Pol­lie keen on ir­ri­ga­tion pro­posal

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

KAT­TER’S Aus­tralian Party leader and Mem­ber for Kennedy Bob Kat­ter has paid a fly­ing visit to Biggenden and Coal­stoun Lakes.

Mr Kat­ter ar­rived in the re­gion last Thurs­day morn­ing, go­ing straight to a meet­ing with Bund­aberg Taxi Co rep­re­sen­ta­tives to dis­cuss op­tions for taxi driv­ers across Queens­land.

Ac­com­pa­nied by KAP can­di­date for Cal­lide Rob­bie Radel and his wife Michelle, Mr Kat­ter then met with some res­i­dents in Gin Gin.

Mat­ters dis­cussed in­cluded the in­creas­ing elec­tric­ity prices and the pos­si­bil­ity of cash­less wel­fare cards and the im­pact they would have on small busi­ness.

The group then headed to Coal­stoun Lakes where Mr Kat­ter saw peanuts be­ing threshed and met with mem­bers of the Coal­stoun Lakes De­vel­op­ment Group.

The group high­lighted their hopes for the re­gion if farm­ers could ac­cess fund­ing for an ir­ri­ga­tion scheme.

Mr Radel said Mr Kat­ter was im­pressed by the pre­sen­ta­tion and said the area had enor­mous po­ten­tial.

The Coal­stoun Lakes De­vel­op­ment Group pre­sented Mr Kat­ter with a copy of their sub­mis­sion seek­ing fea­si­bil­ity fund­ing to progress their ir­ri­ga­tion scheme of Coal­stoun Lakes.

De­vel­op­ment group pres­i­dent Garry Seabrook said time was short but the group was able to out­line what they wanted to achieve in the district.

“Even though it was a fly­ing visit at least he came and saw us,” he said.

“This is more than oth­ers have.”

The fi­nal stop on Mr Kat­ter’s visit was the main street of Biggenden where he spoke to busi­ness own­ers.

De­spite the time con­straints, Mr Kat­ter found time to try a Biggenden pie, la­belling it the best pie he’d ever had.

“I’ll def­i­nitely be back for an­other one,” he said.

Mr Radel said it was good to see a po­lit­i­cal leader in the lo­cal area.

“This visit fol­lows a num­ber of oth­ers from state party leader Rob­bie Kat­ter,” Mr Radel said.

For more de­tails about the Coal­stoun Lakes De­vel­op­ment Group, head to cnbtimes.com.au.


QUICK VISIT: Coal­stoun Lakes peanut farm­ers Gary Hunter and Steve Mar­shall show Kat­ter Party can­di­date for Cal­lide Rob­bie Radel and party leader Bob Kat­ter peanuts be­ing threshed.

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