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    Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier
    The Honourable Glen Elmes

    New Minister and Assistant Minister meet with Mayors

    Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier
    The Honourable Glen Elmes

    Friday, May 04, 2012

    New Minister and Assistant Minister meet with Mayors

    New Queensland Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier, Glen Elmes, will meet with Mayors of Far North Queensland communities on Saturday in Cairns.

    The Minister will be accompanied by his Assistant Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Affairs, and Member for Cook, David Kempton.

    Mr Elmes asked Mr Kempton to arrange the meeting so he could meet the Mayors as a group to get a comprehensive overview of the issues facing Far North Queensland Indigenous communities.

    “It’s my intention to work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders so we can address issues and capitalise on opportunities for the benefit of their communities,” Mr Elmes said.

    “It’s important for me to work in partnership with Mayors and other Indigenous leaders to help achieve better outcomes for their communities.

    “If we can work well together, then we will be able to tackle a whole range of issues like health, education, housing and employment,” Mr Elmes said.

    Mr Elmes has congratulated both new and returning Mayors and said it was good to see a mix of experienced people and new faces all determined to work for their people.

    “I hope this will be the start of ongoing positive working relationships between us all,” Mr Elmes said.

    Mr Elmes stressed that he was there to listen and to learn.

    He said the Government’s appointment of Mr Kempton as Assistant Minister would enable it to work more effectively with Indigenous communities.

    Today, Mr Elmes and Mr Kempton had represented the Premier at the funeral in Aurukun of the community’s highly respected former Mayor, the late Tahpitch Pootchemunka.

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    Media contact: Glen Elmes 0400 800 114