Push for CQ agriculture hub during National Party visit

CAPRICORNIA MP Michelle Landry wants her National Party Canberra colleagues to really understand the impact of drought, cyclone and the mining bust on Central Queensland.

She's hoping a tour of the region on Thursday will prove eye-opening for the National Party team.

Ms Landry will be joined by local LNP colleagues Rockhampton-based Senator Matt Canavan and Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd.

She said they would split into three groups to focus on different areas of concern within the region.

Minister for Agriculture and Deputy Leader of the Nationals Barnaby Joyce is expected to join Ms Landry in touring CQUniversity, including the facility's Central Queensland Innovation and Research Precinct.

Ms Landry said during the visit she planned to push for Rockhampton to be considered the new home for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).

In May, Mr Joyce announced plans to move the RIRDC from Canberra to a regional area.

Although Albury-Wodonga was initially listed as the facility's new site, Mr Joyce said the government would consider other locations which also "meet the criteria of being close to the industries being served and a regional university that has a strong agricultural focus".

Last month, CQUniversity launched its Bachelor of Agriculture, billed as one of the most practical and innovative in the industry.

"I think (the RIRDC) needs to be somewhere like Rockhampton," Ms Landry said.

Ms Landry said other hot topics included live cattle exports from Port Alma, the Palaszczuk government's net-free zones and the impact of infrastructure projects, including Eden Bann and Rookwood weirs.

A draft Environmental Impact Statement was released in July for the $495 million proposal.

Ms Landry said she would also discuss grants for the Yeppoon foreshore, Rockhampton riverbank and stadium and convention centre under the Stronger Regions Fund.

Hot topics

  • Queensland Government commercial fishing net-free zones
  • Central Queensland agriculture hub
  • Live cattle exports from Port Alma
  • Grass-fed levy for cattle producers
  • Dam infrastructure

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