Derailment clean-up must benefit local economy

CMNEWS_KAP MP Rob Katter pictured here in Julia Creek in remote outback Queensland today Wednesday October 7th, 2015. Pictures: Jack Tran / The Courier Mail

MP Robbie Katter pictured here in Julia Creek in remote outback Queensland, Wednesday October 7th, 2015. Pictures: Jack Tran / The Courier Mail

KAP Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter has urged officials involved with the clean-up of the Julia Creek derailment to think about using local businesses before importing help from across the state.

The local member said while it is clear there has been a disaster, there could be silver lining for the local economy.

“All parties involved including Aurizon, Incitec Pivot, IPL and Queensland Rail must ensure any economic benefit that is developed from the recovery efforts will flow back into the community that has been impacted by this incident,” Mr Katter said.

“This includes prioritising local contractors and suppliers,” he said.

As discussions between stakeholders regarding recovery works will commence today Mr Katter said the town of Julia Creek has already seen some silver lining.

“The activity generated by the recovery efforts has been of some benefit to the town of Julia Creek, filling the cafes and servos,” Mr Katter said.

“We need to keep up the good-will and get our local and experienced contractors involved where they can,” he said.

Mr Katter will be speaking with all stakeholders in coming days to ensure that local providers are taken into account as planning continues.

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