Rockhampton MP to push for Federal roads funding for region
ROCKHAMPTON MP and Queensland Minister for Agriculture Bill Byrne said it was time the Federal Government "put its money where its mouth is" following the release of the Northern Australia white paper yesterday.
Mr Byrne said he would be writing to Mr Abbott to seek funding for main roads that would improve access for beef products in Central Queensland.
"Despite the Prime Minister using the potential of Rockhampton in his opening speech as a place that 'could be doing much better than it is', unfortunately I failed to see any strong examples within the paper that directly relate to the Rockhampton region," he said.
The Rockhampton MP said it was time to see whether there was federal support for the dams proposed by the local Liberal Party MPs.
"Having a look at the report I note that the Fitzroy River and other key dam opportunities in Central Queensland get a mention in passing with no funds allocated," he said.
"Michelle Landry has been talking dams to benefit agriculture in Central Queensland for years, yet there is not a mention of the dam proposals in the report, which makes me believe her own party is not listening.
"I want to see dams being built and roads improved to cater for our growing beef industry; all Tony Abbott needs to do is open his wallet and commit to the development of our region."