Originally published by ABC News on 9 April 2015 by Chrissy Arthur
A Queensland LNP MP has urged Prime Minister Tony Abbott to consider extra assistance to get more cashflow into drought-affected communities in the state’s central-west.
A public meeting held at Longreach on Wednesday heard concerns the prolonged drought is threatening the survival of some small towns, as cashflow for businesses dries up.
At the meeting the State Member for Gregory, Lachlan Millar, said he had written to Mr Abbott this week, inviting him to visit the region and urging him to consider some form of additional aid.
“We have to look at immediate economic stimulation of the local economy here, which means putting money back into the town directly,” he said.
“While it is all good getting goods and services donated up here, what happens there is that we miss out on people buying things locally.
“So we need cash injected into this town, whether it is a continuation of road funding where local road workers continue to be employed.”
Mr Millar said the drought is a natural disaster and he is hoping his federal counterparts consider some form of immediate aid.