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.

>> READ | Acting PM announces $6.2m weed project in Gladstone

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



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