Cloncurry left out of the state budget

G’day and Welcome to the Mayors Desk. Congratulations to Mikaela Tapp, Samantha Wood and Annie Henwood who did us all proud in their quests for Cloncurry Showgirl 2018. All to Mikaela at this year’s EKKA, where she will be representing the Central and North Western Sub Chamber.

Not only is there a lot happening on the events scene, with something on every weekend, I would also like to highlight all the works, maintenance and upgrade projects that are on the go in our Shire at present.

Several road and flood damage projects are progressing well throughout our Shire. Stage 2 of the Sheaffe Street upgrade is ramping up and flood repairs to Chatsworth-Phosphate Road are rolling along. Improvements to Griffith Street are also on track to be completed soon.

The State Government recently handed down their budget and I was disappointed that Cloncurry didn’t feature as prominently as I had expected. It is important to highlight that Cloncurry Shire is the engine room of the State and needs to be recognised by the Government with adequate reinvestment back in the region. On a recent to Brisbane I again strongly reinforced this point when meeting with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and again when meeting the Roads Minister, Mark Bailey.

School Holidays are upon us and there is plenty of activities and programs in place for the youth so there are no excuses to be bored. The Anglican Church, Centacare and PCYC all have plenty on offer.

I am very pleased that I have secured money from the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women and would like to congratulate Minister Di Farmer for her support to run a swag of youth programs in our Shire. Including being able to bring Andre Moore and Matty Bowen. Matty will be here for 4 days and will drop by and say hello to the youth in Dajarra on his way home.

I am proud to announce that our bi-annual festival in September has been officially named “Beat the Heat festival” and as its name suggests, September is a great time of year to be in Cloncurry so make sure you mark 5-9 September on your calendars and contact Council to get involved.

It is a great time of year with the calendar chockful of events like Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge & Campdraft, NAIDOC Celebrations, Quamby Rodeo and the Cloncurry Merry Muster to name just a few. I’ll look forward to seeing you out and about.

Cheers, Greg