Call for Rookwood Weir Support
Posted on November 9th, 2016
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has called on local councillors across Central Queensland to state their opinion on Rookwood Weir – declaring “you either want it or you don’t.”
The call was made in Federal Parliament in Canberra today, where Ms Landry expressed her disappointment in the lack of encouraging support for the project from state Labor MPs, including temporary Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne, local mayors and individual councilors and called for the need for these representative to ‘clearly and unambiguously’ state their position on the weir.
Ms Landry welcomed and acknowledged the strong support for Rookwood from Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig and his council team on the Capricorn Coast.
The Federal Government has put $132 million on the table for Rookwood Weir, which would generate 2100 new jobs and the opportunity to double agricultural production to $2 billion a year.
Ms Landry directed these comments in Parliament to local councillors: “You are either with the Australian Government on this important project for your region or you are not. And if you aren’t supportive, then you should be prepared for the funding to go to another state and explain to your communities why they will miss out on jobs and growth.”
Ms Landry said she needed to know by the end of this week if civic leaders across Central Queensland were in favour of the project proceeding.