North Queensland Regional Plan ideas hub

Burdekin residents are being invited to help shape the first ever North Queensland Regional Plan by sharing their ideas at a community consultation event at Plantation Park Markets this weekend.

The plan will bring together Burdekin, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook, Palm Island and Townsville councils and will guide the region over the next 25 years.

A series of community events organised by the Queensland Government will be held across North Queensland giving residents a chance to have their say.

The first ideas hub in the Burdekin will be held at Plantation Park Markets this Sunday 21 May between 8:00am and midday.

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland and Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke encouraged locals to have their say and help create a vision for the future of North Queensland.

“The plan will provide the basis for the planning and delivery of infrastructure and services, connect council areas and improve opportunities for economic development and liveability and is core to the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to the future of our region,” she said.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Burdekin residents now had the chance to have their say on shaping North Queensland.

“The Burdekin offers unique opportunities for employment, agriculture, tourism, education, lifestyle and more,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The North Queensland Regional Plan will establish a vision and direction for the wider region and look at, as a Council area, how we contribute to that picture going forward.

“Each of the five councils will have their own priorities, but there is a definite need for councils to plan as a region.”

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