Joint release from Senator Ian Macdonald,Coalition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia
and the Hon Andrew Robb AO, MP Chairman of the Coalition Policy Development Committee
The city of Mackay features prominently in the Coalitions vision and plans for the further development of Northern Australia.
It is a region of enormous importance to Northern Australia both as a significant population centre and as a commercial and transport hub.
Mackay has already rapidly emerged as a vibrant city and has created wonderful new opportunities for example by leveraging the regions natural resources, agriculture and tourism assets.
These sectors are among Australias great strengths and Mackay is perfectly placed to take these to another level.
The key parts of the Coalitions strategic plans include cutting red and green tape, adding flexibility to land use, developing infrastructure priorities and supporting job growth through ensuring that more major projects get off the ground.
The Coalitions focus will apply equally to Mackay as to any other major centre of the north whether, it be Townsville, Darwin, Cairns, Mount Isa, Broome, Kununurra, Karratha, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Katherine or Port Hedland.
Mackay for instance, is specifically mentioned on multiple occasions throughout the Coalitions recently released 2030 Vision for Developing Northern Australia paper.
The fact the vision paper has already stimulated strident debate demonstrates it is achieving one of its key objectives.
The Coalition invites the Mackay community to share their thoughts and make a contribution to the development of the formal White Paper that would be delivered within 12 months should the Coalition under Tony Abbotts leadership secure the privilege of government.
The Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen is playing an important role in ensuring the interests of Mackay are fully represented throughout this important process.