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Deadly, Abby Watt follows dream

Mornington Shire Council extends congratulations to the very first paramedic cadet in the Wellesley Islands, Miss Abby Watt.

She has completed six weeks of training in Brisbane and is officially on the road full time for Queensland Ambulance Services.

An exciting time, CEO Mr Frank Mills says this is an exceptional achievement.

“Miss Watt is an outstanding role model in the region, she is working hard, determined to follow her dream and the council congratulate her efforts.”

Mayor Brad Wilson extended his personal congratulations, “Abby, you make us all proud of your commitment and dedication”.

Keep up the great work.

Indigenous council leading the way

Mornington Shire Council has three representatives in Longreach participating in the LGMA Future Leaders Forum.

CEO Frank Mills says this is a natural step forward for our staff participating.

“Our team is leading the way in the local government arena, which is quite exceptional given we are a remote council,” says Mr Mills.

“Congratulations to Andrew, Keola, and Tatiana.” 

Council welcomes Ministerial Champions

Mornington Shire Council recently welcomed Ministerial Champions, Minister of Emergency Services Craig Crawford and Director General of Queensland Health Michael Walsh to the region.

Mayor Bradley Wilson says it was a very positive meeting overall, with great discussions held.

“It is the start of a great relationship and being able having a genuine discussion on the way forward and paving the way for the future of Mornington Island put us in a great position.”

As one of Australia’s most remote regions, additional government support is paramount to the overall progress achieved by Mornington Shire Council.

Left in the dark

A remote Indigenous council in the Gulf of Carpentaria, in Queensland says the community’s safety is in jeopardy and local police cannot perform their job properly as most of the town of about 1,000 residents has been without street lights for approximately 15 months.

The Mornington Shire Council said a significant number of street lights on Mornington Island, which are owned by the council, were damaged by lightning in February 2017.

Chief executive Frank Mills said the council had been trying to get the lights fixed by Ergon Energy ever since to protect the safety of the community.

New police officers for Wellesley Islands

Officers from the Mount Isa District Cross Cultural Unit attended Mornington Island to deliver initial training to their new Community Police Officers on Tuesday, March 20.

The Community Police Officers work hand-in-hand with Queensland Police Service (QPS) officers and Police Liaison Officers.

Cross Cultural Liaison Officer Sergeant Chris Mitchell said the Community Police Officers played an important role.

“The Community Police Officers will be assisting police with all facets of proactive community engagement focusing on youth culturally specific topics, assisting council and police in operational duties, and engagement through PCYC,” Serg Mitchell said.

“These in turn all benefit the Mornington Island community.”

Police Officers Basil Gangala and Lester Langley were congratulated

There are four positions in total leaving two positions waiting to be filled.

Anyone wishing to apply for the role can apply through Mornington Island Shire Council.

The positions are in partnership with Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Trad visits remote region

This week acting premier Jackie Trad visited the pristine Wellesley Island region to meet with Mornington Shire Council.

Deputy Mayor Sarah Isaacs said the visit was to support council’s plans to improve health, education and sustainability.

“We are always extremely excited to welcome the acting premier to showcase all of the remarkable things happening on the ground,” Cr. Isaacs said.

Ms Trad inspected major infrastructure works built by local indigenous employees, sighted proposed locations for upcoming works and discussed the major changes to the alcohol management plan and service delivery review.

Ms Trad said she was “pleased to have had the opportunity to meet with council and I commend them for all of the hard work being done and what has been achieved”.

“Mornington Island is one of the first communities I’ve been able to visit as the new Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and I’ve been very impressed with the passion and dedication shown by Bradley, Sarah and all the councillors,” Ms Trad said.

“We had a great meeting and I know that this community has got really big ideas and a big vision for their future and its fantastic to see and be here.”

Cr. Isaacs said the visit “only highlights Mornington Shire Council are making big moves in the local government arena and we are only just getting started”.

“It’s not often we have such distinguished company come and visit and for Hon. Jackie Trad to make the long trip up here and have that honest conversation I feel is a positive start to a longstanding relationship,” Cr Isaacs said.

“Our residents are driving change and working hard to strengthen the region.

“Our vision is supported by highly ranked government officials and this gives further clarification – Mornington Shire Council are in an exciting space and moving in the right direction,” she said.