Mayor is off to China

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council Mayor Mike Brunker will go to China for seven days next month as part of a trade and investment mission to promote the Whitsundays in China.

The mayor was invited by the Regional Economic Development Commission to visit China to expose regional project supporters to new sources of private finance through foreign direct investment.

The trip intends to promote investment opportunities for the Whitsunday, Mackay and Isaac regions.

Mayor Brunker will visit Beijing and Yantai, a city in the north-eastern Shandong Province.

Cr Mark Gaudry said at last week's Council meeting that he felt it would be valuable for the region to be represented on the mission.

“It would be a great opportunity for the mayor to go,” he said.

The mission would focus on assisting Whitsunday, Mackay and Isaac-based representatives to enter the Chinese market in support of improving commercial ties between the regions and Shandong province and look at the possibilities of bilateral trade where mutual interest already exists.

The trip is expected to cost more than $5000.

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