Local business prioritised under new Defence program

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has welcomed the announcement that local industry will have more opportunities to participate in major Defence infrastructure projects as part of a pilot program announced today. The Local Industry Capability Plan pilot will ensure that Capricornia businesses have the best possible opportunity to be involved in the Turnbull Government’s unprecedented investment in Defence capability over the next decade, including upgrades to Shoalwater Bay. The framework will be piloted by three projects that will go to market in the next few months and will include the $135 Million Shoalwater Bay Training Area Redevelopment, a substantial infrastructure upgrad

Drug and alcohol services boosted to tackle ice in Central QLD

Expanded alcohol and drug counselling services are now available for Central Queensland individuals and families affected by the problematic use of alcohol and other drugs, including methamphetamine (ice). Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the additional $224,000 federal government funding is a vital boost to after-hours and crisis care support services for people across Capricornia. “The work of these service providers will greatly enhance the capacity to provide assistance in the local area.” said Ms Landry. Drug and alcohol abuse takes a great toll on families and communities in Central Queensland and we’re pleased to support programmes like this that make a real differ

Landry wins fight for additional $37.6 million Cyclone Assistance

After months of urging the Palaszczuk Government to prioritise environmental damage assessments, Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has welcomed confirmation that the Commonwealth Government will cost-share an additional $37.6 million in exceptional disaster funding. “The funding includes approval of an additional $20 million Environmental Recovery Package, on top of the $15 million already granted to clean-up beaches, recreational parks, rivers and waterways following Cyclone Debbie,” Ms Landry said. “I have publicly and privately expressed to the Palaszczuk Government the urgent need to focus on environmental recovery before the start of the wet season, and am glad that they ha

Landry Urges Capricornia to Take Next Step Towards Decentralisation

Key Facts: A Parliamentary committee is asking for input on regional development and decentralisation Submissions can be made via www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Regional_Development_and_Decentralisation Submissions close 15 September The Parliamentary committee has been asked to finalise an interim report by end 2017 with its final report not later than February next year Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry is urging private and public entities to makes submissions to the Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation by September 15. “The Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation has now released an issues paper and I urge local

Landry tells Lauga: We need to attract investors, not attack them

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry says that while other business and community leaders are working together to grow job opportunities in Central Queensland, the current Member for Keppel seems committed on destroying them. “Ms Lauga is creating a smear campaign against developers, to mask her own failure to support resort and agricultural development,” Ms Landry said. “This sends a very negative message to potential investors and puts future development, on GKI or elsewhere, at terrible risk. “I have never seen a Member so determined to destroy employment opportunities in their own electorate. “It’s very easy to point fingers at Tower Holdings, but when you look at the environme

City streets safer with blackspot funding announcement

2 dangerous Rockhampton Black Spots being upgraded On average, black spot projects reduce fatalities and injuries on the roads by 30% Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry have announced funding for two identified black spots in Rockhampton. “The Coalition Government is getting on with building safer roads and these ‘black spot’ roads will be substantially improved over the next 12 months,” Mr Chester said. “I’m passionate about reducing road trauma, and on average completed Black Spot road projects reduce fatalities and injuries by 30 per cent.” Ms Landry said this critical investment in black spot projects will d

Palaszczuk Government protectionist plans are fundamentally flawed

In a speech to parliament today, Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has labelled the Palaszczuk Government’s move to back out of Free Trade Agreements as “fundamentally flawed”. “By its very definition, ‘trade’ is an exchange of goods and commodities, not a one way street,” Ms Landry said. “We all wish to see Queensland business grow and prosper, but jeopardising export industries is not the way to go about it,” she said. “I welcome long overdue moves to make doing business with the Queensland government easier, but draw the line when this risks Central Queensland exports." “It will turn Queensland into a protectionist laughing stock and undermine Australia’s credibility as a tra

Landry vows to respect wishes of Capricornia’s majority on Same Sex Marriage

Despite the Senate failing to give all Australians a voice on Same Sex Marriage, Federal Member for Capricornia says she will continue to respect the wishes of Capricornia in any future plebiscite or vote. “At the last election we promised to give every Australian a say on the issue of same sex marriage,” Ms Landry said. “There are some issues that are so special and personal, that I believe are best decided by all Australian people. “Marriage is the most intimate relationship between two human beings and the views of every man and woman in Australia on this topic are of equal, if not more, importance than the views of the 226 senators and representatives in parliament. “For six years while

Community Groups invited to submit EOI for Stronger Communities Program funding

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has invited local community groups and organisations in Capricornia to submit an expression of interest for funding from Round 3 of the Stronger Communities Program. “When running a community program every bit helps and these grants are a great way to access funds to upgrade facilities,” Ms Landry said. “The electorate of Capricornia will receive a total of $150,000, giving our community groups and organisations a much needed boost.” Through the program, the Federal Government provides grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to eligible not-for-profit organisations for small capital projects. All applications need to commit to at least matching the

US Marine Corps tragedy

I am terribly saddened by the incident involving a United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey helicopter off the coast of Shoalwater Bay yesterday that has led to the loss of three lives. This is devastating news for the family and friends of the victims. My thoughts and prayers are with them, and with the service men and women who will no doubt be shattered by this terrible event. The loss of any Australian or allied troops is always difficult given their commitment to protecting our lives and values. For the people of Central Queensland it is particularly sorrowful given our close association with the visiting troops. Local people have welcomed the troops into our community over the last few

Airport upgrade to protect and grow economy with Coalition's Building Better Regions Fund announ

The Rockhampton Airport Pavement Upgrade will become reality, securing $5 million from the Building Better Regions Fund Upgrade will be a boost for local tourism and other key local industries Building Better Regions Fund provides much needed funding to help grow regional communities and economies The Rockhampton Airport will receive a vital upgrade following news the Airport Pavement Upgrade has won funding through the Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, MP for Capricornia Michelle Landry announced today. Ms Landry said the airport pavement upgrade would receive $5 million through the Coalition's Building Better Regions Fund, making future military and public use expansion

Landry calls on State Government to prioritise Sarina Range

The condition of the Koumala Range Road is a tragedy waiting to happen according to Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry. “After travelling the road over the weekend and meeting with concerned residents, I have written to the Deputy Premier requesting urgent action before the wet season begins,” Ms Landry said. “Apart from the inconvenience and stress the additional travel time is creating, use of the road is beyond its structural capacity and is putting lives at risk. “I have written to request an urgent reassessment of works on the Koumala Range, including installation of guard rails on dangerous bends, reducing the speed limit to 80km per hour on unsealed sections, retaining or

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