Media release

United Australia Party to contest Townsville council elections

The United Australia Party has resolved at an interim national executive meeting to contest the next local council elections in Townsville.

“Townsville is an example of how poor local government has destroyed an economy,” the United Australia Party’s federal leader, Clive Palmer, said today.

“The region has so much potential but needs guidance from its local government. It is time to draw a line in the sand and fight back, which is what the United Australia Party vows to do.

“The Townsville City Council and the Queensland Government have no idea how to create or save jobs.

“The region is suffering from the loss of Tiger Airlines’ Melbourne to Townsville service, accounting for some 23,000 visitors on top of losing weekly international flights to Bali,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“On top of this, we have recently seen Telstra slash 400 local jobs.

“This is a negative endorsement from business resulting from damaging comments made about Townsville by the mayor and her administration,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“All levels of government need to be strong yet we see failures from the Townsville City Council who have created a negative environment resulting in an unprecedented lack of confidence from the business community.

“In the coming months and years, the United Australian Party will put in place a powerhouse team to rejuvenate Townsville
“A revolution is coming,’’ Mr Palmer said.