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Posted on: 12 October, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor's Desk - 12 October 2019

State Governments’ GKI infrastructure investment will underpin CQ’s long-tern tourism future

The announcement this week by the Altum Property Group of their intention to advance their bid to acquire the leases and associated development approvals to bu...Read on...

Posted on: 30 September, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor's Desk - 28 September, 2019

In June this year the Central Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (CQROC) flagged that it intended to stand up and collectively take a united position in relation to calling on both State and Federal Governments to make substantially greater leve...Read on...

Posted on: 17 September, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor's Desk - 14 September, 2019

The Fisherman’s Beach proposal was one of a number of options put forward by Transport and Main Roads (TMR) in relation to establishing additional regional all-tide boat ramp facilities for ‘blue-water’ recreational fishing on the Capricorn Coast.

Th...Read on...

Posted on: 2 September, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor's Desk - 31 August, 2019

With the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) expansion rapidly increasing the training area’s footprint from approximately 24.7% of our Shire’s landmass to almost 33%, it is now more than ever critical for both the new Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and...Read on...

Posted on: 16 August, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor's Desk - 16 August 2019

Planning and Securing Major Funding is the key to future Success.
Securing major funding is one of the most competitive fields with every council in Australia competing to achieve for their respective communities. Over the past 20 years Livingstone Shir...Read on...

Posted on: 5 August, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor's Desk - 3 August, 2019

This annual event, now in its 17th year, transforms the Capricorn Coast into a vibrant hub of music, arts and culture.

Over the years has the Village Festival has evolved to become a showcase for regional entertainers and the arts as well as a major dr...Read on...

Posted on: 22 July, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor's Desk - 20 July, 2019

When setting categories and determining appropriate rates and charges the underlying principles that every local government must consider the income earning capacity of land.

It is important to note that the introduction of NOOR categories was also a k...Read on...

Posted on: 22 July, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor's Desk - 6 July, 2019

While under the requirements of the current Local Government Act the mayor is tasked with presenting the budget, I have always ensured and required that every councillor to be part of the process from start to finish.

That process has involved strategi...Read on...

Posted on: 22 July, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor's Desk - 22 June, 2019

This week Cr Nigel Hutton, in his capacity as Acting Mayor, was overwhelmingly supported with a motion he put forward to formally invite both Minister for Defence, the Hon. Linda Reynolds and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Melissa Price MP to vis...Read on...

Posted on: 11 June, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor’s Desk - 8 June, 2019

Moving forward I believe the most effective way for greater Central Queensland to be heard, and negotiate a ‘fair go’ that will deliver real results for our region, will be through the collective voice of a unified combined Regional Organisation of Counci...Read on...

Posted on: 27 May, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor’s Desk - 25 May, 2019

It has also reinforced the fact that regional voters are no longer blindly following traditional party politics.

Importantly both the election and this week’s campaign initiated by the Morning Bulletin to help advance a resolution of the Adani approval...Read on...

Posted on: 9 May, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor’s Desk - 27 April, 2019

This is to make a commitment to addressing the grossly unfair Shoalwater Bay Army Training Area (SWBTA) expansion plans.

While the Federal Government continues to keep Livingstone Shire Council and the community in the dark as to the full extent of lan...Read on...

Posted on: 16 April, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor’s Desk - 13 April, 2019

With the federal election now called, the next five weeks will determine what additional funding commitments our community can secure from the two major parties who are likely to have the ability to form Government.

The key area of tourism infrastructu...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor’s Desk - 30 March, 2019

The report once again confirmed that the Capricorn Coast would continue to be the major growth centre for Central Queensland. It also highlighted why Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast need to work together as ‘twin-cities’ for our communities mutual be...Read on...

Posted on: 29 March, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor’s Desk - 16 March, 2019

The Place Design Group have an outstanding reputation both nationally and internationally and are no strangers to the Capricorn Coast having delivered the Yeppoon Foreshore revitalisation project including the design for the Yeppoon Lagoon. Council was fo...Read on...

Posted on: 29 March, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor’s Desk - 02 March, 2019

LAST week a number of councillors led by Cr Mather announced they had signed a document indicating they wanted to shortcut the budget process to remove Non-Owner Occupier Residential (NOOR) rating category, commonly referred to as a Landlord Tax, from the...Read on...

Posted on: 18 February, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor’s Desk - 16 February, 2019

The upgrades will deliver safer roads, positive operational outcomes and cost savings for the Australian Defence Force, every other road user and Livingstone ratepayers. All we need is the political will and ‘goodwill’ to make it happen.

Stage 1 of the...Read on...

Posted on: 4 February, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor’s Desk - 2 February, 2019

Funding enabling infrastructure and recognition by the major political parties of the importance that tourism will play in diversifying and growing the region’s economy are fundamental to creating jobs and sustained economic growth.

The Capricorn Coast...Read on...

Posted on: 7 January, 2019

Livingstone Shire Mayor’s Desk - 22 December, 2018

Highlights have included the opening of our fabulous new Yeppoon Lagoon and the first stages of the Emu Park Multi-sports, the completion and re-opening of the Scenic Highway at Statue Bay, further stages of the Emu Park Village Centre revitalisation, com...Read on...

Posted on: 26 November, 2018

Livingstone Shire Mayor’s Desk - 24 November, 201

Both locals and visitors continue to flock to this world class facility with an estimated 80,000 accessing the lagoon in the month of October alone.

While this is certainly an exceptional outcome for growing tourism here in our region the even more exc...Read on...

Posted on: 19 November, 2018

Livingstone Mayor's Desk - 9 November, 2018

The forum presented an opportunity for Councils in our region and other areas of Northern Australia to put forward and highlight the priority road infrastructure projects and planning that needed to be addressed by the Federal Government.

For Livings...Read on...

Posted on: 30 October, 2018

Livingstone Mayor's Desk - 27 October, 2018

From a local government perspective instability at either federal or state government level can present regional communities with significant challenges, particularly when it comes to certainty with regard to planning and funding of critical major infrast...Read on...