Welcome by Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery
Mayor of Moreton Bay Regional Council Peter Flannery gave a warm welcome to Conference delegates, saying that they were visiting one of the fastest growing regions in Australia and, in his view, one of the best communities.
As a former Australian Army soldier and long-serving local Councillor, Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery’s career has been dedicated to serving his country and community.
During his time as a Councillor, Peter has helped Moreton Bay to become one of the fastest growing Local Government Areas in Australia and saw the delivery of projects like the Peninsula Railway Line, The Mill Priority Development Area at Petrie and University of Sunshine Coast Moreton Bay as the foundation for even greater investment and prosperity for Moreton Bay residents.
Peter arrived at the Conference wearing his maroon scarf and received a loud cheer from the crowd. He then went on to welcome members and praised the work done by U3A and its volunteers. This was followed on further expansion about the Moreton Bay region and suggested that members may like to stay and enjoy the area. After that he told the audience that Moreton is the third largest council in Australia and the Council was looking to change it’s name to become a City as against a Region Council. In Queensland there are only seven designated cities compared with New South Wales which has 40 cities. Part of this push is for better recognition with the Commonwealth Government in terms of receiving grants.