Federal member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, has welcomed the passing of the Coalition’s Future Drought Fund through the House of Representatives as it fights to help farmers long-term.
The Future Drought Fund will deliver $100 million a year to be spent on drought preparedness, resilience, and climate adaptation for farmers and graziers in places like Clermont, Middlemount, and Moranbah, but Labor fought to stop the fund.
Ms Landry said she was pleased to the Coalition was fighting for hard-working Central Queensland farmers and graziers.
“The Future Drought Fund is about making sure the next drought doesn’t hit farmers and graziers as hard as the one we’re going through now.
“Investing $100 million each year in drought preparedness, resilience, and climate adaptation will have big benefits for not just farmers and rural communities but the nation as a whole.
“This fund will also help support the economy in rural communities like Kilcummen or Clarke Creek and small towns like Marlborough or making sure people living here can keep their jobs.”
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said Labor had shown it was prepared to play dirty to stop long-term investment for farmers in Central Queensland.
“Labor openly opposes the Future Drought Fund investing in CQ so it can spend that money on roads in Brisbane.
“Labor smiles at Central Queensland while it stabs them in the back.
“I’m determined to deliver the Drought Future Fund and $100 million a year it provides to farmers and both Michelle Landry and I will fight Labor tooth and nail on this.”