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The state headquarters for the new Office of Rural and Regional Queensland will be based in Rockhampton, complete with four staff members.
“Offices are being created in regional coastal and outback Queensland to ensure the voices of local communities across our large state are heard,” The Premier told Parliament.
“Rockhampton will become the strategically located headquarters for the Office of Rural and Regional Queensland with representation also in Townsville, Mackay, Cairns, Longreach, Maryborough and Toowoomba.
“The Office of Rural and Regional Queensland will support the establishment of regional community forums because we’re a government that listens to Queenslanders where ever they live in our great state.”
Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke has been a strong advocate for coordinating the activities of the Office of Rural and Regional Queensland from Rockhampton.
“This is an investment in jobs and ensures local residents will have their views heard on a variety of matters in our state,” Mr O’Rourke said.
“Several members of our local communities have put their names forward to nominate for the Regional Community forums and I thank them for their enthusiasm in getting behind the initiative.
“The first Regional Community forum will be held on the last Monday of this month as the first part of a new process to ensure their voices are heard and listened to by government.
“I am proud to have secured the Office’s headquarters for Rockhampton and to be part of a Palaszczuk Government that priorities achieving the best results for local communities.”
Mr O’Rourke said two officers would be located in both Townsville and Toowoomba, one each for Cairns, Mackay and Longreach, and four staff at the Rockhampton HQ.
“Whether its jobs or infrastructure, the Palaszczuk Government is keen to hear ideas from regional and outback Queenslanders that will help our state to grow for the future,” he said.