10,000 Young Australians off Welfare and Into Work Under PaTH Program

Fast Facts: 10,000 job-seekers now in work thanks to Youth Bonus Wage subsidy of PaTH programme 116 in Capricornia The Turnbull Government has assisted 10,000 long-term unemployed young Australians get off welfare and into work through the Youth Bonus Wage subsidy component of the Youth Jobs PaTH program. Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, said the Youth Jobs PaTH program is delivering significant outcomes by getting young people off welfare, into work and ensuring they are positive contributors to the economy and their local community. “The Turnbull Government believes that the best form of welfare is a job,” Ms Landry said. “In just over nine months, 10,000 young people acros

$110 Million Lost Super in Capricornia

Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, is encouraging locals to check if they have any lost or unclaimed superannuation, with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) today announcing its latest figures. As at 30 June this year, there were over 6.3 million lost and ATO-held super accounts worth almost $18 billion. Ms Landry said that with 24,285 unclaimed accounts worth over $110 million in Capricornia, it is a great reminder for people to check. “There are many ways people can lose contact with their superannuation, including changing jobs, which may force them into a new superannuation fund, moving homes, or not updating their details with their superannuation fund,” Ms Landry said.

Funding announced for Wreck Point expansion and walking trail

Wreck Point will receive a funding boost of $320,000 for the creation of a walking track and viewing point to encourage more visitors to the area. The Turnbull Government is providing funding of $148,800 through the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program for the design and construction of a new walking track and viewing point below the current Wreck Point Lookout. Additional funding is being provided by Livingstone Shire Council. The new viewing point will have timber decking, picnic tables and seating, as well as a fixed viewing telescope to view the offshore islands. Local Federal Member, Michelle Landry MP, said this project aims to attract more visitors to experience the natural be

Celebrating Landcare champions in Central Queensland

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, and Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, today visited three local properties in Central Queensland to recognise farmers for their commitment to Landcare. Minister Hartsuyker said sugarcane farmer, Simon Mattsson, holistic farmer, Deb McLucas and grazier, Jane Bartolo, are local Landcare champions who are working hard to get better outcomes for the environment and their communities. “These Landcare projects are innovative examples of the benefits that protecting and improving the land can have on the condition of our soil and pasture land, and our local farm production and the environment. I am pleased to see first-hand La

Safety upgrades north of Rockhampton making Bruce Highway safer

FAST FACTS Three intersections upgraded north of Rockhampton at Atkinson Road, Raspberry Creek Road and Kooltandra Road Dedicated turning lanes and a heavy vehicle stopping place at Kooltandra delivered $5.2 million upgrade fully funded by the Australian Government A $5.2 million investment by the Australian Government in making the Bruce Highway safer north of Rockhampton has delivered upgraded intersections at Atkinson Road, Raspberry Creek Road and Kooltandra Road. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the works were funded under the $106.4 million Bruce Highway – Curra to Sarina – Black Spots package, and praised Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Lan

Bridge replacement completed south of Moranbah

A new $6 million bridge over Cherwell Creek, south of Moranbah, is now complete, improving flood immunity, productivity and driver safety. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said construction of the new bridge had been funded under the Australian Government’s popular Bridges Renewal Programme, along with funding from Isaac Regional Council and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA). “Our Bridges Renewal Programme is helping to build better, safer bridges around the nation. Round Three projects have just been announced, continuing our agenda of upgrading and repairing bridges to improve access for local communities and facilitate higher productivity vehicle acces

Central Queensland’s Saraji Road set for $2.9 million upgrade

FAST FACTS - Upgrade to improve safety and quality of key route for businesses and residents - Works will include six sections of pavement rehabilitation totalling up to 8km - $2.9m project funded by Australian and Queensland governments and Isaac Council Nearly $3 million is being invested to ensure a key corridor between Dysart and Moranbah is upgraded to better connect communities and businesses in the region. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said works to fix the road pavement along six sections of Saraji Road, totalling up to eight kilometres, would start rolling out this month. “This is just one example of the Australian Government’s commitment to improv

Call out to the creative to apply for festival funding

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for the Arts and Michelle Landry, Member for Capricornia invite regional artists, arts workers and organisations in Capricornia to apply for Festivals Australia funding. Approximately $1.2 million is available each financial year for arts and cultural projects that celebrate local artistic talent and increase audience engagement. “This program funds festivals, parades and community celebrations in regional and remote areas. I encourage organisations with the capacity to deliver events to apply for funding,” said Ms Landry. “Our region is filled with an immense pool of creative talent and a growing event and festival culture. “This is a terrific opportu

Rockhampton shelter gains solar power system

The Rockhampton region today welcomed the installation of a new solar power system following a $50,000 upgrade at the Rockhampton Women’s Shelter. Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Coalition Government was investing in infrastructure that will deliver long term improvements for regional Australia. “The Rockhampton Women’s Shelter provides a safe and secure place for women and families who need to rebuild their lives away from violence,” Minister Nash said. “I aim to build the kinds of communities where our children and grandchildren feel safe and are protected, and supporting community crisis centres does just that.” Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry, who joi

Riverbank redevelopment set to show off massive change in coming months

Over coming months, Rockhampton's riverbank redevelopment will rapidly transition into a world class riverfront precinct as the countdown begins for it's opening in early 2018. Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said much of the work completed to date has involved extensive excavation works to prepare the new foundation spanning the low bank from Denham to William Streets. “The redevelopment of the low bank will be the most significant, exciting and fascinating project completed in our CBD in decades, with Quay Street only a teaser for what is yet to come in this once in a generation project,” Mayor Strelow said. “To date, much of the construction on the low bank has involved detailed

Landry supports strengthened No Jab, No Pay requirements

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry is backing legislation to encourage even more parents to meet immunisation requirements for their children. Under legislation being introduced today, parents’ fortnightly Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will be reduced by about $28 per fortnight for each child who does not meet the immunisation requirements. From 1 July 2018, this will replace the current system under which end-of-year supplements are withheld for children whose immunisation is not up to date. The Member for Capricornia sad “I was a member of Rotoract for 8 years and know how hard they fought to eradicate Polio.” “I do not want to see my electorate return to a situation where

Livingstone receives vital bridge renewal

Livingstone Shire Council will receive a vital bridge replacement following the announcement of successful projects under round three of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program. The Federal Government will contribute 50% of the construction costs towards the $ 850,300 Daly Creek Bridge Replacement in Bungundarra, north of Yeppoon. Federal Member for Capricornia said that the bridge upgrades were part of ongoing improvements to increase connectivity in the region and were developed in partnership with the community. “This brings the total federal contribution towards bridges in Capricornia to over $70 Million in the last 12 months,” she said. “Under the program, vital upgrades are im

New measures to support local Media & Publishing Organisations

The Turnbull Government today announced a number of new measures that will assist regional and small publishers remain competitive, while creating local jobs. The new measures, which are in addition to the Government’s media reform package, and subject to its passage, include: A $50 million Regional and Small Publishers Innovation fund; a Regional and Small Publishers cadetship program to support 200 cadetships ($8 million) and; 60 regional journalism scholarships ($2.4 million over three years) The fund could allocate grants to programs and initiatives such as the purchasing or upgrading of equipment and software, training, development of apps and business activities to drive revenue and re

Turnbull Government Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability for Capricornia

The hard-working Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, has praised the introduction of leglislation into parliament that will directly help first home buyers and put downwards pressure on housing affordability for all Australians. The First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSSS), announced in this year’s Budget, will give first home savers the ability to accelerate their savings by at least 30 per cent. Ms Landry explained that “First home buyers will be able to save for a house deposit within their superannuation by making voluntary contributions of up to $15,000 per year and $30,000 in total into their superannuation account. “These contributions, which attract a lower rate of tax (15%), along

Landry congratulates CQUniversity on 25th anniversary milestone

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has today congratulated CQUniversity on celebrating 25 years since attaining university status. The hard-working MP said the university has played an important role in regional education and the local economy since the days it was originally founded as a technical institution. “Congratulations to the CQUniversity in Rockhampton for marking 25 years since attaining university status. This is an important milestone for the campus and regional education,” Ms Landry said. “I always try to attend the graduations at CQU when I am available – to acknowledge the commitment of students studying hard for our nation’s future, and to recognise the commitmen

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