10 May 2023

Katter slams state's purchase of Bramwell Station

| Cape York Weekly
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KATTER’S Australian Party leader Robbie Katter says he is concerned that the state’s bid to buy Bramwell Station is leading to an inevitable locking up of Cape York.

Earlier this month, the Department of Environment and Science emerged as the buyer of Bramwell Station.

“We don’t have the cash to be spending money on pointless environmental exercises, that will arguably deliver poorer outcomes than if the land were to remain in private hands,” the Mount Isa-based MP said.

“Why is the government using taxpayer money to buy up cattle stations when there are far more pressing issues that require this money?

“Our regional road network is in ruin and people can’t even get dialysis without driving less than four or five hours.

“These stations have a purpose, one that supports local economies and a large number of in-direct jobs in transport and processing, the land should be kept in the hands of graziers to preserve a key industry that supports Queensland families and rural communities.”

DES bought the 131,900 hectare property soon after it was passed in for $11.3 million on an online auction.

The actual sale price has not been disclosed but is understood to be about $11.5m.

Positioned as the last stop before the start of the famous Old Telegraph Track, Bramwell was run by Wendy Kozicka and Vince Bowyer, who have owned the property for 20 years.

Kennedy MP Bob Katter said: “The state government policy was to lock up Cape York and turn it into a big zoo, treating the locals like monkeys.

“Anyone who thought it was a good idea was badly deceived.

“How will locking it up and turning it into ‘wilderness’ be good for you?

“They are destroying the region’s economic base and making the people who live up there be performing monkeys for southern tourists.”

Robbie Katter, said: “When properties and other cattle stations of similar nature are privately owned, they pay taxes, rates and create revenue for the government on top of local employment.

“Turning it into a conservationist oasis removes any real productivity and greatly reduces employment opportunities.

“Graziers abide by strict guidelines that require them to maintain a well performing operation, including maintaining natural flora and fauna.

“The government is sacrificing our right to prosperity and our opportunities to prosper so they can feel warm and cosy about the environment.

“I would like to hear the Minister say that all the land that has been acquired by the government, over the last two decades, is in better shape than it was prior to its purchase.”

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