Condamine News

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Keswick Island business owners concerned

Nov 18th, 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. The water distribution network includes in-stream distribution in the Bowen and Broken Rivers to the Bowen River Weir, a new 66 km pipeline north to the Peter Faust Dam, a new 17 km pipeline south east to the Eungella Dam and a 150 km pipeline south to Moranbah. The irrigation precinct is located around 20-30 km south and southwest of Collinsville

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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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Drayton's DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum

Oct 11th, 2021

Last Friday Senator James McGrath and I visited the very popular local tourist organisation DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum located in Drayton. We are pictured with Members of the Executive and volunteers.

This tourist facility is run by volunteers and I encourage you to support this and other tourist attractions which have had been severely impacted by COVID-19.

For more information see downssteam.com

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Visiting Pittsworth small business

Oct 8th, 2021

Stage 2 of Senator James McGrath’s and my tour of the Condamine electorate focused on family run small businesses.

We visited three small businesses:

Michelle and Ash Porter’s Pittsworth Confectionery in Mallard Road supplies major supermarkets throughout Australia and internationally.

Brendan and Lisa Cavanagh’s Cooks Soft Drinks in Yandilla Street has been supplying non-alcoholic soft drinks and mixers since the early 1900’s.

Andrew and Amanda Herron’s squab farm at Linthorpe markets to the domestic restaurant industry and is looking towards filling niche markets internationally.

It was a great chance for Senator James McGrath to observe family oriented local industry and hear about their successes and their long-term business goals.

Local businesses are essential for the growth of our community and I urge everyone to support all family owned enterprises.

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With Senator McGrath in Pittsworth

Oct 7th, 2021

Yesterday I had the pleasure of showcasing the Condamine Electorate’s Beauaraba Living facility and the Pittsworth and District Men’s Shed to Senator James McGrath on his tour of the area.

These facilities provide the community of Pittsworth with excellent services and are dedicated to the welfare of the Residents and the Men’s Shed members respectively.

Senator McGrath was given a tour of Beauaraba and met with the Residents while being briefed by the Director of Care Services, Janet Newlands and the Board Members on the facility’s newest extensions which includes the Wellness Centre.

We then visited the Men’s Shed and the members demonstrated to Senator McGrath their recently installed dust extraction system and the timber products they are working on at present.

Both facilities are a credit to the Pittsworth community and their commitment to providing first class services for the people of the district.

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Helicopter landing at Oakey State High

Sept 21st, 2021

The Army Aviation Centre near Oakey landed a helicopter at Oakey State High School last Friday as part of their ongoing community involvement, giving students a 'first-hand' look and an educational opportunity to ask questions of personnel about this military helicopter.

I am pictured with Lt Colonel Trent Groves and Scott Pacey, Principal, Oakey State School.

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National Police Remembrance day

Sept 29th, 2021

 

National Police Remembrance Day

A day to remember and honour police officers throughout Australia who have lost their lives and ensure the integrity, courage and bravery of their ultimate sacrifice is never forgotten.

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Electric Vehicle test

Sept 27th, 2021

 

Last week I was given the opportunity to take an electric vehicle for a drive.

Thank-you to Mark Tranter, Convenor of Renew Toowoomba Branch for taking the time to share his knowledge of electric vehicles with me and highlight their importance in the future.

I'm pictured here "filling up" or recharging the vehicle in my home electorate of Condamine.

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Onsite tour of Rio Tinto bauxite mine

Sept 24th, 2021

On Monday I was invited to an onsite tour of the Rio Tinto bauxite mine at Weipa.

We were given a very comprehensive tour of the mine site and I would like to thank them for their hospitality.

Rio Tinto is a major contributor to the Queensland economy from mining through to processing at the Gladstone smelter.

I was accompanied on the visit by Deb Frecklington MP Shadow Minister for Water and the Construction of Dams, Regional Development and Manufacturing.

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Western Clydesdale Breakfast

Sept 10th, 2021

I was honoured to be invited to participate in the Miners Memorial Day Service on Sunday, 19 September, at Mt Mulligan. A very moving ceremony with approximately 700 people in attendance.

This service is held on 19 September every year, marking the anniversary of the state's worst mining disaster in 1921, where 75 miners lost their lives in a coal mine at Mt Mulligan.

The service is a time to formally pause and honour the memory of all those who have lost their lives working in Queensland mines.

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Miners Memorial Day Service

Sept 21st, 2021

I was honoured to be invited to participate in the Miners Memorial Day Service on Sunday, 19 September, at Mt Mulligan. A very moving ceremony with approximately 700 people in attendance.

This service is held on 19 September every year, marking the anniversary of the state's worst mining disaster in 1921, where 75 miners lost their lives in a coal mine at Mt Mulligan.

The service is a time to formally pause and honour the memory of all those who have lost their lives working in Queensland mines.

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Remembrance Grants

Sept 17th, 2021

Queensland Remembers Grants Program - first round opening for applications on 17 September 2021 and close on 25 October 2021.

This program will provide up to $4 million in funding over three annual rounds through the following programs:

Queensland Remembers - Minor Capitol Works offering funding from $1,000 up to $50,000 (excluding GST) per grant.

Queensland Remembers - Major Capital Works offering funding from $50,000 up to $250,000 (excluding GST) per grant.

Queensland Remembers - Community Grants Program offering funding from $1,000 up to $50,000 (excluding GST) per grant.

Please go to the website www.qld.gov.au/remembersgrants for further information and access to the grants program guidelines and submit applications online.

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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:

https://www.qld.gov.au/.../during-your-tenancy/tenantconnect

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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.

https://www.ruok.org.au/join-r-u-ok-day

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

https://qldplasticsban.com.au

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/

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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!

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

https://www.qyo.org.au/auditions/join-qyo-in-2022?fbclid=IwAR2MS_jNYff1yOHQXBhSrAcBIqcGJApFjhFVGXzUgYjlp9NcGH-Xm5uuqvU

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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

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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 oakeywellnesscommittee@gmail.com

Applications close 16th August 2021

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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FARMFEST 2021

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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COVID-19 VACCINATION

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Beef Week

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.

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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).

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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.

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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'

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Goombungee-Haden Show

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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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. 

 

https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/TRC/inquiries/current-inquiries/VehSafetyStdTech

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 

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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

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