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June 21 2017

Since my last column I am pleased to advise that through the hard work and efforts of your Council a number of potential investment opportunities are a step closer to reality.

Innisfail's Warrina Aged Care Facility and Tully Nursing Home's applications, for 40 and 20 extra bed licences respectively, have been approved by the Federal Government.

This will provide a huge boost to our economy with the capital works for the first stage of the Warrina expansion estimated to be approximately $18 million.  These benefits will also flow through to our business communities.

It will bring comfort to families that our current first class aged care facilities are being expanded upon and that our elderly will be cared for within our region.

I was pleased to be invited by the Warrina Board to assist in lobbying on their behalf and acknowledge the efforts of Senator Ian MacDonald in championing this cause.  Congratulations must also go to the hard working committees of both organisations for their efforts and the quality of their submissions.

The announcement confirming that Tully had won its bid for the 2019 International Rafting Federation World Rafting Championships was also a standout.  Again the efforts of the committee together with input from councillors and staff led to a standout submission.  The benefits to our region will be enormous and will not only be measured by direct economic benefit while the teams and supporters are here but by the immeasurable international and national exposure generated.

Council's organisational restructure is now in full swing and is expected to be finalised by mid-July.  The new director positions have been finalised and I was very pleased with the outstanding quality of applicant submissions.  Suffice to say that those selected will deliver upon your Council's strategic direction as we enter exciting times for the entire Cassowary Coast region.

The 2017-18 Budget will be delivered at a special meeting in the Tully Civic Centre Boardroom on Monday 26 June 2017.  We have endeavoured to minimise increases to general rates and charges.

Finally I would like to congratulate Allan Scott for recently being awarded Anzac of the Year in recognition of his dedication to the RSL and to his community.  Allan was one of five nominations across Australia and we are very proud to have him as a resident of the Cassowary Coast.

"Better Together"

John Kremastos

MAYOR