Last week south west Queensland Mayors met in Charleville for the South West Regional Economic Development (RED) meeting. This meeting was an opportunity for the group to discuss possible solutions to key issues across the region, including topics such as tourism, telecommunications and the kangaroo problem.
Mayor of Quilpie, Cr Stuart Mackenzie, says kangaroo meat is high in protein and moving into overseas markets, such as Asia, is a possibility.
“We need to investigate opportunities for farmers to be part of a supply chain and to see if viable markets are available for the product,”
“At the moment, it is not even worth roo shooters accessing properties,” he said.
The group also had a visit from a mobile satellite company, who demonstrated their product, as telecommunications for rural people is a big issue South West RED want to tackle.
Chair of South West RED and Paroo Mayor, Cr Lindsay Godfrey, says getting the group together for these meetings means they are now a stronger force.
“Collectively, we can tackle the big issues and certainly government listens more when we sing off the same hymn sheet,” he said.
One of the big projects the group is tackling concerns the increased utilisation of the rail networks.
“We will not stop until we see cattle back on the trains and general freight for the people of the South West,” says Cr Godfrey.