CHINA TRIP: On the tarmac are (from left) John Wagner, Paul Antonio and Ben Lyons at TSBE’s Access China 16 delegation announcement taking passengers from Wellcamp airport to China flying Qantas for a five-day program aimed at activating trade opportunities.
CHINA TRIP: On the tarmac are (from left) John Wagner, Paul Antonio and Ben Lyons at TSBE’s Access China 16 delegation announcement taking passengers from Wellcamp airport to China flying Qantas for a five-day program aimed at activating trade opportunities. Kevin Farmer

Mayor Golder to cover costs of China trip himself

MARANOA Regional Council mayor Tyson Golder has announced his intention to pay the $7000 for the upcoming Access China tour himself, in a surprise move that won’t cost ratepayers one cent.

The Access China tour, hosted by Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, will consist of a five-day program focussing on activating areas including resources and manufacturing, education, financial services/investment facilitation and tourism in China.

Maranoa Regional Council endorsed Mayor Tyson Golder to attend the tour in Shanghai during a council meeting last week.

Ratepayers will not be charged for the delegate package, estimated at $7000 per person, with Mr Golder covering the costs of the trip himself.

He said the event would be a good opportunity to showcase the region’s products and the council’s infrastructure plans.

“I want to put the case up from council’s point of view and showcase the region, including our plans..for the Roma Abbattoir,” Cr Golder said.

“This is a good opportunity for long-established businesses to get price premiums over time, by being exposed to the Chinese market.”

Maranoa and Toowoomba regions were among just a few of the areas that received extended invitations.

Commenting on the opportunity, TSBE CEO Ben Lyons said the delegation would represent a major milestone for the business community looking to engage with China and would open significant opportunities.

“We have put together a program utilising our extensive on the ground networks in Shanghai and China more broadly with meetings and site visits to give businesses an in-depth view and understanding of the opportunities,” Mr Lyons said.

Councillor Cameron O’Neil said it would be a great opportunity to put the Maranoa region on the map.

“This is a unique opportunity to participate and help open markets into China,” Cr O’Neil said.

“If we’re not on first, we miss out.”


Man passed out in car faced court for driving drunk

Premium Content Man passed out in car faced court for driving drunk

CHINCHILLA court heard a Roma man was hanging out of his car asleep before swerving...

UPDATE: Two hospitalised after train and truck crash

Premium Content UPDATE: Two hospitalised after train and truck crash

TWO people have been transported to hospital after a train and truck crash on the...

Motorbike rider flees from Roma police during interception

Premium Content Motorbike rider flees from Roma police during interception

ROMA Police are searching for a motorbike rider who evaded them when asked to stop.