Mayor Joe Paronella and CEO Hurriyet Babacan presented compelling evidence to Treasurer Curtis Pitt MP supporting further funding to help contain navua sedge, establish locally based medical and allied health precincts and support economic revitalisation during a meeting on Thursday 9 March 2017.
“We appreciate the time provided by Treasurer Curtis Pitt MP for us to outline some key areas that we are seeking State Government assistance with and providing further insights into our region and the communities that we represent,” said Mayor Joe Paronella.
“Council is seeking over $1 million to help manage navua sedge as a major threat to the Tablelands agricultural industry.
“The much anticipated upgrade of the Atherton Hospital will be complemented by allied health and wellbeing precincts in Atherton, Malanda and Ravenshoe to support the current and future needs of our growing population via a sustainable model of rural health service delivery. We are seeking $5 million for the first phase of the estimated $19 million initiative.
“To help us achieve our aims to actively revitalise our economies through diversification of our region’s tourism industry and destination appeal, leverage our strong agricultural sector for increased national and global markets, strengthen our small business sector, grow a skilled workforce and attract investment, we are seeking assistance from across all State Government agencies to help us embrace smart practices and technologies.
“We want to be at the forefront of innovation and reinvention of towns and regional centres which requires collaboration between government, business and the community.”