Community Cabinet to go ahead
THE State Government Community Cabinet meeting scheduled for Proserpine and Airlie Beach this weekend will go ahead, Premier Anna Bligh announced today.
Ms Bligh said she was confident the Community Cabinet meeting could go ahead as planned after she assessed the impact of Cyclone Yasi on the area.
"But this Community Cabinet will tackle broader issues than just those facing Proserpine and Airlie Beach,” she said.
"This will be a Community Cabinet for all of North Queensland.
"Make no mistake about it; this is a huge vote of confidence for the Airlie Beach and Proserpine areas.
“I will be delivering the message that North Queensland is well and truly open for business."
Treasurer Andrew Fraser said he spoke directly to Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Mike Brunker and met with Tourism Whitsunday chief executive Peter O'Reilly in Airlie Beach today (Thursday).
"The Community Cabinet can and should go ahead,” he said.
“And it will be a great boost to the region following the impact of Cyclone Yasi.
"North Queensland is integral to the State's economy.
“We need to get this area back on its feet.
“By having the entire Cabinet here we can speak directly to residents and local stakeholders about the steps we need to take."
Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt said businesses in the Whitsunday area had come through the cyclone without major damage.
"Now is the time that we need to spread the word about the Whitsundays and all of North Queensland, to attract more holidaymakers here than ever before,” she said.
"We need to keep working on ways to boost the local economy and create jobs, and there's no better way to do that than to have the entire Cabinet here in our own backyard.
"I hope everyone in the area turns out this weekend to take part in what I am sure will be a very productive event for the entire region."
Ministers will conduct meetings at the Proserpine State High School on Sunday.
On Monday Parliamentary secretaries and directors general will conduct meetings at the Bowen State High School.