PAYING A VISIT: Cr Vic Pennisi met with Maranoa MP Bruce Scott, who visited Stanthorpe this week.
PAYING A VISIT: Cr Vic Pennisi met with Maranoa MP Bruce Scott, who visited Stanthorpe this week. Contributed

Proposed dam, market power on LNP agenda

MARANOA MP Bruce Scott has reassured Granite Belt residents Emu Swamp Dam is high on his priority list during a visit to Stanthorpe on Tuesday.

Mr Scott spoke with business owners, residents and local producers to gauge their concerns ahead of the September 7 election.

Following a meeting with Southern Downs councillor Vic Pennisi, Mr Scott said the Emu Swamp Dam proposal was still on his radar.

"It ranks highly because a lot of work has gone into the project, rather than it being just an idea, so that's one of the things that have made it a very strong contender for consideration," he said.

Mr Scott also met with a group of horticultural producers who expressed their concerns about the future for smaller growers.

"The primary discussion was about the market power of major supermarkets and how that's pushing down returns to producers," he said.

"If elected, we would be conducting a review of the market power of major supermarkets."

Mr Scott said he would also move to reduce red and green tape to ease costs for producers.

Representatives from the Palmer United Party and Katter's Australian Party also hit Stanthorpe streets this week.

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