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Isaac Mayor meets PM

Isaac Mayor Anne Baker has met with Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Isaac Mayor Anne Baker has met with Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

ISAAC Mayor Anne Baker met with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Capricornia MP Kirsten Livermore in Rockhampton to push for more funding for the region.

Mayor Baker put to the Prime Minister the need for sustainable regional development, population balance and getting a better deal from the Regional Infrastructure Funding Ms Gillard announced on Tuesday last week.

"I am pushing for a better return for our region so we can respond effectively to the massive infrastructure and funding pressures of the mining boom," Cr Baker said.

"I welcome the $120 million already committed in 2010 by this fund to the Peak Downs Hwy upgrade. But there is much more to do and our council is in the process of identifying our key infrastructure and development priorities for the coming years.

"For too long the regions driving the boom and boosting the nation's economy have been left by state and federal governments to deal with the negative consequences of rapid growth," she said. "So it is good to see some action."

Cr Baker and Ms Gillard discussed the findings of demographer Bernard Salt in KPMG's report into Isaac Regional Council's population and infrastructure pressures.

"KPMG's report clearly demonstrates that Isaac is dealing with a population base 30 years ahead of time as a result of non-resident worker pressures that are not calculated or properly considered by governments, which is obviously resulting in massive under-funding of services and infrastructure," Cr Baker said.


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