Government ‘at the coalface’ focus of another northern road trip


Government ‘at the coalface’ will be the focus of a two day trip to the Tablelands for Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald later this week.

 Senator Macdonald has been invited to speak at the North Queensland Local Government Association’s annual conference in Atherton on Friday.

On the following day, he will officially open the new multimillion dollar Mareeba Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade.

 “I am looking forward to catching up with many of the Mayors and Councillors from Councils across the north of the state when I attend the annual NQLGA conference on Friday,” Senator Macdonald said.

 “The role of these local governments in helping to unlock the potential of Northern Australia can’t be underestimated.

 “They are at the coalface, providing an integral link between the communities they serve, as well as facilitating the right conditions to foster growth and development.”

 Senator Macdonald said there were plenty of opportunities for Councils to benefit from the Federal Government’s record investment in Northern Australia.

 “As part of the Northern Australia White Paper, and the $5billion in concessional loans available through NAIF (Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility), there has never been a better time for local governments in the north to collaborate, and work together with their state and federal counterparts to maximise investment and development across the region.”

 As part of his trip north, Senator Macdonald will make a detour via Abergowrie, to open a new agricultural shed and refurbished classrooms funded through the Federal Government’s Capital Grants Program at St Teresa’s College on Thursday.

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