LIVESTOCK and crop producers’ bores are running dry, creek beds are dust bowls full of noxious weeds and water tanks are depleted. Poor farmers are queuing for hours to get a little water from council’s water outlets.
There have been no drought relief funds allocated to local graziers, crop farmers and rural businesses per se, despite government rhetoric. Mayor Milligan said in the
Gatton Star (13/2) she is going to spend the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program – Extension on the old shire hall, footpaths and a cemetery gazebo.
Apparently, council was allocated $1 million to be spent by June 30 to improve the plight of droughtstricken locals.
On speaking to various councillors, I get conflicting information and an “all too hard” attitude. Advice from the Federal Member for Wright’s office is LVRC inappropriately applied for this funding, not really giving a damn about local citizens in despair.
In an edition of the Gatton
Star last year, when it was announced the Lockyer Valley had been drought declared, Mayor Milligan was quoted as saying she was surprised to hear that the Valley had been drought declared. Really?
Just recently, readers were told by Mayor Milligan that providing drought assistance is not their core council business. Then how come Mayor Milligan had a photo opportunity in the
Gatton Star, at the Gatton Railway Station, inciting Inland Rail to include a passenger service from Toowoomba to Brisbane?
While I think such a service has merit, is this meddling in state and federal politics the core business of council? Another red herring, Ms Milligan?
Advisers to David Littleproud, Minister for Agriculture, informed me the program can be changed, making it more relevant to community needs.
Mayor Milligan and cronies, rattle the sabre, show some strategic leadership, or soon there will be no primary industry in the Valley!
— G. Becker, Ropeley