New Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced his first Cabinet with a rundown of its regional representation.
Five of the 18 new ministers were from Brisbane, he said. Three from the Gold Coast, four from the Sunshine Coast, two from Wide Bay Burnett, three were from west of the great Dividing Range and two were from north Queensland, he announced.
A full rundown of the new ministry as well as other parlimaentary positions can be found by clicking here.
"This is a Ministry for all of Queensland because it's made of representatives of all of the regions,’’ he said. "All members of the Ministry will be working hard for Queensland - to grow a four pillar economy, lower the cost of living by cutting waste, revitalise front line services, deliver better infrastructure and planning and restore accountability to government.’’
"I pledge to the people of Queensland that we will not let you down."
Of most interest to local councils is the appointment of David Crisafulli, the former deputy mayor of Townsville, as Local Government Minister. Mr Crisafulli, the new MP for Mundingburrra, entered local council in 2004 after a career as a journalist. Other appointments of interest to the local government sector include Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney’s as Minister for State Development, Infastructure and Planning, with new MP Ian Walker as his Assistant Minister for Planning Reform.
Mr Walker, widely known in planning, property development and local government circles, was managing partner of Rose Norton before he entered parliament as the MP for Mansfield.
The new Cabinet is built around the LNP’s pledge to strengthen what it has referred to as the “four pillars’’ of the state economy _ agriculture, mining and resources, property and construction, and tourism.
Before the poll, Campbell Newman indicated he expected the local government sector to play its part in growing the economy.
Indeed, Mr Newman’s comments and the LNP’s specific pledges hold out the prospect of the relationship between local councils and George St growing warmer in the coming months.