Drought & Fire Forum Held In North Lakes


Federal Member for Petrie, Luke Howarth held a Community Drought and Fire Forum on Wednesday 15th January at The North Lakes Library (The Corso) in response to the ongoing environmental disaster.

He invited Federal Minister David Littleproud and state Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington, to speak with locals on the current situation and outline measures being taken by the Federal Government under the biggest federal response to a disaster since cyclone Tracey.

Luke Howarth Drought Fire Forum North Lakes Jan 2020

The forum was attended by more than one hundred locals, who also had the opportunity to ask questions of the MP’s.

There was a broad audience turnout from all corners of the electorate, with representation from various groups including ADF Veterans, Mango Hill Progress Association, Bald Hills Bushies, Redcliffe Environmental Forum, North Lakes Lions and students from The Lakes College and Dakabin State High School.

Mr Howarth thanked the local community for the offers of help his office had received in response to the ongoing bushfire crisis and made particular mention of the individuals and groups he was aware of who had rallied to raise donations. In a statement, Mr Howarth said he was very happy with the turnout and the level of engagement displayed during the forum.

“When I’m out and about in the electorate, locals will often ask me about the drought and bushfire situation, they want to know what the government is doing about it and how they can help.”

“It’s clear that a lot of locals are interested in finding out more about the Morrison Government’s response to these issues, so I made it a priority to speak to the Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management and organise for him to visit Petrie and speak to locals.”

Many of the questions during the Q&A centred around climate change and predictably, there were a range of polarised viewpoints. Some in the audience mocked the government at their perceived denial on the issue, others questioned whether the government is doing enough to address climate change and some wanted to make their point that climate change is not man made.

luke howarth Q&A drought forum session

Both Mr Howarth and Mr Littleproud responded well to questions on climate change, reiterating that the Morrison Government both believes that climate change is real, is taking real action and is driving investment in clean energy technologies, via a $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package, which will enable them to meet the Paris 2030 target.”

Deb Frecklington at North Lakes Drought Fire Forum
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington speaks with locals after the forum.

David Littleproud speaks at North Lakes January 2020
Speaker: David Littleproud, Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management.

Mr Howarth made mention of the Japan Kyoto Protocol 2020 targets, which despite many saying at the time the targets were established, back in the John Howard era, that these targets would never be met, the Kyoto targets have not only been met, but exceeded.

Minister Littleproud, also the MP for Maranoa, hails from the region and encouraged those who wish to contribute in some way to the communities impacted by drought and fire, to visit those communities and spend some money. Opposition Leader and Minister for Nanango, Deb Frecklington also encouraged locals to visit the South Burnett region, spend some money and show support for communities doing it tough.

06/02/2020 |

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