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HOT ISSUES TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT BEDOURIE

News Release

Friday, 20 May 2016

HOT ISSUES TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT BEDOURIE

Disaster assistance, telecommunication infrastructure, economic development and other critical issues were aired during an outback council summit this week.

More than 40 people converged on the Diamantina Shire township of Bedourie on Tuesday and Wednesday for the Western Queensland Local Government Association Annual Conference (WQLGA).

Mayors and councillors from nine regions and shires voiced their concern over the Federal Government’s non-payment of promised Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery money and the uncertainty of future funding, along with the NDRRA’s criteria of eligible services for funding.

Poor mobile and internet services, strategies to boost outback tourism and regional economic development proposals were also discussed.

Bedourie State School students performed Advance Australia Fair and recited a welcome poem before the conference was opened by Diamantina Shire Mayor Cr Geoff Morton.

Local Government Association of Queensland Board member Cr Ray Brown spoke on behalf of LGAQ President Margaret de Wit, who could not attend because she was ill.

Assistant Minister for Local Government Jennifer Howard and Gregory MP Lachlan Millar attended the event on behalf of the State Government.

 

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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