A central Queensland economic group says it will join forces with CQUniversity and Regional Development Australia to make a case for the region’s inclusion in the Federal Government’s northern Australia plan.

Capricorn Enterprise chief executive Mary Carroll will raise the issue with the Federal Government Minister Warren Entsch at the Local Government Association of Queensland conference today.

The three groups will make a joint submission on the white paper before next week’s deadline.

She says the plan has excluded all areas between Townsville and Rockhampton.

“Rockhampton, Mackay, Emerald and everything between Townsville and the Tropic of Capricorn literally omitted,” she said.

“Central Queensland collectively is the economic powerhouse of the state and nation and to be omitted from the north Australia plan is absolutely diabolical.

“We just find it absolutely extraordinary that the incredible attributes of central Queensland is not acknowledged in the north Australia plan.

“It’s everything Townsville north. We’ve been quite flabbergasted.”

Read More:  By Megan Hendry ABC News Friday, 1 August 2014


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