'Can-Do' to do lunch in city
CAN-DO is coming to town, but what can Can-Do do for you?
LNP leader Campbell Newman is stopping through Warwick for a luncheon and a meet and greet tomorrow to discuss local issues affecting the Rose City - with agriculture at the top of the list.
"Every area in the state is going to need assistance and attention and rural and regional areas have been neglected," he said.
"Our vision is to see food production in Queensland double by 2040."
Mr Newman said while he had spent more time on the Granite Belt holidaying with his family at Girraween National Park, he had passed through Warwick and stopped off for meals in the Rose City many times - and had attended the Warwick Rodeo.
He said he would spend tonight and tomorrow in Stanthorpe before coming to Warwick, where he would meet with community leaders and representatives of various organisations.
"I am looking forward to talking to locals, hearing about their issues and seeing what else we can do to assist them," he said.
He said water, mining and amalgamation were other issues he was aware of in the Southern Downs.
Mr Newman said there was no bad blood between him and Lawrence Springborg, despite the Southern Downs member stepping down as deputy leader of the LNP when Mr Newman announced he would vie for leadership and John-Paul Langbroek - then leader - resigned.
Chairman Southern Downs Electorate Council David Littleproud said it was good to see Mr Newman taking the people of the regional Queensland seriously.
"It's great to see he has an interest since he has spent a lot of his political career in Brisbane," he said.
Mr Littleproud said primary industries would not be the only issue discussed, with the pressures on small business owners and households - which suffered the same hardships as their metropolitan counterparts - on the agenda.
"Although Cunningham's Gap is a federal matter, to get his support on that as well as the Eight Mile," he said. "We would expect to see him lend his support to some studies, looking at some funding for the Eight Mile."