Immediate drought assistance is available in Capricornia

Communities in Capricornia will have greater access to drought assistance, thanks to a Liberal-National Government package worth nearly $100 million the Coalition Government is responding to the ongoing drought with direct and immediate support to help farming families and communities. Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, said $33.4 million had been made available through the Drought Community Support Initiative to provide immediate financial assistance to eligible households in hardship. “Farming households can receive up to $3,000 to spend in their local communities to cover urgent bills such as food, petrol and utilities, taking stress off families and boosting the local economy,” Ms

Support for renewable hydrogen feasibility study

THE HON ANGUS TAYLOR MP MINISTER FOR ENERGY AND EMISSIONS REDUCTION THE HON MICHELLE LANDRY MP MEMBER FOR CAPRICORNIA The Liberal National Government is supporting a study that will investigate the use of an existing ammonia plant to produce renewable hydrogen in Moranbah, Queensland. Dyno Nobel Moranbah Pty Ltd currently uses natural gas to produce hydrogen for ammonia, producing 360,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate annually for supply to mining companies. Through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Government has committed funding of $980,000 to Dyno Nobel and if viable the facility would include a co-located 210 MW solar farm and 160 MW electrolyser to produce renewable hydr

Rally to Fight for the Real Rookwood Weir

Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry has announced plans to host a rally in Rockhampton to protest the Queensland Labor Government’s handling of the construction of Rookwood Weir. The calls for the rally come after the total water capacity of Rookwood Weir have dropped from 76,000 megalitres down to 54,000 megalitres under re-designs and the amount of water reserved for agricultural means has been halved from 40,000 megalitres down to 20,000 megalitres. Michelle Landry said while the Queensland Government has a great deal to answer for after mishandling the planning of Rookwood Weir and spending $250 million on public service handouts. “While Jackie Trad and Annastacia Palaszczuk

New pilot program to break barriers of health communication

Central Queensland Multicultural Association (CQMA) have launched a new pilot program, called “Breaking the Barrier of Health Communication”, which will research and identify opportunities to improve health communication between service providers and consumers from diverse backgrounds. Main activities of the pilot program include educating consumers through a multicultural approach and exploring with health care providers their health communication with people from diverse backgrounds. The pilot program came to fruition through a $140,000 grant through the Department of Health under the Community Health and Hospitals program. The pilot program will provide the most value to culturally and li

Rookwood Weir Re-Design Raises More Questions Than Answers

Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry and Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd have expressed concern over information on the re-design of Rookwood Weir and the potential cost and time blowouts to the construction of the valuable project. The re-design of Rookwood Weir indicate several significant changes to the structure and functionality of the weir, including the removal of gates from the top of the weir wall, which can raise and lower the height of the weir wall. The exclusion of gates in the design means that the total volume of water that the weir can hold has dropped from 76,000 megalitres down to 54,000 megalitres. “This drastic change in design means less water for crops, less water for l

Liberal-National Government Deliver Laws to Protect Farmers from Animal Activists

Tough new farm trespass laws to protect Australia’s farmers from the unlawful actions of animal activists have passed the Australian Parliament. Member for Capricornia and Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry, said the Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill showed Australia’s farmers that Australians were on their side. “Militant animal activists have invaded farms across the country trespassing, threatening and harassing farming families,” Ms Landry said. “This Bill makes it a criminal offence to publish material, via a carriage service like the internet, if you intend to incite trespass, property damage or theft on agricultural land. “Animal activis

Landry Recognises Fire and Emergency Services and Supporting ADF Personnel

Federal Member for Capricornia and Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry, has commended first responders who have battled bushfires across Queensland and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who have supported them. “Emergency services and the ADF are once again showing their professionalism and dedication in the face of very difficult conditions. “I also wish to commend the hard work of the first responders who are working to keep the communities safe in Queensland and in Capricornia. “My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families who have been impacted by these bushfires”, Ms Landry said. The ADF has been providing support to firefighters in Queenslan

Drug testing trials to help welfare recipients become job ready

The Morrison Government will introduce legislation to trial drug testing for new welfare recipients as part of our commitment to remove barriers to employment. Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said job seekers struggling with substance abuse issues would benefit from the trial as its primary focus was to help people access support services through a $10 million Treatment Fund. “People on welfare who take drugs are denying themselves the best opportunity to take advantage of the jobs we are creating,” Minister Ruston said. “That’s why the Morrison Government is trialling reforms to the welfare system to ensure that we can identify and encourage people with substance abuse

Land Transfer To Boost Australian-Singapore Military Training Initiative

Land at Greenvale, northwest of Townsville, and at Shoalwater Bay will be transferred from Queensland Government ownership to the Department of Defence to fast track development of the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI). Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said that Singapore will invest $2.25 billion under the ASMTI signed by Commonwealth Government to purchase land and develop training areas to meet the future needs of the Australian Defence Force and increased presence of the Singapore Armed Forces personnel who are training in Australia. “Currently, up to 6,600 Singapore Armed Forces troops conduct training in Australia annually,” Minister Reyn

New guide for handling complaints involving children

The Coalition Government has today launched a new guide to help organisations better handle complaints that upholds the rights and voices of young Australians. The ‘Complaint Handling Guide: Upholding the rights of children and young people’ provides practical advice to organisations about how to develop, implement and maintain a complaint-handling system that prioritises child safety and children’s wellbeing. Marking National Child Protection Week, Member for Capricornia and Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry, said the Government was committed to doing everything it could to make sure the atrocities of the past never happen again. “It is important that every organ

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