'Blueprint' still goes on
QUEENSLAND’S Minister for Rural and Regional Queensland could not be at yesterday’s Blueprint for the Bush discussion session in Gympie yesterday, after falling ill with an allergy scare last week.
Mr Mulherin had been touring the state to give regional Queenslanders a direct line to the top in government planning for their future, including the provision of community facilities.
But after a major allergic reaction, he had a first hand experience of country Queensland facilities and hospitality, being forced to spend two days recovering in Charleville Hospital.
A senior adviser, Brian Timms, was Mr Mulherin’s eyes and ears in Gympie yesterday, doing the Minister’s listening by proxy.
His department’s Business and Industry Development group executive Malcolm Letts led the discussion for the Minister, apologising on his behalf and explaining that Mr Mulherin had been ordered to recuperate at his Mackay home.
“Tim would very much like to have been here,” Mr Letts said.
“He has a strong sense of ownership of the project and has been asking me constantly how we are going with organising these meetings.”
Yesterday’s Gympie session at the Gympie Conference Centre in Fraser Road was attended by leaders in various fields, including Mayor Ron Dyne.
In a prepared statement, Mr Mulherin described the dialogue sessions as an important way “of partnering with rural and regional Queensland to help achieve the outcomes communities want”.