Landry says strong region lies in infrastructure and ag

WITH Central Queensland's economy under pressure off the back of the state's mining downturn, Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said 2016 was the year to pick up the pieces.

The Federal Member for Capricornia said the key to supporting the region's community was to strengthen the infrastructure and agricultural sectors, with the Federal Government's Northern Australia plan playing a vital role in initial funding.

"The downturn in the mining sector has been a tough time but Central Queensland has so many resources that it would be a massive missed opportunity for Australia if we don't grab them," she said yesterday.

"In 2016 I want to see Central Queensland reach its potential by creating more jobs in agriculture, education, tourism and defence, while protecting established industries in mining and resources."

She said Central Queensland's agriculture sector was a major supporting influence on the local economy but it was dependent on water resources.

"With the downturn in the mining sector, I will continue to make my focus on agriculture and making the region a food bowl," she said.

"The Fitzroy Basin is the second biggest water catchment in Australia but we only have one major dam.

"New water infrastructure projects, like Eden Bann and Rookwood weirs, are essential to the future development of the greater Rockhampton area."

Ms Landry's 2016 projects

Water infrastructure in Central Queensland, including the Eden Bann and Rookwood Weirs

A convention centre for Rockhampton

Parking at Rockhampton Base Hospital

A tank battalion based near Shoalwater Bay

More passing lanes on the Bruce Highway between Rockhampton and Mackay