• Upgrade for Mackay to Galilee road link

    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.
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  • Name needed for Yellow Gin Creek bridge

    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.
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  • Adani jobs starting to flow

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    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 →
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  • ACCC must investigate Wilmar stalemate

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    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.
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  • Best welfare is helping to secure and hold a job

    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.
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  • Labor sweeps QLD dam projects under the carpet

    11 OCTOBER 2016: Urannah Dam and a host of other water projects in North Queensland have been swept under the carpet by the Queensland Labor government, putting thousands of job opportunities on hold.
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  • Week highlights suicide prevention

    10 OCTOBER 2016: Mental Health week, which starts today, is an opportunity to highlight the important suicide prevention work undertaken by individuals and organisations in North Queensland.
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  • Million dollar boost to aged care facility

    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.
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  • Flicking the switch on cricket lights funding

    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.
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  • $266,000 in the hoop for Burdekin basketball

    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.
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  • Work kicks off at Sandy Gully

    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.
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  • Decision on backpacker tax a win for 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.
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  • University teacher excellence celebrated

    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.
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  • Three little words can save a life

    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.
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  • Register shows who owns our land

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    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.
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  • Prices to drop on 2000 medicine brands

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    5 SEPTEMBER 2016: More than 2000 medicine brands treating common conditions will drop in price for North Queenslanders from next month – some by as much as 50 per cent or more.
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  • Proudly fly the Aussie flag

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    2 SEPTEMBER 2016: I am encouraging all North Queenslanders to proudly fly the flag to celebrate National Flag Day tomorrow (Saturday 3 September).
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  • Whitsundays cashing in on tourism numbers

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    1 SEPTEMBER 2016: A healthy boost in visitor numbers is great but a massive jump in the amount the spend while visiting the Whitsundays is tremendous news for jobs and… read more →
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  • Study grants take students to Indo-Pacific

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    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.
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  • Action trumps review on banks

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    31 AUGUST 2016: I chose action to pull the big banks into line today rather than another inquiry because actions speak louder than words and wasted time.
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  • Court decision on Adani a win for businesses and job seekers

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    AUGUST 29, 2017: The Federal Court win for the Australian Government and Adani today means jobs will flow to places like Mackay, Bowen and Townsville in 2017. The Australian Conservation… read more →
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  • More funding to tackle organised crime

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    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 →
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  • Mackay roads boost of more than $670,000

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    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 →
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  • Burdekin community to benefit from grant

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    AUGUST 19, 2016: THE Home Hill Boat Club will now be able to complete a project they’ve been planning for years to beautify the Groper Creek Park, thanks to a successful… read more →
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  • Community grant to benefit Burdekin

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    AUGUST 19, 2016: THE Home Hill Boat Club will now be able to complete a project they’ve been planning for years to beautify the Groper Creek Park, thanks to a successful… read more →
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  • Work on Mackay Ring Road imminent

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    AUGUST 17, 2016: I WELCOME the news that initial work is about to begin on the $565 million Mackay Ring Road Stage 1, ahead of major construction next year. This is… read more →
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  • Townsville decision right move for Defence personnel

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    AUGUST 15, 2016: The Australians who have served in our armed forces have given their all in service to their country, and they deserve more assistance with the particular pressures… read more →
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  • Work starts on Bruce Highway overtaking lanes

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    AUGUST 15, 2016: Work is underway on two overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway between Proserpine and Bowen to boost safety for all road users on this key transport route.… read more →
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  • Facts on Census

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    AUGUST 9, 2016: REPORTS concerning fines of up to $180 per day for not completing the Census tonight are causing many people in the electorate undue concern. The facts are… read more →
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  • No case to answer on bogus bribery claim

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    3 AUGUST, 2016: I WELCOME the conclusion today of an assessment by the Australian Federal Police into allegations of bribery in relation to my pledge to donate to Eco Barge’s… read more →
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