Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, has welcomed a statement this morning from the Queensland Premier foreshadowing a commitment to half-fund construction of Ms Landry’s pet project, Rookwood Weir.
“It is a refreshing moment to see the Queensland Government finally come to the party, just 625 days after I secured $130 million federal funding for the project.
“This has been my number one project for CQ since I got elected in 2013.
“I have fought tooth-and-nail to get the $130 million currently on the table and, since finally receiving the business case, I have been lobbying the relevant ministers for an increase to this funding.
“This project is bigger than politics; it is about delivering economic opportunity to Central Queenslanders, with over 2,100 ongoing jobs and $1 billion economic boost forecast, Rookwood provides just that.
“I am certainly pleased to see the State Government on board and I can’t wait to see physical progress at the site.” Ms Landry said.
Ms Landry also welcomed Mr Shorten’s reluctant engagement with the project.
“It doesn’t matter how late you get there, the important thing is that under intense leadership pressure from his Infrastructure Spokesman, Mr Shorten has finally worked out where Central Queensland is,” said Ms Landry.
“Perhaps by supporting the idea of delivering jobs through infrastructure like Rookwood Weir, Mr Shorten can realign his support for job-creating infrastructure in the Galilee Basin.”