Maranoa representative David Littleproud wants greater penalties for people who trespass on farms.
Maranoa representative David Littleproud wants greater penalties for people who trespass on farms. Chris Ison

Farmers to win big after LNP election victory

THE election is over and it's time to get back to work for Maranoa, according to Liberal National Party MP David Littleproud.

Farmers are first on the agenda for the LNP.

"The Prime Minister is keen to get straight into farmer protection,” Mr Littleproud said.

"We have new legislation ready to go after organisations that provide information to people who trespass on farmers' land.”

The proposed legislation would see penalties increased to over $2million and 12 months in jail for trespassers proven to use illegally provided information.

The bill is just the first step for Mr Littleproud, who said he was determined to get voters the outcomes they wanted.

"We've got to get them through this drought,” he said.

"We will continue to work to get the Drought Future Fund through the Senate.”

The fund offers $100million a year to support farming families and communities during extended dry spells.

It also proposes funding to "future-proof” drought-prone areas with water infrastructure and drought resilience projects.

Mr Littleproud said he hoped the measures, alongside "two average seasons under our belt” would enable the region to recover.

In the meantime, he said he would continue to fight for Maranoa in Canberra.

"I'm proud to get that opportunity,” he said.

The region demonstrated a strong preference for Mr Littleproud with a 6per cent swing towards him that increased his primary vote from 49.2 per cent in 2016 to 54.6 per cent in this election - an outright win with no need to go to preferences.

The Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources said he was relieved the campaign ended in his favour.

"I'm obviously humbled by the swing,” he said.

"But I know I can't take it for granted.



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