10 October 2023

Regional councils meet in Hope Vale

| Sarah Martin
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Councillors and staff from across the Far North attended the 161st FNQROC meeting at Hope Vale last week.

Hope Vale rolled out the welcome mat for councillors and staff from across the region as the 161st Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils board met in the small town on Thursday 5 October.

Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor Jason Woibo said it was the first time FNQROC had visited his hometown during his term, and the council and community enjoyed showing off their turf.

“We had all the councils, Cairns, Douglas, Cassowary Coast and it was our chance to really showcase Hope Vale and our council,” Cr Woibo said.

“We introduced everyone to Hope Vale and showed them what we have been doing and everyone was very impressed.

“But it wasn’t just showcasing the council, but also our area and there was a lot of interest in the tourism and business ventures we have here.”

Attendees at the FNQROC meeting in Hope Vale last week also enjoyed sightseeing around the community, including Willie Gordon’s cultural tour.

FNQROC represents 12 councils from Hinchinbrook to Hope Vale and aims to foster cooperation and resource sharing between councils and advocate for regional priorities.

Presentations included information on Queensland Community Foundation funding, an economic update from the Queensland Treasury Corporation and an overview of Local Government Association of Queensland activities.

The visitors also enjoyed a cultural tour with Hope Vale Elder Willie Gordon and a visit to popular tourist destination Eddie’s Camp at Elim Beach.

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