Share mining royalties with bush
RURAL ratepayers battling to get a fair share of mining royalties and taxes from the state and federal government have enlisted the help of LNP Senator Ian Macdonald.
Mr MacDonald said he would take the fight to the halls of power, by referring the need for exploration companies to contribute to the cost of maintaining rural roads in regional Queensland.
The Shadow Minister for northern Australia said he was now working with local community representatives including Kevin Pickersgill of the Central Highlands Concerned Ratepayers Association and Peter Quinn of the Isaac Regional Ratepayers Association.
A group of graziers, lawyers and lobbyists met in Rockhampton with Mr MacDonald today in a bid to push for more funds to return to their region.
See more coverage of this meeting in The Morning Bulletin’s Rural Weekly Central Queensland edition this Friday.