Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has lashed out at the Brisbane-centric State Labor Government who are throwing even more money at the movie industry while major projects in Central Queensland are left floundering.
The Premier has announced another $71 million in the budget to help lure more movie productions to South East Queensland while the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Rd Project lies waiting for the State Government to get moving.
Michelle Landry said “ Federal Government funding for the Rockhampton-Yeppoon road has been on the table for years and the State Labor Government drags it’s feet, but when the Premier wants another Photo-op with a Hollywood Film Star it seems things move incredibly quickly.
Where’s the promised money for Browne Park, where are we at with the promised manufacturing hub at the Aurizon Railyards, where are we at with fixing the ramping issues at Rockhampton Base Hospital or building regional housing?”
It is a huge slap in the face not only for Central Queensland but the whole of Regional Queensland when money can be found for South East Queensland at the drop of a hat or in this case the clip of the clapperboard.”
“Whilst I acknowledge some money has been allocated for something called the ‘New North Queensland Film Fund’ the details are very sketchy and I will believe it when I see it” Ms Landry said
The people of Central Queensland are entitled to ask: What are the Budget priorities of this State Labor Government?
It’s time the State Labor Government supported and acknowledged the contribution of Regional Queensland instead of chasing photo-ops with film stars.