The North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Council has put out its election platform ahead of the October 31 Queensland election. The NWQ ROC is made up of the eight councils of the North West and is not politically partisan to any side.
It simply wants the best for the region.
The NWQ ROC's election slogan is "let's supercharge the region that supercharges Queensland" and there is much merit to this proposal.`
North West Queensland is an economic powerhouse contributing to Queensland and Australia's prosperity through the North West Minerals Province, massive and productive agricultural holdings and a burgeoning and stunning outback tourism industry.
North West Queensland pumps over $5 billion to the Queensland economy and despite the impact of COVID, the region has continued to deliver, particularly through its resources and agriculture sector.
North West Queenslanders contribute $176,000 per capita to the national economy compared to $66,000 elsewhere in Queensland.
As NWQ ROC chair and mayor of Carpentaria Jack Bawden says, the region consistently delivers despite prolonged droughts, severe floods, high cost of living, inadequate and aging infrastructure, small population centres and global pandemics.
"That's because our communities are lifters and are committed to making North West Queensland a region attractive for people and businesses to live, work and invest," Cr Bawden said.
"As the eight councils that make up NWQROC, we understand the value of collaboration, we understand our communities and we understand the potential of this region to deliver for the rest of Queensland, especially as we unite and recover from the impacts of COVID-19."
But while much good work has been done by all levels of government in policies, plans and strategies more needs to be done in the area of transportation, communications, water and waste management, energy costs and community liveability initiatives.
The NWQ ROC is calling on all parties to support their campaign and it's one the North West Star is right behind.