Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga talks about government movement on Shoalwater Bay expansion plans after the rally attended by the Premier.
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga talks about government movement on Shoalwater Bay expansion plans after the rally attended by the Premier. Chris Ison ROK020217cshoalwater1

This is not a victory, the fight is not over: Lauga

PRIME Minister Turnbull today has not ruled out compulsory acquisition, says Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga.

"It's certainly very interesting to hear the Turnbull government today saying they are going to look at alternative sites for expanding the military training area,” Mrs Lauga said.

"I think that the Prime Minister and the LNP want to take the heat off this issue in the lead up to the first week in the Federal Parliament and I think given that he hasn't ruled out compulsory acquisition, this issue is not done and dusted yet.”

The Member for Keppel held a media conference today to air her concerns over revelations Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had ordered defence to scout alternative areas for expanded military training grounds earmarked for CQ farming land.

The announcement followed a rally last night, with many angry and upset community members expressing their outrage over involuntary acquisition of land.

"I think that last night the Central Queensland community sent a very strong message to the Turnbull government with over 300 local workers and business people all coming together to say they don't support compulsory acquisition at Shoalwater Bay,” Ms Lauga said.

"This is not a victory, the fight is not over and Mr Turnbull, the Central Queensland community is tough and we'll fight this battle til the end until you rule out compulsory acquisition,” Mrs Lauga said.

"I think the Prime Minister today has done an amazing cirque du soleil back flip on a proposal that has been going on for some time, caused anxiety and heartbreak of landholders and graziers in Central Queensland.”



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