(QldGovSpin) New Gold Coast community representatives join revamped regional ministerial forums

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 20/07/2004 - 00:14

Gold Coast residents have enthusiastically grasped the chance to have a greater say in government decision-making processes through revamped Ministerial Regional Community Forums, Minister for Health Gordon Nuttall and Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Seniors Warren Pitt said today.

Communities & Disability Services, Warren Pitt


The Ministers, who chaired today's forum at Southport, said the Beattie Government's call for community members for the new forums was met with a strong response from high quality candidates.

Ten community members from the Gold Coast region have been appointed after the launch of the new forums process last month.

They are: Mary Alcorn, Florida Gardens; Rev Dr Ian Mavor, Runaway Bay; Sally Edwards, Currumbin Waters; Graham Dillon, Nerang; Michael Pahoff, Robina; Donald Jones, Broadbeach; Dr Alan Blackman, Mt Tamborine; Anne Hackwood, Beenleigh; Wilf Ardill, Tugun; Stuart Fenech, Buccan.

Mr Nuttall congratulated the new forum members and thanked them on their commitment and dedication as representatives of their local and regional communities.

"Today's statewide round of forums marks the start of a new partnership between the Government and Queensland regions to work together to build a better future for all Queenslanders," he said.

"The new forum members will build on the achievements of previous forums and help to identify regional issues and progress strategies to address them."

Mr Pitt thanked all those Queenslanders who applied for membership of their regional forum and said those selected represented a broad cross section of economic, social and cultural interests.

"Forum members bring a fresh commitment and willingness to contribute their time, energy and ideas on how to progress issues that matter to their communities," Mr Pitt said.

"They will help drive the agenda for this process all year round to help better inform the forum event itself and achieve better outcomes for their region."

Today's forums also start an induction program and begin the process of identifying regional issues.

Forum members will work with members of the Regional Queensland Council, comprising local Members of Parliament from the 10 regions, to develop solutions to regional priorities, needs and issues.

Christine Smith, Member for Burleigh, is the region's representative on the Council.

The Council will have an ongoing role in advising Mr Pitt, as the Minister for Communities, on significant and strategic issues, and proposed policies and projects affecting regional Queensland.

Ministerial Regional Community Forums are being held in 10 locations across Queensland today:

* Mossman
* Ayr
* Mackay
* Gracemere
* Maryborough
* Mooloolaba
* Mango Hill
* Southport
* North Ipswich, and
* Roma.

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