Mayor Anne Baker is calling on Federal Election candidates in Capricornia to give a vote of confidence to the Isaac region.
“This Council is absolutely committed to advocating for the communities of the Isaac,” she said.
“We are a proud resources and agricultural region, our communities are home to proud mining and farming families, and we are absolutely proud of the role our region is playing in helping to energise the world.
“Likewise, it is vital that we have voices in Canberra who share that outlook and genuinely respect and appreciate the challenges we face in a region stretching over 58,000sq km from the coast to the coalfields.
“The Isaac community deserves a Member for Capricornia who is prepared to advocate strongly on behalf of this region on the floor of parliament and in the corridors of power.
“We want a fair go for a region which is responsible for creating much of the nation’s wealth and prosperity through our rich resources.
“With this support we can continue to deliver on our region’s vision to help energise the world as a region which is feeding, powering and building communities.”
Mayor Baker said Council was calling on all candidates and parties to commit to delivering on a range of policy and infrastructure priorities in the lead-up to the Federal Election:
- Restoration of core local government Financial Assistance Grants to at least 1% of Commonwealth taxation revenue.
- Intervention in the opening up of the Galilee Basin to provide certainty to thousands of regional Queenslanders.
- Implementation of recommendations from the Report from the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport into the Operation, Regulation and Funding of Air Route Service Delivery to Rural, Regional and Remote Communities when it is released on 27 June 2019.
- Implementation of the 21 recommendations from the February 2013 House of Representatives Standing Committee on Regional Australia Report Cancer of the Bush or Salvation for Our Cities? around Fly-In, Fly-Out and Drive-In, Drive-Out workforce practices in Regional Australia.
Community facility priorities
- Clermont Civic Centre Revitalisation Project – $2.1 million
- Moranbah Community Centre Transformation Project – $3.2 million
- Moranbah Western Sporting Precinct masterplanning
- Clermont Showgrounds and Saleyards Revitalisation Project (Stage 2) – $2.95 million
- Moranbah Eastern Sporting Precinct Multi-Use Facilities – $800,000
Road infrastructure priorities
- Phillips Creek Bridge replacement Saraji Road – $16.78 million
- Eaglefield Road bitumen sealing 29 kilometres – $15.27 million
- Daunia Road pavement and surface upgrade – $16.6 million
- Laglan Road pavement and surface upgrade – $28 million
- Golden Mile Road pavement and drainage improvements – $11.05 million
Water infrastructure priorities
- Clermont Water Enhancement Action Plan
- Theresa Creek Dam water storage – $7.5 million
- Clermont Water Supply Bores Feasibility Study – $300,000