Byrne wants to know what the Fed's beef bridge budget is
PLANS for a proposed beef loop road might be trucking along but the government departments responsible for making them happen are fighting over who gets to drive.
While Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry is waiting for formal support from local and state government, State Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne wants to how much federal money is in the kitty.
"The Federal Government's Northern White Paper talked about $100 million for a cattle supply chain fund, however lacked detail around where and for what this fund would be used," Mr Byrne said.
"The Palaszczuk government is still waiting to receive this detail."
Mr Byrne said the Queensland Government allocated $250,000 towards research and planning into Rockhampton meatworks cattle train logistics.
"I have been working quietly behind the scenes ensuring that my idea in relation to a future cattle supply chain in Rockhampton is thoroughly investigated both at a state and federal level," he said.
"However, because of the prospects an improved cattle supply chain could potentially bring to Central Queensland, I have worked with the relevant state minister to secure state funding which will also be used to commence the development of a business case.
"I look forward to the Federal Government releasing its program rules for the supply chain fund and I can reassure Central Queensland residents that as soon as these rules are released, the Queensland Government will be preparing a submission in relation to the Rockhampton supply chain."
Ms Landry said she said she would welcome a submission from both the state and local government that further outlined a plan and the full cost of the proposals.
"I am happy to work with both Rockhampton council and the state member to push the concept forward," Ms Landry said.
"It is important to do this as a united local effort if their submission proves viable so that our city can get the best outcome possible."
Beef loop road
A connection between Lakes Creek Rd and the Neville Hewitt Bridge
Opportunity to ban heavy vehicles from the Fitzroy Bridge
Opportunity to remove cattle trucks from the centre of the CBD