Peter Beattie promised Rookwood by 2011, so what is stopping Labor now?

If former Labor Premier Peter Beattie maintained he could have Rookwood Weir built by 2011, why is the current State Labor Government stalling? That was the question posed to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and State Labor’s Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne today by federal MPs in Central Queensland. Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry and Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said both the Premier and Bill Byrne could not honestly say they are interested in the economic growth of CQ without backing the biggest water project in the region’s history. In a joint statement the Coalition MPs said: “Water equals growth. Rookwood has the potential to create 2,100 real jobs. We have heard Labor sprui

Why can’t Byrne fast-track jobs at Rookwood?

Fast Facts: If Bill Byrne has the power to ‘fast track’ things, why not fast-track Rookwood? Byrne is dancing with the Meat Workers Union which shut down Rocky’s beef export abattoir in the past. Farmers report Byrne as the ‘worst Ag Minister in Qld history’ Why can’t Byrne fast-track jobs at Rookwood? State Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne and his Premier should focus on fast-tracking the sign off for Rookwood Weir and create 2,100 new jobs for local people. That was the blunt message today from Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry on news that Byrne will fast-track a local beef inquiry around Defence activity. “Byrne has proven to be an incredibly lazy Labor state member for Rockh

Landry gets Defence Minister to CQ, Barnaby next on cards

Fast Facts: Defence Minister visits CQ today and hears from representatives about Shoalwater Bay Barnaby Joyce coming soon Deadline for business case brought forward within 4 week Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has confirmed that the Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce will soon visit the region to discuss issues sounding the Shoalwater Bay military expansion, directly with farmers. “I have had been talking to Barnaby Joyce on many occasions and I can confirm he will soon advise me of a date when he will visit Capricornia in the very near short term,” Ms Landry said. The confirmation follows a visit to Rockhampton today by Federal Defence Minister Mar

Safety the order of the day for major Yeppoon intersection

Works underway on Scenic Highway intersection and Matthew Flinders Drive All three levels of government working together on $1.15 million project Project to address the site’s crash history Construction kicked off last week to upgrade the dangerous intersection of the Scenic Highway and Matthew Flinders Drive in Yeppoon. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the unacceptable road toll in 2016 had only strengthened the Australian Government’s resolve on addressing road safety issues across the nation. “It is extremely encouraging when local governments decide to use their Australian Government Roads to Recovery funding on fixing dangerous roads,” Mr Chester said. “With

Landry calls Prime Minister to relay landholders concern over Defence push

The Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister are now clearly aware of emotional and financial plight facing landholders in the Shoalwater Bay district – where Defence want to acquire more land for military training. In private conversations with Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce, Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry did not mince her words when she clearly outlined the concerns of locals “in no uncertain terms”. The issue relates to Defence’s desire to expand the Shoalwater Bay military training ground with a $1 billion investment from Singapore, which would double its use of the facility. “This is a serious issue impacting on rural constituents. I have been out to some of the

Styx River Coal Mine announced today

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry MP has welcomed the potential for hundreds of new jobs from the proposed Styx River coal mine in the federal electorate. While Ms Landry said she did not have direct knowledge of the current EIS status or the ownership details for the company operating the mine, the prospect of new jobs was promising for local families. “Providing this mine does not adversely impact on the business of surrounding cattle properties, and it has formal Ministerial approval, I see it as a good sign for our region which has faced the loss of many jobs due the earlier downturn in coal in Central Queensland,” Ms Landry said. “With talk of 200 jobs during construction a

Come and celebrate Mount Archer’s progress!

To celebrate the reopening of Pilbeam Drive and the recent launch of Mount Archer’s concept plans and future vision, a community event will be held at Fraser Park on Saturday, 21 January 2017 including bush music and dancing, bush tucker, guided nature walks and fun activities. Mayor Strelow has issued an invitation to the community to join Council on the summit of Mount Archer. “We are grateful for the contributions we received from both State and Federal governments who jointly recognised the need to repair and restore access to our beautiful Mount Archer,” Mayor Strelow said. Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said that the money contributed towards repairing Pilbeam Drive fol

Landry working hard to ensure the voice of farmers, business owners and workers is heard by defence

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has called on Australia’s defence leaders to bring forward an important business case and social impact study into expansion of Shoalwater Bay. Ms Landry said she was working hard to ensure the voice of farmers, business owners and workers is heard by defence leaders. “I am asking the Minister for Defence and senior military leaders to bring forward an analysis of the social impact and clearer business case as a quickly as possible to give landholders, small business owners and workers in the area a clearer picture of exactly what is going to happen and how it will impact on them,” Ms Landry said. Ms Landry said she had met with some property ow

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