Agripolitics in the pub in Townsville this Thursday

AgForce President Grant Maudsley said governments needed to adopt the right policy settings to drive the industry forward.
AgForce President Grant Maudsley said governments needed to adopt the right policy settings to drive the industry forward.

Agriculture is the topic of a 'Politics in the Pub' forum in Townsville on Thursday with candidates from Traeger and other northern seats invited. 

AgForce President Grant Maudsley said the forum was a chance for parties to outline their plans to drive the industry forward. "Demand for our high quality food and fibre is growing but for Queensland agriculture to achieve full potential, we need governments to adopt the right policy settings so farmers can get on with feeding our state and consumers across the world," he said.

"Regional Queensland is in the spotlight perhaps more than ever before in this State Election and North Queensland voters in particular will have a huge role in shaping our next State Government.

"The first week of the official campaign period has seen Labor announce its vegetation management policy and carbon fund while the LNP has outlined a regional water infrastructure plan, and we expect there will be more announcements in the next two weeks relevant to agriculture.”

The free forum AgForce is hosting in Townsville is aimed at the wider region with invitations extended to all the candidates and voters from the electorates of Townsville, Mundingburra, Thuringowa, Burdekin, Hinchinbrook and Traeger.

Each of the political parties - Labor, LNP, One Nation, the Katter Party and the Greens - will have an opportunity to nominate a representative to make an opening statement of up to five minutes each, with the forum to then be open to questions.

"It promises to be an interesting and informative event and I encourage anyone with an interest in agriculture to come along and hear what the political aspirants have to say,” Mr Maudsley said.

The 'Politics in the Pub' forum will be held at the Commonwealth Hotel, 46 Allen Street, South Townsville from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Thursday November 16, with former ABC Rural journalist Pete Lewis to MC the event.