Mayor Peter Blundell said the Southern Downs must make the State Government aware of what its needs are.
Mayor Peter Blundell said the Southern Downs must make the State Government aware of what its needs are. Glyn Rees

Qld Govt ministers have pow-wow with local councillors

EMU Swamp Dam, school zone safety and rural fire services were on the agenda when Mayor Peter Blundell, Deputy Mayor Ross Bartley, Cr Vic Pennisi and council CEO Andrew Roach met with State Government ministers at the Goondiwindi Community Cabinet this week.

"While there is an understanding that funds from the State Government are currently in short supply, at this stage the real need is for assistance with the process in addressing issues within the supplementary EIS (Environmental Impact Study) process (for Emu Swamp Dam)," Cr Blundell said.

"The premier demonstrated obvious political will to achieve the outcome and undertook to work with council to address the environmental issues."

Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey discussed rural fire services and reinforced the importance of regional offices.

"The minister indicated that a review of the current structure arrangements would be progressing very shortly," Cr Blundell said.

"It was also pleasing to note his indication the community would also have the opportunity to provide input into this review."

Concerns for safety and traffic management in school zones were discussed with Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek who said the government would undertake a review.

"Being able to hold discussions directly with the relevant minister on these important matters provided a real step forward in their understanding of the issues facing our region," Cr Blundell said.



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