LNP to monitor moves in Galilee Basin
GREGORY MP Lachlan Millar has challenged the State Government to deliver a "fair share" of revenue to the Central Highlands and west when its budget is handed down next week.
Mr Millar said incentives, infrastructure works and jobs were needed to kick-start a region hit by the "double whammy" of drought the mining downturn.
"I would like to see the Labor Government recommit to funding the $350,000 we announced for the Blackwater Hospital, an inland highway, upgrading and flood-proofing the Gregory Hwy and Theresa Creek," Mr Millar said.
"There is also a great opportunity if they want to grow agriculture, which the LNP does.
"Then there are the opportunities to get behind the inland port proposal at Yamala and the meatworks.
"If I was the State Government, I would look to play a part in that because I would love them to submit funds and give the opportunities for these projects to come to fruition."
Mr Millar will officially open his first Ag-Grow Field Days on Friday.
After travelling extensively throughout his electorate, he said the cost of living, the rural freight and transport network, small business and tourism were the issues to be addressed.
"Our small businesses desperately need help," Mr Millar said.
Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg launched the LNP's economic plan to grow Queensland jobs this week, pledging to reduce red tape and increase the payroll tax threshold to rebuild the state if returned to office.
"Our commitment to regional Queensland is stronger than ever and under an LNP government we would maintain and enhance our Royalties for the Regions program," he said.
"The Galilee Basin needs to be properly co-ordinated and planned to secure jobs and achieve the best long-term economic benefits."
Mr Springborg said the LNP would establish the Galilee Basin Development Commission.