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FEDERAL MINISTER IMPRESSED BY FREIGHT INITIATIVES

 

Australian Rural Roads Group (ARRG) representatives met with Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon. Darren Chester, last week to discuss the importance of freight routes in rural and regional areas.

 

Photograph caption: (l-r) Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshal MP, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport the Hon. Darren Chester, Chair of ARRG Cr Sue Price, Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and Gwydir Shire Mayor John Coulton.Chair of ARRG, Moree Plains Shire Councillor Sue Price said the talks with Minister Chester were very encouraging as he demonstrated an excellent understanding of the issues facing primary producers.

 

“With on farm storage and just in time contracts, all year round transport is a vital part of keeping our rural and regional economies going,” said Cr Price.

 

Councillor Price said that the ARRG had previously commissioned a report to identify potential freight transport improvements and productivity gains which was well received by the Minister during our discussions.

 

Minister Chester said “The North West Freight Network Report is ahead of its time in linking productivity gains to infrastructure investment”.

 

“I would encourage ARRG to provide further information about how infrastructure investment can lead to productivity gains for primary producers and Australia,” he said.

 

The ARRG represents councils, cooperatives and agencies across Australia with a focus on the importance of rural and regional roads to the Australian economy.

 

As part of the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly, the ARRG will meet with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development representatives in Canberra later this week to report on progress and formulate further strategies to promote investment in rural and regional roads.

 

 

Photograph caption: (l-r) Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshal MP, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport the Hon. Darren Chester, Chair of ARRG Cr Sue Price, Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and Gwydir Shire Mayor John Coulton.





 

FRESH NEW FORMAT FOR YOUTH COUNCIL

 

The Moree Youth Council is relaunching, with a new focus on civic engagement and jobs skills for young people.

 

Moree Plains Shire Council’s Assistant Community Projects Officer, Jacqui Moore is a long-term co-ordinator of the Youth Council and is very excited about its new-look and refocused identity.

 

“Young people often ask why should they get involved and what’s in it for them?” said Ms Moore.

 

“With the new revitalised Youth Council, we’ve looked at ways to provide a valuable package that will help young people develop skills that are transferable for career development, while having fun and being involved in the community.”

 

Members of the new Youth Council will get access to:

  • Exclusive resume-building workshops with local and national employers
  • Links to scholarships and educational opportunities
  • Youth Council will be invited to report to the Council’s Community Safety Committee

 

Join our Youth Council!The Youth Council is open to everyone aged 12–25 year olds.

 

“I encourage the youth of Moree to sign up, regardless of whether they’re at school, TAFE or working. In particular, it would be great to have more young Aboriginal people come along,” said Ms Moore.

 

This excitement is echoed by Skye Spooner, an existing member of the Youth Council.

 

“Being part of the Youth Council is a great way to get involved in the community, as well as gaining some valuable skills along the way!” said Skye. “The fresh new format for the Youth Council sounds really exciting and I can’t wait to welcome new members.”


Just submit your interest online at wwww.tinyurl.com/moreeyouth and we will let you know the details of where and when the Youth Council meets.

 

For more information about the Moree Youth Council contact Dominic Wilcox, Community Development Officer, (02) 6757 3428 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Photograph:  If you are aged 12-25 years, you could be part of an enthusiastic group of young people who are gaining valuable skills, as well as having fun.







 

 
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