FOURTH AND FINAL WEEK WRAP UP
We are now one day away from official polling day and what a four week campaign it has been. North Queensland has certainly been front and centre of the hustings from when the starter's gun fired on Tuesday 6 October right up until here today on election eve.
The spotlight we’ve seen on Townsville and the North is testament to our business and community’s advocacy efforts well in advance of this election, and as we look to our election priorities and commitments received, we see a lot of green lights for our region.
Click on the video below to watch Townsville Enterprise CEO Patricia O'Callaghan's wrap up of the 2020 State Election campaign
We’ve seen the Premier, Deputy Premier, Opposition Leader, Katter’s Australian Party Leader and countless Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet Ministers visit Townsville and North Queensland almost daily across the past four weeks. This fourth and final week has been no different with all three leaders starting their last week of the election campaign on the hustings in Townsville.
With each visit we have welcomed a raft of commitments to our region’s priorities. Many of which have been a key part of our advocacy agenda for a number of years and highlighted in the Unlock the North document we launched with our regional council partners and TaskforceNQ at Parliament House in August.
Importantly, over the course of this campaign period much of that support announced for North Queensland projects has been bipartisan. Both major parties have committed to building Big Rocks Weir, progressing CopperString 2.0, boosting our tourism marketing funding, Townsville Hospital infrastructure upgrades, reducing irrigation costs for famers, Magnetic Island road upgrades, the Museum of Underwater Art is now fully funded and Glencore's door will remain open. This means that no matter who forms government after tomorrow, these projects and policies are secured for the north and that means jobs for our community.