We’ve turned the sod to mark the commencement of work on the Sandy Gully Bridge upgrade north of Bowen today, and this $57 million project will improve safety and flood immunity on this 3.7 kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway.
The project will create in excess of 100 jobs, and I was happy to see this work was awarded to a Mackay-based business, Vassallo Constructions.
This section of the Bruce Highway floods regularly in bad weather and closures can seriously impact on drivers in the region.
TODAY’S announcement by Treasurer Scott Morrison that a backpacker tax of 19 cents in the dollar will be introduced next year, rather than a proposed 32.5 cents, is a win for our regional economy.
Those in the horticultural, agricultural and tourism sectors in this region had legitimate concerns about the effects of a backpacker tax and I was happy to champion their cause and seek a fairer deal to ensure that the backpacker workforce was not decimated.
14 SEPTEMBER 2016: Congratulations to local academics and professional staff from CQ University and James Cook University on being recommended for citations for their outstanding contributions to student learning.
8 SEPTEMBER 2016: R U OK? Sometimes it’s the simplest words that are the hardest to say, but today we are being encouraged to start a conversation with someone if we notice they are struggling to cope. Today is R U OK? Day, a day to take the first step, check in and reconnect with those around us – after all, we are stronger together.
7 SEPTEMBER 2016: The first report from the Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land was released by the Liberal National Government today. I have long been an advocate for the register and this report provides the basic transparency needed to ensure oversight and confidence in agricultural investment.
1 SEPTEMBER 2016: North Queensland students from CQ University and James Cook University will have the opportunity to put their studies into context through Liberal National Government study grants of more than $1 million.
AUGUST 24, 2016: The Commonwealth Government has today committed an additional $3 million investment to extend and enhance the work of the Queensland National Anti-Gang Squad (NAGS) Strike Team, and that’s… read more →
AUGUST 23, 2016: Mackay Regional Council has just received $678,000 to assist with local road construction and maintenance under the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Programme. Councils use Roads to Recovery… read more →
July 20, 2016: My view on the government’s latest superannuation policies is that they must change because they attack the hard workers who do the right thing. I made these views clear at the… read more →
JULY 19, 2016: There has been a public and politically correct furore over TV identity Sonia Kruger’s statements on further Islamic immigration, but she has every right to express her views. In April, I… read more →
A small business incubator, a school and a long day care centre were all given a boost today with the announcement by Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen that almost $55,000 in Stronger Communities Programme grants had been approved.
I joined Split Spaces general manager Jarryd Townson to congratulate him on his successful application.
Jarryd is creating a business incubator here in Mackay called Split Spaces which will provide support services and collaboration for start-ups and small businesses, and I was happy to recommend his project for funding of $19,800 under the Stronger Communities Programme.
This funding is just the beginning of the project for Mr Townson, but it will allow for the renovation and fit-out of a co-working space as well as provide some office equipment and kitchen facilities.
I joined the Minister for Northern Australia Matt Canavan at today’s launch of an Occupational Health and Safety Research Centre focusing on work-related health issues.
The Centre aims to reduce the incidence of death, illness and injury, including black lung disease.
The Occupational Health and Safety Research Centre will provide cutting edge research and innovation capacity which will focus on illnesses, injuries and deaths in key regional industries, like the resources and agriculture industry.
Mackay, as a coal mining centre, and as a hub for the mining services industry, is the right location for such an endeavour.
I’ve made the pledge today that a re-elected Coalition Government will provide $150,000 to Aqua Fun Park Mackay – which is a tourism attraction which also provides jobs for young people.
The enterprising operation, which will be auspiced under the Not For Profit Trinity Youth and Community Services group, will now be able to purchase their own inflatable fun park equipment so they can keep operating.
Operators Amanda Pelagalli and Kirk Langford approached me some months back because they were having trouble keeping their great tourism venture afloat, literally.
A small club which undertakes the big job of patrolling one of our region’s favourite beaches, Eimeo, was on the receiving end of some financial ‘first aid’ today with the announcement that a re-elected Liberal National Government will commit $100,000 for an to their facility.
Everyone understands that our life saving clubs provide a vital service, and I salute their huge volunteer effort of training up young people who make sure our beaches are safe places to be.
I MET with representatives of the marine tourism industry in Airlie Beach this morning to announce that a re-elected Liberal National Government will invest $300,000 towards a walking track at Whitehaven beach.
The construction of a hardened circuit walking track and a lookout deck at the southern end of the famous Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays would help to address issues of overcrowding at the popular tourist destination.