24 OCTOBER 2016: A vital road link between Mackay and the Galilee Basin will be upgraded under the Liberal National Government’s road funding program announced today. The Clermont to Alpha road has been talked about for years as the missing link in an all-weather transport route from the Galilee Basin to the service centre on the coast.
18 OCTOBER 2016: I put a call out this morning for North Queenslanders to help name a new bridge over Yellow Gin Creek on the Bruce Highway, south of Ayr. The yet to be named two-lane, 120m bridge opened to traffic in June, replacing an old crossing that regularly flooded and caused road closures.
16 OCTOBER 2016: Adani’s job advertisements in Saturday’s Daily Mercury are an early sign of a regional jobs floodgate about to open at the Carmichael Coal Project. Jobs advertised included… read more →
12 OCTOBER 2016: I have called on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to urgently investigate the stalemate between North Queensland cane farmers and Singaporean sugar miller Wilmar this morning.
12 OCTOBER 2016: The best form of welfare government can provide is to fund initiatives that help people to find and keep a job. The Liberal National Government’s focus on ensuring young Australians are job-ready has been strengthened with the launch of grant guidelines for the second round of the Empowering YOUth Initiatives.
It was a pleasure to represent the Prime Minister today at the opening of a new specialist care wing which will provide a million dollar boost to Townsville’s aged care facilities.
The Good Shepherd Home at Annandale was successful in gaining further funding under the second round of the National Stronger Regions programme last year, and today we celebrated the opening of a new wing for the facility which features 90 new rooms with private ensuites, a premium accommodation floor, a high care accommodation floor and an entire level dedicated to the care of dementia patients.
This project has been completed over two stages and features three levels, and it provides a premium care facility for Townsville’s aged community.
A PROJECT which will drive sports tourism in Mackay and draw cricket and AFL fans from far afield will now become a reality thanks to a significant boost of Federal Government funding.
I’m happy to announce that Harrup Park Country Club’s application for $497,026 in funding under the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) to upgrade the lighting at their Premier Oval has been successful.
This means that Harrup Park will be able to meet the standards required by Cricket Australia and the AFL to host premier sporting events during the popular evening timeslot which is televised.
This million dollar project ($997,026 in total) will stimulate the economy and create jobs both now and into the future.
I am pleased to announce that I have fulfilled an election commitment to the Burdekin Amateur Basketball Association made during the final days of the recent election campaign.
I spoke to Burdekin Amateur Basketball Club president Steve Plaza at the time, and gave an undertaking that I would do my utmost to secure the funding they were seeking to make their outdoor stadium a reality.
They now have more than $266,000 on the way.
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 →