News from the North West - Summer 2018/19
We’ve come a long way since 2013 when the NWQROC was established. As the end of 2018 draws near, this edition of News from the North West looks back on the year and see all that NWQROC has achieved in the last 12 months or so.
Take a look at at just some of our highlights and achievements in 2018.
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NWQROC response on future of Longreach Ag College
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
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 27 November.
Chair of the North West Regional Organisation of Councils, Mayor Jack 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.
“We were congratulated on our coordinated approach, with the platform well received as clear, concise and focussed,” Cr Bawden said.
NWQ community leaders set to take election campaign to voters across the country
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 yet these hard-working communities barely get the smell of an oily rag.
Chair of the North West Regional Organisation of Councils, Mayor Jack Bawden said today’s launch was the first step in an ongoing campaign that will see them take their message far beyond their region.
“While we’re not naturally political, we know how to work hard and we’re ready to get out there and start making our voices heard - and to be a pain to politicians if we have to,” Cr Bawden said.
North West Queensland mayors head to Canberra to fight for fairer regional deal
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.
Almost 60% of Queensland has united to call on the Federal Government to increase overall funding for local government
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.
This contribution, coming from the resources and agricultural sectors, is 2.2 times per capita above the Queensland average, demonstrating the value of the Western Queensland regions to the State and national economies.
Something old; something new: jobs flow as mine ‘recycled’
Jobs and a new export product are flowing as a $50 million New Century Resources project brings new life to a former north-west Queensland mine.
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 NWQ
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.
The proposed 15 Mile Irrigated Agricultural Development Project on the banks of the Flinders River near Hughenden has the potential to create an initial 60-hectares of irrigated land for table grapes and 60-hectares of citrus crops for market.
Federal election on the agenda as north west Queensland councils set course for the future
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.
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. “Through NWQROC we’re putting locals in the driver’s seat to ensure that North West Queensland is in the best position to be heard and to take advantage of growing opportunities."
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