ALL THE BINGO LADIES: Dawson MP George Christensen and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack at Harrup Park speaking with members of a local bingo group.
ALL THE BINGO LADIES: Dawson MP George Christensen and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack at Harrup Park speaking with members of a local bingo group. Stuart Quinn

Unity key to big development projects

DEVELOPMENT and keeping Mackay in the spotlight were all part of regional leaders' master plan while the Deputy Prime Minister was in town.

Urban Development Institute of Australia Mackay/Whitsunday president Mark McGrath, who was integral in bringing Michael McCormack to Mackay, emphasised that unity around major development projects was the key to seeing a better city.

Mr McGrath said he is seeking to "put the spotlight” on Mackay and why it is important to invest here, and drew the deputy PM's attention to the Binnington Esplanade waterfront development.

"There is this policy called Building Regional Capitals and Mackay is a prime candidate for taking advantage of that policy,” he said.

"And to work in with the Federal Government, putting the spotlight on Mackay and investing here, and making sure the whole country sees that regional capitals like Mackay are great liveable places.

"They're affordable, and they are worthy of significant federal investment to grow them.

"It's important for Mackay to be a 'squeaky wheel' and to be friendly about it, to have a one-page hymn sheet we sing in unison from so that major players such as the Deputy Prime Minister take notice.”

Mr McCormack was responsive to the UDIA presentation, showcasing Mackay's features, but acknowledged there is still work to do.

"Better roads and rail facilities is one thing. It is a port city, it is a fantastic port city, and to be able to grow the port and make it a destination of choice, not just for business but for tourists, is something I heard loud and clear,” he said. "We need to look at all sorts of infrastructure.

"The Federal LNP has a focus on northern Australia, projects such as Stage Two of the Ring Road, projects such as the water front, linking Town Beach and Far Beach, and making sure that Mackay is more liveable.”



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