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Take forced acquisitions off table: Coast Mayor's Shoalwater call

Rockhampton MP and Queensland Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne, Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig and Queensland Senator and One Nation Party Leader Pauline Hanson
Rockhampton MP and Queensland Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne, Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig and Queensland Senator and One Nation Party Leader Pauline Hanson Kerri-Anne Mesner

LIVINGSTONE'S Mayor Bill Ludwig he wanted to see a middle ground found that all parties benefited from when it came to the defence expansion.

"Effectively if they took out the amount of productive land (they are talking about), on face value, there would be a significant decrease down the supply chain but you have got to balance one against the other,” Cr Ludwig said.

"I cant find anyone in our communiy that is supporting the compulsory acquisitions and that is what is sticking in people's throats.”

He stands by the idea a reference group needs to be formed to come to any sort of agreeable conclusion when it comes to Shoalwater.

He says a steering committee should be set up to help guide the process of investing Singapore money at Shoalwater Bay to ensure all stakeholders have a win-win outcome.

"Number one they need to do first is to take forced acquisitions off the table,” Cr Ludwig said.


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