$300,000 GENERAL PRACTICE BOOST FOR SARINA

Patients in Sarina will soon feel the benefits of improved facilities at the AWAL Medical Centre after they were selected for a Federal Government grant. Member for Capricornia, Ms Michelle Landry today welcomed the announcement that the practice would receive $300,000 in grant funding to expand medical services and training. The practice is amongst 67 that were offered grants across the nation, with a total of $13.1 million under the Government’s Rural General Practice Grants program. “This grant will enable AWAL Medical Centre to expand and improve their facilities,” Ms Landry said. “Better facilities will allow more doctors, nurses and other health workers to get hands-on training in gene

Rockhampton Hospital Carpark gets the green light from federal government

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has welcomed news that the final contract for the Rockhampton Hospital Carpark was signed off today. “This news will be a huge relief for patients, hospital staff and residents around The Range and Wandal Heights who have endured a parking nightmare for years now,” Ms Landry said. “I promised at the 2016 election that we would put $7,000,000 on the table to get it started, and today this has been delivered.” Hospital carparks are usually the responsibility of the state government, but lack of action and ongoing frustration spurred Ms Landry to take matters into Liberal National hands. “We shamed the state government into action because we know w

Landry keen to see Council’s plans for airport expansion

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry says she is looking forward to seeing Council’s plans to create an international export hub at Rockhampton Airport. “It is great to see that Council is recognising the huge potential of agricultural exports and this is a testament to the growth that can be expected with the construction of Rookwood Weir,” Ms Landry said. “With a robust business case and sound economic management, Rockhampton Airport could be well positioned to transition into international operations, particularly given that it already acts as a temporary international airport when troops fly in for exercises. “It’s important to start somewhere and the vision is solid, but we ne

No projects in the Queensland Government pipeline for Capricornia

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has called on Bill Byrne, Jim Pearce and Brittany Lauga to come clean on the business case for Rookwood Weir. “We put $2 million on the table to fund the business case over 14 months ago and were promised that it was under development,” Ms Landry said. “In April this year Bill Byrne told us that the Request for Information was closing on May 12. Brittany Lauga told us the business case would be ready by the third quarter. “Yet in a report released last week, Rookwood Weir hasn’t made the list of 23 priority projects currently in the pipeline. “In fact it seems as if the business case hasn’t progressed at all, while the Cross River Rail and Europ

Funding the SRFL in its current state is irresponsible

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has backed her claim that funding the South Rockhampton Flood Levee in its current state is irresponsible, and goes against State Government legislation, until adequate consultation has taken place with landowners. “Approving funding for the levee prior to submission of a Development Application contradicts the Labor Government’s own legislation, implemented in 2011 to regulate the construction of levee banks,” Ms Landry said. “There is very clear legislation in place that requires code and impact assessment for Category 3 levees – including the need to consult with landholders and show that the levee does not result in an unacceptable impact on

Rockhampton gets ready for NDIS

More than 2,600 people with disability will soon be benefitting from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Rockhampton area. The Hon Jane Prentice, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, will today meet with providers in the region to hear their thoughts and experiences as they prepare for the arrival of the scheme. “I want to listen to providers and people with disability in Rockhampton and discuss ways we can all work together to ensure the successful roll-out of the NDIS”, Mrs Prentice said. “It’s expected by this time next year, most eligible people in Rockhampton will have joined the scheme.” The roundtable event has been organised by the Feder

NBN fixed wireless roll out continues in regional Queensland

Next-generation NBN fixed wireless tower expansion continues Some 12 new towers being switched on this month across regional Queensland Thousands of customers will be able to connect to high speed broadband through these 12 towers Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash has welcomed the activation of the towers that will give regional communities access to high-quality, reliable broadband which will make it easier for residents to connect, learn and do business. “This powerful service will provide fast and reliable broadband giving people the tools to grow and prosper in their local area,” Minister Nash said. “Fixed wireless has one of the highest rates of customer satisfaction on th

Canegrowers at the bottom of State Government pile

Despite calls to the Queensland Minister for State Development, Natural Resources and Mines to assist canegrowers at Oaky Creek, the Palaszczuk Government is refusing to move on vital programs that address river erosion, says Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry. “I visited Oaky Creek just after Cyclone Debbie and spoke at length to local canegrowers and the Canegrowers Association,” Ms. Landry said. “While urgent work is needed to fix the immediate erosion issue at Oaky Creek, the Canegrowers Association are also seeking ways to manage long term damage through the reintroduction of the River Improvement Trust, a successful program for instream works, repairing erosion, de-weeding

SEASONAL WORK INCENTIVE A FRUITFUL APPROACH FOR CAPRICORNIA JOB SEEKERS

The Turnbull Government’s Seasonal Work Incentives Trial offers a range of incentives for unemployed people to undertake seasonal horticultural work to help them gain experience and improve their skills. Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, said the trial will support those looking for work and businesses keen to give workers a start. “This is a win-win for local workers and growers in the horticultural industry as they often are in need of short-term labour during peak times. Horticultural work offers excellent practical opportunities for people keen to build their skills and gain work experience,” Ms Landry said. “I am excited by the opportunities this Trial presents for both t

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