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Put more pork on your fork and eat more beef - Support South Burnett farmers

16th August 2017

Comment on protest in Kingaroy today -

“The protest in Kingaroy today was a joke,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“There was not one local amongst them - how dare these out-of-towners come here and try to criticise our local industries.

“Swickers is our region’s largest employer and our whole town survives on the economic flow-on effects of the agriculture sector.

“While democracy is a good thing, I’ll always stand up for our locals and their livelihoods.

LNP to deliver sensible speed limits across the state

15th August 2017

  • An LNP government will review speed limits on Queensland roads to ensure they are sensible and safe
  • Having ‘fit-for-purpose’ speed limits will help alleviate congestion and get Queenslanders home sooner
  • The short-list of 100 roads will be assessed by police and road safety engineers

A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will review speed limits on 100 Queensland roads to ensure limits are sensible and safe.

Liberal National Party Leader Tim Nicholls said, when in government, the LNP’s $350 million Road Safety Action Plan delivered Queensland’s lowest road toll on record.

“That plan included a review of speed limits on 100 Queensland roads* to ensure limits were appropriate for individual roads,” Mr Nicholls said.

“Congestion costs motorists time and our economy money. Having ‘fit-for-purpose’ speed limits will help alleviate congestion and get Queenslanders home sooner.

“It’s been a long time since speed limits on many of our roads have been thoroughly reviewed.”

Mr Nicholls said many speed limits are a result of legacy limits which haven’t kept up to date with the increased standard of roads or do not take into consideration local variances.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government scrapped the LNP’s successful speed limit review policy,” he said.

“In that first review Queenslanders nominated 3000 roads, with 100 short-listed to have their speed limits reviewed.”

LNP Shadow Transport and Main Roads Minister Andrew Powell said the LNP would again ensure police and road safety engineers assess the speed limits on short-listed roads to protect community safety.

“Queenslanders will be encouraged to nominate speed limits for review because they are the ones who drive these roads every day,” Mr Powell said.

“Depending on the outcome of the review, a road’s speed limit can either increase, decrease or stay the same. In a number of cases speed limits along a stretch of road may increase and decrease to create a standard limit.

“The LNP’s Sensible Speed Limits Policy is a part of our plan to build safe and liveable communities which, in turn, will help us Build a Better Queensland.”

*Road safety engineers and police conducted safety assessments on the roads, which resulted in changes including:

  • Increasing the speed limit on the Leichhardt, Carnarvon and Warrego Highways from 100 kph to 110kph
  • Reducing the speed on the Scenic Highway between Yeppoon and Emu Park Road to make the hilly route safer
  • Removing several speed changes – creating one limit – along stretches of the D’Aguilar Highway and Olsen Avenue on the Gold Coast
  • Increased speed limits on Waterworks Road at Red Hill, Ashgrove and The Gap; Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road and Narangba Road.

Labor’s cynical attempt to pretend it cares about Wide Bay power prices

15th August 2017

  • Labor’s thought bubble on power only focuses on those living in the south-east and to hell with those struggling families living in Regional Queensland
  • Labor has no credibility when it comes to power prices – with a 70% increase in wholesale electricity prices under Annastacia Palaszczuk
  • Annastacia Palaszczuk’s energy policies have failed each and every household, small business and manufacturer in this state

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s cynical attempt in the dying days of her government to pretend she cares about rising power prices shows how desperate Labor has become to secure votes ahead of the next state election.

Liberal National Party Leader Tim Nicholls said Labor’s announcement today would do nothing for struggling Queensland families that had been slugged to the back teeth with record power price rises under Labor.

He said he understood the effects higher power prices had on Queensland families and it was the number one issue raised with him irrespective of where he was in the state.

“This proves that Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor have been using people’s electricity bill to tax them by stealth,” Mr Nicholls said.

“The announcement today is nothing but a cynical attempt by an inexperienced Premier who still hasn’t worked out how to lower energy prices for each and every household, small business and manufacturer in the state.”

LNP Deputy Leader Deb Frecklington said Regional Queensland households, businesses and farmers could not afford another three years of Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor.

“Regional Queensland is hurting and this government doesn’t care. In fact, two of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s own MPs took the extraordinary step last week to call her out publicly on that fact,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Labor’s announcement is purely for households in the south-east – what a slap in the face that is for people living in Mackay, Townsville and Cairns from this Brisbane-centric government.

“Under the Palaszczuk Labor Government, Queenslanders are paying more for power than ever before as electricity prices hit record highs.

“Higher power prices are a tax by stealth – pure and simple. Everywhere I travel, people in Queensland are frustrated, angry and fearful about the price of power.

“Labor created this mess – it started with Beattie and Bligh and now Annastacia Palaszczuk is making it worse.”

Get Your ‘Local Hero Grant’ application in

11th August 2017

Round Three of my ‘Local Hero Grants’ is now open and I’d like to encourage people to send in their applications.

Grants of $250 are available for community groups from the Nanango Electorate, and also for individuals needing assistance to travel to sporting events or other competitions.

The grants provides an opportunity to show my support, thanks and appreciation for all our hardworking volunteer groups who make such a difference for our community. And to encourage people who are attending sporting or other events and need assistance to make it possible.

The closing date is 31 August, so get your applications in! If you would like to apply, please go to my website at www.debfrecklington.com.au or contact the Electorate office on 4190 7100 for the guidelines.

Photo: Deb with Round 2 winners – Catherine Woodham, President of Kumbia QCWA, and Nanango local, Jae Clarke.