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.

An unplanned, but most welcome addition to the agenda appeared on day two, with the beginning of monsoonal weather in various parts of the region impacting travel. The Flinders Highway was closed off with other roads soon to follow. Technology helped break down the barriers with teleconference called into action for those unable to attend.

Brushing up on Asian business cultural practices was also a highlight. Donna Webster from Asialink delivered an interactive and eye-opening experience for the Mayors and CEOs who were in attendance as day two wrapped up.

This workshop provided a valuable opportunity for our region’s leaders to build skills and capacity in dealing with this increasingly important market for our region. With thanks to Trade and Investment Queensland and the Local Government Association of Queensland for supporting this initiative.

The meeting was called to a close at the end of day two to allow for safe travel home ahead of further rain and road closures.

Mother nature added a late addition to our agenda with the wonderful sight of water flowing down the Flinders River. By the morning of Saturday 2 February, Hughenden had already recorded 80mm of rain. Here’s hoping this rain event continues south and provides more of those in need with a good soaking.

What a difference a day can make: pictured below left and centre, watching the water arrive in the Flinders River from the NWQROC Board meeting on the afternoon of Thursday 31 January and far right, Friday morning.  

NWQROC Flinders River Hughenden 010219