CONCERNS: Capricornia MP Michelle Landry met with Lawson Geddes at his Couti-Outi property to discuss the impacts of the proposed Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area expansion on his family's property.
CONCERNS: Capricornia MP Michelle Landry met with Lawson Geddes at his Couti-Outi property to discuss the impacts of the proposed Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area expansion on his family's property. contributed

Landry meets with anxious landholders in Shoalwater area

A FAMILY concerned about their property being split in two by the Federal Government's expansion plans at Shoalwater Bay were pleased by the personal hearing they got from Capricornia MP Michelle Landry this week.

Lawson and Linda Geddes who run cattle on land in the proposed expansion area for the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area were among more than 20 landholders Ms Landry met with during a visit to the area on Monday.

"She didn't tell us much we didn't already know, but she was very approachable and listened to all our concerns,” Mrs Geddes said.

She said Ms Landry had promised to take the landowners concerns back to the Minister for Defence.

The Geddes' property has been in the family for 140 years.

Proposed expansion for Shoalwater Bay.
Proposed expansion for Shoalwater Bay. Contributed ROK301116Shoalwater1

Ms Landry said there were a lot of 'mistruths' going around in the area.

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.
Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion. contributed

She said those 'mistruths' have people living in Stanage Bay concerned, along with commercial fishermen, farmers and residents and business owners at Marlborough.

She did not reveal what the 'mistruths' were.

Ms Landry said she also spoke to small business owners at Marlborough, ahead of a public forum in early January.

"While it is a testing time for the community, I have taken many suggestions and ideas back from this meeting, which I will discuss further with the Australian Defence Force.

"And I encourage all landowners contacted by the ADF to discuss their options with a legal representative, and to obtain the best evaluation for their land," Ms Landry said.



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