The purpose of the New State Forum is to:
1. Build a broad support base to further the mission of the "The Goal" of the Boot Brisbane campaign.
2. Identify the extent of electorates to be included in the future petition.
3. Establish a committed leadership group in Townsville.
4. Develop the FORUM such that it can be readily replicated in other regional cities.
5. Ensure we have the means to engage the public and media on a continuous basis.
6. Provide a point of contact for all individuals and groups seeking similar outcome.
7. Inspire FORUM attendees to register on the bootbrisbane.com web site and encourage them to create awareness throughout their various networks.
Henry is a Townsville resident and professional engineer with 30 years experience.
He was born in Ingham to a cane farming family. Henry has university degrees in civil engineering, environmental engineering and a Master of Business Administration. He also has formal qualifications as an Australian company director. Henry has worked as an engineer throughout Queensland, Indonesia, PNG and England for both the private and public sector.
He has been part of the North Queensland Separate State Alliance since 2015. Henry’s focus, as part of the Alliance, is on the failure of the process of governance. He believes that the primary reason for this fail is caused by the act of decision making being far too removed from the point of interest.
Geoff Cox Bio
Mr Cox, 72, one of the North’s largest sugarcane producers believes North Queensland would benefit from a decentralised political party as mainstream parties continue to fracture and says he is tired of farmers being painted the villains in the reef damage debate. Geoff Cox, who with brother David produces about 500,000 tonnes of cane in the Burdekin, said activist groups had hijacked the debate with exaggerated claims about the state of the reef and the impact of farm run-off.
Cr John Wharton AM BIO
John Wharton has been in the Northern cattle industry all his life, having owned cattle properties in the Richmond and Etheridge Shire. He was elected to the Richmond Shire Council in 1991 and went on to become Mayor in 1997. Being the Mayor for 20 years has placed him as the longest serving Mayor presently in Local Government in Queensland.
In June 2007 he was the recipient of a Member of the Order of Australia Award for his service to the community of North-West Queensland through Local Government, Regional Development, Natural Resource Management and Primary Industry Organizations. He also received the Centenary Medal in 2007 for distinguished service to Local Government.
He was appointed in January 2016, by Federal Minister Chris Pyne, to be the Interim Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Developing Northern Australia (DNA) and travelled extensively across the North, consulting with communities and businesses with regard to the establishment of the CRC. In February 2017, John was appointed as a board member to the CRC for DNA.
John manages and operates his own real estate business, Wharton & Co P/L, dealing in property and livestock. He also has an Agricultural consultancy business, with experience in a wide range of Agriculture in Northern Australia. These include Beef Cattle, Quarter horses, Cropping, Water Infrastructure, Goats, Camels, Pest Control and Land Management. He also has extensive knowledge of road construction and development costs with personal earthmoving experience and pricing knowledge from 26 years in Local Government.
John is a passionate believer in Northern Australia and its future and is well known as a person who speaks up for what he believes in. He believes diversity is the key to economic success and common sense and practicality will always work.