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Tennant Creek-Mount Isa Cross-Border Commission Meeting

Mayor Joyce McCulloch was delighted to welcome a delegation from Barkly Regional Council in the Northern Territory on Friday, December 7 for a Tennant Creek-Mount Isa Cross-Border Commission meeting.

The meetings are held four times a year, with Friday’s meeting attended by Barkly Regional Council Mayor Steven Edgington, Deputy Mayor Kris Civitarese and Finance Manager Gary Pemberton, as well as Barkly Regional Economic Development Committee Chairman Greg Marlow.

Towards the end of the meeting, attendees also met with upcoming Senator for Queensland, Sue McDonald.

The Cross-Border Commission meeting aimed to further progress cross-border projects, such as the proposed Mount Isa to Tennant Creek Railway Project, as well as build an election platform to lobby Federal Government Ministers in 2019.

The Mount Isa to Tennant Creek Railway Project aims to link an existing line that extends from Darwin South Australia with the Great Northern Line, which runs between Mount Isa and Townsville.

The Commission was established in 2017 and was set up to bolster economic development opportunities and job creation in northern Australia.

Cr McCulloch said the two councils proposed to develop an election platform highlighting economic issues affecting the two regions to be presented to Federal Government Ministers and Opposition and Independent MPs in Canberra next year.

“The election platform will outline who we are, what we are about and a chart of our objectives,” Cr McCulloch said.

“Our priority is that we are well prepared and provide a document that highlights how the two councils are working collaboratively to develop the economy of the corridor, including expanding investments in energy, roads, rail, agriculture, water and tourism.”

She said Tennant Creek and Mount Isa had had a great working relationship for many years, including successfully lobbying for the Northern Gas Pipeline, which runs between Tennant Creek and Mount Isa and will be officially opened on Friday, December 14, and the Cross-Border Commission was the perfect way to formalise those close ties.

Cr Edgington said the election platform was an opportunity to highlight the priorities between the Barkly and Mount Isa.

“Our two councils have developed a strong collaborative partnership to actively pursue tourism, infrastructure, gas supply and a rail link between Tennant Creek and Mount Isa,” Cr Edgington said.

The delegation also had a teleconference with representatives of the Northern Territory Government and Federal Government, in which they outlined their future goals and ideas.

Other matters discussed included a National Freight Strategy, an update on the proposed Mount Isa Transport and Logistics Centre, and the Tennant Creek-Mount Isa Cross-Border Commission Forward Strategy.