Rocky Council pushes bold move for govt jobs

LATEST MEETING: Rockhampton Regional Councillors believe Rockhampton is the perfect place to strike a City Deal.
LATEST MEETING: Rockhampton Regional Councillors believe Rockhampton is the perfect place to strike a City Deal. Chris Ison ROK250816ccouncil2

ROCKHAMPTON Regional Councillors agreed to continue pushing its case to strike a City Deal with the Federal Government at their meeting today.

Their submission was to a new senate inquiry exploring ways to increase growth and prosperity in regional and rural communities.

City Deals are partnerships between all levels of Government that take a collaborative approach to delivering major infrastructure and projects and Mayor Margaret Strelow said the region was the perfect place to do a deal.

"A partnership like this would deliver real benefits for our entire region and help drive economic growth, create local jobs, deliver major infrastructure and attract more private sector investment," Cr Strelow said.

"The submission Councillors passed at today's meeting also highlights the benefits which could come from relocating freight infrastructure and tasks out of our capital cities and into the regions to stimulate new growth and development in the sector.

"Finally, our submission also highlights council's investment in innovative technologies unique to regional Australia and the importance of incubators, like the Smart Hub, that are vital to improving corporate decentralisation," Cr Strelow said.

Council also lodged a senate submission earlier this year in support of the proposed policy to relocate Commonwealth departments into regional areas, advocating Rockhampton as a strategically strong regional capital.

It cited the historic decentralisation of Commonwealth entities and facilities to north Townsville and Darwin as successful approaches.

"Once again, our submission urges the Senate Enquiry to consider re-establishing Government agencies that traditionally had a presence in the Region and to take advantage of our strategic location that would be of great benefit to these entities," Cr Strelow said.

Topics:  city deal margaret strelow rockhampton regional council smart hub

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