After last week’s announcement that 5,000 hectares of horticultural land near Bowen has been removed from the proposed Galilee Basin Mining Development Area, Isaac Mayor Anne Baker is asking the same attention be given to Isaac.
According to the Mayor, agriculture in the Isaac contributes over $97 million to the state economy each year. and needs to be protected.
“It’s encouraging to see the State Government has taken on board community feedback in Bowen and changed boundaries,” Cr Baker said.
“The proposed Galilee Basin State Development Area predominately runs through the Isaac region, which is home to many sophisticated cropping and grazing operations,” she said.
“Understandably, landholders who may be affected are feeling increasingly anxious.”
“We need conversations to be happening between the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning and landholders in our local government area to reduce confusion and uncertainty.”
“It would be disappointing to see the resource sector gain at the cost of agriculture.”
“I hope we see Mr Seeney engage with the Isaac landholders to listen, respond and reduce impacts in the proposed State Development Area.”
Landholders and local residents seeking further information on the proposed Galilee Basin State Development Area are encouraged to call 1800 001 048.