Condamine News 2017

Pat Weir and LNP announce $125,000 for three community halls

Nov 17th, 2017

 

I was at Wyreema Community Hall on Tuesday evening to announce funding of $125,000 for three community halls, Wyreema, Greenmount Returned Soldiers Memorial Hall and Black Plains Hall all of which are in need of improvements. I was pleased to be able to join the community of Wyreema for the Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour 2017: Wyreema which has seen folk and contemporary musicians travelling around small halls in Queensland and New South Wales in the lead up to Woodford Folk Festival. A vote for the LNP next Saturday will ensure this much needed funding is delivered to small halls in Condamine.

$35,000 to fund Crows Nest pedestrian crossing flashing lights

Nov 16th, 2017

Today in Crows Nest, I announced $35,000 to fund flashing lights on the pedestrian crossing in the main street. This issue was raised with me during a recent visit and I will be pleased to get this done for the community if we win at the next election. I made this announcement outside Chic Shoe Store in Crows Nest which is owned by Carol Pearce.

$60,000 to Pittsworth & District Wildcats Netball Club

Nov 16th, 2017

 

Yesterday I travelled around the Condamine electorate to make announcements on funding for various community organisations and needs. In Pittsworth, I was joined by Lawrence Springborg MP to announce $60,000 to fund lighting for the netball courts at the Pittsworth & District Wildcats Netball Club

Meeting with Oakey residents on Remberence Day

Nov 11th, 2017

It was a busy day in Oakey on Saturday as I held a Community Drop In Session outside Oakey Bi-Rite and also attended the Remembrance Day Service. I am pictured here with dignitaries including the President of the Oakey RSL, Trevor Steinmuller, following the wreath laying ceremony at the Oakey Cenetaph.

National Seniors Association meeting in Dalby

Nov 8th, 2017

This morning i enjoyed attending the National Seniors Association meeting in Dalby. I was invited to speak briefly about my time in Parliament as the Member for Condamine, and I thank the Association for their invitation to be part of the meeting.

Funding for Goombungee CWA Kitchen and Goombungee Golf Club

Nov 4th, 2017

Today, I was in Goombungee where I made the announcement for funding to upgrade the Goombungee CWA Kitchen and Goombungee Golf Club. An LNP Government will deliver these election promises to enhance and improve facilities for local community groups and clubs.

Being Sunsmart for Pittsworth Show Society Inc Miss Showgirl competition

Nov 1st, 2017

 

Last weekend I was taking notice of the need to be SunSmart when I dropped it to the launch of Pittsworth Show Society Inc Miss Showgirl competition. Entrant Brittany Pearce was also SunSmart in her hat and is looking forward to her quest to be Miss Showgirl for Pittsworth in 2018.

​ Clifton Country Week

Oct 24th, 2017

Clifton Country Week kicked off on Friday and I attended the launch where I bought a watercolour of a diesel coming into Clifton Station at the auction, as well as being  on hand to congratulate Dot O’Leahry in her winning iris at the Country Week Iris and Rose Show. Dot’s iris is a truly magnificent bloom.

Visit to Residential Aged Care facility in Crows Nest

Oct 23rd, 2017

 

Last Friday, I visited the Churches of Christ Care Residential Aged Care facility in Crows Nest where I met with Service Manager Karrin Auld and Area Manager Donna Hart. I thank the staff for showing me around the facilities.

Dalby essential support services visit with Ros Bates MP

Oct 19th, 2017

 

Yesterday I had the pleasure of hosting Ros Bates MP Shadow Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Child Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, and Shadow Minister for Disability Services and Seniors. We were joined by Ann Leahy MP, Member for Warrego and we enjoyed meeting with the wonderful providers of essential support services in Dalby, including staff (and clients) of Waminda ServicesDalby Crisis Support Association and Western Downs Outreach Project Inc., to discuss the enormous challenges they face. *pictured with Malcolm Irvine, General Manager at Waminda

Pittsworth Craft & Fine Food Spectacular

Oct 10th, 2017

Last Saturday, I attended Day 2 of the Pittsworth Craft & Fine Food Spectacular which was a very successful event for the Pittsworth community and event organisers yet again. I met with several stall holders who proudly displayed and sold their local arts, crafts and fine foods including Shirley Wilkins, member of the Darling Downs Potters' Club, Cathie Tanner from Jim's Jerky at Charlton and Lisa and her daughter from Cooks Soft Drinks, Pittsworth.

Legends of League match

October 9th, 2017

I was absolutely amazed by the incredible strength and resilience of the people of Oakey, Queensland over the weekend when they showed up in force for the Legends of League match between the Oakey Bears Senior RLFC and the Australian Allstars. I enjoyed watching the match on Saturday night and was joined on the sidelines by Mike Horan, (pictured) Chair of the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service. I also attended the Friday night dinner at the Oakey Cultural Centre with 440 other guests. The whole weekend proved to me yet again that the community of Oakey remains strong and united.

Cropping research facility to be located near Toowoomba

Oct 6th, 2017

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce was in Toowoomba yesterday to announce the multi million dollar co-investment in a cropping research facility to be located near Toowoomba. With joint investment by the Federally funded Grains Research and Development Corporation and the Queensland Government, and located on 740ha near Yandilla, the property will be a world-class grains applied research, development and extension facility. Here I am pictured with Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Trevor Watts MP at the announcement.

Lions Club of Cecil Plains and Dalby Lions District 201 Q3

Oct 3rd, 2017

 

Last Friday, I was a guest at the Lions Club of Cecil Plains and Dalby Lions District 201 Q3 100 Years International Convention Civic Reception. The convention began on Friday and was held over three days with the Dalby community playing host to some 400 members from around the region. The Civic Reception and Welcome was held at Our Lady of the Southern Cross College, Dalby and I am joined in this picture by Engelbert Krampl, District Governor.

Visiting businesses in Meringandan and Crows Nest

Sept 26th, 2017

I have recently visited some of the areas that will be part of the Condamine electorate after the next State election. I enjoyed meeting business owners and volunteers in the Meringandan, Queensland and Crows Nest, Queensland areas including the committee at the Crows Nest Museum & Historical Village, the owner of the Crows Nest Bakery, Barry Robinson at CROWS NEST News (pictured) and Geoff Murphy from the Meringandan Pub. I look forward to representing the areas of Crows Nest and Meringandan after the next election.


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Carnival of Flowers Mayoral Garden Party

Sept 18th, 2017

It was a busy weekend around the electorate and I had the great pleasure off attending the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Mayoral Garden Party. I am pictured here with Wendy Agar, CEO of Sunrise Way, Jo Sheppard of Toowoomba Clubhouse and Jim McDonald - LNP for Lockyer

Early Learning Centre at Dalby Christian School

Sep 14th, 2017

Yesterday I enjoyed a visit to the Early Learning Centre at Dalby Christian School, celebrating a princesses and superheroes day! It was wonderful to meet with the dedicated staff and enthusiastic students, and to see the facilities at the College.

Southbrook Deb of the Year Spring Ball

Sept 11th, 2017

On Saturday, I attended the Southbrook Deb of the Year Spring Ball and had the pleasure of being one of the judges for the occasion. I am pictured here with Deb Princess Kate Elsden, Jacqueline Fairweather and Belle of the Ball, Miranda Williams. The Ball was very well attended and I congratulate the young ladies on the occasion of their debut.

Congratulations to Pittsworth State High School on 50 years of education

Sept 11th, 2017

On Saturday, the Pittsworth State High School held their Morning Tea and Celebrations to mark Pittsworth SHS 50th Jubilee 2017. The event included the unveiling of the paved area with personalised pavers purchased by supporters including one with my name on it. Many past and present teachers, principals, families and students attended the Jubilee event making up a very large crowd of guests. I caught up with John McVeigh, Federal Member for Groom who was also on hand to mark the occasion. Congratulations to Pittsworth State High School on 50 years of education, a great milestone.

Sunrise Way marks 3 years of operation

July 27th, 2017

Pat recently attended the celebrations which marked three years of operation of Sunrise Way, a Toowoomba based organisation that helps rebuild the lives  of people suffering from addiction.

National Medal recognising 15 years of service to the Rural Fire Brigade

July 25th, 2017

I recently had the pleasure of presenting Julie Richardson of Wyreema with her National Medal recognising 15 years of service to the Rural Fire Brigade.
Julie contacted the electorate office after her applications had been lost and stalled for over 16 months. Electorate staff were able to assist Julie in locating her application and following it up with State and Federal departments.
Julie has volunteered as a fire fighter in both Queensland and New South Wales over 15 years and has been involved in many fire, flood and storm events including the most recent floods of Oakey in 2011.
Congratulations to Julie on her award.

Lions Club of Westbrook and Districts Changeover Dinner

July 10th, 2017

On Sunday I attended the Lions Club of Westbrook and Districts Changeover Dinner at the Westbrook Tavern. I am joined here by outgoing President Lion Col Koschel and incoming President Lion Gregory Freeleagus and they are holding the new puppet which was purchased for the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation with funds raised by the Westrbrook and District Lions Club.This puppet is designed for use in training paediatric nurses and comforting hospitalised children. This puppet came at a cost of $8000 and I am pleased to have provided a donation to the Westbrook and District Lions to aid their effort to fund the specialised training of hospital staff in the use of the puppet.

Upcoming Health and Well Being Expo

July 4th, 2017

Residents of Oakey, Queensland are invited to a Health and Wellbeing Expo at the Oakey Cultural Centre on Sunday 16 July at 10am to 2pm. Toowoomba RegionDarling Downs and West Moreton PHN and the Federal Defence and Health Department urges Oakey residents to come along and attend the Expo which includes special guest Brian Sams who will host workshops from Seed to Feed and Family Foodies. I know the difficulties faced by the residents of Oakey so I am pleased to see initiatives like this being held to help address some of those issues.

"Push for more tourism in the area .. a positive move"

June 28th, 2017

I am a huge fan of DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum at Drayton and I see the Federal Government's push for more tourism in the area as a positive move. DownsSteam Museum is well worth a visit and there are exciting plans there for the revival of good old fashioned rail trips out of the area which I hope will bring tourists in droves. Thanks John McVeigh.

Certificates presented for "Get Set For Work" program

June 26th, 2017

Last Thursday I attended DISCO (Downs Industry Schools Co-Op) "Get Set For Work" Graduation ceremony at O'Shea's Windsor Hotel. The "Get Set For Work" program is an initiative of the State Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work program and these young people were pleased to accept their certificates marking the completion of their course. Well done to DISCO for providing young people of Dalby with the opportunity to gain more skills and become confident employees into the future.

At Farmfest with the LNP

June 13th, 2017


Tim Nicholls MP, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for the Arts and Major Events also enjoyed his visit to Farmfest. We are pictured here at left with Michael Hart MP Shadow Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply, and Tony Perrett Deputy Opposition Whip. At right, Tim Nicholls MP enjoying a laugh with Mr Allan Town.

'Give me 5 for Kids' Appeal

June 5th, 2017

This morning I attended the launch of the 'Give me 5 for Kids' Appeal which helps to raise money for sick kids at the Toowoomba Hospital. Thanks to Triple M Darling Downs and the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation for your efforts with this campaign.

Deb Frecklington and Pat Weir at Dingo Australia 

June 2nd, 2017

Deb Frecklington MP, Member for Nanango joined me at Dingo Australia yesterday as I met with owner, Gary Briggs. Here we are getting to know some of the equipment as Deb drives a Dingo and Gary explains his new prototype Dingo Mini Fencing Machine, something he feels will revolutionise fencing in rural Australia.

Schools visit with Shadow Minister

May 26th, 2017

Thank you to Tracy Davis MP, Shadow Minister for Education who accompanied me on a visit to schools throughout my electorate experiencing population growth. We visited Drayton State SchoolBunker's Hill State School and Wyreema State School and we enjoyed the opportunity to hear from the Principals regarding the issues they may face in the future with growing enrolments.

100th Anniversary of the Bell Memorial Hall

May 23rd, 2017

 

I had the honour of unveiling the plaque that marks the 100th Anniversary of the Bell Memorial Hall on the weekend as well as having the opportunity to plant a crepe myrtle tree in the Centenary Avenue. I congratulate the community of Bell on the success of the celebrations and hope to see the Bell Memorial Hall prosper for another 100 years.

Impressive displays at the Crows Nest Show

May 13th, 2017

The produce display and the 300 strong rose section provided an impressive display in the Pavilion at the Crows Nest Show and was as good a display as I have seen anywhere.


I am joined here by local Crows Nest identity Lyn Vandersee and Lucy Galea who is the Darling Downs Miss Showgirl winner for 2017. Lucy won the Miss Showgirl competition at the Pittsworth Show and went on to be named the winner from the Darling Downs region. Lucy is busy attending the shows around the Downs and is preparing for the Showgirl finals which will be held during the Brisbane Ekka in August.
Congratulations to the community of Crows Nest for the success of their annual show.

100 years of RSL celebrations

May 6th, 2017

Today, I attended Waverly Homestead, Kaimkillenbun for a Gala Luncheon marking 100 Years of the RSL hosted by the President and Members of the Bell, Dalby and Jandowae RSL Sub Branches. I gave a speech highlighting the history of our ANZACs and why our nation demonstrates respect for those fallen servicemen and women on 25 April each year. Over 100 guests attended the luncheon and I congratulate the Sub Branches on their Centenary.

25 years of service as a our Justice of the Peace

May 3rd, 2017

Congratulations to John Troe and John Perry who have both achieved 25 years of service as a Justice of the Peace. It was my pleasure to welcome them both to the Electorate office today to present them with their certificates.

Anzac Day commemorative service

April 28th, 2017

Drayton State School held an Anzac Day commemorative service on Monday. It is always great to see so many children attend the services and recognise the sacrifices of our soldiers, past and current

Dalby's Agricultural Heritage on Show

April 26th, 2017

Attending the local show is the highlight of the year for many rural towns. These events highlight our agricultural heritage and exhibit products and services for landholders as well as presenting displays of the many talented people of the region. I attended the Dalby Show last weekend and was impressed by the displays. And of course, the children all enjoy the offerings of sideshow alley with fairy floss, Dagwood dogs and the many rides and entertainment available. Undoubtedly, a good time was had by all

Felton offers amazing Agriculture and Horticulture

April 19th, 2017

 

Today I have had the pleasure of being escorted around the Felton area by David House, a grower from the Felton Valley and advocate for the amazing agriculture and horticulture on offer in the area. Our first stop was Eureka Stud where we were met by owner Scott McAlpine and his son Angus. Eureka Stud, founded in 1935 by the McAlpine family is one of the largest thoroughbred studs in Queensland. Their stallion Spirit of BOOM by Sequalo was bred at Eureka and he has attracted overwhelming support from breeders in his first years at stud. After lunch at Rudds Pub, we visited Alan Richards at Carramar Figs who is producing larger and jucier fruit by adopting hydroponic methods for propagating and growing the trees. Alan has 8 hothouses with some 3,500 plants at various stages of growth.
David and I couldn't help but stop and admire a magnificent crop of sunflowers in the Nobby, Queensland area which is further proof of the incredible growing capacity of this magnificent valley..

Pittsworth's ​Moore Trailers will soon have more than 100 employees

April 13th, 2017

Moore Trailers, of Pittsworth, is another local industry providing a service to the region and beyond. Lionel Moore has established himself as a survivor in this tough industry. Moore Trailers is a name that has become synonymous with reliability and Lionel has built the business from the ground up to its present standing with 90 employees. He plans to further expand the business to 140 employees in the near future. It’s great to see these businesses thriving in rural areas like Pittsworth.

Clifton's Quadbar Industries

April 13th, 2017

I am always impressed to see so much industry initiative within the Condamine Electorate. I met with Dave Robertson, from Quadbar Industries, in Clifton, yesterday. Dave showed me the quad bar which acts as a crush protection device on the quad bike. With so many injuries and deaths from quad bike rollovers, this device is a winner in my eyes. Dave also has easy-to-wear protective helmets for bike and horse riders.

Pittsworth Confectionery bringing back childhood memories

March 30th, 2017

It was a sweet treat visiting Pittsworth Confectionery this morning. Ashley and Michelle Porter have owned the business for 11 years and currently have eight full-time employees working for them. Pittsworth Confectionery produces sweets that bring back childhood memories, including conversation lollies, musk sticks, peppermints and the tasty sugar Easter eggs. Ashley and Michelle participated in the recent trip to China to promote their products which were received with interest.

Western Downs Outreach Project

March 29th, 2017

Today, I presented a small booklet, "Memoirs to My Younger Self" to the Western Downs Outreach Project. The booklet is a compilation of personal stories of survival and hope in the face of domestic violence. Compiled by Diversity with Harmony Inc, the stories have the power to encourage and instill hope in the lives of those affected. I hope those who read it gain strength and courage from its words.

Photo: Presenting "Memoirs to My Younger Self" to Jason Vella, Western Downs Outreach Project.

Felton Food & Wine Festival

March 26th, 2017

The Felton Food & Wine Festival was another great success this year with stall holders offering fresh produce from the region. While there, I caught up with Ally Martell, editor of Ruth Magazine.