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SENATOR THE HON. IAN MACDONALD Minister for Forestry and Conservation

Home Back to Media Releases AFFA02/103M 10 July 2002

 

Minister begins 3,500km community consultation

Federal Minister and north-Queensland based Senator, Ian Macdonald, will today commence a 3,500km road trip to consult his electorate.

Senator Macdonald will leave Townsville this morning for the nine-day trip to visit remote and regional communities in Queensland’s central and far north.

He plans to visit Charters Towers, Hughenden, Muttaburra, Winton, Middleton, Boulia, Dajarra, Mt Isa, Camooweal, Gregory Downs, Burketown, Karumba, Normanton, Laura, Coen, Weipa and the dozens of smaller communities and properties in between.

Senator Macdonald said the annual road trip to remote parts of Queensland provided the opportunity to meet with communities and groups that would normally have little contact with Federal politicians.

“It is a great way to gauge the needs and concerns of these communities and gives them a chance to have their say in person without having to travel thousands of kilometres to a capital city,” Senator Macdonald said.

“The intention of these annual trips is to provide that opportunity, which I believe benefits both the communities and the Federal Government, in formulating policies and positions.”

For each year Senator Macdonald has been a Federal politician, he has made a similar extensive trip to the Outback, each year selecting a different course to ensure he meets as many communities as possible.

“The Parliamentary winter recess is tailor-made for making a trip such as this to more isolated sections of the electorate,” Senator Macdonald said.

“It really is what political representation is all about — getting out and meeting the people who have elected you and asking them if they have concerns that they want addressed.”

Throughout the trip, Senator Macdonald has organised formal meetings with community leaders but also hopes to generate

informal discussions with 'the people on the street”.

“I want the people in these communities to know I will be available to hear what they have to say and take it back with me to Canberra,” Senator Macdonald said.

An outline of Senator Ian Macdonald’s itinerary is as follows:

TIMEEVENT

July 8 - 11.00am Depart Townsville for Hughenden 2.30pm Meet with Great Artisan Basin

Consultative Council and landholders.  6.30pm Function with Flinders Shire Council representatives. July 9 -

7.00am Depart Hughenden for Muttaburra 10.00am Inspect Great Artesian Basin bore capping 12.30pm Depart Muttaburra for Winton

2.30pm Meet with Winton Shire representatives 3.00pm Depart Winton for Boulia 7.30pm Function with Mayor and Councillors of Boulia Shire

July 10 - 9.00am Meet Boulia Shire Council 10.30pm Depart Boulia for Mt Isa

1.30pm Meet with Mt Isa Council 2.00pm Open Mt Isa Centrelink Customer Service Centre 3.30pm Depart Mt Isa for Camooweal July 11 -

7.00am Depart Camooweal for Burketown 12noon Meet with Burke Shire Council 1.30pm Depart Burketown for Karumba

July

12-10.00am Inspect Gulf Barramundi Farm (Karumba) 12noon Meet with Mayor and Councillor of Carpentaria Shire 3.00pm Inspect Raptis (fishing company) facilities

and vessels

July 13 - 8.00am Inspect Barramundi recreation fishery (Karumba) 12noon Community consultation July 14 -

8.00am Depart Karumba for Laura Various Visit properties on Burke Development Road July 15 -

8.00am Depart Laura for Weipa.

Various Stopovers at Hahn River, Coen and Archer River July 16 - 9.00am

Community consultation

12noon Croc Festival activities (Weipa) 7.00pm Croc Eisteddfod Concert July 17 - Various

Meetings with Recreational Boating and Fishing Operators, Town Council, Chamber of Commerce. 3.00pm Depart Weipa for Cairns

Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's office: Zac Donovan (02) 6277 7270 or 0438 611 296

   

  Last updated 12 July 2002

URL: http://www.affa.gov.au/ministers/macdonald/releases/2002/02103m.html Commonwealth of Australia 2002