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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 […]
LNP Plan

Deb launches LNP Economic Plan for Queensland

by Ted Sorensen
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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’.

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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.

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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?

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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?

by Ted Sorensen
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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.