Council ups the ante for State Election wishlist
Published on 07 November 2017
With the political spotlight well on truly on Rockhampton during the 2017 Queensland State Election Campaign, Rockhampton Regional Council is calling on all candidates to support key projects across the region targeted at driving economic growth, increasing tourism numbers, creating local jobs and building key infrastructure.
Acting Mayor Councillor Tony Williams said Council would leave no stone unturned in its bid to gain support of a dozen projects across the three electorates of Rockhampton, Keppel and Mirani.
“Rockhampton is well and truly the talk of the Queensland State Election campaign so far and it would be remiss of Council not to take this opportunity to lobby as hard as we can for our region,” Acting Mayor Williams said.
“In addition to the priorities we have already made public, some of which candidates have already indicated support for, Council has added another four highly targeted projects.
“These include guaranteeing the future water supply of Mount Morgan with a Water Pipeline, continuation of funding for projects identified under the Mount Archer Activation Plan, road upgrades to Frenchville Road-Dean Street and Norman Road-Yeppoon Rd to address traffic issues as well as a ring road around Rockhampton allowing for quick deliveries and reducing traffic through our city.
“Our priorities lie across the three electorates our Region covers – Rockhampton, Keppel, Mirani – because what is good for one is good for all. We are actively seeking meetings with candidates to seek their support for these projects and we look forward to productive discussions during the campaign to get the outcomes our residents need and deserve,” Acting Mayor Williams said.
Council’s key election priorities for the 2017 campaign include;
Whole of region
- Commit funding to deliver the Rockhampton Ring Road and lobby the Federal Government for funding support;
- Building Rookwood Weir; and
- Publicly supporting Advance Rockhampton as the primary Economic Development Body for the Rockhampton Region;
- Funding for the South Rockhampton Flood Levee;
- Funding for Stage 2 of the North Rockhampton Flood Mitigation Project;
- Building Gracemere High School; and
- Funding for the proposed new Art Gallery;
- Commit to funding the Mount Morgan Water Pipeline;
- Support for Council’s Recreational Fishing Strategy, a boat ramp at Port Alma and recreational fishing opportunities in Mount Morgan; and
- Clearing the red tape and giving budget consideration to reopening the Dinosaur Caves at Mount Morgan.
- Continuation of funding for projects identified under the Mount Archer Activation Plan; and
- Address traffic issues on Frenchville Road and Dean Street as well as Norman Road and Yeppoon Road.