VISITORS TO TOWN: Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd and Nationals leader Warren Truss will be in town next week.
VISITORS TO TOWN: Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd and Nationals leader Warren Truss will be in town next week. Sharyn Oneill Rokspol

Visiting Nats set eyes on bush

ROCKHAMPTON will be inundated with politicians for two days next week with 12 federal National Party members coming to town.

The federal members and senator will be in town for a national party room meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Over the two days, the dozen politicians will split into groups to meet about 12 different businesses and community leaders.

Announcement of the visit comes days after the Nationals launched their new initiative to revitalise and populate Australia’s regions, titled the Regional Investment Strategy.

“While our major cities struggle under population pressures, our regions are crying out for more people, services, infrastructure, businesses and employees,” Nationals leader Warren Truss said.

“We need to

seriously address this population squeeze and pull the policy levers that can re-energise and build the under-developed 97% of Australia that is

regional.

“As our population climbs through 36 million, the reality is, ignoring the development of regional Australia is no longer an option this country can afford.

Mr Truss said the strategy took a holistic approach, recognising that a series of policy responses was needed.



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