Local, Independant and Effective
December 21, 2017

Strong regional leadership in new Turnbull ministry

Independent Member for Indi Ms Cathy McGowan says the appointment of four members of the Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation to the new Turnbull ministry will strengthen the voice of regional Australia in the Federal Government.


Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP announced the committee chair and Queensland Liberal MP, Dr John McVeigh as the new Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government. Queensland Nationals MP Mr David Littleproud has been appointed Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. Nationals’ Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum MP is the new Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister; and the Liberals’ Member for Durack, Ms Melissa Price MP is the new Assistant Minister for the Environment.


“I congratulate the Prime Minister on his appointments. I have worked closely with all four of the new Ministers and Assistant Ministers during the Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation,” Ms McGowan said.


“They all understand the great potential for development in our regions and I look forward to working with them in their new roles.”


Ms McGowan also congratulated the Deputy Leader of the Nationals, Senator Bridget McKenzie on her elevation to Cabinet as Minister for Regional Communications, Rural Health and Sport.


“I look forward to Senator McKenzie’s support in securing Government funding for round 4 of the Mobile Phone Black Spot Programme,” Ms McGowan said.


“Senator McKenzie will understand how important this program has been in providing for improved telecommunications in regional Australia. A further round of this program is needed to fix blackspots that remain outstanding in Indi.”


Ms McGowan said she wanted to acknowledge the appointment of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.


“I look forward to continuing the productive work we have done with the former Minister, the Hon Darren Chester MP, on progressing improvements to the Victorian North East rail line and working with the Australian Rail Track Corporation.


“The North East line is the major rail route between Melbourne and Sydney. It incorporates the inland freight rail route and is a strategic project for the nation.”

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