House debates

Monday, 22 October 2018

Statements by Members

Flynn Electorate: Agriculture

4:40 pm

Photo of Ken O'DowdKen O'Dowd (Flynn, National Party) Share this | | Hansard source

In my electorate of Fynn, we have the potential to be one of the nation's premier suppliers of a broad range of products and produce. The strength of our agricultural production and agri-business manufacturing sector continues to rapidly grow. Flynn provides a natural choice for a diverse range of agriculture investments such as cattle, sheep, sugar cane, avocado, blueberries, cotton, mung beans, chickpeas, nuts, grains, wheat, sorghum and citrus. Through development of the Rookwood Weir on the Fitzroy River, the region can further the agriculture industry's position as a major agricultural food bowl for the region and beyond. The Rookwood Weir site is approximately 66km west of Rockhampton on the Fitzroy River and the development is proposed in two stages. Better than never, the Queensland government has brought on this monumental project that we have championed for years. I now call on the state government to come forward with their planning and funding to make this job happen. It's now been finalised with a signature from both federal and state governments that that project will start in the dry season of next year.