FEDERAL Deputy Opposition leader Julie Bishop visited the Whitsundays on Tuesday to discuss the main issues affecting residents in the region.
Alongside Liberal candidate for Dawson, George Christensen, Ms Bishop said that she understood the concerns that regional tourist towns faced in these trying times.
“I come from an electorate in Western Australia that is along the coast so I understand the concerns about tourism and upgrades,” the Liberal MP said.
“I think places like Airlie Beach need to have a great focus from the federal government's tourism dollar.
“Dawson has missed out.”
Cr Christensen also took the opportunity to discuss issues high on his agenda.
“One of the things that I'll be advocating for is the relocation of the Proserpine Community Centre,” he said.
“Also on my agenda is the upgrade of the Airlie Beach main street and securing a better deal in tourism funding for locals.”
Following a function with local LNP members and supporters, Ms Bishop met with the Proserpine Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Whitsundays and Proserpine Canegrowers to discuss regional issues affecting the community.
“One of the messages that we got is that when we are making our policies, we need to come in and talk to people on the ground,” Cr Christensen said.
Some of the issues addressed at the meeting included the federal government's controversial mining tax and the need for improved infrastructure, according to Ms Bishop.
“Obviously the electorate of Dawson deserves its fair share of federal funding given that this electorate contributes considerably to our national export income,” she said.
“Issues revolving around infrastructure – like better roads, obviously a better port facility and services to the region – are of concern.”
The meeting also discussed the need for a new sewerage treatment plant in Proserpine, linked in with a recycling process for agricultural use.
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