Council leaders form alliance
MAYORS and CEOs from nineteen councils spanning Gympie to Mackay/Whitsunday, and as far as the Queensland-Northern Territory border, have formed a powerful advocacy and lobbying group.
This powerhouse group of councils are councils who are currently experiencing or are expecting rapid growth related to resource development activities.
The group aims to work together to improve living standards, business opportunities for residents and workers and to leverage the resources industry boom to add value to their communities.
Central Queensland Local Government Association (CQLGA) presdient Cr Cedric Marshall believes the group, formed at the recent CQ Regional Summit in Dysart, will allow the allied councils to be heard by State and Federal Governments.
“The Powerhouse Alliance of Councils will advocate and lobby as one, support each other and share information.,” he said. “This is a promising beginning for developing sustainable resource communities across Queensland with local government leading the way. This will be positive for rural, regional, and mining communities.”
Gympie Regional Council Mayor Ron Dyne said Gympie Regional Council was happy to be working with such a grouping of Councils.
“As Chair of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils, I believe that the Wide Bay Burnett is positioned to achieve industrial capacity in support of the mining development in Central Queensland,” Cr Dyne said. “The potential for Gympie companies to participate is also recognised.”