland have delivered a submission to the federal Treasurer ahead of the 2019-20 Budget as they continue their push to secure a fair deal for the region.
Each hardworking local in North West Queensland (NWQ) contributes $176,000 per capita to the national economy – nearly three times more than elsewhere in Queensland at only $66,000.
Despite this significant impact on our nation’s economy, we don’t see the return on investment we deserve.
Without fair investment from Canberra and Brisbane in infrastructure, communications and community our small, local communities can’t keep delivering this massive contribution that our whole nation benefits from.
Board meeting starts 2019 with a splash
4 February 2019
The first NWQROC board meeting of 2019 was hosted in Hughenden, with a three-day agenda scheduled from 30 January to 1 February 2019.
Roads, water and sewerage were top of agenda for Mayors, Deputies, CEOs and other attendees from councils and agencies on day one. The group agreed to form new collaboration on water and sewerage to introduce new technology, save money and share resources.
The Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program 2018-19 to 2021-22 funding and flood damage were on the agenda for day two. Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads regional staff joined the North West Queensland Regional Roads and Transport Group (NWQRRTG) meeting.
News from the North West - Summer 2018-19
21 December 2018
Welcome to the first North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NWQROC) News from the North West for Summer 2018/19.
We’ve come a long way since 2013 when the NWQROC was established. As the end of 2018 draws near, I am pleased to look back on the year and see all that NWQROC has achieved in the last 12 months or so.
Take a look at just some of our highlights and achievements in 2018.
NWQROC response on future of Longreach ag college
17 December 2018
The North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NWQROC) recognises the significant economic and social impact the Longreach Pastoral College has had on its local community and beyond.
NWQROC calls on the Queensland Government to work with the Central West Queensland organisation of councils (RAPAD) in determining the future of the Longreach Pastoral College.
NWQROC Executive Officer Greg Hoffman PSM said the eight mayors of the North West Queensland were most concerned when the Queensland Government announced the college would close at the end of 2019 as recommended in the Coaldrake Report.
Collaborative six-point election platform gets tick of approval in Canberra
3 December 2018
The $5.1 billion region of North West Queensland was put firmly in the political spotlight as community leaders launched their first election campaign platform in Canberra on 26 November.
Chair of the North West Regional Organisation of Councils, Mayor Jack Bawden led the delegation representing a diverse, powerhouse of a region around the size of Tasmania and Victoria combined.
Cr Bawden said the leaders had come together to ensure a strategic, collective voice was heard on the national stage to make sure their communities and local businesses stay productive for the future.
NWQROC launches election platform in Canberra
25 November 2018
Community leaders from North West Queensland will be taking their fight for a fairer regional deal to the voters of Australia following the launch of their first election campaign platform in Canberra today.
North West Queensland is part of Australia’s engine room pumping over $5billion in to the economy, with hard-working North West Queenslanders contributing nearly three times more per capita to the rest of the country - some $176,000 per capita to the national economy compared to $66,000 from elsewhere in Queensland. Yet these hard-working communities barely get the smell of an oily rag.
North West Queensland mayors head to Canberra to fight for fairer regional deal
21 November 2018
Leaders from the eight councils of North West Queensland are stepping into the national political arena and are on the road to Canberra and beyond to launch their first national campaign ahead of the next federal election.
North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NWQROC) will officially launch its campaign on Monday 26 November 2018 at Parliament House.
This federal election and beyond, the Mayors, Councils and our communities are asking political leaders to support this local vision to make North West Queensland a region attractive for people and businesses to live, work and invest – and actually develop and properly fund a regional plan.
All of Western Queensland unite for a fairer deal from Canberra
1 October 2018
Almost 60% of Queensland has united to call on the Federal Government to increase overall funding for local government and to put in place targeted funding programs for rural and remote councils.
The 21 councils ranging from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the New South Wales border, generate $9.35B of the State’s Gross Product from 1.3 per cent of the Queensland’s population.
Something old; something new: jobs flow as mine ‘recycled’
14 September 2018
Jobs and a new export product are flowing as a $50 million project brings new life to a former north-west Queensland mine.
Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today congratulated New Century Resources on the official opening of its $50 million investment based on a former zinc mine at Lawn Hill.
The project includes the mine site at Lawn Hill, where New Century re-processes zinc tailings, a 304 kilometre pipeline to transport zinc slurry, and a port facility at Karumba in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Major Irrigated Agricultural Development Project a big boost for North West
24 August 2018
Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General has declared Flinders Shire Council’s proposed 918-hectare irrigated agricultural development a coordinated project, to create jobs and drive sustainable economic activity in the region.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said if approved, the proposed 15 Mile Irrigated Agricultural Development Project on the banks of the Flinders River near Hughenden would create an initial 60-hectares of irrigated land for table grapes and 60-hectares of citrus crops for market.
“Declaring this project a coordinated project will help streamline approvals and fast-track delivery of this regionally significant project,” he said.