Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky's Vital to Economy, Says Joyce

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky's Vital to Economy, Says Joyce

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ROCKHAMPTON is a vital cog in ensuring Australia's economy prospers, says outgoing Senator Barnaby Joyce.

Senator Joyce, who is standing for the seat of New England at the Federal election, joined LNP candidate for Capricornia Michelle Landry for a community forum at the CQ Leagues Club yesterday.

He fielded questions from local residents and said it was vital the federal government ensured Central Queensland continued to prosper.

"You've got to have a really proactive movement towards investment in these regional areas," Senator Joyce said.

"If you don't do that... the whole nation goes upside down. Places such as Rockhampton are crucial.

"They're crucial because the money that spins around the nation emanates from regional Australia."

Senator Joyce earmarked Rockhampton as a crucial industrial link to the Central Queensland coal fields and the region's cattle industry.

He said the proposed Rockhampton western bypass was a high priority for a Coalition government. …

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