The future of Northern Australia

Businesspeople and residents of Mount Isa and surrounding areas will have their chance on Tuesday to hear more about the Coalitions 2030 Vision for the Development of Northern Australia and to put forward their ideas.

Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, will conduct a forum on the policy on Tuesday August 6 at the Mount Isa Civic Centre in West Street at 10 am.

I am very excited about the prospect of a Coalition government which is prepared to focus on the vital question of the development of Northern Australia, Senator Macdonald said.

There are so many opportunities in this vast area of Australia to create jobs and wealth which will benefit the entire country.

Senator Macdonald, who will be accompanied by LNP candidate for Kennedy, Noeline Ikin, said that he had conducted nine forums so far across Northern Australia from Karratha to Mackay and had met with an enthusiastic response.

Those of us who live in the North understand the huge untapped potential of this region in all kinds of areas agriculture, health, technology, tropical medical research, and education as well as the traditional mining industry.

And now the Coalition has pledged to make these a reality with Tony Abbott promising a White Paper setting out a definite and costed plan of action within twelve months of being elected.

The ideas and submissions which we are collecting through these forums at the moment will be considered for inclusion in this White Paper.

Senator Macdonald urged those with an interest in the exciting future of Northern Australia to come along to the forum and let their voices be heard.

At the Mount Isa Civic Centre at 10 am on Tuesday August 6.

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