New footy park for Emu Park

Work started on the new Hartley Street Sport and Recreation Reserve today. The project will deliver two new rugby league fields, car parking, and a new multi-purpose centre. The Coalition Government invested $1.5 million to make this project a reality. The community of Emu Park celebrated turning the first sod today on the much awaited $4.45 million Hartley Street Sport and Recreation Reserve upgrade. Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project, which will deliver two new rugby league fields, formed part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to investing in regional Australia. “This is one of many commitments from the 2016 Federal Election that the Coalition Government i

New funding for drug and alcohol support

New counselling and support services will soon be available for people in Central Queensland affected by the misuse of alcohol and drugs – including ice. Members for Capricornia and Flynn, Michelle Landry and Ken O’Dowd today welcomed the announcement that the local Primary Health Network (PHN) has commissioned Drug ARM Australasia and Lives Lived Well to deliver drug and alcohol services with a $631,000 funding boost under the Australian Government’s National Ice Action Strategy. “Drug and alcohol abuse takes a great toll on families and communities in Central Queensland and we’re pleased to be able to announce today that this $6.8 million programme will make a real difference in the battle

First stage of new footpath up Mt Archer near Rockhampton opens

First section of the Mt Archer walking track now open to public The path provides a safer way to experience Mt Archer’s bushland and views The Coalition Government invested $1.5 million in the project Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts around Rockhampton celebrated today with the opening of the first section of a dedicated walking path up the slopes of Mt Archer. Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the opening of Stage 1 for public use was a great day for locals and visitors to the city. “Pilbeam Drive was opened in May 1965 to provide vehicle access to the top of Mount Archer, around five kilometres from Rockhampton,” Minister Nash said. “Now, 52 years later, the first stage of a

Historic GONSKI 2.0 A Win For Capricornia Students

The Turnbull Joyce Government is guaranteeing a brighter future for children in Capricornia with historic education reforms that will deliver a fair, transparent and consistent school funding model approved early this morning. Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said that while every student in the region will see a funding increase between $112 to $653 in 2018 alone, the reforms are about much more than just money. “We want to guarantee a world class education for your children, to lift teaching standards and put Australian students back at the top of the class,” Ms Landry said. “While overall funding has increased over the last few decades, Australia’s performance in national an

On The Right PaTH – Local Businesses Hire 81 Young Australians

More than 5,000 young Australians now have jobs under the ‘Hire’ element of the Australian Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program. Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said Youth Jobs PaTH is providing a win for the local economy, with many local businesses already having taken advantage of the financial incentives available to hire more young people. “81 local young people who have been dependent on welfare in Capricornia have now gained employment through the Turnbull Government’s innovative PaTH program,” Ms Landry said. “This is a big win for those young people and a win for local businesses helping them grow.” “I encourage more business owners in Capricornia

Queensland Budget hole – where has the money for Capricornia gone?

Money allocated from the 2017-18 federal budget for infrastructure upgrades in Capricornia is missing from the Queensland budget. Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry says that given the imaginary job figures promoted earlier this week, it probably should not come as a surprise. “The Australian Government is giving Queensland $11.96 million in 2017-18 to upgrade the Capricorn Highway between Gracemere and Rockhampton, but only $5 million of that appears in the budget,” Ms Landry said. “The Turnbull-Joyce Coalition is also giving Queensland $6 million in 2017-18 as part of a $120 million deal to fund 80% of the Walkerston Bypass. Only $500,000 will be spent by the Palaszczuk Governm

Stop the politics, people just want answers on the levee

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has today revealed preliminary results of the South Rockhampton Flood Levee Survey, with the responses revealing a divided community who just wants answers. “We have received data on the first 405 survey results and it shows that support for the levee would be high if Council would answer the concerns people have over land acquisition and what will be done for dispersed water into previously flood-free properties,” Ms Landry said. “We want to continue being open and transparent with the results and the information gathered in the hope that Council and the State Government will address these concerns, and let everyone move forward with planning.

Cherwell Creek Bridge replacement on track

Works on the Cherwell Creek Bridge upgrade are full steam ahead after Tropical Cyclone Debbie’s setback $6 million upgrade will raise the bridge deck, widen the bridge and upgrade road approaches, allowing the speed limit to be raised Roadwork activity has hit overdrive for one of this year’s biggest road projects for Isaac Regional Council, after some delays due to Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government is contributing up to $2.75 million toward the replacement of the Cherwell Creek Bridge. “We are seeing major headway as final concrete pours are conducted. Most importantly for the community the new two-lane c

Mayor’s dirty deal with Doblo will put the region back 40 years

Federal Member for Capricornia is appalled by the Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor’s call to investigate the Fitzroy Gap Dam, when Rookwood Weir can deliver jobs within months. “I have seen some pretty erratic behaviour from the Mayor, but this one takes the cake and will take us back 40 years,” Ms Landry said. “It seems that she has made a pretty dirty deal with Dominic Doblo, running him as a mayoral candidate to split the vote, in exchange for withdrawing her support for Rookwood in favour of the Fitzroy Gap Dam. “There is simply no other explanation for why she would rescind her support, make promises to another Mayoral candidate immediately after the election, or go against the decisi

Tax Cuts Back Capricornia's Small Businesses

THE lowest small business tax rate since the Second World War means local small businesses can reinvest to grow and create more jobs, Capricornia MP Michelle Landry says. “Small business is the backbone of our community but is a sector that feels the brunt of downturns in other sectors like mining and tourism,” Ms Landry said. Joined by Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack in Yeppoon today, Ms Landry said the Government is focused on making business easier for small business. “The Minister for Small Business has focused on making running a business just that little bit easier for small businesses in our region,” Ms Landry said. “The Government’s support for small business is all

Local Drug Action Team applications now open

The second round of applications are now open for local organisations to join the Turnbull Government’s Local Drug Action Team program. Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has called on groups throughout the region to join forces to deliver targeted local action to help tackle ice addiction. “We need to work together to fight the scourge of ice and other drugs which cause so much harm to individuals, families and our communities,” Ms Landry said. The program is an initiative under the Turnbull Government’s four year, $298 million investment to reduce the harms of ice, drugs and alcohol. Local Drug Action Teams is a community driven program, that supports local organisations to wor

Landry call to Adani pays dividends for Rockhampton

A late night call to Adani by Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry yesterday has delivered an $82 Million contract for Rockhampton. “I spoke to Adani last night, asking the company to bring forward announcements on contracts for the North Galilee Basin Rail Line in light of Aurizon job losses. Adani heard our concerns and today I am pleased that after 18 months of lobbying Adani to commit to local jobs, today they have delivered,” Ms Landry said. "I have consistently advocated for the Carmichael Mine and the 388 km rail line that will deliver much needed jobs for Central Queensland," Ms Landry said. "Last night I put in a call to reiterate my support and reinforce Rockhampton's ab

Landry calls on Adani to bring forward Rail Line contract announcements

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has tonight held discussions with Adani, asking the company to bring forward announcements on contracts for the North Galilee Basin Rail Line in light of Aurizon job losses. "I have asked Adani CEO to provide certainty and hope to Central Queensland. "I have consistently advocated for the Carmichael Mine and the 388 km rail line that will deliver much needed jobs for Central Queensland," Ms Landry said. "Tonight I put in a call to reiterate my support and reinforce Rockhampton's ability to deliver goods and services. "In my first conversation with Adani over 18 months ago, I advocated on behalf of companies like Austrak in Parkhurst as a prime e

Flood Levee Survey to start next week

Survey will take place from 4pm-7pm Monday Thursday over the coming weeks 4 Questions will be asked and the results made public 3600 people need to be surveyed so getting the message out and encouraging people to answer the phone is appreciated Federal Member for Capricornia is making true on her promise to listen to the people of Rockhampton, with the flood levee phone survey starting at 4pm on Monday June 5. “The objective of the survey is very clear – I want to find out, in a transparent and unbiased way, what the people of Rockhampton want to pursue for flood mitigation,” Ms Landry said. “We have taken measures to ensure we cover a range of suburbs and demographics in the Rockhampton Reg

Capricornia cannot afford further delay on 1400 new construction jobs

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has urged all levels of government to get on with approvals for job creating projects after today’s announcement of 180 job losses in Rockhampton by Aurizon. “The news today is a devastating loss for Rockhampton and I sincerely hope that the families will be able to find new jobs locally over the next 18 months,” Ms Landry said. “As this announcement by Aurizon highlights, Capricornia cannot afford any further delays to vital job creating projects like Adani and Rookwood Weir. “Combined, these projects will create at least 1400 jobs during the construction phase alone, with approximately 5000 long term employment opportunities,” she said. Ms Lan

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