Fitzroy Industry and Infrastructure proposals to be studied
AGRICULTURE Minister John McVeigh will investigate how proposals included in the Fitzroy Industry and Infrastructure Study fit within the Queensland Plan.
A Rockhampton Regional Council deputation presented the Fitzroy Industry and Infrastructure Study to the Minister during a meeting in Brisbane on Thursday.
The 2007 study identifies the Fitzroy Agricultural Corridor as a development opportunity for the region.
Deputy Mayor Tony Williams said the meeting was productive and helped resurrect the study, which had "slipped off the agenda".
"Dr McVeigh was enthusiastic and is going to review and consider the proposals included in the study, and how its recommendations could fit in with the Queensland Plan, as well as the fourth pillar of industry development; agriculture," he said.
Cr Williams said that the council planned to meet with Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, Federal MP Ken O'Dowd and State Member Ted Malone to discuss the opportunities and seek their support.
The council will also make a submission to the Federal Government's Northern Australia Committee regarding the agriculture corridor.
"Rockhampton has always been protected by its diverse economy and is continuing to build on this by encouraging the growth of both the resources sector and the agricultural industry," Cr Williams said.
"Both the State and Federal governments have strong plans for the future of agriculture.
"The initiatives proposed as part of the FIIS highlight the ways in which the Rockhampton region can contribute to this outcome."