Reception in Support of the Proserpine Community
Member for Whitsunday, Ms Amanda Camm; Mayor, Cr Willcox; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen; girls and boys.
I at once acknowledge the traditional owners of these lands, and extend respectful greetings to Elders and emerging leaders.
I am delighted to again be in Proserpine, on the final day of my three-day ‘Vice-Regal Road Trip’ down the Bruce Highway from Townsville, visiting three towns and undertaking 13 engagements.
Proserpine, like many of the communities in our State, has long played its part in the history of Queensland. It is recognised for its strong foundations in the sugar and cattle industries, its critical infrastructure and as a regional services hub.
I last visited Proserpine in 2017, shortly after Cyclone Debbie’s landfall.
It was, therefore, reassuring to today visit the contemporary Disaster Management Hub.
Not only will this impressive facility play an important role during further emergencies, but it will also help communities better prepare before disasters strike.
This morning I had the opportunity to enjoy a walk down your upgraded main street, going past Dobbins Lane. I met many local business owners. Their enthusiasm, and sense of pride in their town, was terrific. What a memorable statement this makes for you and visitors to Proserpine.
I was impressed not just with the aesthetic of the upgrades to the main street, but also by the way the community presents itself.
Indeed, a region’s success depends on the collective endeavours of its people.
I am therefore delighted that so many representatives of this vibrant, special part of Queensland – from the community sector, commerce, education, agriculture, emergency services and many others – could join me this morning.
On the strength of your contributions to your community, I am confident Proserpine will continue to be an important part of Queensland’s future.
Thank you, and I look forward to speaking to many of you during today’s reception.