WARREN Truss (pictured) will duly consider proposals to ensure Central Queensland has a strong voice in the Developing Northern Australia White Paper.
But the Infrastructure Minister's office would not explain why our region was effectively snubbed in the formulation of the Green Paper.
When pressed for an answer, a spokesperson for Mr Truss said the Green Paper was a starting point for consultation, not the end point.
He said Mr Truss was a frequent visitor to CQ and understood the significant role the region played in growing the national economy, particularly in the agriculture, energy, tourism and mining sectors.
And it is that "significant role" that Capricornia MP Michelle Landry and CQ community leaders say has been overlooked in the early decision-making process.
Rockhampton was mentioned only four times in the 116-page Green Paper, CQUniversity (the single largest university in Northern Australia) was left out and no Central Queenslander was included on the Northern Australia Advisory Group.
The spokesperson for Mr Truss said a number of submissions on the Green Paper had been received from CQ stakeholders, including CQUniversity, which would be uploaded on the website in the coming weeks. The taskforce had also met with a range of entities from CQ.
He said the White Paper would be the final document which would take into account all submissions provided during the consultation process.
"The Minister looks forward to working closely with elected representatives from the region on its development."
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