SUGGESTIONS raised at the RegionsQ workshop should be legislated so consultation is not wasted if a new government comes into power.
Mount Isa City councillor Joyce McCulloch said attendees proposed this idea at the state government workshop held at Cloncurry.
Cr McCulloch said there was a general concern among attendees that the workshop was a “talkfest” for the state government to prove it was listening to the concerns of regional Queenslanders.
Many of the concerns were similar to those raised 10 years ago, she said.
The issues of water supply, energy, lack of efficient communication technology and local information technology support were discussed.
Richmond also needed another industry to sustain the community, according to feedback, she said.
State member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter said the idea for Mount Isa to have small acreage properties was suggested.
Some people left Mount Isa so they could live on these properties at Mareeba or Charters Towers.
He supported the idea because there was a “strong, hidden demand” for these properties and because he would want a larger property himself.
“I live on three acres, but I’d love to have 50 acres,” Mr Katter said.
“I’d commit to Mount Isa all my life.”
Mount Isa either had small quarter-acre blocks or stations that were thousands of acres, and there was nothing in between.
In other places – such as Charters Towers – people had the option to live in affordable properties out of the city.
“We don’t provide that in Mount Isa,” Mr Katter said.
Cloncurry Shire chief executive David Neeves said “great ideas” included infrastructure, water access, rail networks and the cost of living.
“I look forward to seeing how the state government brings these ideas together into a realistic action plan,” Mr Neeves said.
“This North West region in particular has huge untapped potential, it is what happens next that counts.”
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