Member for Gregory Lachlan Millar said this week’s announcement of federal funding for the construction of the Rookwood Weir was great news for rural and regional communities across Central Queensland.
“The water from this weir will could create an extra $1 billion a year in agricultural production and 2,100 new jobs in Queensland,” Mr Powell said.
“Agricultural producers, the resources sector and local communities need this water and the Commonwealth’s commitment of $176 million should mean Queensland can get cracking on the project.
“There’s now no excuse for the Queensland Labor Government to stall this project anymore. Former Labor Premier Peter Beattie first promised it way back in 2006 and said it would be built by 2011. Over a decade later and Labor’s done nothing except grandstand.”
Mr Millar said today’s announcement also highlighted the great hypocrisy of Labor’s fake support for Queensland farmers.
“On the one hand they pretend to support new dams being built and extra water for farmers, and on the other they cruel agricultural development with drastic new vegetation management laws,” he said.
“What a bitter irony for CQ farmers that water from Rookwood could offer new hope to grow more crops and run more cattle – but those hopes could be crushed by Labor’s unfair vegetation management laws.
“If the State Labor Government really cared about farmers, they would scrap the vegetation laws and allow our farmers to get on with the job of feeding and clothing Queenslanders”
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