Shaping the future of our region
As leaders of the North West Queensland communities, the mayors and council representatives of NWQROC play a key role in strategic planning and advocacy for the region. Below are just some of the initiatives undertaken by NWQROC as we aim to shape the future of our region.
NWQROC Pre-Budget 2019-20 Submission
1 February 2019
North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils delivered its pre-budget submission to the federal treasurer outlining the priorities for our region.
Shaped by our six-point Election Platform, this Federal Budget submission clearly outlines the way forward for our diverse region with reliable energy, roads, dams and water, first world communications and funding community services in a way that suits remote communities.
Board meeting starts 2019 with a splash
30 January-1 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.
Significant rainfall across parts of the region was a most welcome addition to our meeting agenda as attendees were able to watch the Flinders River begin to flow - a wonderful sight! By the morning of Saturday 2 February, the Flinders River had gone from dry riverbed to flowing, and 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.
NWQROC puts our region on the agenda in Canberra
26-27 November 2018
North West Queensland was put firmly in the political spotlight as community leaders met with representatives and launched our first election platform in Canberra 26-27 November 2018.
The delegation included the mayors from Carpentaria Shire Council, Burke Shire Council, Cloncurry Shire Council, Flinders Shire Council, McKinlay Shire Council, Mount Isa City Council and Richmond Shire Council, together with NWQROC Executive Officer, Greg Hoffman PSM.
Our six-point Election Platform ensures a strategic, collective voice is heard on the national stage, making sure our communities and local businesses stay productive for the future.
NWQROC mayors get ready to head to Canberra
22-23 November 2018
The NWQROC board met in Brisbane on 22-23 November ahead of launching our first national campaign calling for a fair regional deal ahead of the next federal election and beyond.
In addition to preparing for the launch of the NWQROC election platform, the agenda included discussions on key priority areas and issues for the region, as well as discussions with Director General of the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Mr Neil Scales OBE.
We were also pleased to have the Honourable Jackie Trad MP, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, join us as we wrapped up the two-day meeting.
Read more about NWQROC's six-point Election Platform.
Local governments of Western Queensland unite
1 October 2018
NWQROC has united with the Remote Area Planning and Development Board and the South West Queensland councils 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 represent 60% of the State, 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.
North West Futures Forum 2018
29 August 2018
The Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning held the North West Futures Forum on 29 August 2018 in Mount Isa. The forum provided information about key actions that are being delivered across the three strategic priorities of A Strategic Blueprint for Queensland’s North West Minerals Province.
NWQROC mayors and council CEOs attended along with business and industry leaders and community representatives.
Our leaders also took the opportunity to meet with key representatives in attendance including the Hon Cameron Dick MP, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (pictured left).
2018 Northern Alliance of Councils Conference
21 August 2018
It was great to be a part of the 2018 Northern Alliance of Councils Conference in Ingham with NWQROC's Executive Officer Greg Hoffman PSM part of a strong NWQ contingent including Mayors and representatives from our councils.
Our thanks to hosts Hinchinbrook Shire Council for a fantastic event.
NWQROC Strategic Plan 2018-2021
7 August 2018
Our new Strategic Plan 2018-2021 was adopted at the recent board meeting held in Karumba.
The Strategic Plan sets out agreed regional priorities which provide a framework for NWQROC's work.
Federal Election on agenda at Karumba board meeting
7-8 August 2018
NWQROC directors along with council, state and federal government representatives met in Karumba on 7 – 8 August 2018, renewing our drive to shape the future of the region ahead of the next federal election.
The meeting marked a pivotal point for NWQROC as the region’s importance on state and national agendas continued to grow.
With the next federal election on the horizon and this meeting marked the start of our campaign as we develop a strategy for the 2019 Federal election.
Executive Officer listening tour
3 August 2018
Our Executive Officer Greg Hoffman PSM was on a listening tour to Mount Isa City Council this week.
Another great opportunity to connect with member councils as we look forward to an exciting new chapter for NWQROC and shaping the future of our region.
Meeting with Queensland Ministers and representatives
2 May 2018
The NWQROC board hit the road again as it hosted its regular board meeting in Brisbane on 2 May 2018.
Taking advantage of the prime location and timing with parliament sitting, the board delivered a full agenda including state government ministers, opposition, cross-bench and key departmental representatives at the Parliamentary Annexe.