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THE election funding commitment for the Ring Road will be honoured in the MayFederal Budget, amid confirmation from the Deputy Prime Minister during talks inCanberra.
Chair of the Whitsunday Regional Organisation of Councils (ROC) and MackayMayor Deirdre Comerford sought the assurance during a two-day visit to the nation’scapital along with Isaac counterpart Anne Baker and Whitsunday Mayor JenniferWhitney.
“Whilst the Federal Government is facing a tough budget this year, it is certainlypleasing that we received confirmation from the Deputy PM that the electioncommitment made last year will be honoured in the May Budget,” she said.
The three Mayors held positive talks with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, arange of Federal Ministers and senior policy advisors during the two-day visit to pushthe importance of the Whitsunday region and its infrastructure needs.
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen helped facilitate many of theMinisterial delegations and appointments with senior policy advisors.
The Whitsunday region generates $22 billion worth of economic value to theAustralia economy and our region’s productivity is 62 per cent higher than theQueensland average.
Whitsunday Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the delegation gained strong support fromseveral Ministers.
“We’ve managed to secure a commitment that two Federal Ministers will visit theregion this year to liaise with business and tourism leaders,” she said.
Small Business Minister Bruce Billson and Minister for Trade and Investment AndrewRobb have confirmed that they will visit later this year to discuss issues relating totheir portfolios.“This will provide many of our business operators with the opportunity to talk directlywith key Cabinet Ministers and put local issues on the national agenda,” Cr Whitneysaid.
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss also provided positive news regarding the FIFOissue, confirming that he had elevated the FIFO Inquiry Report and was working withgovernment departments to review the Federal inquiry’s 21 recommendations.
Isaac Mayor Anne Baker said the feedback was encouraging.
“I think it indicates the importance of the issue from a national perspective and Ieagerly await the Deputy PM’s whole-of-government response,” she said.
Mr Truss acknowledged there were 162 outstanding reports from the previousgovernment that required attention, but he had elevated the FIFO work practicesreport and instructed his office to consult with various government departments toprepare a whole-of-government response to take to Parliament.