These statistics are a glaring example of the financial impact of drought.

When the region is in drought the fall in production is reflected in the figures.

There is no doubt in my mind that drought was the foremost contributor to these statistics.

It is there in front of us in black and white.

For 11 months of 2018-2019 the region had been in drought and had experienced drought leading into it.

Fourteen months of continuous drought will always have an impact on production which then has a flow on effect to the local economy.

The decline in construction in that period would have impacted our forestry and logging.

In 2018-2019 Queensland recorded four straight quarters of decline in construction work done which has continued into this year with a further three consecutive quarterly falls.

Compared to the peak under the LNP in 2013, trend quarterly construction work done has fallen by nearly a half (a fall of $8.2 billion).

It is important to note that the region recorded a cumulative growth of 8.7% in gross regional product for the previous three years.

Agriculture, fishing, and forestry is and will continue to be a significant industry sector in Gympie.

At 9.9% it was still one of the top three largest industries accounting for a third (32.6%) of value adding to our economy.

The natural amenity, our climate, proximity to transport corridors, trading ports and airports makes this area a desirable location for the sector delivering a broad range of products.

It is linked to manufacturing, food processing, and value adding.

I am encouraged that other sectors such as mining, and professional, scientific, and technical services have experienced growth.

Diversity in our economy will help the region to address our systemic problems of high unemployment levels, and low average weekly earnings.

Traditional industries have to withstand the normal ebbs and flow of outside forces, volatility in international markets, financial stresses, economic shocks, dollar fluctuations, and weather events.

They don’t need to have to contend with government generated shocks and regressive effects of bureaucratic overreach.