ANOTHER WIN FOR DEVELOPMENT IN NORTH QUEENSLAND

Photo credit: Kirstin Payne

Photo credit: Kirstin Payne

KAP members have secured another win for North Queensland following a motion in the house which calls for limitations to further vegetation management changes.
The Northern MPs, who were thankful of the support of the Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg during this motion said they are committed to landholder rights.
“What took place in the house proves that the KAP are firmly against any further restrictions being placed on our primary producers,” Mr Katter said.
“There has been enhanced productivity in many other areas of the state because they were allowed to develop in a favorable political climate, but the north is in its infancy in terms of development.”
Mr Katter said co-operation with the LNP is essential to creating these productive outcomes.
“There was a strong consensus behind Mr Knuth’s motion to stop any changes to vegetation management and instead further our under developed bio regions,” Mr Katter said.
“It’s unfortunate political theatrics almost had the opportunity to get in the way.”
“Petty pot shots that have come from the LNP in recent weeks, particularly the member for Hinchinbrook are disappointing, especially when we have seen in the past what working together looks like,” he said.
Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth said he was also disappointed that political games have taken such focus.
“If all the member for Hinchinbrook has to offer the people of north Queensland is a couple of lines against the KAP, good luck to him,” Mr Knuth said.
“Hiding in the dark to catch us out does not benefit the people of North Queensland, we are instead looking for cooperation for actual outcomes.”
Mr Knuth said he hopes to build on many of the successes already secured for North Queensland including the Sugar Marketing Bill, an Ethanol Mandate and the Rural Debt Taskforce.
“As we have continued to put the development of the North as our number one priority,”
“We do not have the cities, the trains and the houses; we have the bush and yet we have triple the unemployment – vegetation management must assist those looking to develop and move this state forward,” he said.
The KAP look forward to continuing to working productively with the opposition on this issue.
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