Candidate vows to fund Eight Mile fix
DESPITE having only visited the Southern Downs on a few occasions and running for a federal seat in Queensland's largest electorate, Katter Party member Rowell Walton has his head around our region's biggest issues.
He is pretty confident he can fix them.
"The electorate of Maranoa covers 47% of Queensland," he said.
"The Southern Downs is a rural part of this electorate.
"We have already set in place the introduction of the farm finance package.
"My hope is, if I am successful, that by the end of my term I will have farmers and small businesses whinging to me about the amount of tax they are paying - because at least then I will know that they are making profits."
Mr Walton said he planned to help the region's dairy and fruit farmers deal with problems arising from cheap imported products.
But the needs of the region's farmers are not all Mr Walton is keen to deal with.
He said if he was elected he would be able to secure the funding for the Eight Mile intersection.
"It comes down to the balance of power, but if we get the chance we will be able to secure funding for a large number of infrastructure changes and developments including upgrading the Eight Mile," he said.
The Condamine grain and cattle farmer is no stranger to politics and said he was aware running against Bruce Scott was not an easy task.
"If people want the issues resolved then they need a new, more energetic member," he said.
"If I am elected I will have more offices and ensure that I am more contactable."
Mr Walton also knew a fair bit about the region.
Mr Walton was able to name Peter Blundell as the mayor, knew that Warwick was well-known for the rodeo and was also able to name the new Australian Diamonds captain Laura Geitz as a famous sporting person from the region.
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