Floating solar farms


April 2021

Met with Deb Frecklington MP, Shadow Minister for Water & Construction of Dams, yesterday in support of the installation of floating solar farms proposed by Toowoomba Regional Council to provide power to the pumps for water to the Toowoomba Region.

COVID-19 - available support for community groups and not-for-profits

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.

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Pittsworth Youth of the Year - Lions Club

Mar 29, 2021

I was honoured to be part of the judging panel for the 'Youth of the Year' finalists for Lions Club Q3 District last Saturday in Pittsworth which included Public Speaking judging.

The finalists are to be congratulated on the very high standards that they displayed, with the 'Youth of the Year' Award to Caitlyn Douglas and the Public Speaking Award to Olivia D'Rozario

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Pink Stumps Day - Oakey

Mar 22, 2021

I enjoyed guest umpiring with Cr James O'Shea last Saturday at the

Oakey Junior Cricket Club

'Pink Stumps Day' raising funds for the McGrath Foundation.

Matches were played between the Oakey club and

Pittsworth Millmerran Junior Cricket Club

with great sportsmanship and talent on display, plus wonderful support from all spectators, with lots of pink on show!

Am pictured with Bethany - Stage 3 Player of the Match who took 2 wickets also Cr James O'Shea with some of the young cricketers.

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Oakey Show 2021

Mar 15, 2021

My congratulations to the Oakey Show Committee, Volunteers, Exhibitors and Attendees on a wonderful 2021 show, an outstanding success with great support from the community.

This year the show hosted the inaugural 'Smokin the Downs' low and slow BBQ competition with achievement for Grant Coleman and the Smooth & Smoakey team winning a number of awards in this contest (pictured).

Also enjoyed catching up with Carla Gilbert and Nathan Jervis.

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Inquiry into Vehicle Safety, Standards and Technology, including Engine Immobiliser Technology

Mar 10, 2021


The Queensland Parliament's Transport and Resources Committee is conducting an inquiry into vehicle safety, standards and technology, including engine immobiliser technology.

Stakeholders who may be interested in contributing to the committee's inquiry are invited to make a submission. 



Submissions close on Thursday, 15 April 2021.

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2021 Pittsworth Show

Mar 8, 2021


It was great to attend the Pittsworth Show on Saturday which was an outstanding success with a huge crowd (best in years) and a large number of exhibitors. Wonderful to see this amazing support for country shows following 2020.

I am pictured with Councillors, Nancy Sommerfield and Melissa Taylor in the Vegetable Exhibition and enjoyed catching up with the Skene family (Di, Kent, Penelope and Dougal).

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 

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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Greater respect and inclusion of women in all parts of society


Apr 2021

Recently, I spoke in Parliament in response to a motion moved by the Premier, regarding the need for greater respect and inclusion of women in all parts of society. This is an issue which must be addressed by all of us.

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Addressing ongoing flooding issues being experienced in the Kingsthorpe community


March 2021

Last week, I spoke in Parliament regarding ongoing flooding issues being experienced in the Kingsthorpe community, and the need for all levels of government to work together to address such things at a local level. I also called on the Premier to address the concerns of the Toowoomba community regarding a potential quarantine facility - much more transparent information is required.

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.

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