Mayor, Premier off to Asia to sell Mackay

MACKAY Regional Council mayor Deirdre Comerford has been invited to join Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on a trade mission to Japan and China next month.

The mission will be Ms Palaszczuk's third mission for the year.

Cr Comerford said to be invited on the trip was an honour and a good opportunity to strengthen ties and find new opportunities with Queensland's biggest trading partners.

"Asia is a critical market for our economy and we need to strengthen relations and demonstrate that we are open for business," she said.

"The State Government has a focus on generating jobs and generating economic activity, growth, for the state of Queensland so if the Premier's choosing to lead a trade mission to China and Japan because they are the key trading partners, then I think I'm duty bound to represent this beautiful area we call home.

"I don't think our town has ever joined a premier on a delegation before so I am thrilled to get the opportunity."

Cr Comerford said she hoped to capitalise on the experience by selling Mackay during the trip from September 28.

"For me it's putting us on the map... Mackay is not known and we've got a lot to offer so when there is an opportunity for a trade mission such as this to join the Premier you're putting Mackay on the map just being present," she said.

"We need to tell the world we are open for business and have opportunities in education, beef, sugar and tourism."

Mackay hosted a Chinese delegation from Yantai this week aimed at strengthening ties and discussing business and investment opportunities between the regions.

"On the heels of the Yantai visit, this trade mission is timely and provides a platform for developing business and inviting investment," Cr Comerford said.



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