Regional and rural leaders urged to speak about rural debt
KAP member for Mt Isa Rob Katter is calling on financial service providers, community members, primary producers, small business owners and rural and regional leaders to have their voice heard on the issue of rural debt.
The Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce chaired by Mr Katter which opened to the public early last week is seeking submissions to help illustrate the current financial situation of regional Australia.
"It is essential people from all walks of life contribute to the taskforce, to shed light on the crisis facing primary industries, regional businesses and communities," he said.
"We are looking for everyone to share their story and contribute to the solution."
Mr Katter who has long advocated for a Rural Reconstruction board said he hopes to see structural change implemented following the findings.
"We are here to make generational change that will secure our agricultural industry and ensure regional growth into the future," he said.
KAP Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth said it was imperative all were involved to pressure the government into action.
"We need solutions now for the government to adopt," he said.
"At present we are hit with continuous red tape with very little support for the systemic failure that is rural debt."
Mr Knuth said he believes many of those involved in previous rural debt summits held in Charters Towers and Winton will take the opportunity to submit.
"We saw at the crisis summits that this issue has the attention of all of rural and regional Australia, I am sure many people will be eager to participate," he said.
Public submissions can be made in writing to the Secretariat via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions close on December 18.
Further information can be found at daf.qld.gov.au/ruraldebttaskforce.