Giant rat’s tail grass, pasture dieback on agenda

Shadow State leaders come together in Emerald


Emerald Christian College vice captains Grace Simpson and Jonathan Wallen with Deputy Leader of the Opposition Deb Frecklington in Emerald this morning.

Emerald Christian College vice captains Grace Simpson and Jonathan Wallen with Deputy Leader of the Opposition Deb Frecklington in Emerald this morning.

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Politics is on the agenda in Emerald today, with Shadow Community Cabinet sitting, and the PM set to visit at lunch.

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THE State opposition have come together in Emerald today, to host the Shadow Community Cabinet. 

Local Member for Gregory Lachlan Millar said the day was an opportunity for the LNP to get “back to the heartland”. 

“We have the whole shadow cabinet here, and it’s important we hear about the concerns of the people in regional Queensland,” he said. 

“This is what I regard as the wealth-creator for Queensland; we have agriculture, mining, and industry.” 

Local MP Lachlan Millar with his wife Peta.

Local MP Lachlan Millar with his wife Peta.

Leading the agricultural charge this morning was AgForce’s Sharon Howard, who attended alongside the local regional president John Baker, Booroondarra, Middlemount. 

Ms Howard and Mr Baker were first to meet with Shadow Minister for Agriculture Dale Last, and she said they had a list of items on the agenda. 

“Stock routes, reef regulation, road train access, ground water impacts, small mining issues, giant rat’s tail grass, pasture dieback, and GrainCorp funding,” she said. 

“They’re all very important, we’re taking a multi-pronged attack.

“The main thing is that the shadow politicians are fully aware of AgForce’s perspective on all of those issues, and what outcomes we are chasing.”

AgForce’s Sharon Howard, Rockhampton, and local regional president John Baker, Booroondarra, Middlemount.

AgForce’s Sharon Howard, Rockhampton, and local regional president John Baker, Booroondarra, Middlemount.

Ms Howard said she had also organised a special meeting to represent the Bauhinia Road Users group, around the lower Fitzroy Developmental Road.

“I think all of that stuff, with the election coming up it’s all going to be very important,” she said. 

Shadow Minister for Agriculture Dale Last speaking with AgForce's Sharon Howard.

Shadow Minister for Agriculture Dale Last speaking with AgForce's Sharon Howard.

Mr Baker said the day was an important opportunity for locals to get their voices heard. 

“They are all really important issues… some are more localised but have the potential to spread right across, especially with pasture dieback and GRT (giant rat’s tail grass), that’s affecting people around the State,” he said. 

Shadow Community Cabinet gets underway.

Shadow Community Cabinet gets underway.

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