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Farmers left high and dry in latest Labor snub

24th September 2019

Annastacia Palaszczuk has delivered a hammer-blow to drought-stricken farmers, with plans to cut the size of Rookwood Weir in Central Queensland.

LNP Shadow Minister for Natural Resources Dale Last said Labor clearly doesn’t support the project or the jobs it will create.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government doesn’t want to build any new dams,” Mr Last said.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is anti-dams, anti-regions and anti-farmers.

“More than 65% of Queensland is drought declared including Livingstone, Rockhampton, Gladstone and key local government areas across Central Queensland.

“Despite this devastating drought, Labor is reducing Rookwood Weir by almost one third, with the amount of water for agriculture almost halved.

“Rookwood Weir was first promised by Labor in 2006 and there still isn’t a shovel in the ground.

“Labor has already delayed Rookwood Weir by almost two years and this latest setback will only cause more delays and increased costs.

“The decision-makers in Brisbane have absolutely no idea what this project means to supporting agriculture as a lifeline for jobs in Central Queensland.

“I will not stop fighting for every farming family who are being pushed to the brink.

“Only the LNP is committed to building dams and supporting our farmers by delivering water security for our regions.

“LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has already announced her plan to establish the Queensland Dam Company, based in Townsville.

“Its sole purpose will be to build dams, upgrade existing ones, create new jobs and unlock the potential of the regions.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk hasn’t planned for the future.

“Not only is Labor failing to build new dams they’re actively reducing the size of existing dams such as the Paradise Dam.

“There’s nothing more vital than water security in Queensland and Labor’s policies are literally bleeding our regions dry.”