WHIRLWIND TOUR: Matt Canavan met with councillor Cameron O'Neil (left) and Roma's business leaders outside the Big Rig on Tuesday.
WHIRLWIND TOUR: Matt Canavan met with councillor Cameron O'Neil (left) and Roma's business leaders outside the Big Rig on Tuesday. Alexia Austin

Maranoa council eyes federal funding

LNP SENATOR Matt Canavan's whirlwind tour of the west landed him in Roma on Tuesday, where he spoke members of the Maranoa Regional Council about 'key projects' in the area.

Councillor Cameron O'Neil greeted Senator Canavan on his arrival, guiding him through Roma's biggest tourist attractions and finishing up at the chamber of commerce.

"We are really excited to have Senator Matt Canavan here in Roma,” Cr O'Neil said.

"He's not new to Roma but its a while since he's been here - so we've had him looking at some of the key projects for this term of council.

"One of the biggest is what we want to do out at the saleyards, to value add to one of our most valuable assets.

"It was vital that we get all of our senators from Queensland out here to understand what this project means for us locally, and more broadly as well.

"And while he's here we have chewed his ear about the big rig and tourism across the region, and how we can get support from government to ensure that is growing.”

"It's good to be back here, Roma is the hub of the west, its had an interesting last decade of history with the gas industry coming to the area and it has a very bright future in my opinion,” Senator Canavan said.

"We have to get more projects to the region to replace what's been here with the gas industry.

"I think the saleyards is the premier asset for Roma, it's coming up to its 50th birthday though, and like all people who reach 50, it probably needs a nip and a tuck.

"The council has put in an application for some federal government funds and we are accessing those at the moment, but its the kind of project we fund through the building better regions program.

"I know more about it now, and I can talk on it, so I hope to lobby the powers that be to make sure some funding comes here to Roma.”


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