North Queensland based Government Senator Ian Macdonald today leaves on his annual road visit to the Gulf country and North-west Queensland.
Senator Macdonald will meet with Councils in Georgetown, Croydon, Normanton and Karumba and will be guest of honour at the Gulf Savannah Development’s Small Business Week function.
“I am delighted to be meeting with small business in Karumba and surrounding Gulf areas to celebrate Small Business Week and to talk about ways government initiatives for small business will impact on businesses in more remote areas,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Tourism is an essential element of the economies of many small businesses in the Gulf area and I am pleased at the emphasis being placed on tourism by Gulf Savannah Development, Councils and business associations.
“One very ‘big’ small business in the Gulf is the indigenous-run Delta Downs cattle station which as well as turning out prime beef, is investigating ways to get more involved in the tourism industry.
“Just last week I made a flying visit to Burketown to officially open the new fibre optic link for that community, the most north-western community in the state.
“Commonwealth Government funded communications is an essential part of small business and the overall development of the Gulf country, and I will be having talks about how this can be improved.
“During my trip I will be working in my role as Northern Australia Whitepaper Implementation Oversight Committee Chair to focus on the development of Northern Australia, as well as talking to civic leaders about water storage proposals.”
Senator Macdonald will drive the 930 kilometres.
“I always enjoy travelling the roads the locals use. It always gives me a better grounding in my advocacy for better roads in the North and west of the state.”