“On behalf of the South Burnett community, I would like to congratulate Bruce Groer on achieving 40 years of service with the Qld Fire and Emergency Service,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“Bruce has been a stalwart of the South Burnett, working tirelessly to keep our community safe and ensuring the protection of life and property in our region.
“It was an honour to help present Bruce with his award for this significant milestone.
“I would also like to congratulate the Nanango team of Auxiliary Firefighters from the Nanango Urban Fire Station who were awarded the Commissioners Commendation Award for their role in the flash flooding event of 22 July 2022 in Nanango.
“Part of their work on the day included their swiftwater rescue team who recovered the body of a local man who tragically lost his life in these floodwaters on that day,” Deb said.
Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington says the safety of South Burnett seniors are still not the priority of the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
Deb said she wrote to the Minister for Housing asking for the ‘Helping Seniors Secure Their Homes’ program to be extended to the South Burnett but this has not been granted.
“I am very disappointed that Seniors in the South Burnett have been overlooked for this program,” Deb said.
“We have older people who have been attacked in their homes. We have older people who live in constant fear of intruders.
“It seems unreasonable that in a region like ours, with a high percentage of people over the age of 65 who face the daily threats of an ongoing youth crime problem, that this program is not available to them.
“We all know there is a youth crime crisis happening right across our State, and the South Burnett is not immune,” Deb said.
“In 2015 the Palaszczuk Labor Government watered down the Youth Justice Act which:
“Since then, crime has escalated impacting Queenslanders every day, and created a generation of hardcore repeat youth offenders who know they are untouchable.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has now convened a committee to discuss the problem it created in 2015.
“I am encouraging anyone who has experienced the impacts of the Youth Crime Crisis to make a submission to the Inquiry into Youth Justice Reform in Queensland.
“This can be done online at the Committee webpage (https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/Work-of-Committees/Committees/Committee-Details?cid=232&id=4295). Submissions to the Committee close on Wednesday 10th January 2024.
“Together we can force the Palaszczuk Labor Government to finally listen to you about the impact their Youth Crime Crisis is having on Queenslanders,” Deb said.
Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, has officially presented Jeff Connor of Blackbutt with a special certificate for achieving 40 years as a Justice of the Peace (JP).
Mrs Frecklington presented the award to Jeff to recognise the milestone, and the many years of service he has volunteered in his JP role.
“I think it is so important that we recognise local JP’s like Jeff, who dedicate so much of their time to supporting members of the community when they need help with documents, at often those very important moments of their life,” she said.
“JP’s are the quiet achievers, whose role often goes unnoticed, but we all rely on them for guidance and assistance throughout our life.
“Jeff is also an outstanding volunteer in our community and has been heavily involved in so many of the events, activities and initiatives in Blackbutt over many years.
“I’d like to congratulate him on achieving this milestone and thank him for his fantastic service to our community,” Deb said.
Photo: Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, presented Jeff Connor with a certificate for 40 years of service as a Justice of the Peace.
Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, has announced that Round Five of her Nanango Electorate ‘Year 12 School Leavers Bursary is officially open.
Mrs Frecklington said the $1,000 bursary was an important way she could support the region’s school leavers as they make the next step in their education journey.
“It is always a major step for our Year 12 School Leavers who must travel away for TAFE, university or other training and this bursary is one way I can help support them on their pathway to further study,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“The Bursary aims to provide financial assistance with the costs associated with moving to their place of learning, tools, the purchase of books, IT or other necessary requirements.
“It provides me with an opportunity to show my support for young people who are passionate about furthering their skills and education, and who may not otherwise be able to afford to live away from home,” Deb said.
“Applications are now open to Year 12 students who live within the Nanango Electorate and are due by 22nd January 2024.
“Applicants will then be shortlisted and the successful recipient will be selected through a panel interview in early February.
“Over the past four years, the Bursary has supported students undertake study in the fields of teaching, optometry, IT and medicine and I look forward to supporting another young person on their career path,” Deb said.
If you would like to apply, please go to Deb’s website at www.debfrecklington.com.au and follow the link, or contact the Electorate Office on 4190 7100 for Bursary guidelines.
Stop Labor's political pantomime
The LNP has this morning demanded the State Labor Government release their list of infrastructure projects that they provided to Federal Labor’s infrastructure review.
Labor's Federal Infrastructure Minister has already admitted she asked the States for their input.
State Labor must release its chopping block list today.
Because they are in chaos and crisis, State Labor has been completely silent for 180 days during the review and is now putting on a political pantomime after the ink has dried and Queenslanders aren't buying it.
Which Queensland Ministers have the list?
Is it Steven Miles who is running around like a con artist trying to dupe Queenslanders that he’s done anything for the last 180 days?
Is it the political fraudster Cameron Dick who’s lying about lists?
Is it Mark “missing in action” Bailey?
Or is the Premier reading over Labor's list in China?
Cut the political games and release Labor’s chopping block list.
Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington says the delivery of chemotherapy treatment at the Kingaroy Hospital is a huge win for local cancer patients.
Deb said she personally visited the team providing the new tele-oncology services at Kingaroy Hospital to thank them for their work.
“It was such a privilege to tour the new tele-oncology area and meet the nurses who are providing on-site chemo treatment,” Deb said.
“Joining me on the day was McGrath Foundation Nurse, Sue Cox, who has seen first-hand the benefits of local treatment for her patients.
“The nurses are doing a fantastic job and the feedback I have received from local patients is that the service is making a huge difference in their lives.
“This is a huge win for the people of the South Burnett and I am pleased that years of advocacy for this service has paid off.
“I have been fighting for better regional and rural health care for our community for many years and it is fantastic to see a tele-oncology service working so well to help save the lives of cancer patients.
“No longer do they have to travel hours away for treatment. Instead they are able to stay close to families and friends when they need it the most.
“In the four months since the service began, there have already been 93 individual appointments which means 93 less trips that had to be made to Toowoomba or the coast for treatment.
“There is still much to do however to ensure health services in regional communities like ours are adequate, and I will keep fighting as your voice in the State Parliament,” Deb said.
Photo: Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington and Sue Cox thanked the nurses, Michelle, Sarah, and Dale at Kingaroy Hospital who are delivering the new chemotherapy services.