Yongning County Partnership Agreement
Yongning County, is part of the city of Yinchuan in North West China that forms the Ningxia Autonomous Region and during the Mayor and CEOs trade mission to China in 2013 , the Mayor signed a friendship and Partnership Agreement with the Secretary of the Party Committee for the County.

At the invitation of the Whitsunday Regional Council Yongning County's Committee led a delegation to visit the Whitsunday region in November 2014.  During the visit discussions covered investment and trade as well as, planning and development, cultural exchanges and tourism development and growth. 

Yongning delegation visit

Yongning Delegation
Whitsunday Regional Organisation of Councils (ROC)
Whitsunday Regional Organisation of Councils (Whitsunday ROC ) is a partnership made up of Mayors and CEOs from the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday Regional Councils.

The role of Whitsunday ROC is to: 
  • identify opportunities for innovation and collaboration
  • develop organisational capacity through the sharing of resources and savings efficiencies through collaboration
  • address and support cross-boundary priorities and challenges
  • gain better funding outcomes for the region, aiming to broaden the Whitsunday Region economy
  • identify and prioritise infrastructure initiatives and deliver strategies to secure the Whitsunday Region's future 
  • strengthen relationships with State and Federal government and agencies
  • speak with a united voice representing collective interests with an aim to influence key decision makers from both government and private sector
  • deliver outcomes focused advocacy to leverage funding and deliver key projects for the betterment of the Whitsunday Region and its communities
  • assess and monitor government policies and where appropriate develop policy position on behalf of the Whitsunday Region

To find out more about the Whitsunday ROC  visit the website

 Our region
The Whitsunday region located half way between Brisbane and Cairns, takes in Isaac, Whitsunday and Mackay Regional councils covering an area of 90,000 km2. Whitsunday Region is one of the fastest growing and dynamic economies in Australia delivering minerals, diverse agricultural products and tourism to the world, contributing around $20 billion in Gross Regional Product (GRP) to the National Economy. To find out more download the Whitsunday ROC powering Australia brochure [PDF 452KB]

The LGAQ and Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) have partnered with the Queensland State Government (Department of Energy and Water Supply (DEWS)) to develop the Queensland Water Regional Alliance Program (QWRAP). The objective of this project is to investigate opportunities for collaboration between regional water service providers. The Whitsunday Region is one of four pilot regions for the Q-WRAP program.
Representatives of the three councils have formed the WIM Water Alliance which meets on a quarterly basis. A regional forum is held annually to extend knowledge of an involvement in the Alliance beyond the immediate Alliance membership.
A major project for the WIM Water Alliance is the development of a master plan for water and sewerage within the Whitsunday Region. Early collaboration includes Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) standards, smart water meters and Work Health and Safety.

Digital Economy Strategy
Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday Local Government Areas (LGAS) have identified the need to develop a Strategy and Action Plan for readying industry, business, government agencies and communities in the region to maximise opportunities to embrace the digital economy. This includes preparation to take optimal advantage of the high speed broadband to be delivered by companies such as the NBN.

The digital economy is the global network of economic, and social activities that are enabled by platforms such as the internet, mobile and sensor networks. It is therefore a global marketplace underpinned by online systems, processes and services which are accessible to any individual or organisation, for the purpose of transacting electronically.

This will provide enormous opportunities for local government, health, education, business and industry to be a catalyst for change, as well as strengthening the existing economic base and facilitating diversification.
The Whitsunday ROC (Regional Organisation of Councils) has endorsed the Strategy and has assumed responsibility for the implementation of the Strategy and Action Plan across the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions.

Individual action have been prioritised against identified risks and impacts and placed in a sequence aimed at optimising the region's progress in embracing the Digital Economy. The first step is to document our current position in the Digital Economy as a point against which we can measure project outcomes. A Reference Group is currently being formed with representatives across key business and industry groups to provide advice on the implementation of the strategy.

For more information contact:
David McKendry
Phone: (07) 4961 9525

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