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Cross-border partnership continues with strategic alliance meeting tomorrow

A range of cross-border issues will be the topic of discussion at a Cross Border Strategic Alliance Meeting tomorrow, Thursday, April 20, hosted jointly by Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) and Tenterfield Shire Council (TSC).

The meeting will include a significant gathering of not only representatives from Southern Downs Regional Council and Tenterfield Shire Council, but from the Queensland, New South Wales and Federal governments.

Presentations at the meeting will include:

  • “Cross Border Issues” David Littleproud, Federal Member for Maranoa, Thomas George, State Member for Lismore and Lawrence Springborg, State Member for Southern Downs; and
  • “Qld-NSW Statement of Principles and Priorities for Cross Border Collaboration” – James McTavish, NSW Cross Border Commissioner, NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet, and Amanda Hill, Principal Policy Advisor, Intergovernmental Relations, Qld Department of Premier & Cabinet.

Other topics on the agenda include: wastewater treatment; New England Highway upgrade; cross-border promotion, motor vehicle registration, roads and potential road connection between Bald Rock and Girraween National Park; dam feasibility study for Bookookoorara/Boonoo Boonoo; Ambulance and Fire services; and use of cross-border trades.

This alliance is an important strategy to enable issues affecting the cross-border communities of the Southern Downs region and Tenterfield Shire to be highlighted and plans developed to address those issues. A meeting that brings key players to the table is equally important for identifying new opportunities to work together and to work smarter to meet the challenges of these cross-border communities into the future.

The Cross Border Strategic Alliance meeting will be held at the Wallangarra Railway Café and Museum, located on Queensland’s southern border with New South Wales. SDRC’s Mayor Dobie and TSC’s Mayor Petty look forward to welcoming all representatives and stakeholders to this meeting.

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