Council was pleased for the opportunity to meet with Minister for Agriculture and Water, the Honourable David Littleproud and LNP Candidate for Kennedy, Mr Frank Beveridge today.
Discussions revolved around the need for greater support towards enabling alternate industry development and job creation in agriculture, tourism, and recreational pursuits.
“Council is struggling to attract interest in development with a lot of the problems stemming from Government Policy on matters such as energy and environmental regulations.”
“We need immediate clarity and certainty for investors to move forward and we need it now!” said Mayor Jayo.
Matters canvassed included the high cost of living problems and specific projects towards job creation such as:
- Access improvement works at Dungeness;
- The Business Case for ramp and jetty facilities at Forrest Beach;
- Heated agricultural product silo storage facilities;
- A formal commitment towards the North Queensland Bio-Energy Project;
- The Business Case for the Herbert River Weir Project to enhance tourism and agriculture;
- Dutton Street Bridge Flood Resilience Construction; and
- Dungeness Boat Ramp Car Park Extension.
Council's concerns and priorities are being circulated to all parties and candidates at the forthcoming election.