July 18 2017
It has been another very busy month with plenty of activity around the region.
Last week we welcomed lecturers and students from James Cook University's planning department.
As part of our CBD revitalisation plans aimed at driving business into our central business districts, we have partnered with the university on future plans for Edith Street from Anzac Park to the river and for a section of the esplanade.
The initial study will concentrate on the Innisfail CBD. In future years we will progress to the Tully CBD, Mission Beach Village Green and Cardwell.
We are very excited to bring this venture to the region as we have identified that in today's economic climate, councils cannot just concentrate on rates, roads and rubbish and must be proactive, productive and diversify to create growth and wealth.
The group, together with council staff and councillors, met with the local community at the Innisfail show to encourage participation and garner community input.
As a first and as part of our tourism strategy, Ivan the I-VAN was recently released from its shackles in Anzac Park and taken to the Townsville 400 V8 Supercars to promote and sell the wonders of the Cassowary Coast.
This event attracts over 100,000 people and we had very positive feedback and gained great exposure. As with all first-up trials, we experienced some minor hiccups but we will learn from these and improve in future.
As a part of the State Government's excellent job creation program, Works 4 Queensland, we have recently received $3.69 million for projects across the region to be undertaken over the next two years. Our project submissions are being prepared for State Government approval. This is on top of the $3.77 million we received in the first round, with all projects to be completed by 30 November 2017.
I attended a mayors meeting with Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk and Minister Mark Furner last Thursday in Cairns and took the opportunity to personally thank the Premier and her government on behalf of the Cassowary Coast residents for providing these much-needed funds for our community.