MP David Gibson says the Campbell Newman government will be an important ally for farmers.
MP David Gibson says the Campbell Newman government will be an important ally for farmers. Renee Pilcher

Time runs out on promises

A DAIRY industry in potentially terminal crisis is one significant pressure on the new Campbell Newman government.

Industry leader John Cochrane yesterday warned Gympie MP David Gibson of looming collapse as a result of the supermarket price war, which he said was potentially more disastrous than deregulation.

Time is tight in other ways for the government, with only three days to go for the introduction of all its "first 100-day" promises, including restoration of government services for farmers.

Mr Gibson says the region is already better off.

Mr Gibson said the 100-Day Action Plan was "a transparent approach to show Queenslanders exactly how the LNP would turn the state around from 20 years of Labor neglect.

"Tuesday will mark 100 days since the LNP was elected by Queenslanders with a mandate to get Queensland back on track and that is exactly what we are doing," he said.

Specifically, he said Gympie homebuyers would soon be able to save up to $7000 when they buy a family home, "after our government demolished Labor's extra stamp duty slug.

"Family budgets will also benefit from the freeze on family car rego," he said.

He listed some of the other pledges met in the first 100 days as "appointing the Bruce Hwy Crisis Management Group, restoring local health boards to run their own services in the region, establishing DestinationQ as part of Queensland's tourism strategy, starting to move about 50 police from behind office desks to frontline policing and starting the process of reducing real estate red tape.

"We have no plans to slow down," Mr Gibson said.

"Queenslanders expect us to deliver and are holding us to account. Locally, the restoration of a government department dedicated to agriculture will benefit farmers. We know that the dairy industry has been doing it tough lately and having a dedicated department to assist in these difficult times will go a long way to helping the industry."

Mr Gibson said Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne's presence on the highway group would give the region a direct say in fixing "one of the most dangerous sections of highway in Australia". He signalled more cuts "to ease the cost of living".

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