Media | Local News

Local News - December 2021

Long wait ends for opening of Kilkivan Men’s Shed

Long wait ends for opening of Kilkivan Men’s Shed

17th December 2021

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington has congratulated members of the Kilkivan Veteran’s and Community Men’s Shed for their perseverance and determination with the long-awaited opening of their brand new facility on 15th December.

Mrs Frecklington said it had been a long journey for the members who have been patiently waiting to start welcoming members to the shed.

“It is wonderful news that the group’s goal has finally come to fruition and the members can at last start using their Shed,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“The Shed has been fully completed and ready to open since April this year, but serious delays due to red tape and administrative hold ups has meant they couldn’t open their doors.

“I’ve been pleased to advocate for the group over the past nine months in their efforts to get the Shed open.

“This is a unique facility that will support local men, as well as ex-service men and women in the community.

“I am a strong supporter of the Mens Shed initiative and the benefits provided to the community, especially in smaller regional townships like Kilkivan.

“I wish the group the greatest success and many happy and constructive times in their new Shed.

Photo: Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington with Bella Timperley and David Timperley, Chairman Kilkivan Veterans and Community Mens Shed Association.

New Acland Mine decision will boost jobs

17th December 2021

The court’s decision to approve the New Acland Mine expansion is a win for common sense.

The jobs and livelihoods of hundreds of workers have been hinging on this decision.

The mine’s closure last month due to the State Government’s years of inaction was a devastating blow for the workers, their families and the communities of the Darling Downs.

The Premier has always said her inaction was due to the court process.

Her time is up.

I call on the Premier to now give the green light for this project to proceed.

The Premier must approve the mine immediately before any more frivolous objections are made.

The Premier owes an apology to these workers and their families for the heartache caused by the mass job losses right before Christmas.

These workers and their families deserve better from this government.

Deb congratulates Tanduringie SS on grant success

Deb congratulates Tanduringie SS on grant success

10th December 2021

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington has congratulated the Tanduringie State School on their successful application to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant.

Mrs Frecklington announced the successful grant at the annual Tanduringie SS Picnic Day.

“It is a fantastic result for the Tanduringie SS P&C who will receive $35,000 to install a new playground and softfall,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“There are eleven groups across the South Burnett and Gympie regions who have been successful with their grant applications to undertake community projects, infrastructure upgrades and purchase equipment.

“I would like to congratulate these hard working clubs and the volunteers who put their time into securing these worthwhile projects that will greatly benefit our community,” she said.

The successful South Burnett groups in Round 111 of the GCBF include:

  • Farmers Hall, Inverlaw – Upgrade hall and purchase equipment
  • Kilkivan Kindy – Upgrade facility and purchase equipment
  • Kingaroy Junior Motorcycle Speedway Club – Purchase Water Truck
  • Kingaroy Men’s Shed – Lay Concrete Foundations
  • Moffatdale SS P&C – Upgrade facility
  • Proston Bowls Club – Replace Ditch Boards
  • Proston District Golf Club – Purchase Greens Mower
  • South Burnett Educational Wildlife Support Group – Purchase quad bikes, slasher and dart gun
  • South Burnett Pony Clubs Assoc – Purchase defibrillator, first aid equipment and training
  • Tanduringie SS – install playground and softfall
  • Wondai Proston Wolves Rugby League Club – upgrade facility and purchase equipment

“I encourage all local groups, however big or small, to consider applying for a Gambling Community Benefit Fund Grant to help achieve their goals,” Deb said.

There next round is a ‘super round’ and closes on 28 February 2022. For more information give my office or call on 4190 7100, or head to

Photo: Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington with Tanduringie SS P&C President, Dean Cullen and Principal Mel McNaughton.