Moreton Bay represents almost a quarter of new Queensland Cabinet

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland has welcomed the announcement of the new Queensland Cabinet, taking the number of Ministers in the fast-growing region to a historic four Cabinet Ministers.
“It’s a great outcome for Moreton Bay with the number of Cabinet Ministers increasing from three to four. Now almost a quarter of the Queensland Cabinet comes from right here in our region,” Mayor Sutherland said.
“I said prior to the election that you can’t win Government in Queensland without winning Moreton Bay and I’m glad the Premier has recognised the importance of our region with an increased profile in Cabinet.
“I note for the first time since the mid-90s we now have a Health Minister in our region in Steven Miles MP, and an Agriculture and Fisheries Minister in Mark Furner MP which may indeed be a first for our region in living memory. They join the Attorney-General, Yvette D’Ath MP and Police Minister and Corrective Ministers Mark Ryan MP in the Queensland Cabinet. 
“I trust that these Ministers will be strong voices for our region to ensure that we aren’t overlooked for vital health, education, economic development, tourism and road funding.
“I look forward to a very productive 2018 working alongside all our state representatives and the Ministry to see the delivery of a major upgrade for Caboolture Hospital, much-needed carparking boost for Redcliffe Hospital, ongoing investment and support in our university precinct, a feasibility study for a new Moreton Island barge service and trialling an inflatable water park to provide new things to do for local people especially our youngest residents and to enhance our growing tourism industry.”
Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism CEO Shane Newcombe said this week’s Cabinet announcement had given the region increased clout in George Street.
“We now have the Attorney-General, the Health Minister, the Police and Correctives Minister, and the Agricultural and Fisheries Minister all calling our region home,” Mr Newcombe said.
“We want to continue to work closely with them and our local council to deliver a strong economic plan for our region, roll-out vital innovation funding and continue to grow our tourism sector with new tourism products and visitor experiences, major festivals and events, and our support our local businesses and industries.
“Our region can now lay claim to the Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, which presents some exciting new opportunities for tourism and agribusiness development in our region.
“Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast are home to almost 80 per cent of the strawberry production in Queensland, so we have a big role to play in growing our local agricultural sector and continuing to match those growers with supply chains, and celebrate our region’s agribusinesses with great new local events showcasing our region’s food and wine products.”
Moreton Bay Region is one of fastest growing regions in Australia and home to 438,000 local residents.
The region is two and a half times the size of Brisbane in land mass and the third largest council in Australia by population. 
The new Queensland Cabinet includes:
•       Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Leader of the House, Yvette D’Ath MP
•       Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, Steven Miles MP
•       Minister for Police and Minister Corrective Services, Mark Ryan MP
•       Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Mark Furner MP


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