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Will you stand up for regional Queensland?

For the millions of Queenslanders who live next door, down the street and beyond – for every single one of us grappling with life, all the way from the city to the bush. 

Every person living in regional Queensland – farmers, teachers, doctors, nurses, small business owners, hairdressers, waiters – is after a fair go.

The regions can and should expect the same level of support from all political parties as those living in metro areas.

We’re all in this together, and the sooner every single one of us realises that the better off every single one of us will be.

We’d love you to stand up for regional Queensland.

Georgie Somerset

Cattle producer & AgForce Queensland general president.

Regional queensland

By the numbers

1 %
Increased electricity costs
1 %
More mental ill-health than cities
1 %
of farmer income is subsidised

What are the issues?

Electricity

Wholesale prices in the Australian National Electricity Market have climbed significantly, 130% in nine years. Queensland recorded their second highest electricity prices on record in 2019.

Infrastructure

The roads of outback Queensland are frequently narrow, unsealed or poorly maintained, prone to flooding or becoming muddy in the wet season, or clogged with bulldust.

Business closures

All industries of a community suffer when producers and agriculture businesses have to close, and the impact flows to metropolitan areas. No more quality produce from your local farmers' market.

Digital inclusion

QLD is well below the national average for digital access, ranking 5th out of Australia’s 8 states and territories. Digital connection in rural QLD is significantly more expensive than other parts of the state and country.

Drought

Our farmers are among the least subsidised in the world, with Aussie farmers only receiving 2% of their income through government agricultural support, this compares to 21% across the EU or 9% in the United States.

Community services

Outback QLD is experiencing a net migration rate of -10%. Ill mental health is 28.9% more common among farmers than other members of the community, but rural services are increasingly scarce.

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