Condamine News

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.

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.

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'

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!

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

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.

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

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