Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Like many in the dis­trict, I am left dumb­founded over the de­ci­sion by the Qld La­bor Gov­ern­ment to re­lease ap­prox­i­mately 300 me­gal­itres of wa­ter daily from Ti­na­roo Dam for en­vi­ron­men­tal rea­sons!

At a time when we should be sup­port­ing our agri­cul­tural sec­tor here on the Table­lands we have a state gov­ern­ment that wants to im­pose a de­ci­sion on us from Bris­bane that’s de­signed to kick farm­ers while they are down.

To­day I have con­tacted the min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble Dr An­thony Ly­h­nam and ques­tioned the de­ci­sion and

com­mu­ni­cated how lu­di­crous and un­fair this de­ci­sion is. What dis­turbs me the most is the lack of any heart­felt con­sul­ta­tion from the Palaszczuk gov­ern­ment with the very peo­ple this de­ci­sion im­pacts upon, our farm­ers!

I call on the La­bor gov­ern­ment’s can­di­date for Cook Ms Cynthia Lui to travel to Ma­reeba and hear first hand the con­cerns of peo­ple she will pur­port to rep­re­sent should she be elected at the next state elec­tion!

Un­less Min­is­ter Ly­h­nam can pro­vide the re­gions farm­ers with some guar­an­tee that they won’t be worse off be­cause of

this de­ci­sion I can­not in good con­science sup­port this gov­ern­ment in the par­lia­ment of Queens­land.

Billy Gor­don, Mem­ber for Cook

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