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Container Refund Scheme Locations on the Fraser Coast

by Ted Sorensen
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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/ Drop off               19-21 Liuzzi Street Pialba 4655 Drop off               260-262 Kent Street Maryborough 4650 Drop off               300 Kent Street Maryborough  4650 Drop off               48-50 Industrial Avenue Dundowran 4655 Mobile                 77-79 William Street Howard  4659

National Police Remembrance Day

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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 […]
veterans support

LNP Targets Returned Vets For Jobs & Support

by Ted Sorensen
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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…!!

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

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. 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

by Ted Sorensen
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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.

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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!

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

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 roadwork locations and estimated travel delays during August 2018 which you can download by Clicking Here. We encourage you to pass this flyer on to other motorists and companies who may be interested or affected by the roadworks. To receive ongoing updates, motorists are welcome to contact TMR on 1300 728 390 during business hours, or email bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au We thank all motorists for their patience and cooperation while these important safety […]
Labor Captains Call

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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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?

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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 […]