Mayor's trade visit strengthens ties with Singapore
WHILE Rockhampton's relationship with Singapore has largely been based on joint military training, things are shifting to create a world of new opportunities.
Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow recently returned from a visit to Singapore, where she found heightened interest in regards to doing business in Central Queensland.
The aim of the trade visit was to strengthen ties between the two regions and increase international opportunities when it comes to tourism, infrastructure, education and agriculture.
The visit continued earlier trips, taken with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad last year.
Cr Strelow said the delegation connected with key business leaders in Singapore at the highest levels to promote Rockhampton.
"We began the trip meeting with the High Commissioner, His Excellency Philip Green where we received a briefing on the latest developments in Singapore/Australia relations and held discussions with Australia's Defence Attache to Singapore and Brunei,” she said.
"We then met with Mayor Teo Ho Pin who offered to initiate discussions around closer relationships between our two local government authorities.
"This is already an established pathway in our people to people relationship with Singapore and the time is now right to grow these opportunities further.”
The delegation also discussed Central Queensland's education sector, transport and logistics, as well as the exportation of beef and other primary produce to Singapore for distribution throughout Asia.
"The past 26 years has more benefit than just the military, it presents opportunities for wider investment and people to people exchanges,” Cr Strelow said.
"The Singaporean business community are looking at us with new eyes when it comes to new investment.”