Labor offer their alternative vision for CQ's infrastructure
AT the invitation of Labor's candidate for Capricornia Russell Robertson, Shadow Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Pat Conroy has visited Rockhampton to share Labor's infrastructure vision for CQ.
Both men were of the opinion that more needed to be done at a federal level to support such an important region and took the opportunity to explain what they regarded were the priorities.
"The Labor party has taken to heart growing the Capricornia with infrastructure," Mr Robertson said.
"The [South Rockhampton] flood levee, duplication [of Rockhampton to Yeppoon], we announced Rookwood Weir and had [Capricornia MP] Michelle Landry follow us, so again we're leading that way.
"I'm really taking on Bill Shorten's pipeline approach to infrastructure where we don't get a short term sugar hit for jobs but we can go from project to project that will get real and constant employment."
Mr Robertson said these projects would help upgrade and diversify their range of skills for the workers of CQ.
Mr Conroy believes CQ has the potential to become an "economic powerhouse for Australia" provided the government had policies in place to ensure the growth of the region's key industries of agriculture, mining and tourism.
"All three of them depend on good infrastructure investment," Mr Conroy said.
"Whether it's the Rookwood Weir, the $47m we've committed to duplicating the Rocky to Yeppoon road or the $25m for further work on the South Rockhampton flood levee, they're all projects that will help this region get moving.
"We can't have all the infrastructure growth, all the population growth in Sydney and Melbourne, we need regions to prosper and that means we need to match words with actions."
He accused the Coalition Government of being dragged "kicking and screaming" to come up with more money after Labor's promise on Rookwood Weir and hoped they would copy Labor's commitments to the flood levee and the Rockhampton to Yeppoon road duplication.
"Infrastructure spending under this government has fallen by 20 per cent compared to the last Labor government and they can't even spend the money they announce," he said.
"They're very good at headlines but I'm not seeing the cranes in the sky or the bulldozers on the ground."