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save seafood industry

Sign the petition to save our fishing industry

by Ted Sorensen
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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 – the Qld State Government need to go back to the drawing board […]
Happy Seniors Week

Seniors Week – Celebrating a Queensland for All Ages 17-25 August 2019

by Ted Sorensen
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Let’s come together Queensland! Queensland Seniors Week provides opportunities to promote positive community attitudes towards older people and ageing, facilitate community participation, and enhance community connections, aligning with the Queensland Government’s and Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland’s vision of building Age-friendly communities in Queensland. During 17-25 August 2019, Seniors Week will connect communities, providing opportunities for people to share and learn new experiences, discover services and support, and assist in reducing social isolation. Seniors Week aims to: improve community attitudes toward older people and ageing facilitate community participation including those from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse…
Labor Lies

The numbers don’t lie but the Minister does

by Ted Sorensen
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The Palaszczuk Labor Government is letting down some of Queensland’s most vulnerable citizens, as the amount of public housing applications continues to skyrocket. LNP Shadow Housing Minister Michael Hart said Annastacia Palaszczuk and her embattled Minister Mick De Brenni should be ashamed of their appalling record. “Minister Mick De Brenni must be sacked for his incompetence,” Mr Hart said. “When the LNP left government the total figure had fallen by 7004 to 16,546.* “As of the end of March 2019, that figure is closing-in on 20,000. “The numbers don’t lie. “The Palaszczuk Labor Government is failing Queensland’s homeless and they […]
farmers under Labor attack

Queensland farmers won’t put up with Labor’s unfair Reef laws

by Ted Sorensen
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The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s anti-regions, anti-farmer and anti-jobs agenda has driven many in the agriculture industry to revolt, LNP Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett said today. Mr Perrett said the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s unfair reef laws have been met with huge backlash from industry groups including CANEGROWERS, AgForce, Australian Banana Growers Council (ABGC), Growcom and the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF). Mr Perrett said the industry groups were sending a clear message to the Palaszczuk Labor Government – the Reef Laws are unfair on farmers. “CANEGROWERS represents more than 4,000 farming businesses up and down the coast and they’ve taken the […]

Time for the State Government to step up and stump up

by Ted Sorensen
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This Labor city centric government finds it very hard to spend any money outside of Brisbane CBD or Jacki Trad’s electorate with Cross River Rail…. The Labor Cabinet (Ministers) all come from the Brisbane area, except for two from North Queensland, it’s so Brisbane centric it can’t make it to Ipswich. Below is Keith Pitts’ media release and link to the petition to get things moving. To sign the petition head to: https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/time-for-the-state-government-to-step-up-and-stump-up.html Time for the State Government to step up and stump up Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt has launched a petition calling on the Queensland State Labor […]

Palaszczuk must stop elder abuse cover-up

by Ted Sorensen
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Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington has condemned the Palaszczuk Labor Government for covering up the shocking physical and sexual abuse of residents in state-run aged care homes. The catalogue of 16 disturbing incidents was only uncovered by a right-to-information request and Labor is refusing to release details of which facilities were involved. “It is sickening that vulnerable old people have been physically and sexually abused in state-run facilities that are meant to care for them,” Ms Frecklington said. “Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to stop the cover-up and tell Queenslanders what has happened, where it happened and what she is doing […]
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30 Jul 2019 Estimates-Transport and Main Roads – Gatakers Boat Ramp

by Ted Sorensen
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Hervey Bay needs improvements in boating ramp safety – but it clearly won’t happen under an ALP government. I also did my own media on Gatakers boat ramp, as it’s a constant issue of the channel to the ramp becoming silted up, so boaties can barely use it anymore. I asked Minister Bailey a Question on Notice (below) 11 June 2019 – about the maintenance of the Gatakers Bay Boat Ramp, which he answered exactly a month later, on the 11 July, 2019. Minister Bailey in his answer, said that there was no ‘current plans to dredge at this location’. […]

Labor’s integrity crisis spreads to ag college closures

by Ted Sorensen
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The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s integrity crisis has deepened again after it was revealed the author of a report backing the closure of Queensland agricultural colleges is a Labor Party donor. In last night’s estimates hearing, the LNP disclosed that Professor Peter Coaldrake donated $1760 to Labor in June 2018 – just two weeks before the release of his report recommending the closure of the Emerald and Longreach colleges.* The agriculture estimates hearing was also told that Professor Coaldrake was paid $61,600 by the Palaszczuk Labor Government for his work on the report. LNP Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett asked Labor […]
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.
Qld business survey

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 […]

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

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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 […]
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2019 With The LNP

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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

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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.

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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 […]
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Damming Qld Health Report

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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 […]
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Australia’s Toughest Child Killer Laws

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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 […]
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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 […]

Solar panels for Schools – Air conditioning to come?

by Ted Sorensen
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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Is Queenslands Future

by Ted Sorensen
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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 […]
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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 […]

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 […]

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

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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…. […]

Putting Wrong Right

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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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.

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!

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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

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 […]

Latest Gambling Community Benefit Fund Recipients

by Ted Sorensen
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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 […]

Small Business Week Workshop

by Ted Sorensen
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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 […]

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

by Ted Sorensen
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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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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 […]

Donaldson Must Rule Out ‘Net-Free’ Zones

by Ted Sorensen
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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Hervey Bay Drivers Face Rego Hike

by Ted Sorensen
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 Board Independence Threatened Again

by Ted Sorensen
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. […]

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.

by Ted Sorensen
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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.                        

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 […]

EVEN MORE RED TAPE SLASHED…TMR provides speedy customer service

by Ted Sorensen
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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]