Hon Maxine McKew to visit Sunshine Coast
Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast Chair Debbie Blumel will welcome the Hon. Maxine McKew, MP, member for Bennelong and Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government to the Sunshine Coast.
Federal Member for Bennelong Maxine McKew will visit the Sunshine Coast on May 21 to launch Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast (RDASC).
Ms McKew will address an invitation only lunch at Ebb restaurant in Duporth Avenue, Maroochydore.
Representatives from all levels of government, small and large businesses and community groups will attend the lunch.
Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast (RDASC) is part of a national network of 55 RDA committees aiming to strengthen and build regional communities.
The RDASC inaugural Chair, Sunshine Coast Councillor Debbie Blumel, said her committee would focus on the economic, social and environmental issues affecting the Sunshine Coast region.
Cr Blumel said the organisation would contribute to and drive job creation, skills and business investment in the Coast region and seek solutions to environmental issues affecting all residents.
"What's unique about the RDASC is that it is a not-for-profit community-based organisation led by volunteers from a diverse cross-section of our society," Cr Blumel said.
"Our committee represents community, business and local government interests, and because it consults with the community and cuts across all three tiers of government it is uniquely placed to create a cooperative and inclusive approach to address local challenges and priorities.
"Among the important issues we'll be looking at are job creation, population growth and the projected effects of climate change."
The 55 RDAs spread across Australia will come under the jurisdiction of Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese.
Cr Blumel said she was delighted Ms McKew had agreed to launch the RDA on the Sunshine Coast.
"Ms McKew is a high-profile figure in Australian politics and in the media, but more importantly she is a person who is committed to achieving a better future for Australians." Cr Blumel said.
"Even before entering parliament, she showed her passion for seeking improvements within the community, especially in advocating better opportunities for women.
"Her voluntary activities have included chairmanship of the Advisory Council to the National Breast Cancer Centre and Patron of Osteoporosis Australia. She was also a member of the University of Sydney's Research Institute for Asia Pacific."
Maxine McKew increased her public profile when, as the Federal Labor candidate in the 2007 election, she defeated then incumbent Liberal Prime Minister John Howard for the seat of Bennelong, which always had been held by the Liberal Party.
But Ms McKew is perhaps better known to most Sunshine Coast and Australian residents as a former ABC political journalist.
Before entering politics she had been awarded a Walkley Award for journalism and a Logie for her work in television, which included hosting This Day Tonight and presenting the 7.30 Report and Lateline.
Cr Blumel said the fact Prime Minister Rudd had entrusted Ms McKew with the role of Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government during her first term in parliament indicated her ability and commitment were highly respected and that she was destined for higher office.
Cr Debbie Blumel,
Chair of Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast
Ebb restaurant, Maroochydore
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