Landry says she’ll fight for share of beef bucks
CAPRICORNIA MP Michelle Landry last night confirmed she would push for a share of Federal Government funding for infrastructure to allow road trains to travel through Rockhampton.
Type one road trains are unable to legally drive through Rockhampton to access the meatworks.
Instead, drivers are forced to uncouple their loads at Gracemere and drive one trailer at a time through the city. Ms Landry said a report released this week by the CSIRO found upgrading roads to allow type one access could save the industry about $740,000 annually - the equivalent of $1 a head.
Up to 20,500 beef trailers travel from Gracemere to Rockhampton's two abattoirs each year.
Ms Landry said she would be lobbying the federal minsters for Northern Australia, Transport and Agriculture to come up with funding to back the Rockhampton proposal.
"We are the 'Beef Capital' of Australia, so it makes sense to fund this project to help reduce costs to producers and save cattle from waiting in the sun on a trailer at Gracemere, where they can lose condition," Ms Landry said.
"The state must have a proper cost and plan for any roadworks and guarantee 20 percent of the cost.
"If an application was successful under the Commonwealth Beef Roads Fund, then the Federal Government would chip in up to 80 percent of the costs."