COAG: Central Qld may host nation's leaders for "revival"
ROCKHAMPTON could host a meeting to consider ways to develop northern Australia which would be attended by every Australian leader.
As Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Cabinet meets in the central Queensland city today, she has revealed she is in talks with Canberra about bringing April's Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting north.
The Premier is also preparing to unveil plans to revitalise Rockhampton's CBD by selling underused government land as part of a regional jobs push to counter the threat of One Nation in traditional Labor seats.
The "Rockhampton Revival" would see construction of two projects for residential and student accommodation on surplus local government land and would refurbish the city centre in a bid to stimulate tourism, construction, entertainment, leisure and retail.
Ms Palaszczuk said she wanted the country's leaders to work on a broader plan for jobs across the north at a special COAG meeting.
The Premier will be in central Queensland until Friday, hosting a Cabinet meeting today and a town hall-style meeting tomorrow night, ahead of visits to the Capricorn Coast and Gladstone.