Vision for Capricornia

What Michelle Stands For

Job Security

I have been working for Capricornia to deliver more jobs for our community. My priority for Capricornia is employment and the delivery of stronger jobs growth. We need our local agriculture, manufacturing and small businesses to prosper so they can create jobs and employment to allow our communities to prosper.

The Liberal National Government’s plan is to help more people relocate outside our cities and will encourage younger people stay in rural and regional areas.

We also need to cut the cost of red and green tape because this will help our local businesses to grow which will boost productivity and jobs growth.

Water Infrastructure

Central and North Queensland needs significant water infrastructure investment to improve water security and open up agricultural opportunities. The Liberal National Government has provided the funds needed to get several water projects moving in Central Queensland such as Rookwood Weir and Urannah Dam.

I have worked hard for Capricornia demanding the Queensland Labor Government agree to accept federal funding and to get these projects started.

Road Safety

Road safety is vital to regional areas for many people like myself who spend most of their professional life driving on regional roads.

The Federal Government announced new road safety upgrades and improvements to be delivered in Queensland thanks to the Australian Government which has allocated $225 million to Queensland under tranche one of the $2 billion Road Safety Program.

There are nine projects in Capricornia that will be receiving funding, including an upgrade intersection along the Peak Downs Highway between Clermont and Nebo on Wolfang Road West and strengthening works on Bee Creek Bridge.

This funding will deliver key lifesaving improvements such as shoulder sealing, rumble strips to alert drivers they are moving out of their lane, median treatments to prevent head-on collisions and barriers to prevent run-off-road crashes and protect against roadside hazards. Additional works under tranche one the $2 billion Road Safety Program are required to begin and finish by 30 June 2021, improving safety and supporting around 950 jobs in Queensland.

Queensland unfortunately saw a 26 per cent increase in road deaths in 2020, despite the falls in traffic due to the pandemic.

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility right through all levels of government to all of us who use the road, which is why the Australian Government is investing heavily in road safety upgrades across Queensland and all of Australia. In total, the Australian Government has committed up to $225 million and the Queensland Government a further $64.6 million to fund the state-wide upgrades. Of this $289.6 million total, $267.4 million has been earmarked for regional Queensland.

The Australian Government’s funding for the Road Safety Program will deliver lifesaving measures on regional roads and to protect vulnerable road users across the Queensland while also supporting local jobs and providing a welcome boost to local economies.

I will continue to work with all levels of Government and fight for funding and initiatives to ensure the roads in Capricornia are as safe as they can possibly be.

For more information on the Australian Government’s road safety initiatives, visit

Delivering Regional Services

I believe that all Australians should have access to an affordable, quality health care system, regardless of whether they live in the city or the country. Our local health system desperately needs more doctors.

The Liberal National Government have rolled out a number of initiatives through the Stronger Rural Health Strategy. Some of these are the More Doctors for Rural Australia Program & the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund – for more information click here

The Liberals and Nationals in Government have supported regional Australia through recent drought, bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government considers it more important than ever that we continue to back our regions through targeted support by boosting community infrastructure.

The 2020-21 Budget included $41 million for a Securing Raw Materials Program and a Research Development Program that will broaden the Australian Government’s approach to decentralisation and create regional jobs.

The budget also included announcing Round 6 of Stronger Communities Funding and also Round 5 of Building Better Regions Funding, these two funding opportunities bring so much to the regions allowing community groups to expand or build much needed infrastructure to keep their clubs or organisations running well.

I have also been working hard for Capricornia to improve communications. This includes more and better mobile coverage funded through the Mobile Black Spot Program. Round 6 will be opening soon and I will be fighting for Capricornia to receive our fair share.

Delivering Community Projects

Community Organisations are the backbone of regional communities like ours and we see thousands of people across our electorate volunteering to keep these organisations running.

I work hard ensuring Capricornia gets our fair share and our community organisations are not left behind, here are few of our groups I have helped during 2019/2020 to receive much needed funding:

Middlemount Golf ClubStorage ShedsMiddlemount $                     89,496.00Move It Aus Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program – Round 2
Cap Coast Netball AssociationBuild 2 new courtsRockhampton $                   330,000.00Move It Aus Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program – Round 2
Beef Australia2021 Beef Australia EventRockhampton $3.9 million  Beef Australia Tri-ennial Industry Eposition 
Palmyra DragwayUpgrades to drag club – election fundingPalmyra $                   120,000.00Community Development Grants Program
Finch Hatton Emergency AirstripEmergency Airstrip – Election fundingFinch Hatton $                     50,000.00Community Development Grants Program
Clermont Men’s ShedResurface existing concrete floor and additional work stationsClermont $                     20,000.00Tackling Tough Times Together Round 15
Sarina Junior Rugby LeagueNew training equipment and training for volunteersSarina $                        3,000.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Mackay Hurricanes Cricket ClubSporting Equipment & trainingOoralea $                        1,500.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Yeppoon Scout GroupLeadership TrainingYeppoon $                        2,500.00Volunteer Grants 2020
4RFM Community RadioNew computers and recording equipmentMoranbah $                        4,470.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Rockhampton Golf ClubNew computer and office suppliesRockhampton $                        1,000.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Pink Robin ProjectRSA training and fuel costsRockhampton $                        2,400.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Rockhampton Australia South Sea IslanderMarquees and fundraising equipment and storageRockhampton $                        4,350.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Pioneer Valley Agriculture ShowBBQFinch Hatton $                        1,600.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Dows Creek Hall Laptop and softwareMirani $                        1,770.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Meals on Wheels ClermontFuel and insurance costsClermont $                        2,000.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Rossmoya Rural Fire BrigadeTraining and equipmentRossmoya $                        5,000.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Sailability CapricorniaFirst Aid TrainingYeppoon $                        2,000.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Rockhampton Royal Flying Doctor AuxillaryLaptops and office equipmentRockhampton $                        2,500.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Yeppoon Men’s ShedNew thicknesserYeppoon $                        3,490.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Cockscomb Veterans RetreatNew power tools and building repairs  $                        5,000.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Rockhampton FoodbankPart purchase a new fridgeRockhampton $                        5,000.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Australian Volunteer CoastguardFuel and trainingYeppoon $                        2,500.00Volunteer Grants 2020
The Caves Rural Fire BrigadeTelevision and projector for trainingThe Caves $                        3,500.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Nanankin Rural Fire BrigadePartly fund outdoor learning areaNankanin $                        4,800.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Maryvale Rural Fire ServicesWater storage tanksMaryvale $                        4,780.00Volunteer Grants 2020
Emu Park Historical Museum SocietyDevelop a digital interactive presentation to accompany a memorabillia display commenorating local service personnel at the Emu Park Historical MuseumEmu Park $                        4,000.00Saluting Services Grant 
Cockscomb Veterans Bush RetreatRenovations and upgrade of old unsafe electrical wiring.Cawarral $                     25,586.00Veteran and Community Grants Program
The Queensland Farmers Federation Assess options for microgrids to offer a more stable network, increase network utilisation, increase the uptake of on-farm solar energy and cut costs in the rural and irrigation sector.Pioneer Valley $                   654,807.00Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund
Mackay Regional Council for Social DevelopmentThree health and wellbeing workshops, and mentoring and coaching for not-for-profit organisations in the Whitsunday Regional Council areaCollinsville $                     20,000.00Building Better Regions
Multicap LtdConstruct three buildings containing units specifically designed to meet the needs of people living with disabilities and complex needsWest Rockhampton $                   950,000.00Building Better Regions
Whitsunday Regional CouncilUpgrade the six mega-litre reservoir at Collinsville and equip the Water and Sewage Treatment Plants with a 200 kW on-site solar arrayCollinsville $                   836,786.00Building Better Regions
Sarina LandcareRehabilitation of Lousia Creek ReserveSarina $                     13,812.00Community Environment Program
Sarina LandcareRehabilitation of Carmila Beach ReserveSarina $                     14,345.00Community Environment Program
Reef Catchments MackayAssessing condition of critically endangered beach scrubCarmila $                     20,000.00Community Environment Program
Reef Catchments MackayCommunity Coastcare: helping protect and preserve coasts  $                     19,650.00Community Environment Program
Cap Coast LandcareEnvironlink OfficeYeppoon $                     20,000.00Community Environment Program
Sarina LandcareTedlands Wetland Fishway AssessmentSarina $                     13,445.00Community Environment Program
Rotary Club Capricorn CoastMulambin Beach Park FacilitesYeppoon $                        5,150.00Stronger Communities Round 5
Sarina Rugby LeagueGrandstand Shading Sarina $                     15,647.00Stronger Communities Round 5
Sarina Surf Life Saving Club IncorporatedInfatable Rescue BoatSarina $                     10,050.00Stronger Communities Round 5
Centacare CQGym and consultation roomsRockhampton $                     13,590.00Stronger Communities Round 5
CPL ChoiceUpgrades to CentreRockhampton $                        9,444.00Stronger Communities Round 5
Capricorn Coast Men’s ShedCapricorn Coast Men’s Shed – UpgradeYeppoon $                        7,000.00Stronger Communities Round 5
St Vincent De PaulsPurchase and Installation of a solar power system @ Collinsville retail centreCollinsville $                     10,000.00Stronger Communities Round 5
Suncity Sports ClubPurchase of sports equipment Rockhampton $                        3,500.00Stronger Communities Round 5
Queensland Remote Area Tracking Inc.Specialised mobile radio and headquarters units to the regionMirani $                        9,307.00Stronger Communities Round 5
Victoria Park Bowls ClubDisability Access upgradesVictoria Park $                        2,500.00Stronger Communities Round 5
The Frenchville Sports ClubReplace Unoperational EquipmentFrenchville $                     17,890.00Stronger Communities Round 5
C&K Middlemount community childcare centreOutdoor Play EquipmentMiddlemount $                     18,026.00Stronger Communities Round 5
Clermont Men’s ShedVersatile Tool BoxClermont $                        2,500.00Stronger Communities Round 5

Priority Projects

Rookwood Weir

2,100 Jobs, $176 Million committed

Bowen Basin Jobs Package

$30 Million Job Recovery Initiative

Urannah Dam

$3 Million – Feasibility Study

$10 Million to go towards the Business Case – to be completed August 2021

Shoalwater Bay

$1 Billion Defence Deal


Moving Jobs to the regions

Galilee Basin

Development of Coal Mines to increase jobs, while investing in HELE Coal Fired Power Stations to lower electricity prices.

Promises Delivered

Rockhampton Airport

Vital upgrade will reduce the impact of flooding closures and reduce the clean-up costs, protecting jobs and economic growth during and after flooding disasters.

$5 Million

Rookwood Weir

$176 Million (50% of construction costs) committed to the construction of Rookwood Weir
= 2100 direct jobs

$176 Million
Waiting for Qld Labor

Lives Well Lived

Expanded alcohol and drug counselling services for individuals and families affected by use of alcohol and other drugs, including methamphetamine (ice).


Solar Power

Installation of solar power or solar battery storage at CQ Aboriginal Corporation, Dreamtime Cultural Centre, SES Emu Park, SES Marlborough, Sarina Bowls Club & Sarina Surf Lifesaving Club 

$120 Million

Walkerston Bypass

Promised $75M, delivering $120M for heavy vehicle alternative to take explosive trucks away from local school.

$120 Million

Sarina Medical Centre

Expansion and improved facilities at the AWAL Medical Centre, including ability to train and hire more doctors, nurses and other health workers.


Rockhampton Hospital Car Park

$7 Million to kickstart the Rockhampton Base Hospital Carpark. Usually the responsibility of the State Government, but we needed to get it done.

$7 Million

Bowen Basin Jobs Package

$30 Million Bowen Basin Jobs package to re-train coal workers and grants for small business to expand

$30 Million
6 Projects Delivered

Mackay Sports Precinct

$10 Million towards the CQU Mackay suburban sports centre.

$10 Million

Mobile Blackspots

Priorities include Yeppoon, Emu Park, Clermont and Sarina Range (north of Koumala)

29 Towers
Rounds 1-5 Delivered

Mount Archer Walkway

Stage 1 Pilbeam Walkway Mt Archer 1km of footpath for cyclists and walkers

$1.5 Million
Stage 1 Complete

Rockhampton Hockey

Funding towards a second articifial turf for the Rockhampton Hockey Association.


Emu Park Recreation

Hartley Street Recreation Reserve Stage 2 and 4 – 2 Rugby fields, car park and multi-purpose centre

$1.5 Million

Solar Panels

Solar panels on Rockhampton’s Women’s domestic violence shelter.


Great Keppel Island

Kick start repairs to the battered Putney Beachfront on GKI.


Theresa Dam

$225,000 towards Theresa Dam project to secure water for Clermont.

Waiting for Qld Labor

Bruce Highway Rockhampton

A four lane highway Gracemere to Rockhampton to ease dangerous congestion of freight trucks, cattle trucks, and commuters.

$60 Million
Under Construction

Urannah Dam Collinsville

Funding for feasibility study. The Urannah Dam site between Mackay and the Whitsundays will service a range of current and future water needs and development.

$3 Million
$10 Million for the business case to be completed August 2021

Beef Australia Expo

Support for Beef Australia 2018 – provides $40 million direct injection in city economy and hundreds of millions into our global beef trade.

$3 Million

Solar Power

Installation of solar power or solar battery storage at CQ Aboriginal Corporation, Dreamtime Cultural Centre, SES Emu Park, SES Marlborough, Sarina Bowls Club & Sarina Surf Lifesaving Club.


Field of Dreams Sarina

Parklands historical and educational attraction dedicated to the ideals of optimism, resourcefulness and resilience.


Bruce Highway North Rockhampton

The first of a $100 million federal contribution to improve Bruce Hwy northern access into Rockhampton.

$13.5 Million

Ice Epidemic Action Plan

$631,000 funding boost under the Australian Government’s National Ice Action Strategy to combat the Ice epidemic locally.


Singapore Defence Deal

Capricornia will benefit from $1 billion on more troops, and military infrastructure at Shoalwater Bay = CQ retail and tourism boon.

$1 Billion

Yeppoon Foreshore Redevelopment

Parklands historical and educational attraction dedicated to the ideals of optimism, resourcefulness and resilience.


Bruce Highway North Rockhampton

The first of a $100 million federal contribution to improve Bruce Hwy northern access into Rockhampton.

$13.5 Million

Capricorn Helicopter Rescue

Contribution towards new Capricornia Rescue chopper hangar

$2.3 Million

Eton Road Upgrade

Upgrade of the Eton Range trhough the Peak Downs Highway including 4 lanes

$166 Million

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