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Townsville Enterprise Looking Beyond Federal Election

The CEO of Townsville Enterprise has welcomed the new Member for Herbert, after Labor's Phillip Thompson ousted the LNP'S Cathy O'Toole on the weekend.  

CEO, Patricia O’Callaghan said “On behalf of Townsville Enterprise, I wish to congratulate the new member for Herbert and look forward to seeing him hit the ground running. We note that not all counting is done so the final composition of parliament still needs a bit more clarity - but Phil’s election is clear as is the fact that only the Coalition looks like it can form government. Over the past six months and during this election campaign period we have welcomed a number of commitments from Phil and the LNP towards stage two of the Haughton water pipeline, the Port’s channel widening, Hells Gates, DriveIt and fixing Palm Island’s water supply, to name just some, but now we must see those commitments fast-tracked and converted into real projects as soon as possible to create the jobs that have been promised to the people of North Queensland.”

“We congratulate George Christensen in Dawson and Bob Katter in Kennedy, thank Ian Macdonald for his long service to the North and look forward to working with newly elected Senator Susan McDonald who will be based in Townsville and of course originally heralds from North Western Queensland - a region important to us also. Townsville Enterprise also thanks Cathy O’Toole for her passion and dedication to our region and wish her the best for the future.

“Over 400 million dollars’ worth of commitments was secured for our region since the launch of our Federal Election advocacy campaign in Canberra in August; it’s important that we work with our Federal Member for Herbert to ensure the delivery of these projects as soon as possible. We also note the importance of working with the new Member on further priorities to progress our region in this term of government. The seat of Herbert’s economic success is driven by our surrounding regions and further support for Hinchinbrook, the Burdekin, Palm Island, Charters Towers and the communities all the way to Mount Isa will be key to our region’s long term prosperity. We have already locked in a meeting with Phil for today and we will highlight these key points with the new Member for Herbert.

“This has been a Federal Election campaign like no other for North Queensland. Never before have we seen the issues at a State level so heavily dominate the narrative of a national agenda as what we have over the past five weeks. The fate of the Galilee Basin was no longer just barbecue conversation in Townsville, Mackay and Clermont, but discussed and debated across the whole country. Although the final approvals on the Carmichael Mine are sitting with the Queensland Government, the positions from political parties at all levels and the opinions formed from all Australians on this project has had impact on the results of this election. When we launched the Galilee campaign with our business community, Rockhampton and Mackay, Townsville Enterprise was accused by some of being political. This Federal election is now evidence that we were simply reflecting our broader community’s views.

“The regions of Queensland have sent our politicians a very strong message during this election that the Galilee is vitally important to our community. It’s about jobs, not politics, and North Queenslanders deserve and need this opportunity. At Townsville Enterprise, we’d rather ask all parties at the state level how we can work together to deliver the projects and policies that state governments should deliver, and we hope to have constructive dialogue with all parties over the coming months. It’s a big job for elected officials, but North Queensland has spoken. We know the state is preparing its budget and in the interests of bipartisanship we have offered both major parties a Townsville Enterprise hosted business event as a platform to promote their budget and responses respectively to the people of North Queensland.”