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.

“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,” Cr Bawden said.

“We know the next federal election is on the horizon and this meeting marks the start of our campaign as we develop a strategy for the 2019 Federal election.

“Taking the opportunity to bring the councils together along with expert advice allows us to really get the full picture, from a local to a political perspective, to build a strong platform going forward.

“The election strategy will outline our priorities and the key actions we’ll undertake to put North West Queensland front and centre before the nation heads to the polling booths next year,” Cr Bawden said.

The Honourable Dr John McVeigh MP, Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, will also attend the meeting as part of a listening tour.

“This is a significant opportunity to have federal representation with Minister McVeigh in the region to hear from us first-hand. We look forward to sharing our insights with him to take back to Canberra,” he said.

“Another important addition to our agenda is discussions on the North West Minerals Province Blueprint with representatives from the Queensland Department of State Development.

“We’re a region with a proud mining history, and the North West Minerals Province represents great potential for industry growth that will bring investment and help create jobs.

Cr Bawden said the regions’ eight councils - Burke, Carpentaria, Cloncurry, Doomadgee, Flinders, McKinlay, Mount Isa and Richmond – agreed to ramp up the operations of NWQROC in November last year.

“We were pleased to mark this new NWQROC chapter with the appointment of the first Executive Officer, Greg Hoffman PSM, former long term LGAQ General Manger of Advocacy,” he said.

“Under Greg’s expert guidance, NWQROC will put our region on the front foot, working across industry and all levels of government to the benefit of our communities and our local economy.

“We’re a pretty determined bunch in North West Queensland, and that passion will be well represented at this meeting and going forward in the form of NWQROC.

“Our region is increasingly stepping into the spotlight from minerals exploration, to tourism, to agriculture and more.”

“It is an exciting time and imperative that we ramp up our efforts collectively as we realise the amazing potential we have here in the North West of this great state,” Cr Bawden said.

Interviews with Cr Bawden and Greg Hoffman available.

High resolution images of the region and post-meeting available.

Contact

Cr Jack Bawden
Chair, NWQROC
Mob: 0427 459 424
Email: mayor@carpentaria.qld.gov.au

Greg Hoffman PSM
Executive Officer, NWQROC
Mob: 0418 756 005
Email: nwqroc@carpentaria.qld.gov.au