This week I will be speaking on behalf of Council to over 150 delegates at the Queensland Timber conference in Brisbane. We have been invited to participate as our region has the largest employment within the timber industry in Queensland for a local government area.
The timber industry plays a vital role in our regional economy, with the conference an opportunity to address and discuss emerging issues such as the possible implications of the proposed vegetation management legislation which may have a significant effect on this industry. Decisions made by state and federal governments
, can have a significant impact on our economy and our community.
Another regional issue is the campaign to secure funding for the new section of the Bruce Highway, which is gaining momentum. As a former police officer, I, like many, have seen the tragic results of fatal crashes on the Bruce Highway.
I fully support our Federal Member, Llew O’Brien’s campaign, and together with my Wide Bay mayoral colleagues have attended meetings in Canberra to advocate the importance of this project.
I also congratulate the Gympie Times on their campaign and the support they have given.
Next week will see our communities once again come together for the many ANZAC Day ceremonies right across the region. It is significant that this year marks the 100 year anniversary since the end of the First World War.
I would encourage all residents, who are able, to attend one of the many services. It is an opportunity to recognise and thank not only those very brave servicemen and women, but also their families who have made significant sacrifices so that we can enjoy a democratic and free society.