Mr ENTSCH: Last week I had the pleasure of attending a gala event to mark the 20th anniversary since the establishment of advocacy group Advance Cairns.
Advance Cairns has grown to be one of the most fierce and effective advocacy groups in Queensland.
In fact, the Advance Cairns footprint covers 26 local government areas across a wide range of industries and sectors.
Many of you here might have run into one of its leaders or members, over the years, during the annual pilgrimage to Canberra.
I know that the sight of orange ties and scarves in the halls of this building have sent shivers down many a government minister’s spine.
The gala evening last week was attended by more than 280 people, including business, industry, community and civic leaders across the region.
The keynote speaker and VIP guest on the night was none other than Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, who doubled as my date!
This had pulling power for Advance Cairns through research, hard work, knowledge sharing, collaboration and advocacy.
The Advance Cairns influence can be seen in a variety of initiatives that have positively shaped Cairns in the wider region.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank the current executive chairman, Nick Trompf, former CEOs and current and past board members for the amazing work they’ve done in shaping our city and region.