Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry says the expansion of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area will have immediate positive effects to the region and inflammatory comments made by Senator Pauline Hanson today hold little truth to the reality of the project. “Defence training activities inject funds directly into local economies, benefiting a wide range of businesses. “In 2017, major exercises such as an Exercise Talisman Sabre injected in the order of $5 million into the local economy. “For the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI), the current projections of the yearly annual expenditure in local communities in Queensland by Singapore Armed Forces would be in th


Adani Mining today announced it will soon open a business centre in Rockhampton following discussions with Rockhampton City Council and local MPs on the best methods to support job recruitment and contracting of local businesses in the region. CEO of Adani Mining, Lucas Dow said the new Adani Business Centre would provide a local base for major procurement and recruitment programs for the Carmichael Project during the construction phase and during operations. “We are absolutely committed to ensuring Rockhampton along with Townsville act as the primary employment hubs for the Carmichael Project,” Mr Dow said. “We needed a base in Rockhampton to ensure we can undertake recruitment and procurem


Rockhampton hockey lovers have won big with the newly upgraded Kalka Shades hockey fields at Koongal on Queensland’s central coast. Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry, who attended today’s opening, said the new international-standard synthetic field and resurfacing of an existing field would grow the sport in Rockhampton. “This upgrade will allow the Rockhampton Hockey Association (RHA) to host professional-standard national championships and international test matches,” Ms Landry said. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the prospect of future professional RHA events would generate more interest in hock


More than 4000 direct new coal-mining jobs could be created for regional Australians, including Central Queenslanders, if India becomes Australia’s next coal export hotspot. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matthew Canavan said India’s rapidly growing demand for energy presents a “golden opportunity” for Australia to increase its trade with the country. “The Coal in India 2019 report, prepared by the Office of the Chief Economist, clearly illustrates that potential,” Minister Canavan said. The report provides a detailed examination of recent developments in India’s energy, electricity and mining policies and how they could impact on its future demand for thermal coal. “As the hi

Defence and Durumbal mark Indigenous land agreement

A ceremony has been held in Rockhampton today to mark the registration of an Indigenous Land Use Agreement between Defence and the Traditional Owners of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area, the Darumbal people. The Agreement recognises the 20 year relationship between Defence and the Darumbal people as an important milestone in the expansion of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area under the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI). Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the agreement will have enormous benefits to both the Darumbal Traditional Owners and the Australian Defence Force for generations to come. “The Shoalwater Bay Training Area is one of Australia

Applications for Long Tan Bursary Now Open

Children and now grandchildren of Vietnam veterans in Capricornia are encouraged to apply for funding under the Long Tan Bursary scheme for the 2020 educational year. Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry said the Long Tan Bursary scheme honoured the service and sacrifice of Australia’s Vietnam War veterans by providing financial support for their children and grandchildren to undertake post-secondary education. “The Long Tan Bursary scheme is named after the Battle of Long Tan, the best-known battle fought by Australians during the Vietnam War,” Ms Landry said. “We are committed to putting veterans and their families first, and this bursary scheme is designed to assist students wi

Regional universities and VET providers in Capricornia encouraged to apply for Destination Australia

Michelle Landry says the Capricornia community will receive a boost from more students choosing to study. The Morrison Government is offering $15,000 scholarships to 4,720 students who study in regional areas through the $94 million Destination Australia program. The scholarships will be available to domestic and international students and will be accessible through regional universities and VET providers. Michelle Landry today urged local higher education and VET providers to apply for funding so they can offer Destination Australia scholarships through their institution. “A vibrant student community will invigorate our local economy by supporting full-time jobs and business opportunities a

More Support for In Home Care in Capricornia

Ongoing access to In Home Child Care in the Capricornia region will be made easier thanks to a $199,487 funding boost. Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry today announced that local child care service – Capricornia In Home Care was a successful applicant through the Community Child Care Fund (CCCF). “This investment will help overcome some of the unique challenges child care services in the city don’t face. It will help the in home child care service transition to the new child care system and continue their support to local families. It means more hard-working families in Capricornia can take advantage of our Government’s Child Care Subsidy to work, learn or volunteer.” “The CCCF

New Amentities to Update Mount Archer

An exciting new addition to the summit of Mt Archer will see visiting families enjoy far better, more modern, facilities thanks to a grant from the Federal Coalition Government. Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry said the $600,000 will contribute to the amenities block development and would act as a key to unlock the tourism potential of one of the country’s great mountain parks. “I am pleased to be able to announce today that $600,000 through the Community Development Grant Program will be granted to the Rockhampton Regional Council to build a new toilet and change facility, here at Fraser Park at the top of Mt Archer. “We have seen such growth in not only the facilities but th

Unlocking New Quay Street Art Gallery in Rockhampton

Demolition works at the site of the new Rockhampton Art Gallery on Quay Street began today, paving the way for construction of the new gallery. Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Rockhampton Art Gallery would be relocated from its current outdated facility on Victoria Parade and become the main feature of the new cultural precinct in the city’s CBD. “This will allow the Art Gallery to better showcase and preserve its nationally significant collection in an area that will complement the CBD, Quay Street and the riverfront, while also connecting the heritage-significant Customs House with contemporary art and culture,” Ms Landry said. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for

Black Spot Program Funds to Save Lives in Capricornia

Residents of the Capricornia electorate received a major road safety boost today with the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government announcing it will invest $2,995,500 toward three projects under the 2019–20 Black Spot Program. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack announced Queensland would receive an additional $10.4 million for the state under the Black Spot Program’s 2019–20 funding round, bringing total funding for 2019–20 to nearly $23 million. “The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to making roads safer in Queensland and right across the nation – getting you home sooner and safer no matter where

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