Butcher says Acting PM's announcement was 'wishy washy'
Letter to the Editor: Show us the Detail
Thursday saw the Acting Prime Minister visit our City bringing with him a non-event, wishy washy announcement about biological weed controls across Australia.
Well I ask the Acting Prime Minister and our Federal Member Ken O'Dowd, what does this mean for Gladstone?
Giant Rats Tail Grass is a massive issue for the landholders in this area, one that has been raised with me many times since I came into office.
I have brought the issue to the Minister's attention and hosted a field day to bring landholders and organisations working in this space including AGforce and Biosecurity QLD together. I know the Gladstone Regional Council also recently hosted a field day on GRT in Miriam Vale with the Federal Member nowhere to be seen.
Late last year we got the good news that with the help of co-contribution pledges from landholders and organisations, Biosecurity QLD were able to lodge their proposal through the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) for a research grant.
While I welcome the announcement that a $6.2M grant has been provided to RIRDC for biocontrol research across Australia, I say to the acting Prime Minister and Ken O'Dowd, show us the detail. Let's see how much of this money is being delivered for a solution in Gladstone and surrounds and how long will this research take.
Glenn Butcher MP
Member for Gladstone