Mr Littleproud says he’s concerned about Senator Hanson’s focus on building a new motor sport precinct in Townsville ahead of other key projects across Western Queensland – particularly when a funding commitment of $100 million has already been announced by the Federal Government to build a multi-purpose stadium in Townsville.
“The people in western Queensland need funding for projects that will deliver real returns for not only the area, but for the country – I’m reaching out to Senator Hanson to work with me on obtaining additional money for productive and resilient agricultural measures like dog fencing – and the projects Senator Hanson has identified as a priority in cities only takes oxygen away from my fight for the people of Maranoa.”
Mr Littleproud says Senator Hanson had seen the drought first hand this year after travelling through Western Queensland with the Burrumbuttock Hay Runner.
“We have to get our priorities right on what we spend our money on, because as a nation we don’t have a lot and the over-concentration of big projects in our cities has been done to death”.
Mr Littleproud said that it is now more important than ever that Australia invests in infrastructure that will boost productivity across rural Queensland, particularly in light of the benefits of the free trade agreements, which are capable of driving growth in the agricultural sector across rural Australia.
The Federal Member of Maranoa says he is hopeful of strong working relationship with Senator Hanson to see a focus for funding to return to the bush.