Bob Katter has issued a stern warning to the federal government to take his multi-million wishlist seriously ahead of the budget.
Bob Katter has issued a stern warning to the federal government to take his multi-million wishlist seriously ahead of the budget.

Katter’s budget wishlist for North Queensland

Bob Katter has issued a warning to the federal government to take his multimillion-dollar wishlist seriously ahead of the Budget.

The Member for Kennedy has included building up cattle numbers through micro-irrigation, Copperstring and roads on his list.

"I remind the Government that I have wielded great power in the parliament in the past and there hasn't been a comfortable majority in years so I would look at this wishlist very closely," Mr Katter said.

At the top is the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme, which he said was well on its way to being a micro-irrigation template that would roll out across mid-west towns on the Flinders River.

"The Federal Government must now commit to building cattle numbers back up and can do so through micro-irrigation schemes," he said.

"With irrigation at Normanton and the like we will double the cattle numbers and turn off rates, generating an additional $4-$5 billion to the cattle economy annually."

The MP has also tacked on the Copperstring transmission line from Mount Isa to Townsville to be allocated $330m; a new road corridor from Mareeba to Cairns; funding for planning of Hells Gates Dam associated projects to be provided; and market gardens for First Australians.

Originally published as Katter's budget wishlist for North Queensland



LNP reveals ‘largest ever’ tourism marketing campaign

Premium Content LNP reveals ‘largest ever’ tourism marketing campaign

LNP leader Deb Frecklington lamented that Queensland seemed to no longer be...

Construction plans grow for approved $120m Moura solar farm

Premium Content Construction plans grow for approved $120m Moura solar farm

The latest plans are for an underground cable to traverse through land at the mine...

Political party goes missing in action in CQ

Premium Content Political party goes missing in action in CQ

It might be time to send out a search party.