TIME FOR CHANGE: Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth, Queensland treasurer Curtis Pitt and Member for Mt Isa Robbie Katter jointly announced the establishment of a Rural Debt and Drought Task Force to help identify and recommend solutions to address issues faced by primary producers. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
TIME FOR CHANGE: Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth, Queensland treasurer Curtis Pitt and Member for Mt Isa Robbie Katter jointly announced the establishment of a Rural Debt and Drought Task Force to help identify and recommend solutions to address issues faced by primary producers. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Government announces Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce

A RURAL Debt and Drought Taskforce to help identify and recommend solutions to debt issues faced by Queensland's primary producers has been announced by the Palaszczuk Government.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt, Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter, and Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth made the announcement in Bundaberg on Monday.

Mr Pitt said the Palaszczuk Government realised there were many people on the land doing it tough, particularly through conditions exacerbated by the drought.

"The issue of land holders facing significant debt issues in terms of the way their agricultural enterprises are running is not a new issue," he said.

"What we're doing is going to be conducting a short, sharp taskforce which is going to be lead by the Member for Mt Isa Rob Katter to ensure that we get an understanding of all of the issues being face by people around our state."

With a 60 day reporting deadline, Mr Pitt said the taskforce would take previous work into consideration to get the most up to date data.

"The last time we saw a rural debt survey in Queensland was 2011, much has happened since then," he said.

"I know that there are people hurting. There is a real impact, a human impact to what's happening.

"The QRAA has been an entity that has been providing drought assistance on behalf of the Queensland Government for many years.

"Part of this taskforce...will look at how QRAA is operating, where it needs to be modernised and has more flexibility in terms of supporting land holders."



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