Yesterday's meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack was a great opportunity for Townsville Enterprise to discuss the key priorities critical to the Townsville North Queensland region, including urban water security, the agricultural potential from the Hells Gates project and the Townsville Crystal Lagoon Project.
The visit from the Deputy Prime Minister also provided the opportunity to facilitate meetings for the five Mayors from Townsville City Council, Charters Towers Regional Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Hinchinbrook Shire Council and Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council to discuss the key priorities pertinent to each region. This meeting was chaired by North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NQROC) Chair, Burdekin Mayor Lyn McLaughlin, with discussions covering the Museum of Underwater Art project progressing at Palm Island, developing industrial land in the Burdekin and access at Hinchinbrook Port.
Townsville Water Taskforce Chair, Brad Webb also met with the Deputy Prime Minister to provide an update on the Water Taskforce report and the critical importance of securing Townsville's urban water supply.
It was great to welcome Deputy Prime Minister McCormack, and Member for Dawson George Christensen, back to Townsville who previously met with Townsville Enterprise only 12 days into his appointment as Leader of the Nationals and Deputy Prime Minister when he last visited Townsville in March 2018. While Townsville Enterprise and the Port of Townsville were the only stops for the Deputy on this occasion in Townsville, the meetings held were invaluable. We have developed a positive relationship with Deputy Prime Minister McCormack who yesterday again reiterated his commitment to growing the North.