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Coominya’s new Community Garden officially open

19th October 2017

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, has officially opened the brand new BVP Community Garden in Coominya.

Mrs Frecklington joined with Director of the Brisbane Valley Protein (BVP), Selena Gommersall, to celebrate with neighbours of the project.

“Initially, neighbours of the project from West Road will have access to the garden as the project enters this first stage. Not only will they be able to grow their own wonderful fresh produce, but it will be a social hub, helping people to connect and enjoy the many benefits of physical and social activity,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“Over time, the garden will be opened to the wider community and will become a great resource for the Coominya district.

“Community gardens have seen enormous success in so many communities and I have no doubt this Coominya project will be equally successful.

“Local schools will also be a part of growing this Community Garden, which will expand across approximately two hectares.

“I’d like to congratulate Brisbane Valley Protein on this very first stage of their larger project.

“It is literally just a taste of things to come for this exciting project in Coominya,” she said.

Labor’s scaremongering starts on tree clearing laws

17th October 2017

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, says in true Labor form, the Government has re-started its campaign to tighten tree clearing laws in an effort to win city and green votes.

Mrs Frecklington said Labor had released distorted vegetation management figures designed to paint farmers as environmental vandals.

“We all knew Labor would start the anti-farmer tree-clearing campaign again in the lead up to the next state election,” Mrs Frecklington.

“And right on cue, Labor has released the 2015-16 State-wide Land and Tree Cover Study (SLATS) in an effort to trash the reputations of farmers and landholders in the eyes of urban Queenslanders.

“In 2016 the LNP worked to over-turn the tighter regulations Labor wanted to impose, and we’ll lead the fight again to ensure our primary producer’s voices are heard.

“This is a major issue for people of the Electorate of Nanango and I will do all I can to support my community,” Deb said.

The LNP’s Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, Andrew Cripps, says Annastacia Palaszczuk was clearly she’s more interested in green preferences than the truth.

“Yet again Labor has deceptively included practices such as fodder harvesting to feed starving livestock and clearing firebreaks and fence lines as ‘broad scale land clearing’ in a deliberate attempt to inflate clearing figures,” Mr Cripps said.

“With more than 80 per cent of Queensland officially drought declared for the whole of this SLATS reporting period, Labor’s happy to kick struggling farmers when they’re down.

“And all the while Annastacia Palaszczuk turns a blind eye to the ranting of her left wing Cabinet colleagues because she knows she needs to win seats in the city to save her own job.

Mr Cripps said the 2015-16 SLATS report did contain data that provides clear context to the extent of vegetation management activities, but these were conveniently ignored by Labor.

“About 50 per cent of Queensland is covered by woody vegetation, so the vegetation management activities in this SLATS report represent just 0.23 of the state - less than half of 1 per cent,” he said.

“If you just consider that area of Queensland covered by woody vegetation, the total management footprint represents about 0.45 per cent of that area – which is still less than half of 1 per cent”.

“The SLATS report does not, however, take account of the vegetation that regrows at a great rate each year on Queensland’s farming and grazing land – it never has and until it does these figures will never be an accurate representation of the health of habitat for Queensland’s native animals.”

Mr Cripps said the Liberal National Party would continue to defend farmers against Labor’s unfair attacks – just as it did when it defeated Jackie Trad’s attempts to roll back the LNP’s balanced vegetation management laws last year in Parliament.

“Make no mistake, the LNP led by Tim Nicholls will stand by Queensland’s hard-working farmers every step of the way when it comes to vegetation management,” he said.

“Our laws were sensible and balanced and allowed farmers and graziers to get on with the important jobs of producing our food and fibre, and protecting Queensland’s precious environment.

“Under the LNPs laws landholders need a permit to manage vegetation and have to abide by codes of conduct to undertake routine management procedures. It’s not the open slather that Labor lies about.

“Today’s disgraceful distortion of the facts by Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor make it very clear that they will always, always throw farmers under the bus to win an election and protect their own jobs.

“Only the LNP will stand up for farmers against Labor’s constant attacks.”

Statement from LNP Shadow Police Minister Tim Mander - Lever Action Shotguns

12th October 2017

The Queensland LNP will continue to back former Prime Minister John Howard’s sensible gun laws.

Tonight’s disallowance motion in the Queensland Parliament was nothing more than a political stunt by the Katter’s Australia Party (KAP) who are desperate to distance themselves from the Labor Government they have faithfully served for the past three years.

Importantly, the regulations passed by Queensland Parliament tonight deal only with lever-action shotguns.

Law-abiding primary producers and firearm owners will still have full access to the weapons required for day-to day management of their properties.

The new regulations don’t change the definition of ‘lawful modification’. Any claims to the contrary are false and misleading.

Those who currently hold a lever action shotgun can apply for an exemption and retain their firearms.

The temporary import ban that was put in place by the Commonwealth Government in 2015, remains in place until all states re-classify these firearms as agreed to by COAG.

Ironically, if the KAP disallowance motion was successful, the temporary import ban would have remained in place meaning that these weapons could not be imported.

The LNP will be monitoring the application of these new laws to ensure that law-abiding firearm owners aren’t buried in red tape and unnecessary delays by the Weapons Licensing Branch, as has been the case for three years under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

While Labor continues to treat law-abiding firearm owners like criminals, the LNP will continue to make sure their licenses are protected and community safety is paramount.

The LNP’s recently released Fairer Gun Laws policy includes:

  1. Restoring proper consultation, through a properly constituted Ministerial Weapons Advisory Panel.
  2. Improving screening processes, with real-time background checks by reforming the application and compliance process so that police can ensure there is a more rigorous system, with a focus on compliance not bureaucracy.
  3. Increasing penalties for gun crime and re-enforcing our approach to cracking down on criminal behavior, not Queenslanders who do the right thing, and;
  4. Respecting the right of primary producers and landholders to apply for category H weapons licenses and be fairly assessed. The current approach by Weapons Licensing Branch has provided great uncertainty and needs to change.

Network of bridges to support Linville farmers

12th October 2017

  • New two-lane concrete bridge in Linville, Queensland officially opened today
  • The Harry Carey Bridge will improve links for local farmers and while also increase flood immunity
  • Another five bridges were officially opened at the same event

Farmers and trucking businesses in the Upper Brisbane Valley will be able to transport heavier loads more directly following the opening of the Harry Carey Bridge in Linville today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the new bridge will be able to carry most commercial loads; ensuring local farmers can get goods to market quickly.

"Previously, local freight operators were load limited by the single lane timber bridge. This upgrade has delivered an almost 24 metre long, two-lane, concrete bridge," Minister Nash said.

"I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and providing a good transport network for does that."

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said he was pleased to see the Coalition Government investing in regional transport links, with today marking the official opening of six bridges.

"For a region like ours, having access to good transport links is essential, not only for reducing the travel times to major cities, but also helping us to connect with nearby towns and neighbours," Mr Wallace said.

"Harry Carey Bridge was delivered under Round 2 of the National Stronger Regions Fund, while the five remaining bridges, such as Larkhill Boundary Road in Lark Hill, were delivered through the Australian Government’s

Bridges Renewal Programme."

Mayor of Somerset Regional Council Graeme Lehmann said the Harry Carey Bridge upgrade had already paid dividends for the community by creating nine jobs during construction, and said the bridge upgrades were a boon for the community.

"Upgrades to these bridges has resulted in improved access and increased safety, delivering economic and social benefits for Somerset," Cr Lehmann said.

"Our bridges need to carry heavy loads to support our farmers and Council is committed to providing a strong rural road network for our residents and visitors."

For more information on the Federal Coalition Government’s $75 billion infrastructure investment, including the National Stronger Regions Fund and Bridges Renewal Programme, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au