Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth will be joining forces with graziers, producers, small business owners and economists as part of the ‘Rural Crisis Summit’ to push for further action on drought relief.
Hosting the event in Charters Towers at the end of this month, Mr Knuth believes ‘The Rural Crisis Summit’ will give primary producers and small businesses suffering under drought and debt a chance to bring attention to the issue.
“This summit isn’t just a chance to speak about the crisis, it’s about taking steps to solve it,” Mr Knuth said.
“ For our area this is the fight of a generation, rural Queensland is slowly deteriorating and we need to do everything in our power to stop it.
“We’ve been calling for a complete debt restructure within the rural and regional sector, it’s time to hold our leaders to account,” he said.
Mr Knuth said the event will focus on the progression of the Federal and State Government following on the resolutions put in place at the KAP hosted Winton’s “Last Stand” held in December.
“There’s no doubt there are scores of rural families under pressure at the moment and while steps have been made, it’s clearly not enough,” Mr Knuth said.
“Both levels of government have had a chance to address our combined message, this is a 6 month review of their progress.”
Local grazier and one of the event’s organisers Tess Pemble, said the summit was an opportunity for the region to show its unity in tackling the problem.
“The problem isn’t just limited to those on properties, the issue flows right through to the businesses and community,” she said.
“Drought has put so much pressure on families in the area and has highlighted the cracks in the industry – I won’t stand by and do nothing.”
The event which will be chaired by Member for Mt Isa Rob Katter will also feature rural advocates such as Aussie Helpers Co-founder of Brian Egan.
WHERE : Charters Towers Golf Club
WHEN: Monday August 31st, 10am
For more information on the event phone the office of Shane Knuth’s office on: 07 4787 2139.