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Keswick Island business owners concerned about the future management of their island

Nov 18, 2021

The Keswick Island community is another group of residents and business owners who are concerned about the future management of their island.

Amanda Camm MPFiona Simpson MP and I visited Keswick island to meet with residents and hear their concerns.

I am still awaiting a decision from the Transport and Resources Committee as to whether they are going to hold an inquiry into the management of island leases.

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Visit to Collinsville Coal Mine

Nov 11th, 2021

I spent an interesting afternoon yesterday at the Collinsville Coal Mine with Deb Frecklington, Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing, Shadow Minister for Water and Construction of Dams.

 

The open-cut mine lies in the northern Bowen Basin, producing coking and steaming coal for both domestic use and export.

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Urannah Water Scheme

Nov 10th, 2021

Visited the Bowen River Weir yesterday with Senator James McGrath and Deb Frecklington, Shadow Minister for Water and Construction of Dams, showing our support for the Urannah Project.

The proposed dam and hydro-electric scheme are located in the Broken River Valley. 

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Rotary Youith Driver Awareness Program 

Nov 10th, 2021

It was great to support and visit the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Program (RYDA) Day held last Wednesday at the Oakey State High School for Year 10 students.

I am pictured with Garth Croad, Chairperson, RYDA Darling Downs.

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Annual Volunteer Function 

Nov 2nd, 2021

I had the pleasure to attend the Annual Volunteer Thank You function followed by the the AGM of the Toowoomba Branch of the National Trust of Qld last night, held at the Royal Bulls Head Inn, Drayton.

I am pictured with the Secretary, Tina Mundt, President, Jeff Coutts, and Heritage Manager, Phillip Tanner.

My congratulations to the Committee for 2021-2022, 

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Attempt to amend the Extension of Expiring Provisions legislation

On Wednesday March 30, I spoke in Parliament in an attempt to amend the Extension of Expiring Provisions legislation.

The government were unwilling to work in any bipartisan manner.

The LNP and the entire cross bench voted to oppose the extensions.

Watch my speech below to hear my reasons for doing so.

Around 75 people will be jobless from tomorrow afternoon

Nov 26, 2021
 

Around 75 people will be jobless from tomorrow afternoon, as operations at the New Acland Coal mine come to a final halt.

Local MP Pat Weir says the Oakey community will suffer and the Premier's to blame, for refusing to approve the mine's expansion.
 

"I'm disappointed about the job losses in the Oakey community due to the Acland mine closure." Here's my statement from Channel 7 news last night.

During this difficult time of change and hardship, I am thinking about all the community groups and not-for-profit, volunteer run organisations who are being financially impacted by closure.

 

These small organisations are vitally important to country communities. If your local, volunteer run entity still has to meet rental or lease obligations, maintenance costs for grounds and so on please refer to the following link to the Queensland Government website https://www.business.qld.gov.au/ which outlines the relief available for small business and commercial tenancies. In addition the Queensland State Hotline 1300 654687 and Federal Support Hotline 132846 are available to answer your queries.

Of course, please contact my office directly on 4570 4100 if you require assistance and my team will try to get the information you need.

Pat Weir - Fighting for Farmers

 

I rose in Parliament last night to raise concerns on the Animal Activists intimidation of farmers.

I called upon the Palaszczuk government to strengthen the laws and penalities that apply to individuals or groups found to be trespassing on private property before there is a major breach of biosecurity protocols 

that our state's economy can ill afford and to assure a safe environment for landholders, their families and staff who live and work there.

Pat has lived his whole life in the Darling Downs region of Queensland. He grew up near Cecil Plains on the family property ‘Donegal’ where he produced grain and cotton and ran a small cattle breeding herd.

Agriculture has played a significant role in Pat’s life and continues to be interested in the primary industry sector and its future.

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