Mount Isa MP Robbie Katter has thanked the State Government for the opening of the Queensland Rural Adjustment Agency (QRAA) in Cloncurry.
The office started operations in early March under Regional Area Manager Janessa Bidgood, with the official opening in Cloncurry last night attended by QRAA Board Members and members of the community. The opening was in response to intense lobbying from the Mount Isa MP to establish the office in the region and is one of 9 across the state.
“I am particularly pleased that the office is up and running as I pushed hard for it to be based in Cloncurry,” said Robbie.
The QRAA will undergo a name change to the Queensland Rural & Industry Development Authority as from the 1st July this year, reflecting a broader range of functions it will be undertaking.
“While it is a step in the right direction and important that the office is based in Cloncurry, more needs to be done to address the issue of farm debt at the core of the issue. I will continue to push hard for the implementation of a Rural Development Bank as part of an overall solution to address debt in the rural industry.”