Condamine News 2020

Toowoomba Regional Council Australia Day Awards

Oct 28th, 2020

Nominations for Toowoomba Regional Council Australia Day Awards are closing very soon on the 31st of October.

It is a great opportunity to acknowledge those who have gone the extra mile in these difficult times, or any worthy citizen of the district.

Visit - https://www.tr.qld.gov.au/our-region/whats-on/events/10702-australia-day-awards?fbclid=IwAR0yzylqFvWV2nEQChdMXzX15npxGRV9oJyf-s5hB3PSjXWcGZfzJ32fkRU  to nominate

Toowoomba & District Old Machinery Society new shed opening

Oct 27th, 2020

Wet weather hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of the members when the new club shed was officially opened today by Member for Condamine

Pat Weir MP

and Toowoomba Regional Councillor

Mayor Paul Antonio

at Oakey. Thank you to the Gaming Fund for the assistance.

The LNP will approve New Acland stage 3

Oct 26th, 2020

196 workers have lost their jobs because Annastacia Palaszczuk won't approve New Acland stage 3.

The LNP will, as a priority, approve this project which will generate $7 billion into the economy and support thousands of local jobs.

Let's get Queensland working again.

Opening of the new Sunflower Lodge Memory Support Unit

Oct 22nd, 2020

It was a great honour to officiate at the opening of the new Sunflower Lodge Memory Support Unit, an extension to Clifton Nursing home providing services for those living with Dementia. I am pictured here with Rob Imhoff and Chris Bazley, two of the current Board members.

Supporting Crows Nest Community Solutions

Oct 21st, 2020

I am proud to support Crows Nest Community Solutions with a donation to assist in the construction of toilet and shade amenities at Dingo Mountain Park, a wonderful local tourist facility.

I am with Howard Littleton, inspecting the progress of this project.

Upgrades at the Clifton Jockey Club

Oct 21st, 2020

If elected an LNP Government will fund $60,000 worth of infrastructure and amenities upgrades at the Clifton Jockey Club.

Country race meets bring towns like Clifton together, upgrading the facilities at the Jockey Club will be a major boost for race days.

Hall funding for the Condamine electorate

Oct 19th, 2020

If elected, an LNP Government will commit:
 

  • $60,000 to restumping & new electrical work at the Greenmount Hall.

  • $40,000 towards a restoration & refurbishment at Wyreema Hall.

  • $5,000 to Back Plains Hall for new floor covering & refurbishment
     

A lot of these organisations, due to COVID-19, haven’t been able to run and get an income.

The overheads keep coming even though the revenue isn’t coming.

These announcements are for them.

Safety equipment for Oakey Bears

Oct 18th, 2020

It has certainly been a difficult year for local rugby league clubs after the cancelation of the 2020

TRL - Toowoomba Rugby Football League Inc season.

It was an honour to be able to help the Oakey Bears Senior RLFC with a $500 donation to purchase

much needed safety equipment.

Cambooya Community Morning Tea

Oct 15th, 2020

It was great to attend the Cambooya Community Morning Tea yesterday, and most enjoyable to meet a number of the locals.

Thank you to Ashley Strugnell for organising the event.

Committing $90,000 to restoration works at the Royal Bulls Head Inn, Drayton

Oct 15t, 2020

If elected, an LNP Government would commit $90,000 to refurbishment and restoration works at the Royal Bulls Head Inn, Drayton - part of a plan to support our regional communities.

Supporting precious wildlife in Crows Nest

Oct 14th, 2020

An LNP Government will provide $60,000 to invest in the purchase of more land assisting Koala Land & Wildlife Support Inc at Crows Nest, supporting our precious wildlife.

Making the Warrego Highway safer

Oct 13th, 2020

An LNP Government will make the Warrego Highway safer with a $900,000 upgrade and development of a turning lane onto Oakey-Pittsworth Road.

The upgrade is part of the LNP's plan to make Queensland roads safer.

Only the LNP has a plan to get Queensland working again.

Business case into a secondary school in the Westbrook area

Oct 12th, 2020

It was a pleasure to make my first election announcement at the Westbrook Hall last week.

If elected an LNP Government will commit $125,000 to conduct a business case into a secondary school in the Westbrook area (South-West Corridor).

This is the first step in a long running campaign in support of the Westbrook Community.

$300 Rego Rebate

Oct 11th, 2020

Our $300 Rego Rebate will put money back into your pocket, to help stimulate the economy when it's needed most.

https://www.lnp.org.au/rego-rebate

LNP Child safety plan

Sept 10th, 2020

 

Child safety and protection in Queensland faces many challenges. Following a commitment to bi-partisan cooperation with regard to tackling the huge issues facing child protection in Queensland, the LNP announced a plan to overhaul the child safety sector should we be successful in the 2020 election.

Through June and July 2020 PeakCare Queensland Inc conducted a survey of sector stakeholders and interested groups to contribute their thoughts on the LNP plan. The responses have now been collated and presented in an overview, which can be found at https://peakcare.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Survey-overview-report-240820.pdf

Connection between Eustons Road and Boundary Street needed

Sept 3rd, 2020

Steve Minnikin, Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads recently visited the Condamine electorate and we discussed the need for a connection between Eustons Road and Boundary Street - a link that would benefit both Condamine and Toowoomba South and which we will continue fighting for.

Clifton WW2 Medallions and Certificate ceremony

Sept 2nd, 2020

 

A wonderful occasion at Clifton on September 2nd  as Mr Joffre Bell and Mr Les Wilson received their WW2 Medallions and Certificates, organised by the Clifton Sub Branch of the RSL. It was a most enjoyable morning and I was privileged to be part of the ceremony in honour of these gentlemen. (Joffre Bell receives his certificate; Les Wilson receives his certificate; and we are pictured with Mr Vaughan Pauli, Pres Clifton sub branch RSL)

Wyreema Early Education Centre

Aug 21st, 2019

I recently spent a wonderful morning at the Wyreema Early Education Centre, meeting with owner Katy Paton and Vicki Barlow, Director, along with the children in attendance. Opening in 2019, this is a fantastic facility providing a quality care experience for many local families and I was very impressed.

Congratulations to outgoing and incoming Oakey QCWA Presidents

July 10th, 2020

Great to be present at the Oakey QCWA AGM today - the first 'in person" meeting for the group since the start of covid restrictions! My congratulations and best wishes to outgoing President Judith Sloss, and to new President Wendy Gordon. I am pictured below with Secretary Lois Speed OAM, Kara Grant, Treasurer and Wendy Gordon.

Pats’ recent interview with ABC re the death and mistreatment of horses at Charlton

July 8th, 2020

The Department clearly offers "A briefing on the matter for Mr Weir can be provided upon request."

 

On Tuesday July 7th I had already requested an update on the investigation and possible charges, and the welfare of the remaining horses. A response from Minister Furner on July 14th states "As this matter is currently under investigation it is not appropriate for me to comment further". So - which is it? I would definitely welcome that briefing at the earliest opportunity!

Full story here - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-08/opposition-slams-government-over-inaction-on-starved-horses/12430066

 

(photo: Elly Bradfield, ABC News)

New Hope has called on the State Government to pass Acland Stage 3

Apr 22nd, 2020

Looking for Job-ready Projects, I called on the Premier during the last sitting of Parliament to approve this project. The State Government has the power with this Job-ready Project able to assist with the present COVID-19 crisis, creating 487 direct jobs. The State Government used its appropriate power to approve Adani while still subject to court action - time to do the same for Acland Stage 3!

See link www.newhopegroup.com.au/content/new-acland

Available support to community groups and not-for-profits during COVID-19

April 17th, 2020

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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