Public Housing Awards
Sept 10th, 2021
Are you a Public Housing Tenant?
The 2021 ‘My Home Awards’ is open to all Queensland Public Housing Tenants and this years' theme is Connections.
Entry can be either individually or as part of a group for a communal garden. Entry can be online, via post or drop your entry into your nearest Housing Service Centre.
There are 3 categories: Garden, What home means to me or Community and culture.
Entries close 29th October 2021.
For more information click on the following link:
RUOK day in Oakey
Sept 9th, 2021
Today is R U OK? Day. An important day to check in on people and ask them if they're really OK.
My Oakey Office received a visit from the local R U OK Day Team. Tracey Bruce, Deb Anderson, Jenny Wieck, Pauline Grieve and Tara Duffy were out on the streets today asking residents if they are OK. They were also selling R U OK merchandise to raise funds for the Oakey Lions Club for a floral garden to brighten the community's day.
This team of volunteers hosted their first R U OK event ten years ago and have raised funds for the palliative care unit at the Oakey Hospital, plants for the hospital gardens and for the Dr EAF McDonald Nursing Home.
I extend my thanks for their commitment to this important initiative.
Small Business grants open
Sept 7th, 2021
Regional small business grants open this week.
The second round of $5,000 Business Basics Grants will open at 9:00 am on Wednesday, 8 September.
The grants are aimed at sole traders and small businesses with a turnover of up to $300,000, designed to assist regional businesses increase their core capabilities and ability to adopt current best practice.
Guidelines, FAQs and an example application form have been online since 25 August. Get your application in order so you are ready to apply as soon as the grants open on Wednesday.
Round 2 of the Business Basics Grants program will close when funds are exhausted. For more information visit: www.business.qld.gov.au/business-basics.
For information on the range of support available businesses can call the 24/7 Small Business Hotline 1300 654 687.
Oakey Mayoral Prayer Breakfast
Aug 27, 2021
Yesterday I attended the Oakey Mayoral Prayer Breakfast Honouring Fathers at the Oakey Cultural Centre.
The guest speaker, James Brown, a registered Clinical Psychologist from USQ gave a talk into his research in the area of fatherhood; including fathers' use of humour in the homes, work-life integration and the importance of closeness between fathers and their children.
Pictured below are Mayor Paul Antonio giving his address and the Oakey State School Choristers.
Pittsworth and District Men's Shed
Aug 27, 2021
Last week I attended the commissioning of the Pittsworth and District Men's Shed new dust extraction system recently installed in their workshops. The system allows for the saw dust to be removed from the workshops which greatly improves the safety and comfort of the men's working environment. The saw dust then is converted into briquettes. Not only is the men's health supported but a viable byproduct is produced.
The Men’s Shed has over 60 members who work in a supportive environment undertaking a wide range of projects for community groups and the general public. They meet twice a week. I would like to acknowledge the Heritage Bank who assisted with the funding to complete the system. It is great to see that Heritage Bank is supportive of community activities and their regional towns.
Single use plastic ban begins
Aug 27, 2021
September 1 the single-use plastic ban begins in Queensland.
The information below outlines which items are and are not included in the ban.
Small and family businesses are being urged to get ready for the change.
The National Retail Association has some tips on how you and your business can prepare
Anyone with more questions can call the hotline on 1800 844 946
For general information on the ban visit www.qld.gov.au/plasticsban.
For advice for not-for-profit organisations including charities and community groups visit the Boomerang Alliance website: https://www.boomerangalliance.org.au/
Queensland Regional Quarantine Facility
Aug 26, 2021
I was extremely disappointed to learn via the media today about the commencement of the Wellcamp Quarantine Facility.
I had no prior knowledge of the announcement.
I have written to the Premier raising a number of questions and concerns about the safety of local residents as the facility goes ahead.
I have asked the Premier where any COVID cases will be treated and what extra demand this will place on Toowoomba's health services.
The public deserves answers!
NRL at Clive Berghoffer Stadium
Aug 22, 2021
Today I attended the NRL game at Clive Berghofer Stadium. It was great to see a huge crowd in attendance. I had a seat on the eastern side, close to the action.
I'm pictured here with Liz Coonan, Joe Canavan, well known QRL identity and QRL South East Chairman Brian Canavan, and Tony Coonan Toowoomba Rugby League Board Member. (Masks off for photo only!)
Visit to Beauaraba Living
Aug 20, 2021
It was a privilege to tour the new extensions at Beauaraba Living during the week.
Despite the constant challenges of ever-increasing Government regulations, accessing qualified staff and a negative press, Beauaraba Living continues to maintain and improve on an extremely high standard of excellent care for all Residents who call Beauaraba Living their home.
I would like to acknowledge the Board, dedicated staff and generous supporters of Beauaraba Living who together provide for a facility of which they can be very proud.
Pittsworth Sub-Branch RSL Vietnam Veterans Day
Aug 19, 2021
Yesterday I attended a service at the Pittsworth Sub Branch RSL honouring the Vietnam Veterans and acknowledging the 55th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
I am pictured here with Allan Petersen (President), Merv Kahler (Treasurer) and Mike Vogler (Vice President).
The committee have done a great job with the refurbishment of the RSL rooms and the extension of their memorabilia section.
Crows Nest National Park
Aug 16, 2021
On the weekend my daughter Amy and I visited Crows Nest National Park.
It is well worth a visit, all the native flora is about to flower so I anticipate it will be especially beautiful for the next few weeks.
I acknowledge the staff from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service for all of their maintenance of the park and also for the repairs they have undertaken since the bushfires in 2019. The park is looking magnificent.
Annual Meeting of the QCWA Oakey Branch
Aug 08, 2021
I recently had the pleasure of attending the Annual Meeting of the QCWA Oakey Branch.
All the members involved are very committed to their organisation and the wider community of Oakey.
I am pictured below with committee members, Lois Speed OAM, Chairman Wendy Gordon, Carol Lee and Jill Mobbs.
I would like to wish them all the best for the coming term.
QLD YOUTH ORCHESTRA APPLICATIONS OPEN
Aug 5th, 2021
Are you a young musician aged between 7 and 25?
Applications are currently open to audition for the Queensland Youth Orchestra ensembles. This is a great opportunity for young people to advance their musical education.
Applications close Sunday 8th August 2021. For more information see the link below.
TOOWOOMBA WELLCAMP TRADE DISTRIBUTION CENTRE OPENING
Aug 5th, 2021
I had the pleasure of attending the Grand Opening of the Toowoomba Wellcamp Trade Distribution Centre last week and was joined by David Janetzki MP, Member for Toowoomba South and Trevor Watts MP, Member for Toowoomba North.
It was great to see the potential that this facility provides for our region
OAKEY SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH
Aug 2nd, 2021
Attention Oakey residents!
The Oakey Wellness Committee has announced that a Small Grants Program is open for projects or programs to support the mental health and wellbeing of the Oakey community.
Information and application forms for the grants program are available from the Toowoomba Regional Council's Service Centre at 64 Campbell St in Oakey or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close 16th August 2021
NATIONAL RECOVERY & RESILIENCE AGENCY'S DROUGHT COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENT
July 16, 2021
I spent time yesterday in Pittsworth at the Australian Government's National Recovery and Resilience Agency's Drought Community Outreach Event.
Information and advice on drought support and mental health was provided to interested community members.
The National Recovery and Resilience Agency works together with Rotary Australia to provide these free events.
OAKEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY AGM
July 14, 2021
I have recently attended the AGM for the Oakey Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
The meeting was very well attended with Garth Hamilton MP, Member for Groom, Mayor Paul Antonio and Councillors in attendance.
I am pictured below with David Cooper, Vice President and Rebecca Meacham, President of the Oakey Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
I look forward to working with a great team dedicated to the growth of Oakey.
PITTSWORTH DISTRICT ALLIANCE MEETING
July 9, 2021
I attended a Pittsworth District Alliance Meeting during the week and discussed the possibility of re-establishing a SES in Pittsworth. Any one interested in becoming involved or supporting this re-establishment please contact Rachel Rowe of the Toowoomba SES Group. Rachel can be contacted on 4592 5230.
I would like to acknowledge the great work that the SES carry out in our communities.
I am pictured below with Rachael Rowe, SES and Bob Holzheimer, President of the Pittsworth District Alliance.
PITTSWORTH RUGBY LEAGUE CARNIVAL
July 7, 2021
I had the pleasure of opening the 56th Annual Zone 4 Under 12's Rugby League Carnival at Pittsworth last Saturday.
There were 6 teams participating in the 4-day carnival: Charleville, Roma, Jandowae, Ipswich, Oakey and Pittsworth.
It was great to see wonderful sportsmanship and entertaining games from all participants!
ACLAND STAGE 3 VISIT
July 6th, 2021
Great to see the Federal Minister for Resources and Water, the Hon Keith Pitt MP and the Member for Groom, Garth Hamilton MP, visit Acland today in support of the Stage 3 New Acland Mine expansion.
I note Labor's candidate for the Federal seat of Flynn is advocating for approval by the Palaszczuk Government for Stage 3.
Does the Federal Opposition Leader, Anthony Albanese MP, support the candidate for Flynn or the Qld Premier?
June 10, 2021
I'm at FarmFest this week. It's been a very worthwhile couple of days meeting exhibitors and seeing the range of products, services and innovations on display with LNP Team Members. If you're here braving the cold today please drop in and say hello at the LNP stand in the Pavilion. My congratulations to the organisers on a fabulous event and great to see the number of people attending.
YOUR SAY ON THE PROPOSED VAD BILL
June 7, 2021
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 has been introduced into Parliament and I thank those of you who have already contacted me for your input.
I am going through this important legislation. The VAD Bill will go through the committee process for 12 weeks. I will await the outcome of the committee process and see what amendments are recommended by the committee members in their report.
I, along with all LNP Members of Parliament am listening to my constituents and will vote on your behalf.
I am including some information about the VAD Bill 2021 and how you can make a direct submission. More information can be found by following this link: https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/.../current.../VADB2021
MINERALS INDUSTRY PARLIAMENTARY DINNER
June 3, 2021
I have been in Canberra this week to attend the Australian Minerals Industry Parliamentary Dinner at Parliament House. I am pictured with Keith Pitt MP (Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia) and Angus Taylor MP (Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction). We met to discuss issues relevant to Queensland.
CLIFTON GOLF DAY
June 2, 2021
I enjoyed sponsoring the Clifton Golf Day last Sunday and presenting the trophies on the day.
The winners were: David McAuley and Jean Payne with the runner ups being Glen Hogarth and Jane Farrell.
I am pictured with Jean Payne.
May 31, 2021
I received my first COVID-19 vaccination needle last Friday at the Kingsthorpe Medical Centre.
I strongly urge all to get vaccinated, as soon as you are able to, as our way out of this pandemic!
State Flag to the Oakey Information Centre
May 21, 2021
I enjoyed presenting the Queensland State Flag to the Oakey Information Centre yesterday morning. Am pictured with Pam Gill, Suzanne Haering and Loretta Lucht.
Yarranlea Solar Farm
May 18, 2021
I spent an interesting morning at Risen Energy's Yarranlea Solar Farm, where I met with Colin Chua (Marketing & Communications Manager), Steve Brass (Operations & Maintenance Manager), Steve Barker (Yarranlea Site Operatons Lead), and John Zhong (Vice General Manager).
The Yarranlea Solar Farm power station is fully operational connecting to the National Electricity Market, (NEM) via the nearby Yarranlea zone substation and produces 264 gigawatthour (GWh) each year, enough to power 52,800 South East Queensland households, with an emissions saving of approximately 124,000 metric tonnes of CO2 annually.
2021 Hampton Food Festival
May 17, 2021
A great day yesterday at the 2021 Hampton Food Festival - beautiful weather, large crowd, lots of suppliers and entertainment. My congratulations to the committee and community on such a successful event.
I enjoyed catching up with Peter Robinson, Bellsmith, with one of his handmade Condamine cowbells, Ben Pechey from Pechey Distilleries launching their Toowoomba Dry Gin, and listening to the Oompah Band playing in amongst the crowd.
Qld Youth Parliament tour
May 17, 2021
Enjoyed spending sometime with representatives from the Qld Youth Parliament Agricultural Industry, Resources & Rural Development portfolio during their farm tour last Saturday afternoon in the Dalby area.
Am pictured with Mahsa (Twba North representative), Lena (Twba South rep.) and Karsten (Warrego rep.) during this tour.
May 7, 2021
It's been a very enjoyable visit to CQ for Beef Week 2021. I've been able to spend some time with industry stakeholders as well as enjoy all that this event has to offer. Good to see it so well attended. My congratulations to Bryce Camm and his committee on a successful event. Some photos below with Georgie Somerset, AgForce President and Bryce Camm, Chair of Beef Australia as well as the judging of some of the country's finest.
Surat Basin Energy Awards
Apr 30, 2021
I have the pleasure of attending the inaugural Surat Basin Energy Awards last night in Dalby, hosted by TSBE.
My congratulations to all nominees and winners on the night.
Photos from the night: James O'Loughlin, MC, Professor Andrew Garnett (Industry Legacy Award winner), Dr Rolf Gomes, Heart of Australia (Community Contribution Award winner), Angus Taylor MP, Federal Minister for Energy & Emissions Reduction, and Lisa France (TSBE Board Member).
Oakey Solar Farm visit
Apr 27, 2021
I visited Oakey Solar Farm (1) this morning and met with Gabriele Mallarini (Senior Portfolio Manager, Foresight Group) and Reece McDonald. (Field Technician, Operations & Maintenance)
This solar farm is fully operational and consists of 88,200 solar modules generating approximately 61 GWh of clean, green renewable energy each year.
ANZAC Day Services 2021
Apr 25, 2021
It was a great pleasure to attend various ANZAC Day services within the Condamine electorate and see the large numbers in attendance.
Crows Nest State School - Friday 23 April @ 11:00 am
Drayton State School - Friday 23 April @ 2:00 pm
Westbrook Dawn Service, Sunday, 25 April
Drayton - Sunday, 25 April @ 8:00 am
Oakey - Sunday, 25 April @ 10:00 am
Kingsthorpe - Sunday, 25 April @ 2:00 pm
'Lest we forget'
Apr 12, 2021
Enjoyed catching up with Errol Luck, President of the Goombungee-Haden Show during my visit on Saturday afternoon.
Another wonderfully successful regional show well supported by the community and visitors.
A fun attraction this year was the lawnmower race, enjoyed by all!
Clifton Museum Opening
Apr 10, 2021
Great to join attendees at the official opening of the new Clifton Museum last Saturday, a credit to the hard working volunteers who have contributed so much to this community project.
The Clifton Museum is run by the community, for the community and visitors, to learn about the district's past whilst providing lasting benefits to the local economy.
Pictured with Karen Pauline outside the new building plus exhibits within.
Flu vaccination time!
Apr 9, 2021
I received my 2021 flu vaccination this afternoon at the Terry White Chemmart in Drayton.
As the cooler weather descends upon us, I encourage people to go to their local pharmacy or doctor and get their flu jab!
Millmerran Power Station
Apr 9, 2021
I had a very interesting and enjoyable tour yesterday morning of the Millmerran Power Station. My thanks to all for their time and informative discussion.
Pictured with Joel Rickuss, External Resources Manager.
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
Pink Stumps Day - Oakey
Mar 22, 2021
I enjoyed guest umpiring with Cr James O'Shea last Saturday at the
'Pink Stumps Day' raising funds for the McGrath Foundation.
Matches were played between the Oakey club and
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.
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.
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.
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).
New Special Care Room at Clifton Community Health Services
Feb 25, 2021
It was a real honour to be present at the official opening and blessing of the new Special Care Room at Clifton Community Health Services, made possible by the generosity of Canstruct Group and the Murphy Family Trust.
Here, I am pictured with Chris Bazley (Deputy Chair of the Clifton Co-op Hospital); and with Andrew Douglas (Chairman), Robin Murphy OAM of Canstruct, Rev Fr. Kerry Costigan and General Manager of Clifton Co-op Brad Jones.
Clifton State High School 2021 Leadership Investiture Ceremony
Feb 15, 2021
It was a privilege to be part of the Clifton State High School 2021 Leadership Investiture Ceremony yesterday.
My congratulations to all school leaders for the coming year.
Special awards were also presented to Brooke Kindelan (Dux 2020) and Lexi Mitchell (Proxime Accessit 2020 - just missed being Dux), pictured below with former Councillor and strong community advocate, Anne Glasheen, Principal, Lou Oberholzer, and myself.
Clifton Show 2021
Feb 14, 2021
It was truly great to see the large number of people in Clifton on the weekend supporting the local show, including the large number of exhibits and stock for judging. Congratulations to the Clifton Show Society for a very successful and enjoyable 2021 show.
Thank you to Haydn O'Leary, Show President, for allowing to speak at the official opening of the show.
Am pictured with other dignitaries in attendance.
Congratulations to the 2021 Quinalow School Leaders
Feb 11, 2021
Thank you to Quinalow P - 10 State School and principal Andrew Skippen for having me along to the Student Leaders Presentation this morning - congratulations to all the Student Leaders for 2021
Australia Day Awards within the Condamine electorate
Jan 26, 2021
My sincere congratulations to all recipients of Australia Day Awards within the Condamine electorate in recognition of their community involvement within their specific communities.
I enjoyed attending the Awards function at Goombungee (pictured Award recipients with Cr James O'Shea) and chatting with Craig Commens at the Oakey Australia Day event