Mackay Isaac Whitsunday at forefront of embracing change
A group of Mackay Isaac Whitsunday civic and business leaders showcased the district’s strong economic credentials before a range of parliamentarians and key advisers on a recent visit to the county’s capital.
One of the key messages during the Greater Whitsunday Alliance-hosted delegation to Canberra earlier this month was how the regions were at the forefront of embracing change.
The visit, from March 16 to 18, coincided with the Regional Australia Institute’s Region’s Rising Summit, which focused on growing regional communities and linking all levels of government, business and the community sectors to encourage, collaborate and lead future-focused discussions.
GW3 chief executive officer Kylie Porter said the theme of the delegation was decentralisation and diversification.
“One of the objectives of the delegation was to build the profile of the MIW region among parliamentarians in Canberra,” Ms Porter said.
“The other was to discuss regionally specific topics including biofutures, agriculture, aquaculture, aerospace, tourism and skills and training.”
The delegation included Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox, Red Cat Adventures Asher Telford, Australian Prawn Farms Matt West, Gilmour Space Technologies James Gilmour, Nordzuker Mackay Sugar’s Jannik Olejas and Queensland University of Technology Centre for Agriculture and Bioeconomy deputy director Professor Ian O’Hara.
Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen also hosted and attended meetings.
Ms Porter said over the three days the delegation engaged in a total of 17 meetings including Resources, Water and Northern Australia Minister Keith Pitt, Finance Minister Simon Birmingham, Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud, as well as two assistant ministers and three shadow ministers.
“The role of delegates was to provide the ‘real face’ to parliamentarians: to tell their story about their sector’s vision for the future; how it is evolving and what that means to the Australian economy,” Ms Porter said.
“It was an incredibly useful trip and GW3 looks forward to leading more delegations across 2021,” Ms Porter said.