Thursday, May 30, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

A Minute With The Mayor

On Monday I had the honour of attending and speaking at the first of many National Reconciliation Week events across the region. The Proserpine Entertainment Centre played host to a Flag Raising Ceremony, Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony followed by a short film by Yooribaya Cultural Experiences on the cinema screen.
During this week, let us all take the time to educate ourselves, to listen, and to engage in meaningful conversations about reconciliation. Whitsunday Regional Council remains committed to fostering an inclusive and respectful community. We will take steps to support cultural heritage projects and support initiatives that celebrate Indigenous culture, promote understanding, and create opportunities for all.

As we embark on this journey of reconciliation, we recognise that it is not a task for a single week or a single generation. It requires our ongoing commitment and dedication to change and that advocates for equality and healing for generations to come.
Last week, I attended the Civic Leaders Summit on the Gold Coast, where elected members and CEOs from across Queensland gathered to discuss current local government issues, represent their respective councils, and enhance the skills necessary for effective community leadership and growth.
At the start of this new term, meeting with like-minded individuals—both newcomers like myself and seasoned leaders - provided valuable perspective and helped establish a strong foundation for achieving our priorities over the next four years.
On Wednesday, we held our monthly Ordinary Council Meeting at the chambers in Bowen, where we addressed the usual council business. If you're interested in staying informed about Council activities, you can watch a recording of the meeting on Council’s YouTube channel at any time.
If you aren’t doing anything this Sunday, why not join us at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre for our Queensland Day celebrations?
Queensland Day is officially a celebration of Queensland’s birthday (6th June) and marks the state's official separation from New South Wales as an independent colony in 1859.  But the essence of the day is to celebrate and reflect on what Queensland means to you and what makes you proud to be a Queenslander—whether it be our people, places, opportunities or lifestyle.
For me, I love the weather and spending time with my family at the beach with Conway Beach being one our favourites!  We live in an amazing and diverse part of the world that deserves our appreciation, so no matter what you choose to do, make it something you love!
Last week, we celebrated National Volunteer Week, but I believe that recognising our volunteers is something we should do more often. Volunteers are the backbone of our communities, contributing to everything from sporting groups and events to essential support services. Without their dedication, we would not have the resilient and vibrant communities that make life in the Whitsundays so enjoyable. Let's continue to appreciate and support our volunteers, whose efforts enhance our lives and strengthen our community.
Have a great weekend everyone.

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