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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. […]
School Aircon Petition

Aircon in State School Classrooms

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

Wide Bay Burnett Regional Development eNews March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 Ergon-Energex Community Fund Launch

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

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

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

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

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

Comment from Ted – Air Conditioning Hervey Bay Schools.

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

Can you believe this…!!

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

LNP guarantees tough sentences for child killers

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

Warnings ignored over Labor’s botched VMS rollout

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

Small Business Week Grants Program

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

Missing Invitation From Minister

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

Labor Ignores Written Warnings

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

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

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

2019 With The LNP

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

AUSTRALIA DAY – SATURDAY 26 JANUARY 2019

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

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

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

Damming Qld Health Report

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

Australia’s Toughest Child Killer Laws

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

Electricity Price Monitoring

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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”

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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 […]

Armistice Day Centenary

by Ted Sorensen
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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

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/ 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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

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

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 […]
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 […]

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

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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 […]

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.
Labor Captains Call

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Labor’s Mark Bailey caught red handed again

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

by Ted Sorensen
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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 […]
domestic violence

LNP to take real action against domestic violence

by Ted Sorensen
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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 […]

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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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 […]
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.

MEDIA REQUEST: Fraser Coast Chronicle

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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

by Ted Sorensen
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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.

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 […]

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 […]

Call to Get Ready Queensland

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

Strong Choices

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

JP (Qual) & C.Dec Training

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

Wide Bay Health Service, Perfomance – Parliament Question without Notice

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

Kids Get Started Again With Sport Funding

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

Hervey Bay Community Anzac grants announced

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

A responsible Budget from a responsible Government.

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

Hervey Bay to have their say on motorcycle road rule changes

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

Switch off for ceiling safety

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

Fraser Coasters invited to nominate for prestigious Cultural Diversity awards

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