State strengthens council ties

THE relationships between the State Government and local councils of resource communities were enhanced and strengthened at a meeting on Monday, Minister for Rural and Regional Queensland Tim Mulherin said.

Mr Mulherin met with 18 mayors from around Queensland whose principalities were directly or indirectly linked with the booming resource industry in the Bowen, Galilee and Surat basins.

“The meeting (on Monday) gave me an opportunity to reiterate our reinvigorated approach to Regional Development Australia,” Mr Mulherin said.

He said the summer disasters were “clearly front-of-mind” for many of the mayors, and the ongoing recovery efforts were of particular concern.

“Remote and regional councils tell me they are being well informed on the new $50 million State and Federal government package to help them access labour for cyclone and flood clean-up,” Mr Mulherin said. “This new funding has been developed in consultation with the Local Government Association of Queensland.”

The progress of the $100 million financial support to community infrastructure under the Sustainable Resource Communities Policy was also highlighted, with mayors making further recommendations to the LGAQ position paper, Supporting Queensland Regions.

Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire said the SRC policy was another issue discussed at the meeting, which ensured resource communities were on track to implement adequate future planning measures.

“Also, social impact management plans, strategic cropping land, roads, infrastructure, environmental impact study processes and exploration issues were discussed,” Cr Maguire said.

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