IN TOWN: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with Western Downs Regional Council deputy mayor Andrew Smith on Tuesday.
IN TOWN: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with Western Downs Regional Council deputy mayor Andrew Smith on Tuesday.

Palaszczuk in and out as campaign hits town

THE Western Downs region had a special visitor on Tuesday, albeit only briefly.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is currently in the middle of a whirlwind election campaign across Queensland, with the media tracing her every step.

Yet the states leader found time to drop by the WDRC to chat with deputy mayor Andrew Smith and CEO Ross Musgrove.

Cr Smith said he was grateful to be able to spend time with Ms Palaszczuk. "They (Palaszczuk's team) called us to say the Premier would be stopping in for a brief visit, it wasn't a media occasion but it was a visit,” Cr Smith said.

"So we had the opportunity to sit with the Premier for 20-30 minutes.”

Cr Smith said the conversation was focussed on the key issues for the region, particularity jobs.

"Initially we thanked the Premier for the Works for Queensland Program, we obviously welcomed her to our region and made it clear that we are always welcoming of the Premier of this great state,” he said.

"We then outlined to the Premier what's important to our region. We also outlined our economic diversity which we believe is the secret to our success.

"We explained to her that it's really all about jobs, so any help to any of the industries in our region that create jobs would go hand in hand with what council try to do.”

Cr Smith noted the solar industry was also mentioned, and that the Premier didn't make any clear commitments to the Warrego electorate if she is re-elected.

He also stated he wasn't disappointed with the premiers blink-and-you'll- miss- it-visit, but is hopeful she returns soon.

"We also briefly discussed our burgeoning renewable industry, while outlining our support for all sections of the energy industry because of the creation of jobs in our region. Everything really came back to jobs,” he said.

"There was certainly no commitments which in one way was something we thought may happen, but we were happy to continue our relationship with the Premier.

"Rather than be disappointed we were happy she came here, we always welcome the Premier and we would welcome her to come again soon and for a longer period.” Following her half hour stop in Dalby, Ms Palaszczuk headed to the Kumbia races to watch the Melbourne Cup before continuing her campaign tour.


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