Michelle Landry
Michelle Landry Chris Ison

Landry and Lauga in water fight after CQ community forum

CAPRICORNIA MP Michelle Landry has welcomed any input from Keppel MP Brittany Lauga on the proposed Rookwood and Eden Bann weirs.

Ms Landry's comments came after Mrs Lauga wrote a letter stating Ms Landry's office had not been in contact over the issue.

WATER SECURITY: Keppel MP Brittany Lauga says her office has not been contacted by Capricornia MP Michelle Landry’s to discuss water storage projects.
WATER SECURITY: Keppel MP Brittany Lauga says her office has not been contacted by Capricornia MP Michelle Landry’s to discuss water storage projects. Chris Ison Rokcrally

Mrs Lauga said Ms Landry had previously said the weirs should have State Government support.

"If the State Government is such a critical part of funding projects like these weirs and you are so keen to engage with local politicians about local priorities, then I would appreciate a time to be made to discuss and for a discussion relating to the Rookwood and Eden Bann Weirs," she wrote in the letter.

"I would suggest it is also imperative to engage with State Ministers (such as Minister for Agriculture, the State Member for Rockhampton, Hon Bill Byrne MP) on this matter.

"If this issue is so incredibly high on your priority list, why are you not personally engaging with the State Government and local Members?

"No doubt you assumed the contrary, but I would actually appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss these opportunities."

But Ms Landry yesterday told The Morning Bulletin a water workshop she co-hosted last week was open to everyone in the region, with no invited guests.

She said if Mrs Lauga was in a parliamentary sitting, she should have sent a staff member to the workshop.

"I think water infrastructure is far too important for people to play political games with it," Ms Landry said.

Ms Landry said the date was selected so that Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd and Senator Matthew Canavan, who also co-hosted the workshop, could attend.

"These projects are something I've worked so hard for since I've been in government. I really want to see them go ahead. All levels of governments need to work together so I welcome any input from Mrs Lauga," she said.

"There certainly weren't any thoughts of excluding the state member."

Mr Canavan said the forum was primarily to listen to the community and involved State Government representatives.

He said the MPs wanted to take community feedback to Canberra.

"The state MPs would have been more than welcome, but we did not formally invite anyone," he said.

Water security

The Fitzroy Water Workshop was held last Thursday and coincided with a visit by Minister for Northern Australia Josh Frydenberg

Roughly 100 people attended, where industry leaders, graziers and stakeholders discussed Eden Bann and Rookwood weirs and The Gap dam



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