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Waste tax turns QLD timber to dust

21st February 2019

New revelations today have uncovered that Labor’s waste tax strategy will force up the price of hardwood timber, as mills pay millions of dollars for the dumping of sawdust, that would have otherwise been recycled.

LNP Environment spokesman David Crisafulli joined LNP Member for Gympie Tony Perrett today, to expose the devastating effect Labor’s new waste tax will have on consumers and industry.

Mr Crisafulli said because of Labor’s addiction to tax, the price of Queensland timber products will rise across the board.

“Whether you’re using Queensland timber to build a deck, a cubby house or a kitchen table – because of Labor it will now cost more,’ Mr Crisafulli said.

“This government is that incompetent their waste strategy will reduce recycling and increase the cost for Queensland timber.

“Labor doesn’t care about reducing waste, for them it’s all about increasing revenue.

“It’s a triple-whammy punishing the environment, timber workers and families buying wood from their local hardware store.”

Shadow Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Forestry Tony Perrett hit out at the Premier, as locals are forced to weigh up their future.

“Hundreds of jobs are under threat all because of Labor.

“Jobs will now be lost and sawdust that would have been recycling will instead be dumped, solely because Labor is addicted to spending.”

“Annastacia Palaszczuk sat around the Bligh Labor government table when they sold off our plantations,” Mr Perrett said.

“And now she’s attacking the industry again with the waste tax and refusal to sign the regional forest agreement.

“There are 10,000 unemployed workers in this region and Labor is hell bent on shutting down its timber industry.

Labor’s sod-turn pre-empts Appeal on Solar Farm

21st February 2019

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington said the Queensland Assistant Treasurer, Glenn Butcher’s attendance at the Harlin Solar Farm sod turning pre-empts a final decision on the project.

Mrs Frecklington said an appeal has been lodged with the Planning and Environment Court regarding the development of the Harlin Solar Farm and the project is far from definite.

“This is an arrogant and reckless move by the Labor Government,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“The project is currently the subject of an appeal with the Planning and Environment Court, with the first directions hearing to be held on the 27th February.

“We also know that Sunshine Energy don’t even own the land on which the project is planned.

“By attending the sod-turning on this proposed development, Labor are pre-empting the Court’s decision and she may even be creating a bias towards the outcome.

“It seems unbelievable that the Premier and her team would be making such a move.

“There are still many questions about this project, and some in the community are against the solar farm proceeding.

“It’s obvious that in Labor’s rush towards a 50 per cent renewables target in Queensland, they are keen to put their name to any renewable project, but in this instance, Labor should have done her homework a bit better,” Deb said.

Somerset students excel

19th February 2019

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington says it is fantastic to see Toogoolawah State High School ranked as the fourth best school in the State by OP results.

Mrs Frecklington said it’s a great result for the school and students, and also shows just what can be achieved in regional areas.

“I have always advocated strongly for regional schools and the amazing results our students and their teachers achieve, often without the resources of the inner-city high schools,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“So it was a proud moment to see Toogoolawah State High School listed as the fourth best school in Queensland for OP results.

“I’d like to congratulate the students and their teachers for this great result and for reminding our city cousins that great things are being achieved in our country high schools.

“And we also have Kilcoy State High School student, Alec Walsh, who was recognised at the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) Achievement Awards for being in the top 30 Academic Achievers from the class of 2018.

“Well done to Alec and Kilcoy State High School. We truly do have some remarkable young people in our region,” Deb said.

Photo: Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, has been following the progress of the Toogoolawah SHS Class of 2018 since their Leadership Induction ceremony in early 2018.

Deb Frecklington, LNP Leader – NW Floods

18th February 2019

Photo: Bill Roughan is a vet from Toogoolawah who has come to North West simply to help where he can. What a true Queenslander!


Even before I flew to Julia Creek, the tragedy faced by North-West Queensland was brought home to me by a frightened young girl.

The 12-year-old had been home-schooled at a station 1700km from Brisbane before starting school in the city two weeks ago.

With tears in her eyes, she told me her horse was dead and her parents didn’t know if they had any cattle left.

My heart broke for her. I was once a kid like her, growing up on a cattle property in the heart of Taroom Shire.

My family struggled through drought and the 1970s beef slump, but I’d never experienced anything like the destruction I saw in Julia Creek.

I took a chopper flight with grazier Marcus Kerr and saw dead cattle everywhere across his station.

Around the feed-lots the carcasses were two to three deep.

Marcus reckoned 4000 had perished from exhaustion and exposure.

It was painful for him to see how they had suffered and then calculate the cost to his family.

He lost a third of his cattle, but others lost entire herds.

There’s no insurance for livestock. Stations must replace expensive breeding stock and have no income for years as they rebuild herds.

Soon after I met Prime Minister Scott Morrison and was reassured he had grasped the seriousness of the situation.

We spoke to locals in the Julia Creek community hall and he promised to help them rebuild – no matter how long it takes.

His support was welcome, but we must do more here in Queensland.

Major-General Stuart Smith was appointed Disaster Recovery Co-ordinator after Townsville flooded, but the challenge in the North-West is vastly different.

The Palaszczuk Labor Government must appoint a separate disaster co-ordinator for the North-West.

Bushies are brave and won’t be beaten by floods.

They’ve given so much to Queensland and now they need us to lend a hand.

We can’t let them down and I guarantee they won’t be forgotten in the Queensland Parliament.


Woolworths breaks $1L milk deadlock

18th February 2019

Liberal National Party Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett has commended Woolworths for effectively ending the milk wars.

Mr Perrett also acknowledged the continued advocacy of the Queensland Dairy Industry and the Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation.

“The announcement that Woolworths will end the milk wars is great news for the entire Queensland dairy industry,” Mr Perrett said.

“For too long, our hard-working dairy farmers have been sacrificed just so our supermarkets can increase their margins.

“This announcement will finally allow farmers to start getting paid what it actually costs to produce their product.

“Woolworths will continue to use its dairy processor to distribute the extra money to dairy farmers.

“I welcome the decision by Woolworths and urge Coles and Aldi to also get onboard.

“The sale of milk for $1 per litre will undoubtably go down as a text book example of corporate greed at the expense of the little guys.”

Mr Perrett said the recent drought had put enormous pressure on Queensland dairy farmers with many choosing to walk away for good.

“Farmers’ struggles have been highlighted through a series of industry-wide investigations initiated by the LNP and the Banking Royal commission,” Mr Perrett said.

“Credit should go to Federal Coalition Agriculture Minister David Littleproud and Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien for their tireless support of the dairy industry.

“Extra money in the pockets of our farmers for every litre of milk they produce is always a good thing.”

Deb welcomes Courtney to Parliament

15th February 2019

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington has welcomed South Burnett local Courtney Sippel to Parliament in celebration of Brisbane Heat’s Women’s Big Bash cricket title.

Mrs Frecklington said it was wonderful to congratulate the women’s team on their first WBBL title.

“I am a proud patron of the Women’s Brisbane Heat team and it certainly has been a fantastic season for women’s cricket in Queensland,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“It was a proud moment to welcome Courtney Sippel to Parliament and congratulate her on her amazing cricket season and the Heat’s win.

“The South Burnett really does punch above its weight when it comes to cricketing representatives and it is great to know that our female players like Courtney are continuing this tradition and participating at such high levels.

Photo: Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, with the South Burnett’s Courtney Sippel.

New Water Treatment Plant a win for Linville

11th February 2019

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington says the Linville community has finally been heard with a new Water Treatment Plant to be built in the town.

Mrs Frecklington said the Linville community have been extremely patient since the previous plant was shut down following the 2013 floods.

“I have been asking SeqWater for years when the new Plant would be constructed, and all we have seen is delay after delay,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“Originally, I was told it would be re-constructed in 2016. Instead, the Labor Government have been trucking water into the township every day and people rightly want to know what this has cost taxpayers.

“It’s great to finally have this win for Linville, but I’ll be asking the Labor Government more questions when Parliament returns on 12th February, including the cost-to-date of water cartage and why Linville has had to wait so long for a secure water supply.

“The community of Linville deserve a medal for the patience they have shown in waiting seven years for this new plant,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“It’s typical though for this city-centric Labor Government to always put regional projects to the bottom of the list. They certainly wouldn’t have left people in Brisbane wait seven years for a proper supply water,” Deb said.