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hervey bay emergency funding

Let’s mark this day in our calendar.

by Ted Sorensen
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On the 15th July, 2019 Minister for Health Steven Miles admits that due to the different modes of transport used for patient transfers between hospitals, he said it is impossible to accurately quantify the total cost involved, to the region or the State for that matter. Please see answer below. Therefore, there is no wonder that the State debt is estimated to be hurtling past $90 Billion in forward estimates and Queensland has long lost its Triple A credit rating. Labor has no respect for taxpayers hard earned money, they have simply stopped caring because the management of this State […]
national diabetes week

National Diabetes Week

by Ted Sorensen
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National Diabetes Week  (14th to 20th July) is an important opportunity to increase public awareness about diabetes, it’s symptoms & relevant risks. Every day almost 300 Australians are diagnosed with diabetes and for many more the diagnosis is being made too late, putting them at risk of life threatening or serious health issues. CLICK HERE to download the July 19 Diabetes newsletter with full information on Diabetes and the week.
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Gatakers Boat Ramp Dredging Overdue

by Ted Sorensen
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The last time this was dredged was when the LNP were in government. As you can see in this video, there is a drop off at the end of the ramp plus sand build up. This really needs a maintenance program to allow safe access to the water for our boaties. 
torbanlea pialba road

Hervey Bay road upgrade paralysed by Palaszczuk

by Ted Sorensen
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The Palaszczuk Labor Government is refusing to fund the Torbanlea Pialba Road upgrade in Hervey Bay despite Canberra putting 80 per cent of the funding on the table, the LNP said today. LNP Shadow Infrastructure Minister Andrew Powell said transport planning documents showed Labor had failed to commit a single dollar to the flood-proofing project in its latest Budget (see below). The Federal Government has already committed $24m to Torbanlea Pialba Road – meaning Annastacia Palaszczuk has to contribute just $6m for work to begin. Budget documents also show that Labor’s road budget for Wide Bay this year will be […]
Naidoc Week

NAIDOC Week – 7 to 14 July 2019

by Ted Sorensen
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National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week is held every year in early July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. This year, the theme for NAIDOC Week, which will be celebrated from 7 to 14 July inclusive, is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth – Let’s work together for a shared future.’. Further information is at https://www.naidoc.org.au Flying the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags throughout NAIDOC Week confirms our national respect for […]

Gambling Community Benefit Fund Grants Round 100

by Ted Sorensen
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I’m proud to announce that the electorate will share in $197,596.99 worth of grant funding awarded through round 100 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. This time 7 organisations received grants. Football Hervey Bay $35,000.00 for field upgrades & irrigation Fraser Lions Club $6,809.20 to purchase Choral Risers Meals on Wheels – Fraser Community $34,645.00 to purchase blast chiller Rally For A Cause Inc $26,000.00 to purchase cold room bbq trailer package Sunshine Coast First Aid Volunteers $33,150.00 to purchase medical equipment & training Urangan Bowls Club $29,575.79 to upgrade lighting system Volunteer Marine Rescue $32,417.00 to purchase radio broadcasting […]
lazy leaky labor

Lazy Leaky Labor

by Ted Sorensen
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Too little too late from Labor for building industry. Licensed building certifiers in Queensland are set to experience significant increases in insurance premiums and uncertainty in their claims as a result of Labor’s failure to resolve issues faced by the industry. Labor waited until the last possible moment prior to today’s July 2 deadline to resolve issues relating to combustible cladding and other non-conforming building products despite having knowledge of the looming crisis. LNP Shadow Housing Minister Michael Hart said this was yet another example of embattled Labor Minister Mick De Brenni not being up to the job. “Peak bodies […]
Qld Mental Funding

Mental Health Services Suffer Under Labor

by Ted Sorensen
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As many as 1 in 5 Queenslanders experience mental illness including substance abuse disorders every year and 1 in 2 Queenslanders will experience mental illness in their lifetime. Given our growing population, Queensland needs more mental health funding, not less. According to the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, at least 10 organisations won’t see their funding renewed from 1 July, worth a total of about $7 million. I’m appalled that these important services have been cut by Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor.  They literally save lives. Organisations in Cairns, the Sunshine Coast, Central Queensland, Gold Coast and Brisbane are enduring funding […]
ambulance ramping

Emergency departments stretchered to the limit under Labor

by Ted Sorensen
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Paramedics and patients stranded in overflowing emergency departments are evidence of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s unending health crisis. LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the leaked images revealed the chaos inside our hospital corridors Annastacia Palaszczuk doesn’t want the public to see. “This pictures show the real life consequences of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s health crisis,” Ms Frecklington said. “The pictures and figures don’t lie – Labor can’t run the health system. “Code yellows are the norm, ramping has skyrocketed, there aren’t enough beds – it’s a debacle. “Our hard-working health professionals save lives but they’re overstretched under Labor.…
Waste Tax

Labor’s waste tax ticks closer for Queensland households

by Ted Sorensen
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Queensland is bracing for the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s new waste tax to begin smashing small businesses and households from July 1. LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said Annastacia Palaszczuk’s greedy tax would lead to Queenslanders forking out $75 per tonne of waste at the dump – ripping $1.2 billion from the economy over the next three years. “Small businesses everywhere in Queensland will be smashed by Labor’s waste tax,” Ms Frecklington said. “The construction industry will be hardest hit, but even fish and chips shops and mechanics will be slugged. “Labor’s waste tax means it will cost businesses more to get […]

Galilee Basin – Let the jobs begin

by Ted Sorensen
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The belated approval of Adani’s groundwater management plan has been welcomed by LNP Leader Deb Frecklington, who today announced her plan to drive the future development of the Galilee Basin. “Today’s outcome is an enormous win for jobs in regional Queensland,” Ms Frecklington said. “The Palaszczuk Labor Government betrayed regional communities by fighting against this project for four years. “Labor’s anti-resources, anti-regions, anti-jobs agenda has held regional communities back for too long. “The approvals process should have been finalised 18 months ago and each delay destroyed jobs. “There is light at the end of the tunnel for thousands of regional […]
Labor Black Hole Budget

ALP’s Treasurer Trad plays politics denying jobs for Hervey Bay.

by Ted Sorensen
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State Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen is astonished by the pork-barrelling in this weeks budget. ‘You would think with the massive swing against Labor in the last Federal election they would have done things differently, but they are pork-barrelling Labor seats especially in south east Queensland, Ted said. ‘Labor’s Treasurer Jackie Trad is more at home trading political stunts, rather than garnishing money for vital infrastructure projects in the electorate of Hervey Bay. ‘The Federal Government’s Hinkler Regional Deal, would have brought increased employment opportunities to Hervey Bay, with $7.7 million to extend Urraween Road through to Boundary Road, […]
qld rego

Completely out of touch.

by Ted Sorensen
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For the fifth year in a row, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Jackie Trad has just jacked up your rego.
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Small Business Week – Backing Small Business 

by Ted Sorensen
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Together with our leader Deb Frecklington, I’m delighted to release two new policies as part of Small Business Week to help champion Queensland’s great small businesses. Giving small businesses a fair go to better access $15 billion of State Government contracts is a key plank in our “Prioritising Procurement” policy. This will help unlock more opportunity for local businesses to grow local jobs by prioritising government procurement to ensure small businesses get priority consideration for contracts up to $250,000. We also have a plan to inspire another generation of young entrepreneurs with mentoring programs to learn business and financial literacy […]

Question on Notice to the Minister of Transport

by Ted Sorensen
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Question about the lack of pedestrian and mobility scooter access to the two (2) shopping centres Woolworths and Aldi at Urangan. There needs to be traffic lights for pedestrian access. QUESTION ON NOTICE ASKED Thursday, 16 May 2019 Answer Due: Monday, 17 June 2019 865 MR E SORENSEN ASKED MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT AND MAIN ROADS (HON M BAILEY) With reference to the roundabout at Boat Harbour Drive and Elizabeth Street Urangan and the need for an immediate upgrade to traffic lights and pedestrian crossings for disability access including regular mobility scooter traffic to 2 major shopping centres— Will the Minister […]
Qld TAFE Bankrupt

TAFE Queensland going bankrupt under Labor

by Ted Sorensen
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Explosive findings* from the Queensland Audit Office have revealed TAFE Queensland’s ‘financial performance is at risk because of declining student numbers’. LNP Shadow Minister for Training and Skills Development Fiona Simpson slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government for their mismanagement of Queensland TAFE and leading the institution onto the road of insolvency. “Under Annastacia Palaszczuk, TAFE Queensland has spent millions on international travel, commonwealth games tickets and hospitality expenses,” Ms Simpson said. “Instead of training our next generation of Queenslanders, Labor are using TAFE funds to splurge on focus groups and golden handshakes for ex-CEOs. “Apprenticeship and training completion rates have…

Water price surges in the pipeline for Wide Bay farmers

by Ted Sorensen
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Queensland farmers in Wide Bay are staring down the barrel of substantial water price increases, under the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s move towards ‘cost-reflective’ pricing for water. The review currently underway by the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) has highlighted that the Lower Mary, Bundaberg, and Upper Burnett irrigation schemes, are facing significant and unsustainable price increases. LNP Shadow Minister for Natural Resources Dale Last has pointed directly to the submission from peak industry representative group Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF). “The QFF used state owned Sunwater’s own ‘cost-reflective’ numbers to identify significant price increases for farmers already struggling under…

Palaszczuk Labor Government is playing politics with people who have a disability.

by Ted Sorensen
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The Palaszczuk Labor Government has decided to cut the Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS) on June 30, making it the only state to do so at that time. The LNP is backing a call by 13 disability organisations for the Palaszczuk Labor Government to reverse its cold-hearted decision to scrap the Taxi Subsidy Scheme for people with disabilities. An estimated 10,000 Queenslanders will lose access to low cab fares when the scheme is axed for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants on June 30. On the Fraser Coast the travel subsidy scheme would arguably be the most used in Queensland with our […]
Dingo Education

Education is the answer!

by Ted Sorensen
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Education about the Fraser Island Dingo is the answer – not increasing fines or penalising our local businesses. The Fraser Island Dingo is one of the purest in the world.  We must recognise this. No amount of increasing fines for feeding is going to stop an encounter of a dingo entering into a campsite as we saw recently. We need to describe wonderful Fraser Island for what it is.  It is a wilderness, it’s rugged and beautiful and it is not as safe as your backyard.  It never will be. Demonising wildlife for being wildlife is not the way to […]
Fishing Petition

Sign This Petition

by Ted Sorensen
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Labor’s proposed changes to crab, trawl and inshore fishing quotas will reduce allocations and result in massive losses of income for our commercial fishers. Many commercial fishers will be forced to leave the industry and lose their livelihoods. To make things worse these changes are not based on science and are all about appeasing greens voters. These unfair changes fail not only commercial fishers but also the coastal communities they support and anyone who enjoys freshly caught Queensland seafood. It’s time to put science and transparency into fisheries – Labor need to go back to the drawing board with these […]
Labor Threatens fishing Industry

Labor’s crab quota clawback causing crisis

by Ted Sorensen
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Commercial fishers up and down the coast are ringing the alarm bells after the Palaszczuk Labor Government released its plans to slash fishing quotas. LNP Shadow Minster for Fisheries Tony Perrett and Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen met with local commercial fishers in Hervey Bay today to discuss the impacts of Labor’s draft quota on the region’s commercial fishing industry. “Labor’s proposed changes to crab, trawl and inshore fishing quotas are failing not only commercial fishers but also the communities they support,” Mr Perrett said. “These proposed changes have real world impacts as they immediately devalue licenses and make it […]
Diabetes newsletter

Keeping Diabetes Health in Mind

by Ted Sorensen
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As we enter the Easter recess, Diabetes Queensland would like to wish you a happy and healthy Easter. To help you through this period, they have produced a Diabetes Health newsletter which you can get by CLICKING HERE
Qld Health Crisis

Qld’s Health Crisis and Annastacia Palaszczuk’s wrong priorities.

by Ted Sorensen
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We’ve learned the hard way in Queensland – you can’t trust Labor when it comes to health. Instead of fixing Queensland’s health system – Annastacia Palaszczuk decided to waste your money changing the name of Lady Cilento Hospital. Checkout this short video by CLICKING HERE
HEALTH CRISIS

To top the week off; The article in the Courier Mail Friday 12 April, 2019

by Ted Sorensen
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…’Another senior bureaucrat fat cat will add to the State Government already blooming workforce at the cost of $300,000 to fix the overcrowding of the South East Emergency Departments….’
pigeons before patients

Labor fails to fill Hervey Bay Hospital

by Ted Sorensen
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LNP Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen has come out swinging at the Palaszczuk Labor Government, over their failure to finish upgrades to the Hervey Bay Hospital. Ted said the top floor of the newly built Emergency Department doesn’t have a single bed or patient. “The only ones making use of the top floor are the pigeons nesting.” Ted said. Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates joined Mr Sorensen at Hervey Bay Hospital and expressed her disappointment. “I was informed by a local resident that their sick elderly mother was forced out into the rain, in the early hours of the […]
Parkinsons Day

World Parkinson Day 11th April, 2019

by Ted Sorensen
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Parkinsons Disease can affect you and your families in so many ways. World Parkinson’s Day on 11th April is a key date in the calendar of all who are connected to Parkinson’s disease whether they be diagnosed, partners, spouse, carers, friends or family. This year is no different for the Parkinson’s Queensland family and to help you better understand it, there’s a Information stall at Stocklands (Hervey Bay) between Coles and Kmart 8.30am – 2.30pm. Hope to see you there..! There is more information also at https://www.parkinsons.org.au/
Retirement Village Act

Retirement Village Act Has No Place in the Health Bill

by Ted Sorensen
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Media statement: LNP Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works Michael Hart – Thursday, April 4, 2019 “The changes made to the Retirement Village Act have no place in the Health Bill. “The Palaszczuk Labor Government is out of touch and doesn’t understand the damage these changes will cause to freehold retirement villages operated by residents. “Labor failed to the get the previous bill right in 2017 and the minister should have realised that a freehold title sale process does not involve an exit entitlement. “The LNP is concerned these villages may be forced to close or remove themselves from […]
Hervey Bay Salvos Invite 2019

Salvo’s Red Shield Appeal 2019

by Ted Sorensen
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The Salvation Army provide an invaluable service to all communities with their tireless work & dedication, not only in times of disaster, but also in so many other ways including helping young people who have been living on the streets regain their dignity , find purpose and become active members of our communities. Please save the date for our annual Red Shield Appeal launch on Friday, 3rd May at the Hervey Bay Boat Club starting at 6.30am. Businesses and organisations are asked to support this launch and book a table of 10 or a few seats. For bookings, please DOWNLOAD […]
Hinkler Deal

Ted’s Adjournment Yesterday / Hinkler’s Regional Deal.

by Ted Sorensen
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From Ted. Hansard 29 March, 2019 – Hinkler Regional Deal I rise tonight to mention the hard work of Keith Pitt, the federal member for Hinkler, and his invitation for all levels of government to participate in the Hinkler regional deal. This deal will mean jobs and infrastructure for our region. Similar federal government deals have pumped more than $200 million into regions like Townsville and Launceston. It would be a real winner for Hinkler to get such a deal. It would mean more jobs, more infrastructure and more money spent in our region. That is what we really need. […]
Ted Cares About Hervey Bay

LNP slams baseless attack on Ted Sorensen

by Ted Sorensen
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Friday 29 March, 2019 LNP Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen has the complete and unequivocal support of his party, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said today. *** CLICK TO LISTEN TO AUDIO FILE *** Ms Frecklington said the claims made by Labor Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders that Mr Sorensen had been told to step down were a politically-motivated lie. “Ted Sorensen has dedicated himself to serving his community as a councillor, Mayor and Member of Parliament,” Ms Frecklington said. “No one cares more about Hervey Bay than Ted. “Bruce Saunders’ claims are untrue and his slurs about Ted’s age […]
School Aircon Petition

Aircon in State School Classrooms

by Ted Sorensen
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Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor are refusing to aircondition state school classrooms while students swelter. This is despite all public servants, and even our prisoners, enjoying climate controlled comfort. Annastacia Palaszczuk’s priorities are completely wrong. Tell Labor to get moving and aircondition our classrooms now! Please sign the petition here.
Regional Development

Wide Bay Burnett Regional Development eNews March 2019

by Ted Sorensen
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If you are interested in whats happening on the Regional development side, inside the March 2019 RDA WBB eNews the following is revealed. * Building Better Regions Fund announcement * Hinkler Regional Deal seeks feedback * Salt helps shape future * Groups head inland for small business roadshow * Iron man motivates RDA’s * Tobruk proving a popular dive * Committee member profile: Ed Gibson * Upcoming Events in Wide Bay Burnett   For full details, please CLICK HERE
Booral Road Upgrade

Booral Road rehabilitation (River Heads Road to Ti Tree Road).

by Ted Sorensen
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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) have started the rehabilitation works on Booral Road, between west of the River Heads Road and west of the Ti Tree Road intersections. The upgrade will happen in three stages and will go until about 18 April 2019 weather permitting. For more information about the project, please CLICK HERE or contact the TMR communication team in Bundaberg on 1300 728 390 during business hours or via email: bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au Until next time Take care Ted.
Labor Voting Rort

Queenslanders won’t cop Labor’s council voting shake-up

by Ted Sorensen
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Annastacia Palaszczuk is on track to ignore the will of the people. It comes as Councils across the state have launched a major campaign to reject Labor’s rigging of the Local Government voting system. A poll from the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) shows an overwhelming number of Queenslanders don’t support the changes. LNP Shadow Minister for Local Government Ann Leahy said 70 per cent of people don’t want Annastacia Palaszczuk to interfere. “Labor plans to introduce compulsory preferential voting, a senate style voting system and public funding for candidates,” Ms Leahy said. “The next Local Government elections are […]
Aged Care Inquiry

by Ted Sorensen
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What are your views on aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying in Queensland? Should voluntary assisted dying be legalised in Queensland? The Queensland Parliamentary Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee is seeking your views on aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying. Making a submission to the inquiry: Anyone can share their views with the committee by making a submission about any of the issues covered by the inquiry. There are a number of ways you can make a submission. email your views to the committee at careinquiry@parliament.qld.gov.au […]
Ergon Community Fund

2019 Ergon-Energex Community Fund Launch

by Ted Sorensen
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Applications are now open for the 2019 Ergon-Energex Community Fund. (Download Brochure Here) Queensland has been doing it tough over the last year – flood, fire, drought, severe storms and cyclones have taken a big toll from Torres Strait to the Tweed and all points in between. We’re particularly keen to hear from community groups who are working to support communities impacted by these adversities to get back on their feet. We’ll also look for projects that facilitate innovative solutions to local issues, boost local economic activity or support a community’s identity and wellbeing. More than $100,000 in funding is […]
School Air-Conditioning

Premier, it’s time to give our kids air-con

by Ted Sorensen
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With temperature records set to be smashed today, the LNP is urging Annastacia Palaszczuk to think again and introduce air-conditioning in every Queensland state school classroom. The LNP is committed to delivering air-conditioning in all state schools if elected in October 2020. LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said this week’s severe heatwave would be unbearable for students and teachers in schools without air-conditioning. Temperatures are today expected to reach 36C in Brisbane and 39C in Ipswich, Gatton and Chinchilla. “Little kids can’t learn if they’re stuck in a sweltering classroom,” Ms Frecklington said.  “I feel sorry for the students and teachers […]

Plan your trip: Bruce Highway in the Wide Bay Burnett District (March 2019)

by Ted Sorensen
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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is continuing to complete works to upgrade the Bruce Highway. The Wide Bay Burnett District has prepared the attached information flyer ( CLICK HERE ) illustrating roadworks locations and estimate travel delays during March 2019, weather permitting. To receive ongoing updates, motorists are welcome to contact TMR on 1300 728 390 during business hours, or email bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au. We thank all motorists for their patience and cooperation while these important safety works are completed. Kind regards, Hendrik Roux District Director | Wide Bay Burnett District Program Delivery and Operations Branch | Infrastructure Management […]
Labor Aircon Veto

Comment from Ted – Air Conditioning Hervey Bay Schools.

by Ted Sorensen
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The attached letter I received (Click Here To See It) from 9 year old Kawungan school student Miss Lunar Clegg, sums it up. I cannot imagine anyone disagreeing with this letter. I received it the same day the LNP put the motion to the House for cooler schools and Labor did not support it. Labor refuses to support cooler schools. Air conditioning schools in Hervey Bay was an LNP commitment at the last election. Because we know that cooler schools leads to better learning performance and outcomes. It’s very disappointing for everyone that Labor was not prepared to commit in […]

Can you believe this…!!

by Ted Sorensen
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“…..GetUp claims victory over ‘far-right’ politicians after the Australian electoral Commission declared the left wing activist group had no association with Labor or the Green….”. (Greg Brown The Australian 18 February, 2019)                                   Supplied by Gerard Rennick – LNP Senate Candidate. … wonder why we don’t have confidence in some government departments…
child killer laws

LNP guarantees tough sentences for child killers

by Ted Sorensen
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The LNP has today introduced a Bill which would guarantee all convicted child killers spend at least 15 to 25 years behind bars. In stark contrast with Labor’s weak legislation, the LNP’s Mason Jett Lee laws would deliver the toughest sentences in Australia for those who kill children through violence or neglect. The LNP Bill was drafted following the death of Caboolture toddler Mason Jett Lee, who died in agony over several days after being savagely beaten by his step-father. LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said only mandatory minimum sentences would prevent killers from seeking plea bargains and reduced prison time. […]
Commercial Fishermen

Warnings ignored over Labor’s botched VMS rollout

by Ted Sorensen
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The Palaszczuk Labor Government is ignoring warnings that its botched rollout of the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) is harming Queensland’s commercial fishers. The LNP has been overwhelmed with cases and complaints of faulty responders, allegations of dodgy government-certified VMS suppliers, and vessel safety issues as a result of Labor’s rollout. The Palaszczuk Labor Government used its numbers in Parliament to shut down a disallowance motion on the rollout, which would have seen the regulations halted while concerns were addressed. LNP Shadow Minister for Fisheries Tony Perrett slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government and Fisheries Minster Mark Furner for allowing the poor […]
Small Business Week Grant

Small Business Week Grants Program

by Ted Sorensen
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The Small Business Week Grants Program can assist eligible individuals or organisations with grants of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) for events and activities, run during QSBW 2019, that deliver transformative impacts for small business. Online applications are now open and close on Sunday, 3 March 2019. To find out about the week and the grants visit www.business.qld.gov.au/smallbusinessweek or contact the QSBW 2019 team by emailqsbw@desbt.qld.gov.au  
Fraser Island Unclaimed Tins

Missing Invitation From Minister

by Ted Sorensen
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Welcome to Minister for Environment Leanne Enoch. Apparently the Minister is in my electorate to talk about the Tobruk and I imagine the Minister has misplaced Federal MP Keith Pitt’s and my invitation and feels very bad for the non-invite, particularly after all the work Keith and I did to secure the Tobruk. Anyhow, I can live in hope that Minister responds to my enquiries about these bags of cans that are accumulated on World Heritage Fraser Island, that Cannot get off the island, and There is no re-cycling availability over there. Seems so wrong when some 500,000 bottles and […]
Labor Ignorance

Labor Ignores Written Warnings

by Ted Sorensen
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I refer to the Courier Mail Thursday, 7th Feb 19, on page 7 with the story of  ‘Written warnings ignored’. It’s a good read and I suggest people grab a copy.  The story talks about the Kelly group leaving a trail of debt to the tune of about 50 $Million, before going into Liquidation. The Premier, the CCC and numerous Ministers had been forewarned about the pending doom of the Kelly group who had been awarded numerous government contracts – yet they did nothing to protect the sub-contractors that would eventually wear this debt too as it came down the […]

Plan your trip: Bruce Highway in the Wide Bay Burnett District (February 2019)

by Ted Sorensen
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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is continuing to complete works to upgrade the Bruce Highway. The Wide Bay Burnett District has prepared the attached information flyer illustrating roadworks location and estimate travel delays during February 2019, weather permitting. You can view the full size map by CLICKING HERE We encourage you to pass this flyer on to other motorists and companies who may be interested or affected by the roadworks. To receive ongoing updates, motorists are welcome to contact TMR on 1300 728 390 during business hours, or email bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au. We thank all motorists for their patience […]
Ted Sorensen Hervey Bay Hospital

Opening of Hervey Bay’s new Accident and Emergency ward.

by Ted Sorensen
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The Hervey Bay Hospital’s new Accident and Emergency ward opened yesterday at 7.00am. I had the privilege of a walk through with WBHHS staff, the day before it was opened. It’s a real game changer for Hervey Bay and when my LNP team were in government, we made sure the new A&E ward was to be delivered for Hervey Bay. It took some prodding, but it’s here. There were many people who were invited to provide input into the design such as the Ambulances officer and nurses, and those efforts and ideas were very noticeable when walking through. So congratulations […]

Community Service Grants

by Ted Sorensen
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I’m proud to announce that the electorate will share in $79,105.45 worth of grant funding awarded through round 98 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. 3 organisations received grants: Hervey Bay Art Society – upgrade amenities Pialba Bowls Club – upgrade facility Volunteer Marine Rescue Hervey Bay – equipment & motor The money will make a huge difference to the successful local groups. Non-profit clubs or organisations are urged to apply for the next round visit www.justice.qld.gov.au/grants so be sure to get your applications in to get our fair share of the gambling revenue back in Hervey Bay.
LNP Queensland Future

2019 With The LNP

by Ted Sorensen
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It’s important you know the LNP are fighting hard for all Queenslanders. Please watch what our Leader, Deb Frecklington has to say.

AUSTRALIA DAY – SATURDAY 26 JANUARY 2019

by Ted Sorensen
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Day of National Celebration. Australia Day is a time to celebrate the nation and people we have become. We celebrate the history that has made us who we are; the country that we love and the values and institutions that underpin it. To contribute to the national celebration and as a demonstration of national pride, and in accordance with flag protocol, all Australian and Queensland Government departments and associated portfolio agencies should fly or display the Australian National Flag all day on Saturday, 26 January 2019. Other organisations are welcome to participate. The financial and staffing implications arising from weekend […]

Ted asks – Why are Labor and the Greens so racist.

by Ted Sorensen
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Many people have come to my office to talk about the Adani mining project. Labor Lefties would have you believe that the LNP are environmental wrecking machines. I support the mining industry in Australia unashamedly, and I support the environment. I also support renewable energy initiatives. The Hervey Bay electorate has one of the largest participation rates in solar power energy in the State and that’s a great accolade to have. We all understand, that we will have a mix of energy into the future and how this energy is managed cost effectively for business, is high on my priority […]
Qld Health Report

Damming Qld Health Report

by Ted Sorensen
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National report shows Labor’s health priorities are all wrong Today’s report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare into the state of our public hospitals is another damning indictment on Annastacia Palaszczuk’s health priorities. LNP Shadow Minister for Health Ros Bates said that our public hospitals are bursting at the seams but Labor are more interested in wasting taxpayers money changing the names of hospitals. “Our hospitals are literally bursting at the seams under Labor,” Ms Bates said. “Elective surgery waiting times are blowing out despite a reduction in admissions. “The median wait time for surgery has blown out […]
Child Killer Laws

Australia’s Toughest Child Killer Laws

by Ted Sorensen
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Soft sentences for child killers will continue to be handed out under the Palaszczuk Labor Government, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has warned. Ms Frecklington said while the LNP had vowed to introduce Australia’s toughest punishments for child killers, Labor’s proposed new laws were soft and fail to address the issue. “Labor’s proposed new laws don’t go far enough to protect Queensland kids because they fail to introduce minimum mandatory sentences for child killers,” Ms Frecklington said. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO MESSAGE “There’s been too many soft sentences for child killers and that’s why the LNP’s Mason Jett Lee […]

Electricity Price Monitoring

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Queensland LNP welcomes amendment to Treasury Laws Amendment (Electricity Price Monitoring) Bill 2018 Thursday, 6th December, 2018 State LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has welcomed confirmation that the Federal Government’s legislation to prohibit misconduct in the energy sector will not allow Queensland’s electricity assets to be sold. “We welcome efforts to stamp out misconduct and ensure the lowest possible price for consumers,” Ms Frecklington said. “Queenslanders want lower power prices but they don’t want asset sales. “We believe our electricity assets should be kept in public hands, so the government can control the prices. “Unfortunately, the Palaszczuk Government has been using […]

POLL: Queenslanders say Labor is lying and to keep Lady Cilento name

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A Nine News Galaxy Poll has revealed that an overwhelming number of Queenslanders don’t want the name of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital changed. “This is the only scientifically conducted reliable poll on this issue to date and it proves Labor’s claims about genuine consultation are all lies,” Ms Frecklington said. “This is the final nail in the coffin for Annastacia Palaszczuk’s credibility. It is in Labor’s DNA to lie and Queenslanders haven’t been fooled by it.” “The Palaszczuk Government’s survey to justify the name change was clearly a rort, rigged and corrupted. You cannot believe a word this government […]

Right to Information exposes Labor’s sham “Cilento survey”

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The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s sham survey to rip Lady Cilento’s name from the children’s hospital has been exposed. “The Palaszczuk Labor Government has been caught red-handed fudging statistics,” LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said. “A Right to Information request has shown multiple votes had been recorded from the same IP address. “Annastacia Palaszczuk should immediately apologise to the family, restore Lady Cilento’s name to the hospital, and start concentrating on the healthcare of our sick kids. “Queensland children should have money spent on their healthcare, but Labor is spending millions on dodgy surveys and ripping the Cilento name down from the […]

Grants Open For Local Small Business

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The latest round of grants to assist Queensland small businesses to kickstart their business are now open for application with funding of up to $5,000 available for each successful recipient. Funding can be used for professional advice and support for business planning, marketing strategy development, as well as social media and digital strategies, research, mentoring and coaching. In the last round of Small Business Entrepreneur Grants, 237 small businesses were successful in receiving $840,000 to access professional advice and support. It is the critical early stages of developing a business that is so important to success, and these funds can […]

Drop Bear Adventures Beach Clean Up on K’gari – Fraser Island

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Thanks to Hana and the whole team at Drop Bears Adventures for their continued support of Fraser Island. Drop Bear Adventures Tour Operator cleans up the beach on K’gari – Fraser Island after being inspired by Prince Harry’s heartfelt speech during his visit to the island last week. Drop Bear Adventures, Tour Company owned by locals Hana & Mark sprung into action after being inspired by Prince Harry’s heartfelt speech at Central Station Rainforest last week. This dedicated duo has gone from strength to strength after starting their tour business just 7 years ago and they say this success is […]

Armistice Day Centenary

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One hundred years ago on 11 November 1918, four bloody years of brutal conflict came to an end. Almost 62,000 Australians died fighting for our freedom and in service of our nation. To commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War ceremonies will run in Hervey Bay, Howard, Toogoom & Maryborough on Remembrance Day, Sunday 11 November 2018. Full details can be found at https://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/armistice

NEW Container Refund Scheme Locations on the Fraser Coast

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The Container Refund Scheme Locations on the Fraser Coast starts 01 November, 2018 For full details, go to http://containerexchange.com.au/ Please note a change in venues U Can Recycle, Pialba Bayside Christian Church, 18 Neil Street , Pialba Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm Type: Drop-offs (bag it, tag it, drop it) Payment: Cash, EFT via Scheme ID ucanrecyclebunya@gmail.com Cleanaway Hervey Bay CRP 9 Industrial Avenue, Dundowran Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 4pm Type: Drop-offs (bag it, tag it, drop it) Payment: EFT via Scheme ID 07 4315 6300 scott.campbell@cleanaway.com.au

LNP & 4WD Community Have A Win – New 4WD lift laws provide greater consistency

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Vehicle lift modification laws will be changed in Queensland to create greater consistency for 4WD motorists. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the changes would be in place from today, 26 October 2018, following the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement last month that it would change the laws to align them with other states. “The changes to the Queensland Code of Practice follow extensive consultation with industry and 4WD groups over several months,” Mr Bailey said. “This decision will increase the maximum certifiable lift from 125mm to 150mm, which is consistent with the National Code of Practice and other states. […]

Lawrence Springborg Testimonial Lunch

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To honour the enormous contribution Lawrence Springborg made to the LNP and Queensland, there will be a testimonial lunch in his honour in Hervey Bay on Friday 9th November. Lawrence will be accompanied by the Leader of the LNP & Opposition, Deb Frecklington. Venue: Blazing Saddles Bar & Grill, 140 Freshwater St , Torquay Time: 11.30am for noon start Cost: $50 per head – light lunch will be served Booking: Online by CLICKING HERE This promises to be a great day to honour Lawrence.

Racing faces ruin under Labor’s betting tax

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The unprecedented action to trigger state-wide strikes is a last ditch effort by the Queensland racing industry strangled by Labor’s $367million racing tax. “Once again the Queensland racing industry has been let down by the Annastacia Palaszczuk and her government,” LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said. “This is a $1.2 billion industry that employs thousands of Queenslanders and provides enjoyment to many others. “Stirling Hinchliffe failed as Transport Minister in the last term and he has now failed the Queensland racing industry. “Labor need to be supporting the racing industry, but instead they’re taxing it out of existence.” LNP Shadow Racing […]

Mary River, Traveston project: Property bloodbath that cost Queensland $318m

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THE biggest property bloodbath in the state’s history – which has cost Queenslanders a staggering $318 million – is officially over. Almost a decade after the Federal Government blocked a controversial move to dam the Mary River, 150km north of Brisbane, The Courier-Mail can reveal the last lots acquired for the project have been sold. To make way for the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam, the then Beattie Government bought more than 500 properties, comprising 656 individual lots, for $520 million. Extraordinary losses suffered by the government included selling a property it bought for a whopping $25.3 million back to the […]

National Police Remembrance Day

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On Friday September 28, members of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and the community pause to remember the police officers who have lost their lives serving the public of Queensland and those officers who have fallen both on duty and off duty under other circumstances. This significant day also recognises the unique nature of policing and the dangers that police face in their daily pursuits whilst serving and protecting our community. CLICK HERE for full details

Farmers afraid to speak out after Minister sacks LDC

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Local Drought Committees (LDCs) across Queensland will be too scared to speak up for farmers after the shock sacking of the Western Downs LDC by Agriculture Minister Mark Furner, the LNP warned today. Mr Furner decided to shoot the messenger by axing the Western Downs LDC after its members – one of whom had served on the committee for 35 years – voted unanimously for the area to be drought-declared. The Minister ignored their recommendation and has allowed only part of the Western Downs to be officially drought-declared (Link to Queensland Country Life story below). Liberal National Party Shadow Minister […]

4wd Community Update

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Mr. Peter Gleeson Journalist of the Courier Mail has today (25 September, 2018) given the Premier and her Pinocchio Minister Mark Bailey, something to think about. Please refer to my post here on the 28 August, 2018 for background.  What a mess.  The Queensland 4×4 community has been reeling from proposed ‘fake’ towing laws – that no one had heard about, to modification laws – that no one knew about either.  Bailey was talking about consultations before these ‘law changes’ although Industry people who were asking for a seat at the table were not allowed in the discussion. The Minister […]
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LNP Targets Returned Vets For Jobs & Support

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Veterans Support Fighting to help our veterans who fought to help us was a sacred trust, the LNP’s employment spokeswoman Fiona Simpson said today while visiting Hervey Bay for Veteran’s Health Week. Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen and Ms Simpson met with veterans following the Veteran’s Health Week “Health and Wellbeing” Breakfast today to discuss issues they want help addressing, particularly with finding work after leaving the service. “Helping our returned service men and women succeed in transitioning to civilian life is all our responsibility,” Ms Simpson said. “It’s the role of Government, as individual elected reps, but also as […]

All things Solar…!!

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The Electricity and Other Legislation (Batteries and Premium Feed-in Tariff) Amendment Bill 2018 was introduced on 15 February 2018 by the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy – now passed, the Bill aims to; 1. clarify when additional generation systems and electricity storage devices can be deployed in association with the Solar Bonus Scheme; 2. enable the effective implementation of a new national regulatory framework for retail competition in embedded electricity networks which commenced on 1 December 2017; and 3. allow residential and small business customers in regional Queensland to have the option to return to Ergon Retail, if […]

Stay Safe This Upcoming Storm Season

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Living in Queensland, unpredictable and powerful storms are a part of life and while we’re used to their arrival, Ergon Energy Network is reminding residents why it’s important to be prepared. Whether you’re at home or at work, electricity is central to almost all aspects of our everyday lives. While the Ergon Energy network can withstand most extreme weather conditions, it will always be vulnerable to direct lightning strikes, high winds, heavy rain, flooding and flying debris. All of these can cause power outages and fallen powerlines. – which is why residents are asked to Take Care. Stay Line Aware […]

Labor refuses to debate LNP sex offender Bill

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Freed paedophiles will be allowed to ‘self-report’ under Palaszczuk’s soft laws The Palaszczuk Government has today refused to allow the LNP’s tough laws to protect Queenslanders from all violent serious sex offenders to be debated by Parliament. While blocking debate, the panicking Palaszczuk Government said it would press ahead with its own weak legislation, which will rely on paedophiles to ‘self-report’ to police on release. Labor’s draft amendments will allow violent sexual predator Robert John Fardon to be released unsupervised into the community on October 3 should the appeal to continue his supervision order fail. Liberal National Party Leader Deb […]

Bruce Highway Sept 18 Road Works Update

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is continuing to complete works to upgrade the Bruce Highway. You can download this update by clicking here The Wide Bay Burnett District has prepared the attached information flyer illustrating roadwork locations and estimated travel delays during August 2018, weather permitting. To receive ongoing updates, motorists are welcome to contact TMR on 1300 728 390 during business hours, or email bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au. We thank all motorists for their patience and cooperation while these important safety works are completed.   Kind regards,  Hendrik Roux District Director | Wide Bay/Burnett District Program Delivery and Operations […]

Stroke Week

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It was great to meet Leah Pett of STROKE Connect who was promoting the importance of a healthy lifestyle for Stroke Week at Parliament. Thanks Leah, well done. Stroke symptoms How do you know if someone is having a stroke? Think… F.A.S.T. The Stroke Foundation recommends the F.A.S.T. test as an easy way to remember the most common signs of stroke. Using the F.A.S.T. test involves asking these simple questions: Face Check their face. Has their mouth drooped? Arms Can they lift both arms? Speech Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you? Time Is critical. If you see any […]
Caravan Scare

Let’s Clear This Up And Tow It Away.

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Retirees were to bear the brunt of apparently conjured car tax – under the new ‘towing’ regulations to be introduced by Labor’s Government Minister Mark Bailey. Minister Mark Bailey was master and chief, presiding over the new regulations that would stop 4WD ‘modified’ vehicles from towing caravans, boats, horse floats and trailers because they exceeded their legal carrying capacity.  This was over a couple of pages in the Courier Mail on the 21 August, 2018… It’s a grey area over new towing rules. Hervey Bay was named as a post code that would stand to be affected the most. Could […]

A Must Watch Regarding The Ipswich Council Dissolution Bill

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I urge everyone to watch what Jo-Ann Miller, State Member for Bundamba speaking on the Ipswich Dissolution Bill – watch it by clicking here

Labor Thinking Lost In The Traffic Jams

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With comments such as “because it makes people think about their travel choices”, we are left wondering about what’s next if they think traffic congestion is not such a bad thing!

Labor Wasting Taxpayers Money – AGAIN!

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Once again we have seen Labor’s blatant waste of taxpayers money when attending the recent Common Wealth Games at the Gold Coast. When will this madness stop???

Sign petition to show your support for a Regional City Deal

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A final push is on to make sure Hinkler is one of the first regional electorates recognised as a site for a Regional City Deal. Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt is calling on local residents and the community to show its support for a Regional City Deal. “A Regional City Deal is an economic plan that delivers more jobs into the future, infrastructure for better connectivity, training for the workforce of tomorrow and builds on the strengths of our region. “A regional deal would bring together the Federal, State and Local Governments to establish a long-term plan for economic […]

Local Sporting Champions funding boost

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Eighty-six young athletes in the Hinkler region have received a funding boost to help them compete at state, national and international competitions. Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt is today congratulating the successful Local Sporting Champions recipients of Round 1 2018-19. “It’s fantastic to see such a large number of young people eligible for the grants and selected to compete at this top level. “However, it can be expensive to get them to these competitions and I hope that the Local Sporting Champions grant makes it easier for these families,” he said. Changes to the Local Sporting Champions program means […]

Federal Grants Available For Local Volunteers

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Grants open for volunteer organisations in Hinkler Applications for the Volunteer Grants round are open now, with grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 on offer. Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt has called on community organisations to apply for a share of up to $20million in funding to support the efforts of their volunteers. “These grants help community organisations buy equipment such as laptops, pay fuel costs, train volunteers and improve their fundraising,” he said. “Volunteers are a vital part of our community and by continuing to help each other and work together we are building a stronger region. “Forty-seven […]

Gambling Community Benefit Fund Grants

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I’m proud to announce that the electorate will share in $197,084.85 worth of grant funding awarded through round 96 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. 9 organisations from sporting groups Tennis, Football, Dragon Club, Surf Life Saving and community group such as Meals on Wheels, VMR, schools and PCYC received grants. The money will make a huge difference to the successful local groups. Non-profit clubs or organisations can apply for the next round visit www.justice.qld.gov.au/grants so be sure to get your applications in a get our fair share of the gambling revenue back in Hervey Bay.

Pialba–Burrum Heads Road, Scrub Hill Road and Wide Bay Drive upgrade

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I have been advised by Department of Transport and Main Roads that there will be some changes to pedestrian and vehicle access at the Pialba–Burrum Heads Road, Scrub Hill Road and Wide Bay Drive upgrade during August. You can download full information by clicking here Any inquiries can be directed  to: Free call: 1300 728 390* Email: bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au Website: www.tmr.qld.gov.au Post: Department of Transport and Main Roads Wide Bay/Burnett District Locked Bag 486 Bundaberg Qld 4670

August 2018 Update – Ongoing Upgrades To The Bruce Highway

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is continuing to complete works to upgrade the Bruce Highway. The Wide Bay Burnett District has prepared the attached information flyer illustrating roadwork locations and estimated travel delays during August 2018 which you can download by Clicking Here. We encourage you to pass this flyer on to other motorists and companies who may be interested or affected by the roadworks. To receive ongoing updates, motorists are welcome to contact TMR on 1300 728 390 during business hours, or email bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au We thank all motorists for their patience and cooperation while these important safety […]
Labor Captains Call

Palaszczuk’s Captain’s Call Cost Queenslanders $13,600

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Liberal National Party Shadow Minister for Sport John-Paul Langbroek said the true cost of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s captain’s call had been revealed today in Estimates. “Annastacia Palaszczuk’s call was out of touch and insensitive to the grief that the Mackenroth family were experiencing after the passing of Terry,” Mr Langbroek said. “The whole saga became a debacle and it took far too long for Annastacia Palaszczuk to drop the idea. “Her own Cabinet didn’t even back her captain’s call. “To make matters worse, the Premier tried to use the new Alfie Langer statue announcement as a smokescreen to cover her bad […]

Labor’s Rail Fail Cost Blows Out To $160 Million

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It’s official – Queensland Labor has wasted $160 million of taxpayer funds trying to fix the Palaszczuk Government’s epic rail fail. Today in Parliamentary Estimates hearings, the LNP Opposition confirmed that since Southeast Queensland’s rail network was plunged into crisis in October 2016, Labor had spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to fix their mess. “Almost two years down the track and the commuters of SEQ are still expected to put up with 472 fewer train services per week, constant cancellations and crowded trains,” LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said. “Under Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor SEQ has gone from having […]

Fraser Coast region let down by Labor – AGAIN

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Liberal National Party Shadow Minister for State Development Andrew Powell has slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government for delaying Building our Regions Projects on the Fraser Coast region. “Once again the Fraser Coast region has been ignored by the Brisbane-centric Palaszczuk Labor Government,” Mr Powell said. “Projects like Nikenbah Water and Sewerage Infrastructure and Howard Sewerage Project would have created jobs for locals but instead, Labor continues to push out the time frames for the projects. “The Nikenbah Water and Sewerage Infrastructure Project has been delayed for 11 months and the Howard Sewerage Project has been delayed indefinitely under Labor. “Worse […]

Will Hervey Bay Get The Much Needed Extension To The Hervey Bay Police Station?

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After many representations, such as questions on notice ( Click Here About Ambulance, Click Here About Fire ) about when Hervey Bay was to get a new Ambulance and Fire Stations, things are happening or at the very least they are being talked about. The fire station has been put off until 2021 which is a long way off, and we will need it  well and truly before then.  No doubt this gives Labor loads of time to re-announce this project at least another 10 times……  (Yes, they have announced it again today…!!) The Ambo station at $4.6million is expected […]

Stunning Revelations Rock Tolling Inquiry

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Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington said she was shocked by a number of startling revelations made during today’s public briefing at the Toll Road Inquiry. “The reason I called for this inquiry was to save people money and bust congestion. I simply want a better, fairer toll system but after today’s startling revelations I am increasingly concerned about its current fairness for motorists,” Ms Frecklington said. “In the last three years, Transurban’s Queensland business has been the subject of 48 per cent of all the complaints made to the National Toll Ombudsman – more than any other operator. “Transurban […]
Renewable Energy

LNP’s Renewable Energy Policy Is The Same Today

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LNP Leader, Deb Frecklington statement: The Queensland LNP’s renewable energy policy is the same today as it was when I first announced it in my budget in-reply speech in June. This is what I said in my budget in-reply speech: An LNP government would mandate government owned energy companies to support renewable energy generation. We would work with the Australian Energy Market Operator to find the right mix of energy generation to ensure our electricity supply is affordable, secure and clean. I promise Queenslanders that the LNP will plan for a future beyond coal. These government owned businesses need a […]

Labor’s Greedy Tax Grab On Grey Nomads

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Thousands more Queenslanders are set to fall victim to the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s greedy tax on new cars, campervans and motorhomes. LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said, under Labor, ‘grey nomads’ and Queensland families keen to enjoy the great outdoors would now be paying thousands of dollars more to ‘live the dream’. “Today we learn yet more Queenslanders will be victims of Labor’s addiction to tax,” Ms Frecklington. “Annastacia Palaszczuk’s vehicle tax will add thousands of dollars to the cost of a campervan or motorhome under 4.5 tonnes. * “Queensland retirees set to take off on their trip of a lifetime […]

Labor Lies On Neighbourhood Watch

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Funding cuts to Neighbourhood Watch threaten the crime fighting group’s mission to keep Queensland communities safe. Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington said Labor’s $200,000 program spruiked today was too little, too late, following a crushing 85 per cent funding cut announced in March. “No matter how Police Minister Mark Ryan tries to spin this, the Palaszczuk Government has slashed Neighbourhood Watch funding from $500,000 a year to just $75,000,” Ms Frecklington said. “Minister Ryan is now pitching a new arrangement for Neighbourhood Watch, but the volunteer group is still well short of the funds they had and need. “The […]

Major Issues With Heart Valve Bank Operations

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Media Statement From LNP Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates:- As a mother and a nurse, I am extremely concerned by the issues raised today by the Queensland Chief Health Officer. There has clearly been a major failure within the system that has resulted in potentially cancerous tissue given to four Queensland children.  Three of those children were babies under one. This is completely and utterly unacceptable.  My heart goes out to these poor kids and their families.  No one should ever have to endure something like this and we hope these children make a full recovery from this ordeal. Distressingly, […]

Labor Crushes First Homeowner Dream

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LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander is warning the dream of owning a home could be crushed with new taxes and grant cuts adding about $8000 to the bottom line. Mr Mander said Labor Treasurer Jackie Trad cut the First Home Owners’ Grant from $20,000 to $15,000 in last week’s State Budget. “Ripping away $5000 from potential new home owners is not what Queenslanders need to deal with right now,” Mr Mander said. “Labor’s new waste tax and an increase to land taxes will also add about $3000 to cost of building a home. “That’s effectively $8000 added […]
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Deb launches LNP Economic Plan for Queensland

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The Liberal National Party has today launched an Economic Plan for Queensland that will create jobs, cut the cost of living and improve our schools and hospitals. LNP Leader Deb Frecklington unveiled the plan in her Budget reply speech in Parliament today. “All Annastacia Palaszczuk has delivered after three-and-a-half years as Premier is more tax, debt and unemployment,” Ms Frecklington said. “Her Budget will rip $2.2 billion out of our economy in new taxes and see debt soar to $83 billion.” “Queenslanders are being squeezed because Labor has no plan for this state.” “Unlike Labor, I have a plan for […]

The 2018-19 Queensland Budget earns Hervey Bay a big ‘FAIL’.

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Sheer disappointment – doesn’t come close to describing what this budget means for Hervey bay. This budget will hurt households with new taxes, debt and rising unemployment. There are five new taxes worth $2.2 billion and none of it is good for business or employment. The increase in land tax set to gather some $311 million, will harm business.  This tax will see an increase in rents, especially in shopping centres and tourism accommodations. The waste tax is set to gather $1.3 billion.  If businesses cannot pass these new taxes on,  they will have no other choice but to cut […]

Is Today “Mental Health Day” For Hervey Bay

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I have highlighted so many times with the State Labor government that Hervey Bay needs support on the ground here in Mental health services and aligning housing supported accommodations. (see recent answer from Minister of Health Steven Miles below) Will today be the day, Budget day – that the Labor government talks about the Hervey Bay electorate and Mental Health services in the same sentence? Stay tuned. Question on Notice No. 458 Asked on 2 May 2018 MR E SORENSEN asked the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services (HON DR S MILES)— QUESTION With reference to mental health […]

Hervey Bay locals struggling to find work.

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Hervey Bay has joined a list that no city deserves to be on. Hervey Bay has been identified as one of eight Queensland electorates with unemployment above 10 per cent. What’s worse is that Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor government appears to have no plan for creating the jobs Hervey Bay locals so desperately need.  Hervey Bay needs more help – now. The LNP pledges to the Hervey Bay electorate at the last election would have created real jobs for our locals.  The extension of the Urangan Pier in Hervey Bay had the potential to attract millions of dollars in international tourism […]

Queensland royalties held to ransom

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LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has called on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to immediately intervene in a coal network rail maintenance dispute that could cost Queenslanders more than $500 million in royalty revenue and countless jobs. “The Queensland Competition Authority’s retrospective regulatory changes mean 20 million fewer tonnes of coal (worth approximately $4 billion) will be exported every year for the next four years. That’s $500 million of royalty money directly out of the pockets of Queenslanders,” Ms Frecklington said. “A $500 million cut to royalties is a $100 cut for every man, woman and child living in Queensland in the next […]

Queensland businesses lose confidence under Labor

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LNP Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said the latest CCIQ Pulse Survey shows that businesses have no confidence in the Palaszczuk Labor Government. “This is just another vote of no confidence by Queensland businesses in this Labor Government,” Mr Mander said. “Small business is the backbone of our economy, employing the vast majority of Queenslanders and these businesses are hurting under Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor. “Annastacia Palaszczuk’s has no economic plan for Queensland businesses except new taxes.” Mr Mander said Labor’s lack of action in the first 100 days and union control were all key issues identified by Queensland businesses. “Business […]

LNP backs Beattie’s call for CFMEU boycott

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk must follow the advice of her predecessor Peter Beattie and refuse all further donations from the CFMEU, LNP leader Deb Frecklington said today. Ms Frecklington spoke out after it was revealed the union has been fined $2.4 million in Queensland in the past 18 months and after CFMEU secretary John Setka admitted the union fought ‘outside the law’. “Annastacia Palaszczuk’s integrity is on the line,” Ms Frecklington said. “It is simply politically and morally unacceptable for any government to be bankrolled by a union that openly boasts about its criminal activity. “Peter Beattie has said Labor should […]

Perrett gives Labor a spray over weed report delay

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LNP Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett has given the Palaszczuk Labor Government a spray over endless delays in releasing a Parliamentary Report into the impact of invasive weeds. “It’s been more than 18 months since the Labor Government promised to deliver this report and Queenslanders are still waiting,” Mr Perrett said. “Landholders and farmers are battling invasive weeds every day and urgently need strategic support from the State Government. “Whether its giant rat’s tail, fireweed, prickly acacia or any of the other countless invasive weeds, Queensland landholders and farmers have had enough. “As a landholder and someone passionate about […]

Labor Gags Vegetation Debate Again

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“For the second week in a row, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor have gagged the debate on a contentious laws. “They gagged their attack on farmers and gagged debate on union’s undue influence on the Labor party. “Parliament is the people’s house and every representative deserves their say. “It shows how lazy and arrogant the Palaszczuk Labor Government are to shut down debate and rush right over the democratic process. “Labor’s clearly got their priorities all wrong.”

Labor received 326 pages of Ipswich corruption complaints

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The revelation that Jackie Trad received 326 pages of corruption complaints about Labor-run Ipswich City Council proves Queensland Labor turns a blind eye to corruption in its own ranks, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said today. A Right to Information document tabled in Parliament today confirmed the then Local Government Minister received a staggering 326 pages of complaints about corruption at the Labor council between January 1 2015 and December 31 2017. “It is beyond belief that the Palaszczuk Labor Government received 326 pages of complaints about Ipswich City Council but apparently did nothing,” Ms Frecklington said. “Labor talks about integrity […]

Why was Premier deaf to corruption claims?

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk must immediately explain why she ignored repeated warnings about the Labor corruption crisis in Ipswich, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said today. Ms Frecklington said the Premier was directly responsible for the implosion of the Labor-run council and owed the people of Ipswich an explanation – and an apology. “I’m pleased that Stirling Hinchliffe has backed my call to sack Ipswich’s rotten council,” Ms Frecklington said. “But the Palaszczuk Government must do much more to restore public confidence. “The Labor Member for Bundamba and former Labor Member for Cairns both raised the alarm about Ipswich City Council, but […]

Labor’s waste tax to hit Hervey Bay homebuyers

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Annastacia Palaszczuk’s greedy tax grab from Queenslanders is continuing with the introduction of a new waste tax. During a meeting with Hervey Bay builder Russell Clark, LNP Shadow Minister for Small Business Fiona Simpson and local MP Ted Sorensen said home buyers would be slugged an extra $3,000 to build a new home because of two Labor tax hikes. “Builders will be slugged more to get rid of the waste in their skip bins and this cost will be passed on to new home owners,” Ms Simpson said. “On top of that, Labor is also introducing a new land tax […]

Anzac Day, Wednesday 25 April 2018

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Anzac Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, particularly for our serving military personnel and returned veterans. The Centenary of Anzac, being commemorated from 2014 to 2018, is an important period of national significance. For further information on the Anzac Centenary please CLICK HERE In accordance with Australian flag protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, from dawn until noon in your locality, at which time the flag should be raised to the peak of the flag mast for the remainder of the day. This advice applies to buildings and […]

Can You Help Meals On Wheels?

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Meals on Wheels Fraser Community Inc provide a critically needed service to local residents who can’t cook for themselves. None of this is possible without the generous donation of time by it’s volunteers and they are in need of people to either drive or accompany the driver on the rounds. Please phone Colleen at Fraser Coast Meals On Wheels on 4128 1334 if you can help.

Save The Date For The Salvos

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As we all know, the Salvation Army provide an invaluable service to all communities with their tireless work & dedication. Please save the date for our annual Red Shield Appeal launch on Friday, 4th May at the Hervey Bay Boat Club starting at 6.30am – breakfast will be served. Businesses and organisations are asked to support this launch and book a table of 10 or a few seats. To book or for more information, please email jennysorensen@bigpond.com

Hervey Bay Crafters Mothers Day Craft Fair

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If craft is your thing, make sure you get along to the 2 Day Hervey Bay Crafters Mothers Day Craft Fair at the RSL Club, Torquay Rd, Pialba.

Gambling Community Benefit Fund Grants

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Gambling Community Benefit Fund – GCBF Round 95 Grants To Local Organisations   Organisation Sponsored Organisation Purpose Amount Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC Nil Purchase Equipment $8,065.00 CEREBRAL PALSY LEAGUE OF QUEENSLAND Allied Health Wide Bay – CPL Purchase IT and Medical Equipment $18,507.00 Hervey Bay Amateur Fishing Club Inc Nil Purchase IT Equipment $7,227.00 HERVEY BAY CROQUET & MALLET SPORTS CLUB INC. Nil Purchase Ride-on Mower $7,990.00 HERVEY BAY NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE INCORPORATED Nil Upgrade Facility and Install Coldroom $24,223.68 HERVEY BAY SIXTY AND BETTER HEALTHY AGEING PROGRAM INC. Nil Upgrade Verandas $35,000.00 HERVEY BAY SPORTS CLUB INC. Nil Upgrade Facility […]

It’s the end of the line for lying Transport Minister

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Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Transport Minister has been exposed again as incompetent and a liar after the CEO of Queensland Rail confirmed just 16 extra train drivers had been recruited to tackle the state’s on-going rail crisis. Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington said the admission by Nick Easy contradicted claims by Transport Minister Mark Bailey, who told Parliament this week that Labor was ‘well on track’ to delivering the 200 extra drivers recommended by the Strachan Report in January 2017. “At this rate it will take Labor more than a decade to recruit the drivers QR needs,” Ms Frecklington said. “The […]

Wide Bay Health Funds Redirected

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State Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen is appalled by recent revelations that Minister for Health Dr Stephen Miles has been redirecting Wide Bay health services funding from our region. “Minister Miles needs to explain and then apologise to the people of Hervey Bay, Ted said. “Why has Wide Bay Health Services funding, that directly affects Hervey Bay hospital surgery wait times, being fleeced from our region and taken elsewhere. In a recent reported in the Courier Mail  on Saturday, 17 March 2018, it was confirmed that the Labor government has been redirecting funding away from Wide Bay Health Services. […]

 Local Government Legislation (Validation of Rates and Charges) Amendment Bill 2018

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My speech in Parliament yesterday (Hervey Bay—LNP) (12.46 pm): I rise to contribute to the debate on the Local Government Legislation (Validation of Rates and Charges) Amendment Bill 2018. This amendment bill seeks to provide retrospective rules to rates and charges issued over a number of financial years by the Fraser Coast Regional Council after a determination by the Supreme Court of Queensland on 6 November 2017 to uphold a decision in the case of Linville Holdings Pty Ltd v Fraser Coast Regional Council. During the financial years 30 June 2015 to 30 June 2016 and 30 June 2016 and […]

New figures reveal Labor’s growing Emergency Department crisis

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New Queensland Health statistics have exposed the growing crisis in emergency departments across the state. In February, one in three emergency department patients were not seen within the clinically recommended time and ambulance ramping also increased. LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s incompetence was causing misery and suffering for tens of thousands of Queenslanders each month. “Queenslanders deserve a world-class health system and Labor just isn’t delivering,” Ms Frecklington said. “Annastacia Palaszczuk promised to improve frontline services, but Labor can’t even get the basics right. “These aren’t just numbers in a spreadsheet, they are real people in […]

Hinkler encouraged to ‘think big’- the Regional Growth Fund now open

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• Regional Growth Fund is now open for initial applications • Program will provide grants for major projects valued over $20 million • Initial applications close on 27 April 2018 Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt is calling for big ideas that could help shape the future of the region, with the Regional Growth Fund open now for applications. The $272 million Regional Growth Fund will support major projects in regional, rural and remote areas that deliver long-term economic benefits. “Following on from the successful Regional Jobs and Investment Package projects announced earlier this week, the Coalition Government is calling for major […]

LNP will ban union propaganda at Queensland schools

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Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington said she will ban union propaganda from Queensland schools if successful at the next state election. “Party politics has no place in Queensland schools and union propaganda definitely doesn’t,” Ms Frecklington said. “Students go to school to learn important life skills. Our schools must not be an environment for Labor Party indoctrination. “I will always call out bullying behaviour and the unions have form. Annastacia Palaszczuk is never going to stand up to the unions, which own her Labor government lock, stock and barrel. “Friday is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Some union behaviour […]

Solar panels for Schools – Air conditioning to come?

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State Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen is still pushing for local schools to be air-conditioned. “I had mentioned a number of times – that the Labor Government should commit to installing solar panels onto Queensland schools. “Finally yesterday, we have got that commitment and while it’s welcomed news, we must also air-condition our local schools. “I had advocated strongly for the air conditioning, after listening to the concerns of our local community. “The LNP made a strong commitment at the last election, to get the job done, and the residents of Hervey Bay strongly supported the initiative. “Studies have shown that students […]

Cruel 85% Neighbourhood Watch Funding Cuts Petition

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Sign the petition – https://lnpq.typeform.com/to/MYn7TU Community crime-fighting in Queensland will be crippled by the Palaszczuk Government’s massive 85 per cent cut in funding for Neighbourhood Watch. Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington said she was appalled that funding for the state’s 400 Neighbourhood Watch groups was being slashed from $500,000 a year to just $75,000. “We need to boost community involvement in crime prevention, not destroy it,” Ms Frecklington said. “What is the Palaszczuk Government thinking in targeting Neighbourhood Watch volunteers for spending cuts? “They should be backing community-spirited volunteers to the hilt, not stabbing them in the back.” Shadow Minister […]

LNP to fight Labor’s unprovoked attack on farmers

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Thursday, 8 March 2018 Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington today said she would fight tooth and nail to defend farmers and their property rights. “Sadly, Labor have today launched an unfair attack on farmers, their families and farming communities right across Queensland,” Ms Frecklington said. “Labor’s proposed vegetation management laws are offensive and I will fight them at every turn. “Instead of supporting farmers Annastacia Palaszczuk is tying them up in more red tape and threatening their ability to grow the food we put our tables and the fibre we put on our backs. “I will do all I […]

Labor locks in high fuel prices for Queensland

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“Wednesday night the LNP called on Annastacia Palaszczuk to adopt the LNP’s real time fuel price monitoring policy, Leader of the Opposition Deb Frecklington said. “Labor continued to rip off Queenslanders, not supporting the LNP’s motion on real time fuel pricing. “It was also disappointing to see Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party vote against real action on fuel prices and the Greens Party didn’t even bother to show up. “Our state has some of the highest fuel prices in Australia. “Queensland motorists are being taken for a ride every time they fill up. “A car isn’t a luxury for most […]

Cyber Bullying Not Acceptable

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Cyber Bullying -Ted Sorensen speech in Qld Parliament Queensland Parliament Hansard Green DATE: 06/03/2018 FILE: 06032018_000358_LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY_GREEN CHAMBER.DOCX SUBJECT: Cyberbullying MEMBER: Mr SORENSEN Cyberbullying Mr SORENSEN (Hervey Bay—LNP) (7.18 pm): The Fraser Coast Chronicle has done a wonderful job reporting on cyberbullying and how it should stop and the role we should all play in our cyber community. Everyone in this place has the ability to stamp it out. More recently, the Fraser Coast Chronicle had reported on recent tragedies in Queensland of young people taking their lives and how we should all be responsible to rise up against the ‘dark unloading’ online which […]

Shorten and Palaszczuk vow to kill off mining jobs

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Labor continues to trade green votes for mining jobs in Queensland showing just how duplicitous they really are. Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten has been caught out vowing to kill off the Carmichael coalmine despite the mine passing seven years of stringent testing including by Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Government. Annastacia Palaszczuk was once this project’s biggest fan, even putting together a secret royalty deal for the company. Now Annastacia Palaszczuk says her and Bill Shorten’s stance on Adani is exactly the same. If both Labor leaders are on the same page does that mean Bill Shorten supports the secret royalty deal stitched up by Queensland Labor […]

Tackling The Ice Epidemic

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The Problem:- ICE use across Queensland – particularly in regional and remote communities – has skyrocketed in recent years. Organised crime gangs who supply the drug know they can run it through our regional communities easier because it’s harder to contain. There are fewer police numbers over a larger geographic area and there is significant economic disadvantage – such as high unemployment – so the market is there. In early 2017, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor released a draft strategy and almost a year later there is still no plan to deal with the ICE epidemic in Queensland. There has been too much talk and not enough action from Labor. Our Record:- The LNP has […]

Labor can’t be trusted on taxes

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LNP Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said promises from Deputy Premier Jackie Trad today that Labor had “no plans” to introduce new taxes in the 2018-19 State Budget would be viewed with derision by Queenslanders. “Why can’t the Deputy Premier just guarantee Queenslanders they won’t be hit with any new or increased taxes instead of using weasel words like no plans,” Mr. Mander said. “It’s clear Labor can’t be trusted on this issue. “Anastacia Palaszczuk promised no new or increased taxes in the last term of government and then broke that promise not once, but twice.* “Former Treasurer Curtis Pitt, who […]

Labor can’t be trusted on taxes

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LNP Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said promises from Deputy Premier Jackie Trad today that Labor had “no plans” to introduce new taxes in the 2018-19 State Budget would be viewed with derision by Queenslanders. “Why can’t the Deputy Premier just guarantee Queenslanders they won’t be hit with any new or increased taxes instead of using weasel words like no plans,” Mr. Mander said. “It’s clear Labor can’t be trusted on this issue. “Anastacia Palaszczuk promised no new or increased taxes in the last term of government and then broke that promise not once, but twice.* “Former Treasurer Curtis Pitt, who […]

Labor’s Mark Bailey caught red handed again

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Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington said today’s revelations that a senior Labor Minister did in fact use his private email to converse with his former union is a slap in the face for hard working Queensland taxpayers. “The private emails between the Electrical Trades Union boss and Labor’s former energy minister show Labor put the unions ahead of lower electricity prices,” Ms Frecklington said. “It’s clear the Palaszczuk Government and its Ministers are controlled and owned by the union bosses. “Under Annastacia Palaszczuk its unions first, Queenslanders last. “It is extraordinary that secret deals between the Electrical Trades Union […]

Chris Loft Dismissal

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I do not wish to make any comments as it could prejudice the court case coming up. It is generally considered inappropriate to comment publicly on cases “sub-judice”, which can be an offence in itself, leading to contempt of court proceedings. This is particularly true in criminal cases, where publicly discussing cases “sub-judice” may constitute interference with due process.

Labor Must Act To End NDIS Uncertainty For Queenslanders

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The Palaszczuk Government needs to step up and clarify how it will provide continuity of service, to ensure Queenslanders don’t fall through the cracks as the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) continues. LNP Shadow Minister for Disability Services Dr Christian Rowan said many disability service providers were concerned about the future of state funding programs and how services to Queenslanders who need assistance, but aren’t eligible for the NDIS, will be delivered. “At a state level, the NDIS is funded, in large part, by redirected disability spending,” Dr Rowan said. “As the NDIS continues to rollout in […]

Labor challenged to cease ‘anti-farmer crusade’

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The LNP today challenged Labor to stop its anti-farmer crusade and dump plans to destroy common sense vegetation management laws and ‘choice in marketing’ legislation for cane farmers. LNP Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett joined Shadow Natural Resources Minister Dale Last in the Burdekin to step up the fight for a ‘fair go’ for Queensland farmers. “The election’s over but Labor’s still scapegoating and demonising hard-working farming families and their communities,” Mr Last said. “Our farmers understand their responsibilities to protect the environment and they’re doing a great job of reducing fertiliser and chemical run-off and keeping precious soil in […]

Extra Driving On Seminars For Road Rule Updates

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Due to popular demand two more ‘Driving On’ seminars will be held (one in Maryborough and one in Hervey Bay) prior to Easter. These ‘Driving On’ projects that will be hosted by Active Plus Lifestyle options and funded by the Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services. An expert Driving Instructor( ex law enforcement ) will be presenting a two hour update with visuals on Queensland Road Safety and Road rules. There have been over 1100 road rule changes since 1998 which impacts the safety of our over 50s tremendously. There is a need for accessible information and to share […]

Fraser Island Dingoes Future

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I am concerned about striking the right balance between tourists wanting to experience the local wildlife and protecting the environment. I would like to see an interpretive centre on the island, highlighting the island’s natural beauty and the environmental significance of its flora and fauna. Tourists should understand, that they are entering a unique wilderness when going to Fraser, and be clearly advised as to what needs to be protected on Fraser. The Labor Government could invest in educational exchange programs with other locations like Yellow Stone National Park in the US, so our valued rangers could share ideas in […]

Let Queenslanders Love Our National Parks

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On a visit to the Sunshine Coast today Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington called on the Palaszczuk Government to open up national parks and nature reserves to eco-tourism ventures to provide a much needed boost to the Queensland tourism industry. Ms Frecklington said for too long Queensland’s most beautiful places have been locked away from locals and tourists in the mistaken belief that was the best way to protect the environment. “Sadly the Palaszczuk Labor Government isn’t interested in capitalising on the wonderful natural assets that make Queensland and the Sunshine Coast unique,” Ms Frecklington said. “Instead Labor kow-tow to activists who want […]

Commonwealth Games TransportDebacle

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Not only tradies should be offended by this, this ad is offensive across the board….. They’re doctors or maybe senior nurses on the footpath….?!! Like they need to run or walk more…I don’t think so…! They are doing tremendous job now under a pressured health system, failed by this inept State Labor Government. Rethink how you travel during the games, and while you’re at it…..  Rethink the Labor Government

Labor’s taxes smash confidence in Queensland – new survey shows

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A new survey has revealed confidence in Queensland’s property industry is the worst in the country, with Labor’s two new taxes directly to blame. The ANZ Property Council Survey, released today, shows confidence in Queensland is down and the Palaszczuk Labor Government is seen as the worst performing government in Australia. LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said this was proof Labor’s new taxes would kill investment and cost construction jobs. “It’s no accident Queensland’s slide to the bottom of the rankings coincides with the announcement of Labor’s two new property taxes,” she said. “Businesses are now predicting fewer staff, less activity […]

What Is Queenslands Future

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I’m honoured the people of Hervey Bay have once again elected me to represent them in State Parliament and I will work as hard as I can to get the very best for our region. However with the re-election of Labor at a state wide level, the onus is on Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Minister’s to deliver the infrastructure, services and lifestyle that Wide Bay locals deserve. As local member I will be pushing for Labor to honour the LNP commitment to extend the Urangan Pier to accommodate cruise ships potentially creating thousands of tourism jobs. I’ll pressure them to commit […]

River Heads Boat Ramp Upgrade

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will start works this month to upgrade the River Heads west boat ramp. I have attached a project flyer (Click Here) which provides information about the scope of works and impacts that will be experienced during construction at River Heads. We encourage you to share the flyer with others that may be interested or affected by the works. If you would like further information about the project, please contact our communication team in Bundaberg, via email bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au<mailto:bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au> or phone 1300 728 390. Kind regards, Shae Crawford for Brendan Clancy A/District Director | Wide […]

Urangan Boat Ramps Upgrade

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will start works this month to upgrade two boat ramps at the Urangan Boat Harbour. I have attached a project flyer (Click Here) which provides information about the scope of works and impacts that will be experienced during construction at Urangan. We encourage you to share the flyer with others that may be interested or affected by the works. If you would like further information about the project, please contact our communication team in Bundaberg, via email bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au<mailto:bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au> or phone 1300 728 390. Kind regards, Shae Crawford for Brendan Clancy A/District Director […]

January 2018 Update – Ongoing Upgrades To The Bruce Highway

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is continuing to complete works to upgrade the Bruce Highway. The Wide Bay Burnett District has prepared the attached information flyer illustrating roadwork locations and estimated travel delays during January 2018. We encourage you to pass this flyer on to other motorists and companies who may be interested or affected by the roadworks. To receive ongoing updates, motorists are welcome to contact TMR on 1300 728 390 during business hours, or email bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au<mailto:bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au>. We thank all motorists for their patience and cooperation while these important safety works are completed. Kind regards, Deyarn Williams […]

Over 1100 Road Rule Changes

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There have been over 1100 road rule changes since 1998 which impacts the safety of our over 60’s tremendously. Maria Allen, Project Coordinator from Fraser Coast TESS is currently coordinating a project that will be hosted by Active Plus Lifestyle options and funded by the Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services. Two expert Driving Instructors ( ex law enforcement ) will be presenting a two hour update with visuals on Queensland Road Safety and Road rules. We recognise the need for accessible information and want to share it with the Hervey Bay Community over 60’s. Fraser Coast TESS […]
Urangan Pier Cruise Ships

LNP To Deliver Urangan Pier Cruise Ship Feasibility Study

by Ted Sorensen
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LNP Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen has described the pledge for a feasibility study into extending the Urangan Pier to meet the cruise ships, as a potential ‘game changer’ for our local tourism industry. “This initiative would not only boost Hervey Bay’s tourism industry by unlocking potential investment for locals, it would advance the entire Fraser Coast with increased employment opportunities and bring much needed tourism dollars to the area, Ted said. “Labor has dropped the ball over the past three years and is missing out on a golden era of international and domestic tourism, Ted said. “People who cruise Australian waters, have […]
Qld Election Issues

Compare issues that matter to Queenslanders

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If you are still unsure which way to cast your vote, then compare issues that matter to Queenslanders at http://queenslandelection.info/
Parkinsons Nurse

LNP delivers dedicated nurse for Hervey Bay Hospital

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LNP Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen has announced that the LNP will deliver better health services by securing a new community Parkinson’s nurse based at Hervey Bay Hospital. “A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government is fully committed to providing local residents with the best health care services,” Mr Sorensen said. “An LNP Government will invest $300,000 for a dedicated Parkinson’s nurse to be based at Hervey Bay Hospital. “The dedicated nurse will work with patients with acquired brain injuries such as strokes and brain haemorrhages. “This is a major win for our community and will ensure all of our community, both young and old, […]
Palaszczuk Derailed

Palaszczuk Derailed Over Repair Bill For New Trains

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By SARAH ELKS, QUEENSLAND POLITICAL REPORTER – The Australian Newspaper Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ordered $100 million be redirected to Queensland manufacturer Downer to fix the state’s new Indian-made trains, in a bid to shore up the super-marginal ALP seat of Maryborough. The controversial New Generation Rollingstock trains — commissioned by the Newman government in 2012 for $4.4 billion from Canadian company Bombardier— have been used by Labor to attack current Liberal National Party leader and Newman government treasurer Tim Nicholls. The carriages need to be fixed because people with disabilities cannot use the trains’ hallways or toilets, and the $100m […]
Labor Train Lies

Labor Still Lying About New Trains

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Annastacia Palaszczuk and her part-time Transport Minister Jackie Trad have continued their campaign of outright lies about new passenger trains for Brisbane. Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor are more focused on their own jobs, than the jobs of Queenslanders Annastacia Palaszczuk knows the facts and yet chooses to lie to Queenslanders No Australian company bid for the contract to supply new trains for SEQ and Labor contracted the same company they are now criticising – Bombardier – to build trams for the Gold Coast Light Rail LNP Shadow Transport Minister Andrew Powell said Annastacia Palaszczuk’s decision to send the New Generation […]
$2 million for Hervey Bay School Air Conditioning

LNP To Air Condition Hervey Bay Schools

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Ted Sorensen & a Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will deliver a better learning environment for students with a $2 million dollar project to install air conditioning in schools across Hervey Bay. The LNP will commit $2 million to install air conditioning in classrooms in schools in Hervey Bay LNP has delivered the air conditioners after listening to the concerns of the local community Only the LNP will better support families by building a Better Queensland LNP Leader Tim Nicholls said the new air conditioners would ensure students could have the best chance at learning regardless of the weather. “We will […]
domestic violence

LNP to take real action against domestic violence

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A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will tackle domestic violence and implement a five-point action plan to better protect victims and their families. LNP will introduce a tough new five-point plan to take real action against domestic violence Only the LNP is serious about addressing domestic violence, after introducing tough new bail and parole laws for domestic violence offenders in early 2017 Only the LNP will better support Queensland families LNP Shadow Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Ros Bates said domestic violence victims had been failed by Annastacia Palaszczuk. “Domestic violence victims have suffered for too long under […]

LNP To Provide Hervey Bay Residents With The Best Health Care

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LNP Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen has announced that the LNP will employ a new Hospital Liaison officer at Hervey Bay Hospital. Mr Sorensen said the LNP was fully committed to providing local residents with the best health care services. “An LNP Government is focused on ensuring everyone has access to the best health care possible,” Mr Sorensen said. “I am extremely proud to be part of an LNP team that will deliver this funding for our local community.” LNP Leader Tim Nicholls said only the LNP’s Ted Sorensen would deliver world-class health care for Hervey Bay residents. “A vote for anyone other […]

Only a LNP State Government has a well thought out plan to get Hervey Bay working.

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Instead of leading the way in job creation and job security, we are falling behind other states. Debt continues to increase, youth unemployment in some parts of Queensland is over 20% and last year business investment fell by 23% meaning fewer jobs.

LNP To Deliver New Hervey Bay Girl Guides Clubhouse

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LNP Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen has announced that the LNP will invest $1 million in a new clubhouse for Hervey Bay Girl Guides. “Everyone knows the little blue building on the corner of Torquay and Denman Camp Roads – we have all driven past it for years,” Mr Sorensen said. “The group came to me in desperate need for improved facilities and while the blue club house has served them well, Hervey Bay Girl Guides have certainly outgrown their current accommodation. “The Girl Guides have done a wonderful job in our community and today Girl Guides Queensland is the […]

Here’s 4 Billion Reasons Why We Need To Dump Labor

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Labor has cut $4 Billion out of Queenslands Infrastructure budget Labor has cut $890 Million in spending out of Wide Bay Labor has cost 30,000 locals their jobs

Labor locks out locals from Hervey Bay hospital contracts

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With the Qld State election having been called, it’s very concerning how Hervey Bay businesses have once again been snubbed by Labor. Fraser Coast and Wide Bay contractors and sub-contractors overlooked for government work at the new $44 million emergency department at Hervey Bay Hospital Labor’s ‘Buy Queensland’ policy is a sham, and nothing short of taxpayer funded deceit Premier’s promised Wide Bay-Burnett community during her visit last month that local contractors would be used for the work, and 170 local jobs would be createdFraser Coast and Wide Bay contractors and sub-contractors are seething after being overlooked for government work […]

EXPOsing Diabetes in Hervey Bay

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If you live in the Fraser Coast area, have type 2 diabetes, or someone you love is living with the condition, Diabetes Queensland has some great news. On Saturday, 11 November, Diabetes Queensland will host EXPOsing Diabetes in Hervey Bay at Oceans Resort between 8.30am and 2.30pm. It’s a one day event that will give you the information you need to be as healthy as you can be while living with diabetes. More than 95 per cent of people who attended a previous EXPOsing said they were satisfied with the event. Local health professionals will talk to people with diabetes, […]

Breaking News: Labor votes for $200 power bill increase

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Labor has tonight refused to abandon ideologically driven 50 per cent renewable energy target, despite Federal modelling which shows it would lead to higher power prices for Queensland families.

How Terrible Another 3 Years of Labor Will Be.

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Under Labor, Queensland is losing the economic State of Origin, but not just against NSW, we’re losing to almost every other state.  

Adani on ABC’s Four Corners

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There has been some discussion regarding the ABC’s Four Corners program on Monday and allegations surrounding the Adani Group in India. I note the allegations aired on the ABC program were allegations related to activities in India, not Australia. I also note that the Adani company has strongly refuted all allegations. Australia does have some of the strictest environmental protection laws in the world that apply to resource projects, with State and Federal Departments to independently oversee strict compliance to those laws. The Adani Carmichael mine will be subject to strict monitoring throughout the construction process and during operations. The […]

Labor’s farmer bashing begins in lead up to state election

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The Palaszczuk Labor Government has resorted to the same old farmer-bashing and figure fudging in another dishonest attack on Queensland’s agriculture sector. Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor resort to farmer bashing to win election Labor again distorts vegetation management figures to paint farmers as environmental vandals SLATS report still deceptively includes drought feeding and clearing for fencelines and fire breaks as ‘broad scale clearing’ Shadow Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps said Labor’s predictable fearmongering over the release of 2015-16 Statewide Land and Tree Cover Study (SLATS) was designed to trash the reputations of farmers and landholders in the eyes of urban […]

LNP commits to ending Palaszczuk’s ID scanner farce

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The LNP has announced it will close a farcical loophole in the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s botched ID scanner laws following consultation with local communities across Queensland. LNP will close dangerous loophole in Annastacia Palaszczuk’s botched ID scanner laws LNP will standardise scanning laws to ensure all clubs begin scanning at midnight LNP change will ensure patrons scanned and turned away at one venue cannot simply walk across the road and gain entry to another venue that escapes Labor’s laws LNP Shadow Employment and Fair Trading Minister Jarrod Bleijie said an LNP government will push back the time licensed venues must […]

LNP to renew category H licences for farmers

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A Tim Nicholls-led LNP government has committed to renew all existing category H gun licences for farmers and graziers. A future LNP government will renew all existing category H gun licences The LNP will also ensure new applicants for category H licences are fairly assessed, in a timely manner Annastacia Palaszczuk has treated farmers worse than criminal gang members Liberal National Party Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen, said the LNP would also ensure that all new applicants for category H licences were assessed fairly and in a timely manner.  “The LNP will give farmers a fair go and not […]

Misleading Captions

by Ted Sorensen
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It’s amazing how far some media will go to posture a story via captions to support their political mates. The bottom two stories are about the ALP Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders, calling Ted a dog, when Ted was delivering a speech in Parliament. Ted’s speech aimed to defend his office staff who had suffered from some very unsavoury, politically motivated intimidations. Let’s Lift the Politics’: Saunders’s responds to dog comment…..  Why would Saunder’s respond to his own comment you ask?    Well, so do we…. You’re a Dog: caption is on Ted’s photo to make inference that he said it…. […]
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More Local Jobs for Hervey Bay – LNP’s ‘Buy Local’ Policy

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A future Tim Nicholls-led Liberal National Party Government will introduce a “Buy Local” government procurement policy which puts Queensland jobs, businesses and taxpayers first. LNP’s ‘Buy Local’ to produce more local jobs. LNP’s ‘Buy Local’ gives true local businesses a real hand up to create more local jobs Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor are all talk and no action when it comes to ‘Buy Local’ Liberal National Party MEMBER for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen said, “Buy Local” would not only prioritise local jobs but give hard working Queensland taxpayers best bang for buck. “I want to see more local jobs and […]

Labor Trains Debacle Update

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Annastacia Palaszczuk and her part-time Transport Minister Jackie Trad have continued their campaign of outright lies about new passenger trains for Brisbane. *         Labor resorts to lies and attack ads to cover up their own train disaster *         Annastacia Palaszczuk knows the facts and yet chooses to lie to Queenslanders *         No Australian company bid for the contract to supply new trains for SEQ and Labor contracted the same company they are now criticising – Bombardier – to build trams for the Gold Coast Light Rail LNP Shadow Transport Minister Andrew […]

Putting Wrong Right

by Ted Sorensen
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“The Premier and Deputy Premier should concern themselves less with what I am doing and use their visit to apologise to Fraser Coast residents for ripping them off through higher power bills and car registration and also explain why their loony left policies are killing jobs and hurting the state’s economy. “I have seen a lot of fluff and staged media events this week from this risk-averse Premier, who has finally worked out where the Fraser Coast is after nearly three years, but I haven’t seen much else, except for the odd selfie here and there. “Hopefully she swans out […]

“Get Ted” Campaign

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I welcome the Get Ted strategy, because it reminds me of the Get Chris Loft strategy;  run by the Labor party, supported by Labor party sympathisers and the Labor party members who are on council like Deputy Mayor George Seymour and Stuart Taylor. When is the Premier going to stand down the ALP Candidate for Hervey Bay Mr. Adrian Tantari.  He has a clear and definite conflict of interest, when he was the person taking all the complaints against Chris Loft at the local government Department level, in referral.  Here is the evidence. Then the Premier may wish to explain […]

Labor Sent Train Contracts Offshore

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Labor initially destroyed train car contracts opportunities for EDI Downer.  (refer to Queensland Industry Participation Policy Bill 2011) The then Independent Member for Maryborough and I questioned and appealed to the government to renew the contracts, and I asked where the cancelled train cars went?   I told them what would happen to our region, without this important work. Independent Member for Maryborough, he even did not know ‘why’ EDI Downer pulled out of the tender process.  In reality, the process was too expensive, too convoluted, and it was Labor who sent the contracts off shore. Bruce Saunders has no soap […]
Swim With The Whales Hervey Bay

Labor Follow My Lead

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I’m very happy to see the Qld Labor Govt adopt and expand on one of my initiatives for Hervey Bay – that being the “Swim With The Whales” trial that I got started while in Government.

LNP Plan to Crack Down on Youth Crime

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With increasing rates of car theft, hooning and break-ins, some young criminals are being arrested in the morning and let go only to be re-arrested in the afternoon. Labor’s softly softly approach has created a revolving door which isn’t working. That’s why an LNP Government will introduce some of the toughest youth justice reforms in the nation, to make you safer. No ifs, no buts and no more excuses. 1/. Breach of Bail:- Re-introducing breach of bail as an offence 2/. Community Service:- Mandatory community service for those convicted of break-ins, car theft or hooning 3/. Detention:- Re-introducing detention for […]

Labor Admits Games Rail ‘Debacle’

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Labor MP Bruce Saunders admits Commonwealth Games rail transport is a “debacle” Jackie Trad’s rail fail is putting the 2018 Commonwealth Games at risk Labor Government was asked multiple times during Estimates if Commonwealth Games transport strategy was on track and we were told yes A Labor MP who sits on the Commonwealth Games parliamentary committee says the Games will be a transport “debacle”. Maryborough Labor MP Bruce Saunders told Triple M Fraser Coast radio on Monday that the Government was “pulling our hair out” at issues including not enough trains and buses. He said Labor had fallen hopelessly behind […]

Labor is killing jobs and destroying the state’s economy

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Once again today we have heard more proof that Annastacia Palaszczuk has used the state’s electricity generators to tax Queenslanders by stealth. Annastacia Palaszczuk has been caught out ripping off every man, woman and child in Queensland. ACCC boss Rod Sims told ABC radio this morning that Labor’s decisions under Peter Beattie, Anna Bligh and now Annastacia Palaszczuk had led to Queenslanders paying though the nose for electricity.* Mr Sims said it was not only households that were being affected by Labor’s unabashed cash-grab – small businesses and manufacturers are also feeling the pinch. # “We have already seen some […]

Labor leaves heritage listed lighthouse in ruins

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Labor’s Heritage Protection Minister is refusing to restore an iconic Hervey Bay lighthouse listed on the Queensland Heritage Register North Bluff lighthouse on Woody Island will be at risk of disintegrating because of its current condition and forces of the weather if it is not restored The Hervey Bay community recognises the significance of both lighthouses on Woody Island and they want something done Hervey Bay residents are being let down by the Palaszczuk Labor Government, with the Heritage Protection Minister refusing to restore an iconic local lighthouse. Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said that he could not believe […]

Thefts On Increase Under Labor

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Very disturbing data has been released showing a massive leap in theft in 2016 compared to the previous 4 years which included constant reductions in theft while the LNP was in power. Qld can’t afford more of Labor, nor can it’s citizens and businesses!

Rail State of Origin

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With QLD Labor  Rail Fail cuts we won’t be winning  State Of Origin when it comes to the number of trains each week.

Qld Rego Fees Rise 3 Years In A Row Under Labor

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 It is very concerning for Hervey Bay residents to face yearly car rego hikes under the current government. This is a result of blown out budgets that have taken no account of who may be affected.

Cash Must Not Sway Policy

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS spend a lot of time decrying big business, but activist groups are fast becoming corporate giants in their own right. As The Courier-Mail reports today, (see below) top campaigners are generating a combined income of $100 million a year — money that bankrolls a lot of media blitzes, lobbying and legal action. To put the size of this war chest in perspective, the mining industry spent an estimated $22 million on a campaign opposing former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s mining tax, giving rise to allegations of deep-pocketed vested interests abusing their corporate power. That groups with a common interest […]

MEDIA REQUEST: Fraser Coast Chronicle

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It has been raised more than once why I normally don’t communicate with the Fraser Coast Chronicle. Below is a perfect example where we responded 57 minutes later and well before their print deadline (nearly 3 hours) and here we are 1 week later and no story.  You be the judge . . . From: Annie Perets [mailto:annie.perets@frasercoastchronicle.com.au] Sent: Monday, 26 June 2017 12:11 PM To: Hervey Bay Electorate Office <Hervey.Bay@parliament.qld.gov.au> Subject: MEDIA REQUEST: Fraser Coast Chronicle Hi Ted, This is Annie, journalist from the Fraser Coast Chronicle. I’m writing a story on the latest youth unemployment statistics in the […]

Regional Road Works

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will soon commence asphalt resurfacing works at various locations in the Fraser Coast area. The locations to be resurfaced include: *   Bruce Highway in the vicinity of Gutchy and Oakey creeks *   Bruce Highway at the Henry Palmer Bridge *   Bruce Highway near the Baddow roundabout (Alice Street) *   Bruce Highway at the Burrum River Bridge near Howard *   Boat Harbour Drive between Beach Road and Hunter Street. These works form part of TMR’s routine maintenance program and involve removing sections of the existing road surface pavement and placing a new layer […]

Boat Harbour Drive Asphalt Works

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Asphalt resurfacing works will soon be completed on various sections of Boat Harbour Drive between Beach Road and Hunter Street at Hervey Bay. Works involve removing sections of the existing road surface pavement and placing a new layer of asphalt to provide smoother travelling conditions. The project is scheduled to start in mid- to late July 2017 with the majority of works conducted at night between 6pm and 6am when traffic volumes are lower. The works are expected to be completed within one week, weather permitting.  Click here for full details.

Bailey on Energy Prices

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When asked on ABC Radio yesterday why the the Government wasn’t instructing state owned power generators to stop gaming the system, Labor’s Energy Minister Mark Bailey said “ahh… we did… almost.” Can you afford another three years of Labor?

LNP’s Veterans’ Affairs Policy a boost for Hervey Bay

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 A Tim Nicholls LNP Government will deliver Queensland’s first Veterans’ Affairs Policy. The LNP plan will improve services and provide more opportunities for our retired military personnel and include Queensland’s first Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. By properly Honouring Our Veterans, the LNP will build a better Queensland by creating more jobs, building stronger families and providing liveable communities. A Tim Nicholls-led Liberal National Government will provide improved services, more opportunities and stronger representation for our retired servicemen and servicewomen as part of our plan to build a better Queensland. Liberal National Party Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said the […]

ON THE RIGHT PATH – LOCAL BUSINESSES HIRE 97 YOUNG AUSTRALIANS

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More than 5,000 young Australians now have jobs under the ‘Hire’ element of the Australian Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program. Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said Youth Jobs PaTH is providing a win for the local economy, with many local businesses already having taken advantage of the financial incentives available to hire more young people. “Ninety-seven local young people who have been dependent on welfare in Hinkler have now gained employment through the Coalition Government’s innovative PaTH program,” Mr Pitt said. “This is a big win for those young people and a win for local businesses helping them […]

Labor has forgotten Hervey Bay, again.

by Ted Sorensen
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Again, this budget has delivered nothing other than regurgitated announcements of old money and promises for Hervey Bay. It does however, highlight Labor’s signature snail pace delivery of vital infrastructure projects in Hervey Bay.  Motorists here are still playing Russian roulette with arguably some of the most dangerous intersections in the State. Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd, Scrub Hill Rd and Wide Bay Drive urgently needs an upgrade, it’s located near two major schools and it has been previously mentioned in every one of Labor budgets, but never delivered. In further proof to the mayhem, the Labor Minister for Main Roads, Mr […]

Power Prices Rise Under Labor Again

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Hervey Bay households will see their power bills go up again under Labor. You can sign a petition to show you do not support this by going to http://www.qldenergyfacts.com.au/

Esplanade Speed Limit Consultation

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Proposal to Introduce 40km hour speed limit along the Esplanade within Scarness, Torquay and Urangan Business Districts and Left in/Left out — Queens Road, Scarness 40km/hr Speed Limit Precincts The Hervey Bay Esplanade Tourist Precinct Master Plan, which was adopted by Council on 21 October, 2015, identified an action to introduce reduced speed limits along the Esplanade within the Business precincts of Scarness, Torquay and Urangan. Council, at its meeting held on 24 May, 2017, resolved to proceed with public consultation in relation to a proposal to introduce speed zones of 40km/hr along the Esplanade within these precincts. Such a […]

June Update – Ongoing Upgrades To The Bruce Highway

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is continuing to complete works to upgrade the Bruce Highway. The Wide Bay/Burnett district has prepared an information flyer illustrating roadwork locations and estimated travel delays during May 2017 which can be downloaded by clicking here. We encourage you to pass this flyer on to other motorists and companies who may be interested or affected by the roadworks. To receive ongoing updates, motorists are welcome to contact TMR on 1300 728 390 during business hours, or email bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au We thank all motorists for their patience and cooperation while these important safety works […]

Latest Gambling Community Benefit Fund Recipients

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Congratulations to the following local organisations who successfully applied for grants from the Gambling Fund. Australian Air League IT & office furniture & equipment $7,737.00 Hervey Bay Art Society Kitchen Improvements $1,897.00 Qld Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Organisation Gym equipment $15,000.00 River Heads Progress Association Inc. Develop walking & cycling tracks, install solar $21,000.00 Volunteer Marine Rescue Emergency Generator $25,000.00 Total $70,634.00

High Blood Pressure – The Silent Killer

by Ted Sorensen
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Did you know that blood pressure is a silent killer because there are no obvious signs or symptoms? Over half of the people with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it or are not managing to control it. Do you know your blood pressure? I recently rolled up my sleeve for a blood pressure check at Parliament thanks to the Heart Foundation and Stroke Foundation. [Luckily my blood pressure is normal/I was surprised to find my blood pressure is elevated]. Don’t let a heart attack or stroke be your first sign that you have high blood pressure. See […]

Fraser Coast Regional Council / Organisation Review and Development Plan

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Mr. Rob Pyne Independent MP for Cairns has tabled the report into Fraser Coast Regional Council / Organisation Review and Development Plan, yesterday.  The report is now a public document. The LINK is below. http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/TabledPapers/2017/5517T761.pdf All Tabled reports here. http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/en/work-of-assembly/tabled-papers/online-tabled-papers

Small Business Week Workshop

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This is a free 3 hour workshop in Hervey Bay for Small Business Week. Register at www.business.qld.gov.au/events

Ongoing Upgrades To The Bruce Highway

by Ted Sorensen
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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is continuing to complete works to upgrade the Bruce Highway. The Wide Bay/Burnett district has prepared an information flyer illustrating roadwork locations and estimated travel delays during May 2017 which can be downloaded by clicking here. We encourage you to pass this flyer on to other motorists and companies who may be interested or affected by the roadworks. To receive ongoing updates, motorists are welcome to contact TMR on 1300 728 390 during business hours, or email bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au We thank all motorists for their patience and cooperation while these important safety works […]

Ted’s Achievements As Member For Hervey Bay

by Ted Sorensen
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Here is a list Teds achievements as the State Member for Hervey Bay for the last 8 years. The Liberal National Party has only had 3 years in government.  As an Opposition member Ted has held this do nothing Labor government to account, on many levels – too many to mention here. While you are reading this list, please ask yourself this question – what has the Labor Government, while in power, delivered in Hervey Bay in the last 8 years? Ted has; Increased Dialysis chairs so locals did not have to travel to Gympie and beyond Coordinated with government […]

Feros Aged Care Services in Wide Bay

by Ted Sorensen
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Feros Care is a multi-award winning not-for-profit organisation that’s been offering quality care and support services for older Australians since 1990. They offer transport to organised events for the over 65 / including transport etc.  Transport is cheap / costs are very reasonable !! Please keep in mind that any of the trips ( no matter which area they are listed for), can be customised for a group of clients who may wish to go on a trip but that day & time do not suit. This also applies if the calendar states that the trip is for Bundaberg residents […]

Release The Reports

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Labor and Annastacia Palaszczuk are keeping you in the dark. Before the last election, Labor promised open and accountable government, but they failed. Two years later Labor’s credibility is shot. Transparency has been thrown out the window. Not only is this Labor Government not releasing reports they said they would, but they are blacking out hundreds of pages in reports to avoid scrutiny. It is just one of many examples that explain why Queenslanders have lost faith with this do-nothing Labor Government Click Here To Sign the Petition:  “Release the Reports” 

Maheno Plaque Unveiled

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It was an amazing day on Fraser Island with the unveiling of the special commemorative stone and plaque at the wreck of the SS Maheno. PDG of Rotary District 9570 and member of Hervey Bay Sunrise Rotary Club Brian Jessett played the last post on a WW1 bugle. There is an amazing history of the SS Maheno; launched in 1905, she was owned by the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand sailing back and forth carrying passengers from New Zealand to Australia. But she gained significantly more notoriety as the NZ Hospital Ship Maheno (NZHS Hospital Ship No 1) in […]

Joining Of 2 Countries

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This piece of vulcanised sandstone rock was quaried from near the township of Maheno on the South Island of New Zealand. It was blessed by Butchella Elder Uncle Mackie before being shipped to Fraser Island and placed on the sandhills adjacent to wreck the SS Maheno. It was brought by the New Zealand Air Force to Australia and will be officially unveiled at the site Sunday morning. Uncle Mackie placed ochre handprints on the rock before making it’s final journey to K’Gari.

Massive Solar Potential For Hervey Bay Schools

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Last week, I gained information on the north facing roof space of Hervey Bay schools. Interestingly, there is approximately 44,800 square metres of rooftops, potentially suitable for the installation of solar panels.  That’s massive. The electricity generated,  could provide air-conditioning for hot classrooms.   Also, the electricity generated in the morning and late afternoon, would assist the peak demand energy needs for our community.  Makes sense to utilise this space.

Hervey Bay & Surrounds Anzac Ceremonies

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ANZAC Day is coming up very soon and to help you plan which ceremony you will attend, please Click Here to download a full list of planned ceremonies in the Hervey Bay Electorate. This year we are Commemorating the Centenary of the Western Front and the charge of the Light Horse during the Battle of Beersheba.

From Parliament – Sorensen seeks answers on dingo numbers

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Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen questioned Environment and Heritage Minister Steven Miles on Fraser Island dingo numbers in state parliament this week. Mr Sorensen asked the Minister for an up-to-date tally of breeding pairs of dingoes on the island. “Concerns are growing over the decline in numbers made worse by the shocking poisoning of at least six dingoes last year through the illegal use of strychnine around Orchid Beach and the more recent euthanisations of dingoes by EHP staff,” Mr Sorensen said. “The Fraser Island community needs answers about what’s happening with investigations into the illegal poisonings. “And importantly […]

LNP delivers new Farm Debt reconstruction Office

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*         LNP delivers new Farm Debt Restructure Office in Queensland *         New office to tackle farm debt head-on and help farmers find a way forward *         Office to provide process for efficient and equitable resolution of farm business debt matters The LNP has delivered milestone changes to help struggling farmers facing debt with key amendments to see the introduction of a new Farm Debt Restructure Office in Queensland. Shadow Agriculture Minister Dale Last said the LNP’s changes would establish the new office to tackle farm debt head-on under the authority of […]

Thank You Father Paul Kelly

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Mr SORENSEN (Hervey Bay—LNP) (5.09 pm): I would like to speak on the Criminal Law Amendment Bill. First of all I would like to thank Father Paul Kelly for campaigning for about eight or nine years now to get this before the parliament. He has worked his butt off to get it here. I tell you what, for somebody to go out there and get a petition with 290,000 signatures proves that this guy was determined to get this legislation up. After listening to this debate today, I wonder whether this legislation would be before the House if it were […]

Labor jobs promise a farce – 11,000 youth jobs lost since election

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Labor employment program for young Queenslanders a farce 11,000 youth jobs have been lost since Palaszczuk was elected and 21,000 young Queenslanders have given up looking for a job Queensland home to Australia’s worth youth unemployment hotspots Shadow Employment Minister Jarrod Bleijie said Labor’s announcement of an extension to its failed youth employment scheme is cold comfort to the 21,000 young Queenslanders who have given up their search for work under this do-nothing Labor Government. “What an insult to hear the Premier today crowing about throwing a few extra dollars at an employment scheme that’s been a dismal failure for […]

Denzel Washington Destroys the Media over “Fake News”

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Smoke and Mirrors from Labor

by Ted Sorensen
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My prediction would be, to get prepared for a May election! This Labor government has broken the bank and they cannot face another budget so close to an election, as it would be too damaging and would highlight their mismanagement. Also and alarmingly, if Labor keeps to their promise of 50% renewables, this will transfer the control of Queensland’s electricity to multi-national foreign companies, which are being subsidised by the Queensland Labor Government to the tune of over a Billion dollars….! This proves that common sense is not all that common.   Labor can’t afford to build a power station because […]

Ted talks about the Fraser Coast Chronicle’s Fake News.

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Hansard from last night. Queensland Parliament Hansard Green DATE: 02/03/2017 FILE: 02032017_000104_LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY_GREEN CHAMBER.DOCX SUBJECT: Hervey Bay Electorate MEMBER: Mr SORENSEN Hervey Bay Electorate Mr SORENSEN (Hervey Bay—LNP) (9.53 pm): I rise tonight to set the record straight with regard to conversations about my relationship with the local newspaper on the Fraser Coast. The Fraser Coast Chronicle can barely get anything right most of the time. I table an article titled ‘End of the scallop industry’. Tabled paper: Extract from the Fraser Coast Chronicle’s Facebook page regarding the Queensland electoral redistribution. That is all fake news; it really is. The end of the […]

More Parking Needed for Yarrilee State School

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Please help me in my fight for more parking for Yarrilee State School. Hervey Bay is now in a period of growth and that means the number of students at our local schools will increase. For example, it is anticipated that the Yarilee State School may grow to over 1000 students in the near future. This will put further strain on the parking situation. Without more parking, our children will continue to be at risk. Cars are presently parking on footpaths, grass verges and traffic islands often driving over footpaths that children use. This has to stop. You can help by […]

LNP plan to ‘switch on’ Hervey Bay tourism destinations

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  LNP will commit $3 million over three years towards a program to install WiFi hotspots at key tourism destinations across the state, including across Hervey Bay and Fraser Island WiFi hotspots will be established through grants to local councils which will be responsible for setting up the network to ensure tourists are connected to the world The LNP recognised the importance of the tourism sector and would work with them not against them  The LNP will provide funding for 500 WiFi hotspots in key tourism destinations, including across the Hervey Bay and Fraser Island regions, to allow tourists to […]

LNP Future For Qld

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Wonder why this doesn’t make the paper….?

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—–Original Message—– From: Victor Jackson Sent: Wednesday, 22 February 2017 12:55 PM To: editorial@frasercoastchronicle.com.au Subject: Yoo-hoo article 22/2/2017 Is it not amazing, that after Maryborough has been neglected for quite a lot of years, we now see pork barreling happening by the state government. Guess who is taking credit? Naturally Bruce Saunders. Bruce, the barge pole politician who already knows he will lose the seat of Maryborough in the next election. So with that knowledge he needs to drag down to his level and destroy anyone he can. Don Gaylor’s letter in the chronicle of 22/2/2017 demonstrates the momentum starting […]

Soft Bail Laws

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The LNP believes in tougher bail principles which rebalance the scales of justice in favour of victims not criminals. We believe that for violent offenders, bail should be considered a privilege and not a right. We also believe that the system needs to protect victims and the community. All Queenslanders would have been disgusted to learn the man who brutally murdered his former partner on the Gold Coast had been released on bail despite strong protests from police. This mother-of-four was the just the latest victim to die at the hands of their partner or former partner. Enough is enough. […]

2016 – Disastrous Year For Qld Jobs

by Ted Sorensen
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2016 will go down as a disastrous year for Qld job seekers under the Palaszczuk Government capped off by 13,708 job losses in December.

2017 Fraser Coast Events Calendar

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As we all know, a lot happens on the Fraser Coast and Hervey Bay in particular in any given year. Fraser Coast Events has compiled the full list of events submitted to them including some regional events such as the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival etc. If you have any events you want to promote, please contact  Fraser Coast Events buy going to their web site www.frasercoastevents.com To download your copy of the full calendar, please click here.

Get Started Vouchers For Disadvantaged Children

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Round 9 OPENS Wednesday, 25 January 2017 Get Started Vouchers is one of three funding programs that comprise the Queensland Government’s Get in the Game initiative to support sport and active recreation at the grassroots level. Get Started Vouchers assists children and young people who can least afford, or may otherwise benefit from joining a sport or recreation club. Eligible children and young people can apply for a voucher of $150.00 to help pay the cost of membership and/or participation fees with a registered Get Started club. https://www.vision6.com.au/ch/43750/jrkwm/2530097/99c5e9fky.html Eligible children and young people are between the age of 5 and […]

Australian National Flag Protocols

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With Australia Day coming up soon, we receive many enquiries about the protocols for flying The Australian & Queensland flags. There is a great site with all of the information http://www.dpmc.gov.au/government/australian-national-flag/australian-national-flag-protocols

Palaszczuk Pretends To Bring Forward Stalled Building Our Regions Program

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Palaszczuk pretends to bring forward stalled Building our Regions program The Palaszczuk Government is pretending to bring forward funding through a program that stalled in its first year, leaving a huge gap in the pipeline of infrastructure projects delivered in rural and regional communities across the Wide Bay-Burnett region. LNP Shadow Northern Development Minister Andrew Cripps said today’s announcement that $70 million would be made available for Round 3 of Labor’s disastrous Building our Regions program would be met with scepticism by local councils. “Despite claiming they ‘topped up’ the Building our Regions program in last year’s state budget, it […]

Hot Weather Risks & Staying Cool

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Who is most at risk from hot weather? While most people find extremely hot weather and heatwaves uncomfortable, some people have a higher risk than others of becoming ill. These include: elderly people aged over 75 years babies and young children people with long term health conditions, for example heart or respiratory disease, diabetes or circulatory diseases people who are obese people taking certain medicines people who are socially isolated people who work outdoors or in hot and poorly ventilated areas people engaging in vigorous physical activity in hot weather people who are not acclimatised to the heat, for example overseas visitors. […]

Kirami Residential Aged Care Home Extensions

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Today I attended the opening of the newly extended Kirami Residential Aged Care Home in Point Vernon officiated by The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane where they have nearly doubled capacity from 50 to 97 beds. I congratulate Anglicare for keeping up with the demand of our ever increasing aged population.

Sport and Recreation Conference

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Fraser Coast Regional Council are partnering with Sport and Recreation Services to deliver a conference in Hervey Bay on 10 & 11 March 2017 at the Beach House Hotel.  This two day conference is aimed at Local Government Staff, Development Officers, sporting club volunteers and committee members.  Click here to see the attached flyer for more details. Plan, prepare, perform in 2017. Learn about the key trends and challenges shaping the sport and recreation industry and update your knowledge in key club management topics with this exciting two day conference program. Discover the opportunities to plan, prepare and perform in […]

Christmas Greetings From Ted

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I’d like to wish everyone a very merry and safe Christmas & New Year from myself, my wife Jenny and all of my team at the Hervey Bay Electoral Office.

The TOBRUK Has Arrived

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Great News For The Wide Bay The retired Navy vessel, HMAS Tobruk has arrived in Bundaberg and is now ready to be stripped of all equipment and fittings etc in readiness for her sinking in the waters between Hervey Bay and Bundaberg. The arrival is the culmination of a lot of hard work from many people in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay communities including local politicians, government departments and many others in the tourism, business and general community. Personally I’d like to thank everyone involved.

Building Better Regions Fund Community Investments Stream

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The Community Investments Stream funds community investment projects that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. What does it offer? The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. The minimum grant amount is $5,000 and the maximum grant amount is $10 million, however given the nature of eligible projects we expect most grants will be under $100,000. You must complete […]

Plan your trip: Bruce Highway in the Wide Bay/Burnett district (December 2016)

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is continuing to complete works to upgrade the Bruce Highway. The Wide Bay/Burnett district has prepared the attached information flyer illustrating roadwork locations and estimated travel delays during December 2016. Please note all sites will temporarily shut down from Friday 23 December 2016 for the Christmas and New Year break. We encourage you to pass this flyer on to other motorists and companies who may be interested or affected by the roadworks. To receive ongoing updates, motorists are welcome to contact TMR on 1300 728 390 during business hours, or email bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au<mailto:bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au>. […]

Don’t let ex-HMAS Tobruk get sunk in the south!

by Ted Sorensen
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The decision on ex-HMAS Tobruk will be made very soon and Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt needs your support to show that Wide Bay is the ideal final resting place. Keith has been fighting to bring ex-HMAS Tobruk to Wide Bay since he was elected in 2013 and needs your support now. Keith is fighting for jobs, fighting for a boost to the economy, and is fighting for a better future for our children. We need you to join the fight.Please sign the online petition at https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/dont-let-ex-hmas-tobruk-get-sunk-in-the-south.html Ex-HMAS Tobruk sunk in Wide Bay waters will not only add vital tourism […]

LNP plan to ‘switch on’ state’s key tourism destinations.

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Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen said the LNP will provide funding for 500 WiFi hotspots in key tourism destinations to allow tourists to brag to their mates about their Queensland holiday. Ted said, if elected, and LNP Government would ensure tourists had access to world-class technology so they could brag to their mates back home about their Queensland holiday. “The LNP will commit $3 million over three years towards a program to install WiFi hotspots at key tourism destinations across the state,” Ted said. “These WiFi hotspots will be established through grants to local councils which will be responsible for setting up the […]

Fraser Coast Regional Council Report

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Parliamentary Hansard  08 November, 2016 – “I rise to talk about the report on the Fraser Coast Regional Council tabled by the Minister for Local Government in the last sitting of parliament. This report is the summary of the adviser’s research into the Fraser Coast Regional Council and a final assessment of the work environment. The report talks about the adviser talking to a large cross-section of staff of the council-about 30 staff-and I personally thank them for their input. I remind those in the House that this has nothing to do with the mayor or councillors who carry out […]

Plan your trip: NOVEMBER – Bruce Highway / Wide Bay Burnett district roadworks and locations.

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is continuing to complete works to upgrade the Bruce Highway. The Wide Bay/Burnett district has prepared the attached information flyer illustrating roadwork locations and estimated travel delays during November 2016. To receive ongoing updates, motorists are welcome to contact TMR on 1300 728 390 during business hours, We thank all motorists for their patience and cooperation while these important safety works are completed.

World Teachers Day

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Congratulations to all teachers.  Your hard work and efforts are greatly appreciated by all of the community. Thank you, Ted.

Fraser Island Oil Spill

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Yesterday morning, I was contacted by Sydney media to provide comment about an oil spill on Fraser Island.  This was the first that I had heard about the spill. Immediately, I contacted the Maritime Safety Queensland General Manager Mr Patrick Quirk.  Patrick said that his department had activated investigative research processes of how it happened and by which shipping corporation, in incident control and they had plans underway for the immediate clean up. I have every confidence from the conversations I have had with Patrick and his team, that they were working very quickly to report and contain, while focusing […]

What Ted Can Do For You

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Many residents are unaware of the services available to them through their State Member of Parliament. As your State MP, I can provide advice and make representations on your behalf for issues relating to Queensland Government departments.

More Labor Lies

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“Yesterday’s announcement from the Palaszczuk Labor Government that it will conduct a desperate fire sale of state-owned land is clear proof that Annastacia Palaszczuk lied to Queenslanders. “The Premier needs to come clean with the people of Hervey Bay and tell them what land she plans to sell in our area and where will the money go, Ted said. “But let’s face it, we know she won’t give that detail because she doesn’t have it, Ted said. “Labor hasn’t told Queenslanders what land they’ll sell, how much money their asset sales will raise or how they’ll spend that money – […]

Have Your Say On Qld Crime Rates

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Crime rates in Qld are out of control.  Here’s your chance to have your say in our online poll. Let us know what issues are important to you, by completing the crime survey at the link below. Click this link to have your say or go to https://lnpq.typeform.com/to/Vrxex8

Hervey Bay Organisations Benefit From Gambling Fund

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The Gambling Community Benefit Fund is Queensland’s largest one-off grants program, distributing about $53 million per year. Established in 1994 under the Gaming Machine Act 1991, the fund returns to the community a portion of state revenue raised through gambling taxes. Not-for-profit community groups can apply for funding between a minimum of $500 (including GST) and a maximum of $35,000 (including GST).   Gambling Community Benefit Fund – Round 89    Total $196,332.15 River Heads Progress Association INC                                             […]

Question On Notice – Maryborough Mental Health Acute Inpatient Unit

by Ted Sorensen
Question on Notice No. 1485 – Asked on 31 August 2016 MR SORENSEN asked the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services (HON C R DICK) – With reference to the Maryborough Mental Health Acute Inpatient Unit as at 31 July 2016 — will the Minister advise (a) what was the average wait time for a person to access support and (b) how many people were on the waiting list to access support? ANSWER: I thank the Honourable Member for Hervey Bay for his question.  I am advised that there are no waiting lists for admission to the acute care unit.

Queensland Employment Falls For Sixth Straight Month

by Ted Sorensen
FACTS: Employment in Queensland falls for sixth straight month, with more Queenslanders out of work. 1,500 jobs lost last month on the trend measure – worst result in Australia. Participation rate continues to decline as people give up looking for work. Trend employment in Queensland has fallen for the sixth straight month with 22,400 Queenslanders losing their jobs since Januuary. Shadow Treasurer Scott Emerson said the latest labour force figures showed an alarming trend with a declining participation rate and a continued transition away from full-time work. “There’s no cause for celebration in these figures with Queenslanders continuing to lose […]

LNP Scores A Win For Queensland Small Businesses

by Ted Sorensen
LNP thwarts Labor’s plans to lump small businesses with thousands of dollars in higher fees. The Palaszczuk Labor Government says it’s about creating jobs but instead hits small businesses with higher fees and charges. Labor’s regulations were rushed through with no consultation with stakeholders and ignored key recommendations from the Agriculture and Environment Committee. The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s plans to savage small zoos and school farmyard displays with exorbitant fees has been thwarted by the LNP Opposition. Shadow Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Dale Last said the LNP’s disallowance motion in State Parliament last night knocked out Labor’s new fees, […]

D’Ath Needs To Reveal Full Cost Of State’s Broken Voting System

by Ted Sorensen
Queenslanders who voted in local government election threatened with fines for failing to vote. LNP MP threatened with fine for failing to vote when in fact he did. Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath needs to fix broken voting system. Queenslanders who exercised their democratic right at the recent local government elections have been threatened with fines for failing to vote further highlighting the incompetence of Electoral Commission Queensland. Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker said Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath must reveal how many fines had been sent out, how many had been sent in error and how much the stuff-up had cost taxpayers. He said […]

Premier Fails To Support Embattled Child Safety Minister

by Ted Sorensen
Premier fails to support embattled Child Safety Minister until prompted by social media Shannon Fentiman refuses to accept responsibility for broken child protection system Each day we learn more on how Palaszczuk Labor Government failed Mason Lee Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk failed to support embattled Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman in State Parliament this morning, only begrudgingly doing so after being prompted by Twitter. Shadow Child Safety Minister Ros Bates said it was extraordinary the Premier refused to say whether she had confidence in her Minister when initially asked. “We saw today an embattled Minister refusing once again to accept any […]

Pitt Finally Admits $4 Billion Raid Was Never Recommended

by Ted Sorensen
Queensland Treasurer finally admits his risky raid on superannuation was never recommended by State Actuary Curtis Pitt concedes there was no justification for Labor’s $4 billion raid Mr Pitt’s admission proves he truly is “Captain Risky” Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt has finally admitted his $4 billion raid on public servants superannuation was never recommended by the State Actuary. Shadow Treasurer Scott Emerson said in State Parliament today Curtis “Captain Risky” Pitt was forced to concede that State Actuary Wayne Cannon only ever recommended a $2 billion repatriation, half of what Labor ultimately gouged from the superannuation fund. “Curtis Pitt was […]

Abuse Investigation Times Blow Out Under Labor

by Ted Sorensen
Child abuse investigations taking longer to complete under Palaszczuk Government Shadow Child Safety Minister Ros Bates to visit Caboolture Child Safety Service Centre today Shannon Fentiman hiding behind reviews review rather than acting to protect Queensland kidsChild abuse investigations are taking longer to finish on the Palaszczuk Government’s watch, according to the latest child safety performance data. Visiting the Caboolture Child Safety Service Centre today, Shadow Child Safety Minister Ros Bates said almost half of all child abuse investigations were taking longer than two months to finalise since Labor came to office 18 months ago. “The more we look at […]

Teachers’ Pay Agreement Must Improve Outcomes For Kids

by Ted Sorensen
LNP agrees teachers should be rewarded for the great work they do in our classrooms Palaszczuk Labor Government must ensure changes in conditions lead to improved student outcomes NAPLAN results a mixed bag and Queensland students lagging in writingThe LNP has called on the Palaszczuk Government to ensure the agreement reached with teachers today will deliver better results for Queensland kids. Shadow Education Minister Tracy Davis said teachers needed to be paid fairly for the great work they do in our classrooms to ensure our children kids get a quality education. “We value the work Queensland teachers do and hold […]

Fisheries Green Paper Threatens Industry

by Ted Sorensen
–       Labor wants to slash commercial and recreational fishing harvests –       No thought for impact on seafood industry beyond the wharf –       Hundreds of jobs set to be lost in regional communities along the coast The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s fisheries ‘green paper’ threatens Queensland’s 1700 commercial fishers and the thousands of associated  jobs in the state’s $500 million-plus seafood sector. Shadow Fisheries Minister Dale Last said catch targets contained in the ‘green paper’ would mean cuts of between 40 and 50 per cent in commercial harvests. He said it would result in the loss […]
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Apparent Failure To Vote Notice – ECQ

by Ted Sorensen
If you have received an “Apparent Failure To Vote Notice” from the Electoral Commission Queensland regarding the local council elections earlier this year, please click here for further information regarding the notice.  

GRANTS OPEN SOON! Youngcare At Home Care Grants QLD

by Ted Sorensen
Youngcare At Home Care Grants (AHCG) are available again for young people with high care needs in Queensland. Youngcare has come a long way since four great mates got together in 2005 to create change for young Aussies with full time care needs living in aged care, or facing the very real prospect of having to. However we’ve still got a lot of work to do as the issue is complex and the need is still great, which is why Youngcare continues to press on with its effort to create far-reaching and lasting change. Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants (AHCG) […]

Labor’s Vegetation Management Dishonesty Exposed

by Ted Sorensen
Palaszczuk Government fails to fulfil vegetation management consultation promises to rural Queenslanders Consultation process supposed to involve report and recommendations from a stakeholder roundtable Labor’s laws to cruel Queensland’s agriculture sector The Palaszczuk Government has doubled-crossed farmers and graziers over its vegetation management consultation process it was revealed during Budget Estimates this week. Shadow Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps said Labor was forced to admit the commitments he had given to rural stakeholders about the consultation process on Labor’s proposed vegetation management amendments had not been fulfilled. “Natural Resources Minister Lynham repeatedly gave undertakings to the agriculture sector that…

Donaldson Turns Back On Commercial Fishing Industry

by Ted Sorensen
Labor refuses to give certainty to commercial fishing industry in Great Sandy Strait Hundreds of jobs and businesses will be affected by Labor’s plans for further World Heritage listings Hervey Bay, Tin Bay and Great Sandy Strait regions suffer some of highest jobless rates in Queensland Labor’s Fisheries Minister Leanne Donaldson has refused to answer a question in parliament* on the impact of her government’s move to extend restrictions on commercial fishing and local seafood businesses in the Great Sandy Strait. LNP Shadow Agriculture Minister Dale Last said the Minister’s answer was an insult to every commercial fisher and seafood […]

Ted’s Plan For Hervey Bay

by Ted Sorensen
A message from Ted Sorensen Queenslanders deserve a State Budget that gives them hope and optimism for the future – a budget that drives economic growth and investment, creates jobs for young Queenslanders and delivers the services and infrastructure we need. Instead Labor delivered a budget of broken promises that relied on raiding $4 billion worth of public servants’ superannuation to prop up their budget black hole. Labor promised infrastructure, but investment is at a record low. It promised growth, but Queensland’s growth rate has been cut by almost a quarter. It promised to pay down debt, but debt is […]
Qld Families Left In The Dark

Queensland Families Left In The Dark On Power Prices

by Ted Sorensen
*  Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor fail to inform Queenslanders that deregulation is coming *  Labor delays the LNP’s plan to deregulate the electricity market, costing families hundreds * Other states saving up to $1000 through deregulation, while Labor has delayed deregulation Queenslanders have been left in the dark because of the Palaszczuk Government’s inaction leading up to changes to the retail electricity market on July 1, despite promises of a ‘public communication campaign’ from Annastacia Palaszczuk. Shadow Minister for Energy Michael Hart said Labor’s reckless decision in 2015 to delay the LNP’s plan to deregulate the electricity market in South […]
Donate Life Week 2016

DonateLife Week 2016 – organ and tissue donation

by Ted Sorensen
I am seeking your support for DonateLife Week 2016 http://www.donatelife.gov.au/donatelife-week (Sunday 31 July – Sunday 7 August), to help us end the wait for Australians in need of a life-saving transplant. Only one in three Australian adults are on the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR), despite the majority (81%) viewing registration of donation decisions as important. Registration matters – 91% of families uphold the decision of a loved one if they are a registered donor. This drops to just 52% of families agreeing to donation if the deceased was not a registered donor and had not previously discussed their wishes. […]
Young Australians of the Year

Australian Of The Year Nominations

by Ted Sorensen
Each year we have the opportunity to bring our attention to the remarkable individuals of our State who excel in the core values we see as being Australian. It is up to us to ensure the work they do does not go unnoticed. In 2016, we witnessed two young Queensland men who had a goal to improve the lives of the homeless by running a free mobile laundry become the recipients of the national Young Australian of the Year Award. The recognition of these two social entrepreneurs, Mr Lucas Patchett and Mr Nicholas Marchesi, started with a member of the […]

LNP jobs plan to Get Queensland Working

by Ted Sorensen
* LNP releases plan to create an estimated 20,000 jobs for Queenslanders * Plan includes apprenticeship boost, small business grants and an employment bonus for employers * LNP’s plan aims to return Labor’s lost jobs and Get Queensland Working An LNP jobs plan will create jobs for up to 20,000 young Queenslanders, encourage apprentices to finish their training and incentivise employers to train and retain workers. Shadow Employment Minister Jarrod Bleijie said the LNP’s plan to Get Queensland Working would include targeted support for small businesses and workers that led to jobs and opportunities for young Queenslanders. “The LNP has […]

Hervey Bay Forgotten In Labor’s Short-Sighted Budget

by Ted Sorensen
Tuesday, 14 June, 2016 36,000 full time jobs have been lost in the last two months Hervey Bay gets no relief from cost of living pressures, only increases in regos and energy bills Regurgitating promises over and over and not delivering, does not hoodwink an astute voter. Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said the budget brought down by the Labor Government failed to deliver for regional and rural Queensland. “The budget does very little to address the cost of living pressures for the people of Hervey Bay,” Mr Sorensen said. “When the LNP was in government, we were determined […]
LNP commits to reopen Mason inquest

LNP Commits To Reopen Mason Inquest

by Ted Sorensen
An LNP Government will commit to a reopened inquest into Annette Mason death Attorney-General has previously dismissed family’s calls for reopened inquest without meeting with them New evidence brought to light could provide answers for Annette’s familyAn LNP Government will direct a reopened inquest into a nearly 30-year-old Darling Downs cold case, Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls announced today. Mr Nicholls said significant new evidence presented to Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker had warranted the LNP’s commitment to reopen the inquest into the death of Toowoomba teenager Annette Mason in 1989. “We hope today’s announcement will bring some comfort to Annette’s family […]

LNP Cash for Containers scheme to clean up Hervey Bay

by Ted Sorensen
LNP container deposit scheme to protect environment and grow jobs Hervey Bay community groups given the opportunity to benefit from cashing in containers Similar schemes in other states see more than 80 per cent of consumers cash in their containers This World Environment Day, the LNP has committed to a policy that would address one of Queensland’s enduring environmental issues – cans and bottles littering our land and waterways and creating excess land fill issues. Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said the LNP would introduce a container deposit scheme (CDS) that would see Hervey Bay consumers, businesses and charities […]
Pialba-Burrum Heads Road intersection upgrade

Pialba-Burrum Heads Road Intersection Upgrade

by Ted Sorensen
The Department of Transport and Main Roads is currently undertaking design for an upgrade of the Pialba-Burrum  Heads Road, Scrub Hill Road and Wide Bay Drive intersections in Hervey Bay. The project aims to improve safety and efficiency during peak school times and caters for the increasing traffic volumes in this area. Consultation with the community regarding project design is currently under way and construction of the upgrade is expected to commence early-mid 2017. For a detailed brochure on these works, please click here.

More Protection Needed For Ambos Following Two Assaults

by Ted Sorensen
Two separate assaults on paramedics highlight need for action from Labor to protect health workers Labor continues to ignore pleas for stronger measures to protect paramedics The LNP is calling for a trial of body cameras for paramedics The LNP Opposition has called for more action to prevent attacks on paramedics and health workers, following two separate incidents in the last 24 hours which saw workers spat on and threatened. Shadow Health Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the two attacks in Surfers Paradise and Caboolture reaffirmed calls for stronger measures to be implemented to stamp out shocking attacks on Queensland’s frontline […]

Feedback Needed On Maryborough–Hervey Bay Road and Urraween Road Intersection Upgrade

by Ted Sorensen
Project overview Construction of a $12.5 million project to upgrade the Maryborough–Hervey Bay Road and Urraween Road intersection, on the fringe of Hervey Bay, is scheduled to start in the first half of next year. The project will improve safety and operational efficiency and support future growth in the Fraser Coast.  Construction of the project is expected to take about 12 months to complete, weather permitting. Project deliverables • Traffic signals for improved safety and efficiency. • Dedicated left- and right-turn lanes from Urraween Road west and Urraween Road east. • Installation of concrete medians to separate vehicles travelling in […]
Hervey Bay Power Price Rise

Hervey Bay Power Prices Going Up Under Labor

by Ted Sorensen
* Hervey Bay household bills to increase under Labor Government * Small businesses to be particularly hit hard by massive price hikes * Palaszczuk Government unable to outline its plans for driving down electricity costs for families and businesses Hervey Bay households and businesses are again being slugged with higher power bills, with the Palaszczuk Labor Government unable to outline its plans for driving down costs. Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said the Queensland Competition Authority’s (QCA) determination for regional electricity prices showed the average household could expect a $41 increase in their power bill in 2016-17. ‘The increase […]
Waiting On Superman

“Interesting documentary about education from USA’s eyes. We could all learn from this..”

by Ted Sorensen
It is about not just throwing money at education, but thinking about education and how it is delivered, and the children’s educational outcomes.  Please watch the video below.
Qld Labor Super Raid

Premier Needs To Come Clean On Superannuation Raid

by Ted Sorensen
Labor admits secret raid planned on public servants superannuation Premier refuses to release independent advice from the State Actuary about the impact of the raid Leaves fund vulnerable to external shocks and could mean superannuation not fully funded Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk must today front up, admit her broken promise and tell Queenslanders how much money she plans to raid from the public servants’ superannuation fund. Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said the Labor Government had today been forced to admit they had no other way of propping up the Queensland budget than to raid a fund put aside to cover public […]

Labor Begins Unravelling Of Tough Criminal Gang Laws

by Ted Sorensen
The Palaszczuk Labor Government has begun the wind back of the VLAD laws Palaszczuk and Labor pushed changes through Parliament with no consultation and 24 hours’ notice VLAD provisions to clean up the construction industry were due to come into force July 1The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s ‘soft on crime’ policy has taken effect, with the first steps to wind back the LNP’s strong anti-criminal gang laws pushed through Parliament. Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker said provisions introduced by the LNP were to take effect on July 1 and would have rid the state’s construction industry of criminal thugs and corruption. “The […]

Resources Sector Takes Another Hit From Labor

by Ted Sorensen
Labor changes to resources legislation could allow extreme green groups to abuse objections process Resource sector confidence at a five-year lowThe resources sector has taken another hit from the Palaszczuk Government, with Labor legislation passing through Parliament that will impact negatively on Queensland’s reputation as a state which businesses want to invest in and create jobs. Shadow Mines Minister Andrew Cripps, said the process of modernising the legislation that governs the resources sector in Queensland was started by the previous LNP Government but took an unfortunate step backwards when Labor’s bill passed. “The changes to the notifications and objections process […]
Technically Not A Rise

Katter Party Fails To Stand Up To Labor’s Rego Price Hike

by Ted Sorensen
Katter Party MPs fail to vote on in Parliament to keep car rego increases to inflation rate Labor will increase car registration by 3.5% – or double CPI The LNP has committed to tie car rego increases to CPI for the term of next government.
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Palaszczuk To Slug Families With Another Car Rego Hike

by Ted Sorensen
*  Labor set to slug struggling Queenslanders with another hike in car registration costs to cover their hopeless financial management *  Premier Palaszczuk and Pitt refuse to use their power to freeze car rego costs *  LNP guarantees family car rego wouldn’t rise more than inflation for first term The Palaszczuk Labor Government had once again shown its total fiscal incompetence and neglect of Queensland families with plans to push car registration costs even higher. Shadow Minister for Transport Andrew Powell said Premier Palaszczuk and her Treasurer Curtis Pitt had the power to freeze car rego costs but had chosen […]
Labor Carbon Tax

Palaszczuk Needs To Come Clean On Carbon Tax For Queensland

by Ted Sorensen
Palaszczuk Labor Government Ministers divided on introducing a carbon tax Premier promised Queenslanders ‘no new or increased taxes’ under her government A Queensland carbon tax will cost jobs and increase the cost of living Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to come clean and rule out slugging Queenslanders with a carbon tax to subsidise renewable energy. Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said Labor Government Ministers Steven Miles and Mark Bailey have made conflicting statements on the matter, confusing Queenslanders and fueling further speculation of internal division within Labor ranks. “The Premier needs to come clean once and for all on whether Queensland families […]
Ted Sorensen Save Our Sparkies

Palaszczuk Government Proposal Puts Our Sparkies At Risk

by Ted Sorensen
Friday, 6 May 2016 Ted Sorensen MP backs Save Our Sparkies petition to stop Labor’s electricity giant Labor’s Ergon/Energex monolith will unfairly compete with mum and dad businesses LNP are standing with our Sparkies in time of uncertainty State Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen has called on his electorate to Save Our Sparkies and sign an e-petition to protect local businesses. Ted said the Labor Government was planning to create a new government-owned business to compete against mum and dad sparkies by offering a range of electrical services such as smart meter and solar panel installation. “The Palaszczuk Labor […]
Hervey Bay Salvation Army Red Shield Launch

The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal 2016 Launch

by Ted Sorensen
Great support for our Salvo’s at the Hervey Bay Boat Club with approximately $6000 raised for the 2016 Red Shield Appeal From the Salvo’s. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal doorknock. When you volunteer, you help raise vital funds for the running of The Salvation Army’s vast network of social services. It may mean a roof to someone without a home, or education support for a child at risk of dropping out of school. This year the Doorknock will take place over the weekend of 28-29 May and we need 100,000 volunteer collectors to help […]

Bruce Highway May 2016 Update

by Ted Sorensen
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If you are planning on travelling on the Bruce Highway in the near future, please click on the “read more” below for a map and full details..
BUDGET 2016-17 - Youth Employment

Federal Budget delivers for Hervey Bay

by Ted Sorensen
Wednesday 4 May 2016 Hervey Bay to benefit from boosted Commonwealth funding and GST payments in Federal Budget Youth employment, small business, health and education major winners Palaszczuk Labor must stop blaming the Federal Government for its own failings Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen has welcomed the Federal Government’s Budget plan for jobs and growth. Ted said the Fraser Coast region would benefit from a confidence boost as a result of increased investment from the Commonwealth. “Queenslanders will benefit from increased spending on schools and hospitals, as well as a huge GST windfall,” Ted said. Ted was particularly happy […]
Ag Science Under Threat

Agricultural Science At Risk

by Ted Sorensen
Kate Jones has failed to rule out scrapping Agricultural Science from the Queensland Senior Curriculum.

Australia’s Enormous Sacrifice

by Ted Sorensen
In 1914 Australia was a young country and still a dominion of the British Empire. So when Britain declared war, this tiny country of fewer than five million was automatically at war as well. Thousands of young men rushed to volunteer in aid of King and country. To many it would have seemed like a great opportunity for adventure – they didn’t fully comprehend the horrors of war. For Australia, the First World War remains the costliest conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of whom more than 60,000 […]

School Disability Program Faces Axe

by Ted Sorensen
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Kawungan School ECDP Faces The Axe! A vital education program for Hervey Bay’s youngest and most vulnerable students is set to be axed by the Palaszczuk Labor Government. Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen, said the Early Childhood Development Programs (ECDP) at the Kawungan School would soon be cut, and the Palaszczuk Labor Government was refusing to do anything about it. “This program provides invaluable support to children before they enter Prep and is specifically designed for children with significant support needs arising from a diagnosed or suspected disability,” Ted said. “Parents are deeply concerned about how their children will […]

‘Know-nothing’ Minister Dick Dodges Scrutiny

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'Know-nothing' Minister Dick Dodges Scrutiny The LNP's efforts to scrutinise the state of Queensland's health system were stymied by Labor's do-nothing know-nothing Health Minister Cameron Dick. During Parliament's Question Time Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle and Mudgeeraba MP Ros Bates asked questions about the status of MRI scans for children at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital as well as the classification of forensic patients in the hospital system. "The Palaszczuk Labor Government promised to be open and accountable but Minister Dick has clearly failed on both counts," Mr McArdle said. "I quizzed the Minister about reports that children are waiting […]
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Labor delivers no new infrastructure for Wide Bay

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The Palaszczuk Labor Government's much-touted infrastructure 'plan' delivers nothing for the Wide Bay region but rehashed, recycled and reused projects with no way to fund them. Shadow Infrastructure Minister Tim Nicholls said the plan should have ended Labor's year-long infrastructure freeze but instead Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has delivered a flashy document with little real substance. "Unfortunately Wide Bay has been let down by the Palaszczuk Labor Government's lacklustre infrastructure plan," Mr Nicholls said. "We know the regions are crying out for infrastructure investment but nothing is forthcoming from this frozen at the wheel Labor Government. "The only projects identified for […]

Labor Needs To Stay Out Of Solar

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A draft Queensland Productivity Commission report has exposed the Palaszczuk Labor Government's 'one million rooftop' solar plan to be nothing more than a media sound grab. Shadow Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Andrew Powell, said the Commission's draft report should send a clear message to Labor to leave Queensland's solar energy strategy alone. "The report has made a mockery of Labor's one million rooftops by 2020 commitment by predicting Queensland will reach that target by 2022 under the current system," Mr Powell said. "While this frozen-at-the-wheel government is busy making empty announcements, Queensland's economy falls further and further behind […]

Bruce Highway – Plan Your Trip

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If you are planning on travelling on the Bruce Highway in the near future, please take note of roadworks as indicated. 
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Community Heritage Grants 2016 round open for applications: 7 March – 9 May 2016

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CHG is a federally funded grants program, operating since 1994, which offers grants of up to $15,000 to assist in preserving cultural heritage collections of national significance. Not-for-profit organisations, such as historical societies, regional museums, public libraries and Indigenous and migrant community groups throughout Australia, are encouraged to apply. For more information on CHG see http://www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/chg or download their flyer here The round opens today and closes on 9 May 2016.  
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LNP calls for petrol price transparency

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The LNP is calling for better transparency at the petrol bowser ensuring motorists are not duped by retailers selectively promoting discounted prices tied to in-store promotions or loyalty programs. Shadow Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the opposition's policy would force fuel retailers to display the undiscounted price of the most popular product at the top of the petrol price board. "Queenslanders deserve to know exactly how much they will be paying for their petrol when they fill up the family car," Mr Emerson said. "Petrol is not like most products where a customer can return it to the shelf if […]

Upcoming Council Elections & Referendum

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On March 19, you will be asked to make an important decision about Queensland’s future. Held on the same day as the local government elections, Queenslanders will be asked to decide whether the term of our state Parliament should be changed from an unfixed three-year term to a fixed four-year term with a state election held on the last Saturday in October every four years. Last year, following consultation with the community, the LNP introduced and passed bills in the Queensland Parliament, to allow for this referendum to occur. This reform has bipartisan support. Local Governments in Queensland have had […]

Treasurer Pitt’s Policies Will Leave Families Paying More

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Treasurer Pitt’s Policies Will Leave Families Paying More Today’s Queensland Productivity Commission (QPC) report into electricity prices has again highlighted the Palaszczuk Labor Government has no plan for reducing power costs for families, Shadow Energy Minister Andrew Powell says. Mr Powell said the Labor Government had been quick to dismiss many of the draft report’s recommendations, which have highlighted the potential for previously announced Labor policies to drive up electricity prices. “Treasurer Pitt is already refusing to accept the Queensland Productivity Commission’s advice, meaning Queensland families could end up paying more just so Labor can meet their poorly-conceived and uncosted […]

Shadow Minister joins Ted in the Bay

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Shadow Minister joins Ted in the Bay Ian Walker, Shadow Minister for Justice, Industrial Relations and Arts visited Hervey Bay recently. My Parliamentary colleague, Ian Walker, Shadow Minister for Justice, Industrial Relations and Arts, came up to visit Hervey Bay and spoke a number of groups and also highlighted concerns to the local media about the both the rise of unemployed youth in the region and the dramatic drop in the overall participation rate of young people looking for work. Ian and I were also made very welcome by Liane Mills and the Z-Pac Theatre team.

Donaldson Must Rule Out ‘Net-Free’ Zones

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Donaldson Must Rule Out ‘Net-Free’ Zones: Frecklington Fisheries Minister Leannne Donaldson has been challenged to rule out ‘net-free’ fishing zones along the Bundaberg and Fraser coasts that would hurt commercial fleets and destroy jobs. Shadow Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Deb Frecklington said attempts by Palaszczuk Labor to shore-up marginal seats with ‘net-free’ zones risked Queensland’s commercial fishing sector and local jobs in Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Maryborough. “Commercial fishers in those centres need surety from Minister Donaldson there’ll be no more ‘net-free’ zones,” Ms Frecklington said. “Queensland’s commercial fishing industry is still reeling…
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Premier Returns Without A Plan

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Premier Returns Without A Plan Annastacia Palaszczuk’s return to work has been met with disappointment, after she failed to outline a plan to deliver new projects to create jobs, boost the economy and unleash Queensland’s potential. Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said it was time for the Premier to stopped re-announcing old projects and started to deliver the promises she made a year ago. Mr Springborg also called on the Premier to address a number of outstanding issues she failed to deal with before her break. “The bikies are back, the union bosses are back, the Premier’s back and Labor continues […]

Shadow Minister for Health Mark McArdle

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Shadow Minister for Health Mark McArdle joined Ted to visit the first fully integrated digital hospital in Australia, St Stephen's Hospital in Hervey Bay. Both Ted and Mark were given a tour of the 'closed-loop' medication system, the patients' wards, the Patient Entertainment System, the electronic medical record system operates as well as the hospital's state-of-art theatres.

Volunteer Grants

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The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply for Volunteer Grants 2015 under the Strengthening Communities (Volunteering) activity. Volunteer Grants enable community organisations to apply for grants of up to $5000 to: *         purchase small equipment items to assist their volunteers; *         assist with the reimbursement of fuel costs incurred by volunteers; and *         contribute towards the costs of training courses and background screening checks for volunteers Applications opened on 29 October 2015 and will close on 9 December 2015 at 2pm AEDT. Grants will be paid by 30 June 2016. For more information, program guidelines…

The Queensland Young Achiever Awards

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The Queensland Young Achiever Awards are now open and all Queenslanders are asked to nominate a young person you know that is actively involved in community activities and/or achieving great results in their field of endeavour. The purpose of the Queensland Young Achiever Awards is to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including the age of 29 from throughout Queensland. Nominations close on Friday 29th January 2016 and nominations are made online at www.awardsaustralia.com Nominations are being sought in these categories:   *   The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award […]

Industry Fears Infrastructure Backlog Under Labor

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Queensland industry has warned Labor’s lack of a plan for infrastructure is likely to hurt the state’s economy and create more unemployment woes. Shadow Infrastructure Minister Tim Nicholls said the Civil Contractors Federation Queensland’s Building Our Future: 2015 Update pleaded with the Palaszczuk Labor Government to invest more in new infrastructure projects amid fears of a looming backlog over the next five years. “Quite clearly Labor went to the last election with no plan to invest in infrastructure and, sadly, industry has realised the dangers of a government making it up as it goes,” Mr Nicholls said. “The Palaszczuk Labor […]

Labor’s Inaction Holds Queensland Back

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Labor’s Inaction Holds Queensland Back The CommSec State of the States Report has shown Queensland’s economy is continuing to slip under a ‘do-nothing’ Palaszczuk Labor Government, Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek said today. Mr Langbroek said it was extremely disappointing to see that Queensland was now in a third tier of economies, alongside Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT. “The Palaszczuk Government’s lack of a plan is holding Queensland back and the State of the States report proves it,” he said. “Since January we’ve gone backwards in important measures like economic growth, construction, equipment investment and population growth. “Queensland is […]

Federal Medicinal Cannabis Announcement

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Federal medicinal cannabis announcement a step forward The LNP Opposition has welcomed Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley’s announcement that changes to legislation will soon be introduced to allow the growth of medicinal cannabis. Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle said the announcement was a step in the right direction for modern medicine. “It was the LNP in Estimates hearings this year that advocated for the use of medicinal cannabis under strict control to be investigated and we congratulate the Turnbull Government on this positive step forward,” Mr McArdle said. “So far all Labor has said is that something will happen somewhere, […]

Qld Losing Out Under Labor’s Electricity Management

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Queensland businesses are at a huge disadvantage when comparing energy costs with NSW and VIC. Victorian's electricity costs, is about 1/3 cheaper than Queenslander's cost, for same amount of energy usage. My office has had numerous complaints about rising electricity costs.  A franchisee owner came in to see me, and it is astounding that one of his businesses in Gympie, is $800 cheaper to run than the one in Hervey Bay, purely because there is a different energy service provider.   Hervey Bay residents are being used as cash cows to pay for Labor's election promises. Labor is ripping nearly $3.2 […]

“Firefighters Have A Well-Earned Win”

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"Firefighters Have A Well-Earned Win" Common sense has prevailed and Hervey Bay volunteer firefighters will have access to adequate workers compensation following pressure from the LNP Opposition.   A Bill was passed in Parliament recently, to ensure any firefighter, volunteer or fulltime, who contracts one of 12 specified cancers in the course of protecting the community, will receive workers compensation. Volunteer firefighters in my electorate of Hervey Bay are the real winners after Labor agreed to scrap the 150 fire 'visit' quota.    Labor pushed for a fire quota that only volunteer firefighters must meet, making them attend 150 fires […]

RACQ Get Ready Queensland Week

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RACQ Get Ready Queensland Week, 12 – 18 October 2015! RACQ Get Ready Week and RACQ Get Ready Day are celebrations of the resilient nature of Queenslanders. No matter what gets thrown at us, we bounce back. Check with your local councils for activities throughout the week and see how your community is celebrating the strength of our Queenslanders. Council contact details can be found in the Queensland Government's local government directory.

LNP Acts To Restore Confidence In QLD

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LNP Acts To Restore Confidence In QLD Better government services, business confidence and job creation are all significant advantages in having fixed, four-year terms of government, according to the LNP. Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker today introduced a Bill to provide for fixed terms for the Legislative Assembly so that Queenslanders are served with a more accountable Parliament. Mr Walker said that that while the Palaszczuk Labor Government was conducting yet another review into the matter, the LNP had done the work and the laws were ready to go. "Given the finely balanced nature of Queensland's current hung Parliament and the […]

Frecklington Fights For Sustainable Fishing

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Frecklington Fights For Sustainable Fishing More than 26,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Queensland Parliament to block the Palaszczuk Labor Government from introducing net-free fishing zones in North and Central Queensland. Shadow Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Deb Frecklington and Shadow Environment Minister Stephen Bennett were presented with the 1000 page petition at Parliament House today. “I am very pleased to be tabling this petition in Parliament on behalf of the Queensland Seafood Industry Association and the commercial fishermen affected by Labor’s net-free zones,” Mrs Frecklington said. “This petition has some 26,000 signatures on it, demonstrating a […]

Warning To Check Portable Butane Cookers

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Queenslanders have been urged to check their sheds, garages and caravans for potentially lethal butane cookers. Acting Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Bill Byrne today issued a warning about the faulty cookers following an explosion in central Queensland on Friday that put two men in hospital. “The men were injured when a faulty butane gas cooker exploded – one of many similar cookers recalled nationally earlier year,” Minister Byrne said. “Unfortunately, we believe there are still many of them in sheds, garages, and caravans around Queensland. “The faulty cookers have a safety mechanism that doesn’t work. When the gas […]

Labor Sidelines Key Grassroots Sports Funding

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Labor Sidelines Key Grassroots Sports Funding The Opposition has urged the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government to step up to the plate and outline their state-wide plan for sport and recreation funding. Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said the previous LNP Government had committed $68 million for the hugely popular Get in the Game program, but Labor was refusing to follow through with the funding. “Local clubs in Hervey Bay are now in limbo because of the Labor Government’s failure to ensure this funding is guaranteed for another three years,” Ted said. “After more than four months since taking office, the Palaszczuk-Gordon […]
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Hervey Bay Drivers Face Rego Hike

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Hervey Bay Drivers Face Rego Hike Tomorrow, drivers from Hervey Bay will pay more for car registration than ever before as Labor’s unfair increase comes into effect. Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said while the LNP froze car registration for three years, Labor is slugging drivers with an increase two and a half times the inflation rate. “This increase is unfair and puts unnecessary cost of living pressure on the families in my electorate of Hervey Bay, Ted said. “In Parliament, the LNP moved a disallowance motion to stop the 3.5 per cent increase however every single Labor MP […]

Health Review Affirms LNP Achievements

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Health Review Affirms LNP Achievements A review into Queensland Health has recognised reform measures implemented by the LNP Government have been a huge success, but there are grave concerns these achievements could be undone by Labor. Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle said the Hunter Review into the Department of Health’s structure, governance arrangements and high level organisational capability, found the devolution of health service delivery had improved financial efficiency and patient care. Mr McArdle said returning to a central control model would have devastating consequences for Queensland patients. “It’s no secret that Labor’s preferred style of governance is to run […]

Health Bungles Ramping Up Under Labor

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Health Bungles Ramping Up Under Labor    There are grave concerns that the lives of sick Queenslanders are being put at risk under a Labor Government, with the revelation that ambulance ramping is rife in hospitals across the state. Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle has slammed the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government for undoing the work the LNP had done to end ambulance ramping during its time in office. “In just four months, the Palaszczuk Labor Government has managed to drag Queensland back to the bad old days, undoing three years of the LNP’s hard work,” Mr McArdle said. “Reports that ambulance ramping […]

LNP Welcomes LNP’s Plan For Tougher Driving Tests

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LNP Welcomes LNP’s Plan For Tougher Driving Tests The Palaszczuk Labor Government has been accused of being void of ideas, after it tried to claim credit for a policy initiated by the LNP Government. Described as a ‘radical bid’ to slash Queensland’s road toll, the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government has confirmed it would follow through with the LNP’s new Q-SAFE practical driving test. Acting Shadow Transport Minister Andrew Powell said Labor’s blatant plagiarism was another example of an inexperienced government just making it up on the run. “The changes to the driving test for learner drivers ‘unveiled’ by the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government today, […]

Labor Breaks Key Election Promise

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Labor Breaks Key Election Promise  Queensland Labor has admitted they will break a key election promise and increase debt, which will leave the next generation of Queenslanders paying more. Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Treasurer Curtis Pitt have both confessed Labor will have to increase debt to invest in infrastructure projects. Shadow Treasurer John-Paul Langbroek said this was at odds with key promises made to the people of Queensland in the lead-up to the 2015 election. "Labor was unequivocal during the election campaign, promising to pay down debt, each and every year going forward," he said. "There were no ifs […]

Hervey Bay’s Two New Artificial Reefs Ready For Guests To Move In

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Hervey Bay's Two New Artificial Reefs Ready For Guests To Move In Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen welcomed the news that the building blocks that will make up two new artificial reefs in Hervey Bay, have now been laid on the sea bed. The 30 modules weigh a total 690 tonnes and left Gladstone by barge late last week and were gently lowered to the sea bed over the weekend.  The $1.5 million project announced by the previous LNP government is set to see an 80 hectare reef built in waters 10 metres deep near the Outer Banks. A […]

LNP moves to keep rego costs down

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LNP moves to keep rego costs down In Parliament today, the LNP Opposition moved disallowance motion to protect Queensland families from paying too much for their car registration that will be debated tomorrow night. Shadow Minister for Transport Scott Emerson said the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government want to hit Queenslanders with an unfair registration increase at twice the level of inflation. "We will not stand by and let Labor drive up the cost of living to make up for its failure to manage the State Budget," Mr Emerson said. "Labor's price hikes will mean registration costs for four-cylinder cars will jump from […]

Health Board Independence Threatened Again

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The independence of local Health and Hospital Boards is under threat again after the Health Minister played coy when answering a question about union membership during Parliament Question Time today. In response to a question from the Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle, the Health Minister Cameron Dick ruled out personally directing union members to be nominated on independent Hospital Boards however fell short in clarifying if such a directive came from elsewhere. Mr McArdle said this is a slippery approach by Minister Dick as such a direction could have been communicated by the Government to such officers of his department. […]

Premier Palaszczuk not listening to business

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Another scathing report indicates Queenslanders will miss out on job opportunities if the Premier doesn't start listening to concerns from business. According to the Sensis Business Index, Queensland businesses had the second worst level of confidence in the nation, dropping 30 points compared to the previous quarter where it was leading the nation. Shadow Treasurer John-Paul Langbroek said the key concern for the plunge in confidence is the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government failing to understand small business. "Instead of listening to the concerns raised by Queensland businesses, the Premier has rejected the comments and put her head in the sand," Mr Langbroek […]

The Newly Appointed Labor Government Is Quick To Have Zero Guarantees.

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"The Hervey Bay voters supported the surgical Wait Time Guarantee", State Member Ted Sorensen said. "Cameron Dick saying the surgical wait time guarantee was a 'gimmick' was a low blow to the people of Hervey Bay who were left languishing on surgical waiting lists under previous Labor governments. "The LNP dramatically reduced the number of patients waiting longer than medically recommended for their surgery and local families simply cannot afford to let Minister Dick take us back to the bad old days of the health system under Labor, Ted said. "The Hervey Bay people have enjoyed improved health services and […]

Diabetes Qld Needs Your Help

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Volunteers needed to help the health of Hervey Bay You can make a difference to the lives of people in Hervey Bay by helping them reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Queensland is encouraging people to volunteer to help raise awareness of type 2 diabetes and how to prevent or delay the condition through the Know the score program. Type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia, with more than 60 Queenslanders diagnosed every day. This rate is expected to triple across Australia by 2025. Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said type 2 diabetes […]

Qld Labor Government is using tricky language to back away from its commitment not to sell assets:

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Qld Labor Government is using tricky language to back away from its commitment not to sell assets: Tuesday (2 March) the Premier said a Labor Government would not sell "major" assets Today (5 March), Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said Labor wouldn't sell "strategic" assets. Annastacia Palaszczuk and her colleagues claimed before the election that government building and land sales were asset sales. They went to the election with an iron-clad promise not to sell assets. It's a matter for the public record and the Premier can't walk away from that commitment now that she is in the top job. Labor […]

If Labor dumps the wait time guarantee for surgery – what is its plan to get the numbers down?

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If Labor dumps the wait time guarantee for surgery – what is its plan to get the numbers down? Under the LNP Government the growth in the waiting list for the waiting list was reduced for the first time.  In March 2006 there were 122,120 Queenslanders on the “hidden” waiting list for a specialist appointment. This was a list Labor had kept hidden. Under Labor the number of Queenslanders waiting for a specialist appointment actually increased by 90%. In fact the Labor Premier and Health Minister were aware there were even people placed on lists, where on the patient referrals […]

Labor’s disloyalty to the regions exposed

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Labor’s disloyalty to the regions exposed The Labor Party has already shown its absolute disregard for rural and regional Queenslanders by confirming it will scrap the successful Royalties for the Regions program. Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said Labor’s announcement is clear evidence that Queensland’s regions would be neglected if Labor is re-elected. “If you live in regional Queensland you will lose under Labor,” Mr Seeney said.  “This announcement is a slap in the face for regional Queenslanders who remember only too well Labor’s neglect and lack of recognition of the importance of Queensland’s regions to the state economy. “Soon after […]

Safer school roads and FIFO hub for Hervey Bay residents

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Safer school roads and FIFO hub for Hervey Bay residents Hervey Bay families will benefit from safer travel and increased employment opportunities thanks to a much needed upgrade to 3 local intersections courtesy of funding from the Newman LNP Government’s Royalties for the Regions program. LNP Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen said the funding would provide $26 million in critical upgrades to intersections that had become increasingly dangerous, as well as $525,000 for the Fraser Coast fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) hub. “Over the past three years the Royalties for the Regions program has made strong inroads into reversing Labor’s neglect of […]

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Stats

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Under Labor there were 2,153 clinical staff – nurses, doctors and health professionals Under the LNP there are now 2,232 clinical staff – nurses, doctors and health professionals That's a real increase of 79 front line clinical staff and not a decrease as claimed by Labor! In Labor's last budget [2011-12] the Wide Bay Hospital and Health service received $433.9 million Under the LNP's 2014-15 State Budget the Wide Bay Hospital and Health service now receives an additional $24.3 million a year – up to $458.3 million. That's an increase of 5.6% in local health spending.

First Policy Package – Jobs For Tomorrow.

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LNP unveils plan for the Jobs of Tomorrow More than 209,000 jobs would be created in Queensland over the next six years as a result of the LNP’s strong plan to secure the state’s economic future. Premier Campbell Newman made the pledge while releasing the LNP’s Jobs of Tomorrow plan to ensure the next generation of Queenslanders had access to high quality training to kick start their careers. “Just three years ago, young Queenslanders were not being given the support needed to secure a rewarding job, participation in training was at an all-time low and taxpayer money was thrown away […]

2015 Qld Plan

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Ted Is Proud To Present The 2015 Qld Plan                    

Queenslanders are off to the polls on the 31 January, 2015

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We want every Queenslander to feel secure and our strong plans are making our state safer. In just three years, we've cut surgical waiting lists and cracked down on crime with stronger laws and more than 800 additional police. But we can't take these gains for granted. To secure a bright future, we need to keep the strong LNP team that's working for a stronger Queensland

Public eye treatment and surgery returns to Wide Bay

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Public eye treatment and surgery returns to Wide Bay WIDE Bay Hospital and Health Service has secured funding to reintroduce locally provided ophthalmology services across the Wide Bay region. The breakthrough will see ophthalmology services being provided in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg through a public-private partnership. The WBHHS has entered into a public-private partnership with CQ Eye under the terms of which the company will be paid to deliver eye treatment through its surgeries in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay. WBHHS chief executive Adrian Pennington said from December 1 the WBHHS will accept ophthalmology referrals from general practice and manage the […]

Grieving parents to receive recognition

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Grieving parents to receive recognition Parents who have experienced a tragic early pregnancy loss will be able to honour the memory of their little one with a new commemorative certificate, issued by the registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the In Loving Memory certificates were designed to provide grieving families with comfort. “Losing a child before you can even meet them or hold them is heartbreaking for a mum and dad and, until now, there’s been nothing in Queensland to acknowledge that these precious lives ever existed,” Mr Bleijie said. “One in […]

New tech means fire trucks & ambos can turn red lights green in an emergency.

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EVP Turns Lights from Red To Green For Faster Emergency Services Response Times. New tech means fire trucks & ambos can turn red lights green in an emergency. Find out more: http://youtu.be/JtlN6ZM7bac

Hervey Bay clubs score funding to Get Playing

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Hervey Bay clubs score funding to Get Playing Christmas has come early for two Hervey Bay sport and recreation clubs with the third round of the Get Playing grants program wrapping up for the year. Get Playing forms part of the Queensland Government’s $68 million Get in the Game initiative, and provides sport and recreation clubs with better facilities. Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen said the local clubs had shared in more than $11.4 million worth of funding, approved to almost 140 clubs statewide under the latest round. “Sport and recreation clubs are an integral part of this community […]

Demand for Get Started vouchers remains strong

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Demand for Get Started vouchers remains strong Queensland families are now finding it easier to get active, thanks to the Newman Government’s Get Started program. Get Started provides kids who can least afford, or may otherwise benefit from joining a sport or recreation club with vouchers of up to $150 to help with club membership and/or participation fees. Ted Sorensen, Member for Hervey Bay said the latest round of the Get Started program would help more than 13,500 children and young people join a sport or recreation club state-wide.” “Round four of Get Started has received a great response, with […]

LNP OPTHALMOLOGY BLITZ

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Queensland LNP Ophthalmology Blitz The Premier and Health Minister have announced a $23.4 million blitz on the long wait lists for eye surgery across Queensland. Under the LNP's ophthalmology blitz nearly 8,000  Queenslanders who have been on the long wait list will benefit from receiving an appointment. Similar programs initiated by the LNP Government have cleared the cochlear waiting list and provided dental treatment to over 60,000 Queenslanders waiting too long for dental care. The LNP's strong plan to revitalise frontline health services is once again delivering improved access to health services for Queensland families. LNP OPTHALMOLOGY BLITZ Cairns & […]

Front Line Health Facts

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Front Line Wide Bay Health Region Results . . . The Queensland Government has released the latest front line figures on waiting lists for Wide Bay patients. Please click on the images to view full size.                        

Park Pals make Fraser Island Great Walk even greater

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A walking track has been cleared and former park ranger barracks have been transformed into a volunteer base, thanks to a $25,000 Friends of Parks grant to the National Parks Association of Queensland (NPAQ). The Friends of Park initiative is a $1.5M Newman Government's commitment to enhance volunteering in Queensland's national parks and offers grants between $5000 and $25,000 to not for profit community groups. Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said an army of volunteers spent more than 1,000 hours improving buildings and infrastructure at the Lake Allom barracks, now renamed the 'Harold Charles Barracks' after a volunteer. "The […]

New youth support services planned for Hervey Bay

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The Queensland Government has announced an open tender process to establish a new youth support service for the Fraser Coast region. Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said as part of the Government's strong plan for a brighter future, funding of $278,778 per annum was available to assist vulnerable and at risk young people. "The new service will aim to achieve a range of outcomes including connections to positive family support and services that will assist young people to get a job or engage in training and employment. "The successful organisation will work closely with other agencies that provide services […]

Call to Get Ready Queensland

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What’s your ‘what-if’ plan? Queenslanders are urged to use their home-grown resilience and ‘get ready’ to face the possibility of wild weather this disaster season. Member for Hervey Bay said the State Government and RACQ would encourage locals to think about what could happen if they or their families were struck by wild weather. “In recent times, natural disasters have caused havoc across Queensland. They can be unpredictable and it is up to every one of us to have a ‘what-if’ plan,” Ted said. You can help protect your family.. What if you had an emergency plan and an emergency […]

Strong Choices

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We have a strong plan to pay down the $80 billion debt we inherited so more money can be spent on building schools, hospitals, roads and other vital infrastructure. We've listened to Queenslanders' concerns and we won't be selling assets. By leasing assets, we can still pay down debt and ensure the assets come back to Queenslanders. Only the LNP has a strong plan to reduce debt and free up funds for job creating infrastructure. For more information, please go to http://www.strongchoices.qld.gov.au/problem  

Hervey Bay families get money for reading help

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The youngest children in Fraser Coast Regional Council will have more help to learn what they need to succeed at school.   $99,534 will be given to our libraries each year over four years, being at total of $398,137 as part of the Best Start initiative. Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen said the extra money could help every parent, caregiver and young child in the community. “Best Start will help mums, dads and caregivers to read with their children in a way that lets the children learn,” Mr Sorensen said. “Our kids will do better at school if they start with […]

Students to get Great Results from extra funding

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Students in Hervey Bay are set to benefit from the second round of Great Results Guarantee funding announced on the 24th September 2014. Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen welcomed the announcement on behalf of local students. Ted said that more than 1.78 million would go directly to Hervey Bay schools in 2015, this is over $600,000 dollars more than last year’s allocation. “The Queensland Government has a strong plan for the state’s future, which is why we are working hard to revitalise frontline services, particularly education, Ted said. “Local schools have already experienced the benefits of the Great Results […]

JP (Qual) & C.Dec Training

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Want to become a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) or a Commissioner for Declarations?   Queensland Justices Association is holding JP (Qual) and C.Dec training courses. If you wish to become a Justice of the Peace, book online at www.qja.com.au or call the Training Program Manager on (07) 3392 2455 for course information. JP (Qual) Course dates are: Saturdays, 25 October, 1 and 8 November 2014 Enrol by 21 October 2014 9:00am to 4:30pm Venue: Hervey Bay Community Centre, 22 Charles Street, Pialba 4655 C.Dec training is the first two days only JP (Qual) – $350, C.Dec $240

Hervey Bay Hockey turns sod on new playing surface

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Hervey Bay Hockey turns sod on new playing surface   The first sod has today been turned on works to upgrade Hervey Bay Hockey’s playing facilities. Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the milestone showed how Governments and community organisations can partner for the benefit of regional communities. “Having State and Federal LNP Governments working together, clearly has its benefits,” Mr Pitt said.   “During the 2013 Federal Election I committed $350,000 to the Hervey Bay Hockey Association for artificial turf, and I’m pleased to be delivering on that promise. “This funding will enable the Association to potentially host quite […]

Woody Island lighthouse to be restored and two new Reefs to boost diving and fishing in Great Sandy Strait

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  One of the oldest buildings in the Hervey Bay area, Woody Island’s Middle Bluff lighthouse is set to be restored as part of a project to present the island’s cultural heritage to visitors. The lighthouse on the island, part of Great Sandy National Park, has rich cultural heritage and the potential to be a great tourism destination.  Woody Island has two timber lighthouses from 1866, ruins of the light keeper’s cottage, a grave site, remnants of the original telegraph line, indigenous fish traps, and other sites and stories of interest.  The hexagonal lighthouses at Middle Bluff and North Bluff […]

Wide Bay Health Service, Perfomance – Parliament Question without Notice

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Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service, Performance Mr SORENSEN: My question without notice is to the Minister for Health. With reference to the waiting time for local constituents who are on the outpatient category 3 waiting list for their first specialist appointment I ask: has there been a change in the Wide Bay HHS in the percentage of people being seen within the recommended time as a result of the LNP government’s strong plan to revitalise front-line health services? Mr SPRINGBORG: I thank the honourable member for Hervey Bay for his question. The short answer is yes, there has been […]

Kids Get Started Again With Sport Funding

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Hervey Bay families have been encouraged to Get in the Game and submit their applications for the fourth round of the hugely popular Get Started funding program that opened today. Member for Hervey Bay Mr Ted Sorensen MP said the initiative was successfully lowering the cost of living for local families with 963 vouchers issued in this electorate since the program commenced. “Get Started officially opens for applications on 15 July and provides vouchers valued up to $150 to help kids whose families can least afford for them to join a sport or recreation club.” Mr Ted Sorensen MP said […]

Premier Launches Queenslanders’ 30 Year Vision in Hervey Bay

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THE QUEENSLAND PLAN Hervey Bay’s future prosperity took a step forward today with the release of The Queensland Plan: Queenslanders’ 30-year vision. Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said Queenslanders had spoken loud and clear in The Queensland Plan saying that the economy, education and the regions were the keys to a vibrant and prosperous state. Ted said the plan reflected a range of community aspirations and would play a key role in helping unite business, industry, community and government activities right across the state. “The Queensland Plan is the result of the largest community engagement activity of its kind […]

Have your say – Fisheries Management Review.

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Have your say – Fisheries Management Review. Minister McVeigh is encouraging anyone interested in our fisheries to provide input into our Fisheries Management Review. http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2014/7/9/provide-your-feedback-for-fisheries-review Fishing sectors, community groups and individuals can email their feedback directly to the independent consultants MRAG Asia Pacific qldfisheriesreview@mragap.com.au Submissions close on Thursday, 30 October at 5pm. MRAG Asia Pacific will examine the submissions and together with their findings will develop a series of recommendations to guide fisheries management in Queensland. Final recommendations will be presented by the independent review team at the end of 2014.

Science and Innovation Champions Awards

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The Minister for Science and Information Technology Innovation and the Arts, Mr Ian Walker has announced the launch of the Science and Innovation Champions Awards. This award is a great way to acknowledge a local champion who has and continues to contribute to the development and betterment of science and innovation in Queensland and Australia. The following link has gone live with further information on how to nominate a local champion. The Minister would like to encourage all electorates to nominate at least two members of your community to kick-start the awards. http://www.qld.gov.au/dsitia/initiatives/science-innovation-champions/ Cultural Champions Awards The next round for nominating your local […]

Kids and clubs continue to Get in the Game in 2014

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Hervey Bay families have been encouraged to ‘get a head start’ on their Get in the Game applications, with new rounds of the Newman Government’s flagship grassroots sport funding program to open next month. Both Get Going and Get Playing opens  on the 1 July and Get Started opens on 15 July, with $21.5 million for the three programs set down in the 2014-15 State Budget. Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said the initiative was successfully lowering the cost of living for Queensland families as promised at the election. “Get in the Game has been a resounding success in […]

Hervey Bay Community Anzac grants announced

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Hervey Bay Community Anzac grants announced   State Member of Parliament Ted Sorensen, has welcomed a Queensland Government grant to the Hervey Bay electorate for a project to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the First World War. Ted said the Anzac Centenary community grants program recognised the role many communities throughout the state played in supporting Australia’s involvement in the First World War. Ted said the $70,000 had been provided for the extension and enhancement of the Hervey Bay Freedom Park Memorial precinct.  “The First World War was Australia’s first significant international military campaign, and men and women from all […]

A responsible Budget from a responsible Government.

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“The 2014/15 Budget continues to deliver on the LNP Government’s election promises for a strong plan for a brighter future, Ted said. “There is no doubt it’s a mammoth task to reduce the state’s $80 billion debt and the interest bill, left by the previous Labor government. “We are making significant progress in restoring our finances with this responsible budget, Ted said. “We will continue to grow our four pillar economy, revitalise frontline services and sustainably invest in schools and hospitals for the secure future of our great State. “Local health spending has increased by 5.6% to $458.3 million in […]

Hervey Bay to have their say on motorcycle road rule changes

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Hervey Bay road users can now have their say on possible road rule changes to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety affecting motorcycle riders. Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said the Motorcycle Discussion Paper will be live on the “Get Involved” website for six weeks as part of the Queensland Government’s promise to revitalise front line services. “I encourage all Hervey Bay road users to give their feedback about potential road rule changes,” Ted said. “Easing congestion on our roads and making it easier for motorcyclists to ride are the main purposes behind a new discussion paper for Queenslanders […]

Locals to shape Queensland’s 30 year vision for Schools

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State MP Ted Sorensen has welcomed the Newman Government’s latest initiative to develop a 30-year plan for the future of education in Queensland. The historic Queensland Education Accord will determine priorities for our schools and ensure our future generations of students in Hervey Bay are given the best possible education and job opportunities. “The Education Accord will bring students, parents, teachers and Principals together to constructively develop the priorities for our schools and future students,” he said. “This is about developing a strong plan for a brighter future for all Queensland students. “The LNP Government is focussed on ensuring our […]

Switch off for ceiling safety

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A comprehensive awareness campaign will urge Hervey Bay homeowners and tradies to stop and think before working in a roof space, following the tragic deaths of three Queenslanders. Ted Sorensen said the Government was delivering on a key recommendation from a Coronial inquest into the rollout of the former Federal Government’s home insulation scheme. “Three young Queenslanders were killed by something so preventable and this is about preventing further tragedies,” Ted said. “The Government made a commitment to Queenslanders that we would restore accountability to government, which is why it ordered a Coronial inquest into the deaths of Matthew Fuller, […]

Fraser Coast girls travel for science

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More than double the number of boys than girls is studying physics, information technology, technology and maths C in Queensland, and young women from Fraser Coast Anglican College are travelling to Brisbane to help put a stop to it. They will be attending this weekend’s “Aspiring Women in Science” conference at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School to learn what opportunities exist for women at the top in the scientific world. Science and Innovation Minister Ian Walker said it was important to address the gender imbalance which was far greater in some instances, with only 26 per cent of Year 11 […]

Cost of Living – Ted addresses parliament

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Mr SORENSEN (Hervey Bay—LNP) (9.01 pm): Nothing cripples my valued Hervey Bay constituents’ cost-of-living challenges more than government red tape, and this state laboured and struggled under a giant trawler net of red tape for far too long. I am proud to be part of a government with excellent management experience and skills that has made the slashing of red and green tape a major focus. Our cost-of-living scorecard is, frankly, fabulous. For instance, we have provided $620 million in 2013-14 to the community service obligation payments. This now ensures that all Queenslanders pay the same price for their electricity […]

EVEN MORE RED TAPE SLASHED…TMR provides speedy customer service

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Renewing your driver’s licence at a Transport and Main Roads centre is quicker and easier according to latest Queensland Government Quarterly Update results.  Five minutes had been shaved off the average wait times at TMR Customer Service Centres in the past two years as part of our election promise to revitalise front line services.  Under our government Queenslanders are waiting less to access simple services like renewing a drivers’ licence or paying car registration.  In two years we have turned around Labor’s poor record on customer service wait times by almost 40 per cent.  We are providing a quicker service […]

Fraser Coasters invited to nominate for prestigious Cultural Diversity awards

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 Ted Sorensen, Hervey Bay MP, is encouraging locals to nominate, or nominate someone they know for this year’s Queensland Cultural Diversity Awards.  Ted Sorensen said applications were now open for the awards, which recognise individuals and organisations who have contributed to greater understanding and acceptance of our State’s unique cultural diversity.  “The awards are a meaningful opportunity to recognise contributions and achievements of individuals and organisations which support strong diverse communities across Queensland,” he said.  “There are 13 award categories this year which will recognise the broad variety of work and achievements that are indicative of our state’s cultural diversity.” […]

New public-private cancer treatment centre

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Fresh State Government funding of $3.7 million annually will launch a public-private partnership project for cancer treatment across the region. Health Minister Laurence Springborg was in Hervey Bay this week to roll out the good news that will significantly extend radiation oncology services through the Wide Bay. Mr Springborg said locals would be able to receive cancer treatment here rather than have to travel to Brisbane. “This new annual funding will see the private sector engaged. It will be a great partnership between the health sector and the private sector,” he said. Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen, who joined Mr […]

Queensland’s Youth Strategy latest news…

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Check out this website for an important update to the government’s strategy.   http://www.communities.qld.gov.au/communityservices/youth/queensland-youth-strategy-connecting-young-queenslanders

Better care for Queensland’s sickest children

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 Kids with complex health needs will have better access to specialists from today with the announcement of a statewide care team that will help families across Queensland. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the new Connected Care Program aimed to improve access to quality care for every young person regardless of where they lived, and delivered on the Queensland Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services.  “This key initiative of Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service’s expanded statewide role will ensure a child’s care is managed seamlessly across acute, community and primary healthcare sectors,” Mr Springborg said.  “Streamlining care will […]

What is stopping you from quitting?

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A new advertising campaign targeted at 25 to 44 year-olds, is seeking the further reduce Queensland’s smoking rates. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the $1.65 million campaign would tell smokers the rest of Queensland has quit and ‘it’s time you did too’. “These ads send an emotional message rather than using graphic images to shock smokers into quitting,” Mr Springbord said. “They show how smoking can mean missing out on an event and how it can affect your family. “Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death and illness in Queensland, with half of all long-term smokers dying […]

Building industry to benefit from cuts to red tape

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 The State’s construction industry has received a boost, with new legislation making it easier, quicker and more cost-effective to connect to the water and sewerage system.  Water Supply Mark McArdle said the Water Supply Services Legislation Amendment Act will help speed up and simplify development approvals for building projects of all sizes.  “We promised at the election to grow construction as one of the four pillars of the economy and to cut red tape and these reforms deliver,” Mr McArdle said.  “Under the previous Labor government, water and sewerage connections in south east Queensland had to be approved by the […]

Property reforms an easy sell for Queensland

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 Buying a property or vehicle in Queensland will be a whole lot easier thanks to new laws passed by the State Government in Parliament last night. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said splitting the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Acts (2000) into separate industry-specific Bills meant an end to the ‘one size fits all’ approach that has burdened Queenslanders with unnecessary red tape when making big purchases.  “This is a win-win for everyone and finally simplifies the stifling regulations that existed under Labor,” Mr Bleijie said.   “Buying a house or car is one of the biggest decisions we […]

$3 million incentive to boost vaccination rates

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A $3 million incentive to improve vaccination rates has been posted by the State Government in a bid to inspire local strategies that protect young Queenslanders. While our state-wide vaccination rates are among the best in Australia, the government plans local strategies to lift rates of inoculation to a new level. Latest figures show Queensland is ahead of the national vaccination rate in all categories up to five years of age. So a key plank of the new vaccination strategy for us is a bonus system to reward hospital and health boards for effective strategies that boost local rates. From […]

Time will not weary war memorials

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Local   custodians will be able to carry out essential maintenance on memorials  honouring Queenslanders who have died in war, ensuring many more people will   have the opportunity to enjoy them for generations to come. Minister   for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said the Queensland   Government would provide exemption certificates for custodians of   heritage-listed memorials, as well as guidelines for the maintenance of   significant sites of remembrance. “Responsibility   of caring for war memorials lies mainly with local governments or to the many   dedicated members of the community such as volunteers and Returned […]

Funding aids life-saving snake venom research

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Ground-breaking research that uses deadly snake venom in blood testing technology is one of the projects being boosted by the Queensland Government’s $990,000 support over three years for the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF). Minister for Science and Innovation Ian Walker said the Fund supported the commercialisation of research in Australia’s medical institutes and hospitals, enabling the leap from the laboratory to the marketplace. “It often takes time before medical breakthroughs that could benefit thousands of people are commercially available, but the Queensland Government wants to speed that up,” Mr Walker said. “We want to turn great ideas into great […]

Queensland the standout state in jobs creation

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ABS labour force figures again show Queensland is leading Australia in employment growth.  Treasurer Tim Nicholls said Queensland had created more jobs than any other state over the past year. “In the 12 months to March 2014 Queensland created more jobs than any other state, in both trend and seasonally adjusted terms,” Mr Nicholls said. “Today’s strong result again shows the Newman Government’s plan to grow a four-pillar economy, after years of neglect by Labor, is working. “Under Labor, Queensland consistently had the highest unemployment rate in mainland Australia. “Under the LNP, seasonally adjusted employment has increased by 61,000 in […]

Streamlined conditions better for the environment and operators

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Reduced red tape for petroleum operators will pave the way for jobs growth in Queensland, delivering on key Government election promises, without impacting the environment Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said significant work had been done to streamline model conditions while maintaining appropriate environmental protections. “One of the key aspects of our election commitment to grow a four-pillar economy was our promise to reduce red tape and regulation by 20 per cent over six years, Mr Powell said. “These changes will go a long way towards delivering on that promise while maintaining high environmental standards in a […]

Ted talks in parliament on Hervey Bay economy

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Mr SORENSEN (Hervey Bay—LNP) (3.20 pm): While Queensland’s economic growth continues to outstrip the rest of Australia I am proud to say that my electorate of Hervey Bay is riding on a new wave of financial good fortune. This government has delivered on its promise to power up the economy after two scary decades of Labor’s botched economic management. We are streaking ahead of the rest of Australia at 4.1 per cent economic growth, compared to the nation’s 1.9 per cent. In Hervey Bay we are powering ahead: the brand new St Stephen’s Hospital worth about $100 million is being […]

Two years of red tape reduction in Queensland

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Queenslanders are marking two years of better business, with the Queensland Government’s red tape reduction program continuing to empower local industry and communities. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the latest report card on red tape reduction showed the Government was on track to deliver on its commitment to reduce red tape by 20 per cent by 2018. “By removing unnecessary regulation, reducing compliance costs and simplifying processes, we are freeing up businesses, community groups and individuals to focus on what matters; building a great State, with great opportunities,” Mr Nicholls said. “We have already started work on more than 500 reforms, […]

Second-round of scholarships to support Queensland women

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Queensland women are set to break into traditionally male-dominated industries with the announcement of 120 second-round scholarships under the Queensland Government’s Supporting Women Scholarships program. Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek congratulated the latest recipients during a presentation at Parliament House today. “Opportunities like the Supporting Women Scholarships program are vitally important for growing a four pillar economy in Queensland and driving future economic growth,” Mr Langbroek said. “The program shapes education and training pathways for women in some of the state’s core growth industries including agricultural studies, architecture, building, engineering and information technology. “The second…

An excerpt from Wide Bay Wave, a Queensland Health publication.

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AFTER weeks of media hype and continued Labor Opposition propaganda that our ICU is closing down – which it is not – the last thing any of us want in my first Wide Bay Wave column is politics. So instead, Wide Bay Health staff and consultants, take a big bow. This is why. Mary lives in Hervey Bay and recently confided in me that she is only alive today because of Wide Bay Health workers’ life-saving efforts – three times – and the fourth time, at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane. All this happened last year. But, she says, it […]

Literacy and numeracy support for apprentices and trainees

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Wide Bay Institute of TAFE students are benefiting from a $5 million Queensland Government initiative providing extra literacy and numeracy support for apprentices and trainees. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the program had been rolled out in TAFEs and Registered Training Organisations across the state and had proven to be a huge success. “Strong literacy and numeracy skills are vital to success in any working environment; whether you’re behind a desk or on the tools,” Mr Langbroek said. “Even as apprentices develop the core skills associated with their trade, we know that a lack of literacy […]

Tougher penalties for animal cruelty

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Animal torturers will face up to seven years jail under a tough new offence designed to protect all of Queensland’s creatures, great and small. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the new offence would nearly double the penalty for existing animal cruelty offences. “Animals feel fear and pain just like us and inflicting suffering on them is inexcusable,” Mr Bleijie said. “To many of us, animals are part of the family and they deserve to be protected from people who think it’s okay to hurt them. “The new indictable offence of serious animal cruelty will carry a maximum […]

Workplaces to get a healthy funding boost

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Hervey Bay businesses that think outside the lunchbox and promote a better lifestyle for their workers are eligible for a share of $1.4m in grants under the Working for Wellness Program. Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen, says the funding program encourages businesses to develop ways to make their workplaces healthier and happier. “A healthy workplace benefits everyone.  Healthier workers are not only three times more productive, their quality of life is improved at home too,” Mr Sorensen said. “Safety in the workplace doesn’t just mean injury prevention. It’s also about promoting healthy diet choices and physical exercise to reduce […]

Grant helps keep Fraser Island clean

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Fraser Island beaches will receive a clean-up thanks to the Newman Government’s Everyone’s Environment grant program.  Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorenson, said Ocean Watch Australia had received funding of $40,000 under Round One of the program.  “Ocean Watch Australia will use its funding to help improve the health of Fraser Island by removing marine debris from beaches, mangroves and bays,” Mr Sorensen said.  “These grants are invaluable to local communities and provide an opportunity that never existed under Labor to care for the local, community-based projects.  “The Ocean Watch project also aims to raise awareness within the local community, […]

Queensland’s training sector to be modernised

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The  Queensland Government is continuing to revitalise the state’s vocational   education and training (VET) with the introduction of a new Bill in Parliament today. Minister   for Education Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said that, if   passed, the Further Education and Training Bill 2014 would repeal the Vocational Education, Training and   Employment Act 2000 and introduce modern legislation regulating  apprentices and trainees. Mr Langbroek said the new Bill would reduce red tape, remove unnecessary regulation,   and better support industry, employers and individuals, especially in   relation to apprenticeships and traineeships. “The   Newman Government is delivering on its $86 million […]

New app to save lives

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A NEW app that allows Hervey Bay residents to lodge requests for assistance with the SES instead of calling 132 500, is now available. Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen said today the State Emergency Services app was “an important innovation” to saving lives. “The app automatically finds a user’s location, with requests sent directly to the SES regions for response and potentially avoids callers in emergency situations waiting on hold,” he said. The app is available on both android and iPhone, with the following links for devices – iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/ses-assistance-qld/id704964892?mt=8 Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.qld.emergency.incident.ses.assistance&hl=en Ted Sorensen said the…

Nominations open for science awards

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Nominations are now open for the 2014 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education and Fraser Coaststudents and teachers are encouraged to enter. Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen said today the awards recognised Year 12 students, science teachers, support officers, schools and science education partners who make outstanding contributions to science education. “This year, 27 awards worth a total of $109,000 are available in five categories,” Mr Sorensen said.  The highly-respected awards, now in their 11th year, helped highlight the importance of science in our schools as well as its relevance to Queensland’s prosperity, he said. The […]

Hervey Bay residents encouraged to download a destination

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QUEENSLAND’S world class tourism attractions and visitor information centres are now just a click away following the launch of a free smartphone application. The Visitor Information Centre app launched this week will give tourists a range of information tailored to their location. Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen said the free app was a perfect opportunity to showcase Hervey Bay’s finest events, attractions, tours and restaurants. “This free app will ensure tourists get the timely information they need to have the best possible Hervey Bay holiday experience,” he said. “The Visitor Information Centre app is a perfect example of industry […]

Queensland economic growth strongest in the nation

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Queensland’s economic growth continues to  outstrip the rest of Australia, with new figures showing the economy had the   strongest growth in the nation over the year to the September quarter 2013. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said it showed the   Newman Government was delivering on its promise to supercharge the economy   after 20 years of Labor’s failed economic management. “The Queensland economy grew by 4.1 per   cent during this period, compared to 1.9 per cent for the rest of Australia   over the same time,” Mr Nicholls said. “Looking at figures for the September quarter, Queensland Gross State Product increased […]

The 2014 Innovation Awards open now

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You are invited to submit a nomination for The 2014 Innovation Awards which aim to recognise and showcase individuals and organisations in four categories. 1.  Economic Development Award – Sponsored by The Regional Development Company 2.  Planning and Building Award 3.  Environment and Sustainability Award 4.  Community Development Award – Sponsored by Charles Sturt University The 2014 Innovation Awards judging panel include; Ms Susan Benedyka – Founder, Managing Director, The Regional Development Company Pty Ltd (RDC) Mr Cameron Little – Lecturer, University of New South Wales Mr Tony McBurney – Director, Integrated Design Group Who can apply? Representatives from all types of organisations […]

Online portal to provide G20 updates

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  Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services The Honourable Jack Dempsey Queenslanders can now access everything they need to know about the G20 after a dedicated blog was launched this morning, February 18. Police,  Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said the G20 blog would be   part of the myPolice online portal, allowing G20 Group organisers to   communicate directly with the public. “I know   a lot of Queenslanders have many questions about how the G20 events may   affect them and this blog provides a place for police to provide all the   information people may be […]

Funding available for local economic development

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February 12, 2014  MULTICULTURAL groups in Hervey Bay, along with the Fraser Coast Regional Council can secure Queensland Government funding for projects which promote economic opportunities for people from culturally diverse backgrounds.  Ted Sorensen, Member for Hervey Bay, said today that applications for grants up to $40,000 under the Economic Participation Grants Program had opened. “The grants will be directed towards projects which support economic independence and participation as well as business development for migrants and refugees,” Mr Sorensen said. “The program is structured to encourage councils to work with local multicultural groups to develop programs which address specific local […]

Buying smart to pay off for students

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February 14, 2014 HERVEY Bay students have the chance to share in more than $11,000 in cash prizes for themselves and their schools in the 2014 Buy Smart Competition.  Ted Sorensen, Member for Hervey Bay, today encouraged local students to get involved in the competition which aims to raise awareness of financial and consumer issues among school students. “Young people are entering the marketplace earlier and earlier, so it is vitally important that they do so in an educated way,” Mr Sorensen said. “Buy Smart invites students from years 4 to 12 to submit a creative presentation to educate their […]

Dental waiting lists reduced across the Wide Bay

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THE WIDE Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) dental waiting list for public oral health care was slashed by 30 per cent between February and December 2013. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said more than 2,700 vouchers were issued and claimed across the WBHHS, giving patients access to dental care they so desperately needed. “Vouchers were sent at the discretion of WBHHS, primarily to people who had been on public dental waiting lists for long periods, or to those requiring urgent care,” Mr Springborg said. “Between February and December 2013 the total number of people on the waiting list fell from […]

Queensland national parks protected into the future

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Newsroom Queensland national parks protected into the future  Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Queensland parliament today passed amendments to cut red tape and increase protection of the state’s national parks, to further build the state’s four pillar economy and get Queensland back on track. National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said the Newman Government was continuing to deliver upon its election commitments to reduce red tape and conserve natural and cultural resources through theNature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2013. “These amendments mean our national parks and other natural areas can be managed more effectively, bringing the Act into […]

LINK to Queensland Governments DATA website

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Newsroom https://data.qld.gov.au/