Longreach drought forum opens up CQ issues

THE DRY: Lachlan Millar snapped this image just out of Jundah, 200km south of Longreach.
THE DRY: Lachlan Millar snapped this image just out of Jundah, 200km south of Longreach. Contributed

GREGORY MP Lachlan Millar was in Longreach at the weekend to hear the locals' plight at a drought forum.

Mr Millar said the forum provided an opportunity to raise "three or four key issues".

"First and foremost is the impact drought is having not only on graziers, but on businesses," he said.

"Also the impact that wild dogs are having on production out here for sheep numbers and cattle."

But one shocking outcome from the forum was the impact electricity prices were having.

"We had Rolly from the Commercial Hotel... his quarterly electricity costs are up to $18,000 a quarter, and as he said 'that's a lot of pots of beer to sell to cover that'.

"It's just crippling business in the Central West.

Mr Millar was joined by leader of the opposition Lawrence Springborg and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.

"When we get to regional Queensland electricity costs are outrageously expensive… our electricity costs are far more expensive than what is happening in south east Queensland," he said.

"We are just getting to stage where we can't pay these costs."

Mr Millar also toured drought-affected areas and spoke to locals.

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