Mayors meet to discuss region's issues
Mayors from around the Darling Downs and South West Queensland have converged on Charleville to discuss key local council issues.
The DDSWQ Council of Mayors represents communities including the Western Downs, Maranoa, Balonne, Bulloo, Quilpie, Paroo, Murweh, Goondiwindi, Southern Downs and Toowoomba areas.
The meeting, held last Friday, focussed on a call for all levels of government to find better funding models to help local government provide services and community services.
Western Down mayor Paul McVeigh said essential services like infrastructure should not rely on rate income alone.
"We are a part of the community we serve, so we're in the best position to understand at a grass roots level what our communities need,”Cr McVeigh said.
"We can't continue to solely rely on the ratepayer to fund essential services, such as the provision of essential infrastructure.”
The meeting also covered a wide variety of topics from decentralisation, drought support, and water availability.
"Although our communities are unique, the issues we share are wide-ranging,” Cr McVeigh said.
"To be able to support one another in this kind of forum means great outcomes for everyone involved.”