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Kingaroy JP’s celebrate 100 years of community service

8th February 2019

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, has congratulated two Kingaroy JP’s who together have provided more than 100 years of service to the community.

Mrs Frecklington presented special certificates to Mr Errol Young and Mr Nelson Dimond thanking them for their dedication to their volunteer roles.

“It is so important that we recognise local Justices of the Peace, who dedicate so much of their time to supporting members of the community when they need help with documents, at often very important moments of their life,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“When you add up the years of service these two gentlemen have provided, you can see how important their role is in regional areas like this. It’s obvious they have built a level of trust in the community and people rely on them for guidance and assistance when they need it.

“Mr Young has been a JP for 50 years, and Mr Dimond has hit the 57 year mark. They are certainly the quiet achievers,” Deb said.

For more information on how to become a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) or a Cdec (Commission for Declarations) head to www.qld.gov.au/law/legal-mediation-and-justice-of-the-peace

Photo: Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, congratulated Mr Nelson Dimond (left) and Mr Errol Young on their more than 100 years of service as JP’s.

Regional businesses forced to switch off power under Labor

8th February 2019

The most recent quarterly business survey published by the Queensland Electricity Users Network (QUEN) confirmed regional businesses have faced major increases in their power bills over the past two years.

In the first quarter of 2018-19, disconnections for regional businesses jumped from 95 to 202 in just 12 weeks.

LNP Shadow Minister for Energy Michael Hart has warned many regional businesses are being forced to shut down due to Labor's skyrocketing electricity prices.

"Regional Queensland now represents 42% of disconnections for non-payment of power bills and the numbers are rising," Mr Hart said.

"These businesses underpin regional economies, but they're paying too much for their electricity under the Palaszczuk Labor Government."

Mr Hart said Annastacia Palaszczuk's incompetent economic management was revealed in surveys this week as business confidence in Queensland hit rock bottom.

"Queenslanders are crying out for leadership, but Labor has no plan to support regional businesses," Mr Hart said.

"Labor's electricity rip-off is costing regional jobs.

"Southeast Queenslanders have up to 20 retailers to choose from while regional Queenslanders have just one.

"If elected in 2020, an LNP Government will introduce retail competition into the regional electricity market to drive down prices.

"This initiative would enable regional businesses to shop around for the best electricity price."

Crime Stoppers axe will hurt frontline police

7th February 2019

The imminent closure of the Crime Stoppers call centre is a massive blow for Queensland’s over-stretched police officers, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said today.

Police Minister Mark Ryan has refused to cover the centre’s $250,000 funding shortfall and said tip-offs from the public will now be directed straight to the police.

“At the last election the LNP promised an extra $1 million for Crime Stoppers because we know how important its work is in fighting crime,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Labor’s refusal to help will pile more pressure on police who are already struggling to cope with a rise in assaults, break-ins and car thefts.

“Many callers to Crime Stoppers only give information because they can do so anonymously.

“They call Crime Stoppers because they don’t want to call the police and provide their details.

“Labor must act immediately to save this service and keep crime-fighting information flowing to our police officers.”

Shadow Police Minister Trevor Watts said Police Minister Mark Ryan’s insistence that police could cope with the closure of the call centre lacked credibility.

“According to Mark Ryan, the Police Commissioner says QPS can cope with the extra calls,” Mr Watts said.

“He needs to stop hiding behind the Police Commissioner and take responsibility for fighting crime in Queensland. That’s what he’s paid to do.

“The Queensland Police Union says staffing levels are critically low and at least 100 extra officers are needed in every police district.

“Our police should be on the beat preventing and detecting crime, not taking calls to Crime Stoppers.

“This news is also a savage blow to Crime Stoppers’ 20 paid call-centre staff and its selfless team of 45 volunteers.”

Resurfacing the D’Ag between Woodford and Kilcoy … DELIVERED!

7th February 2019

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington are thrilled to announce that as the result of a petition tabled in Parliament last year, the D’Aguilar Highway at Stony Creek will be receiving nearly four kilometres worth of repaving.

The pavement rehabilitation work will begin just east of Eaton Lane and end slightly east of Mary Smokes Creek in Stony Creek.

“This is a project that Deb and I have been fighting for alongside you, the community. Last year, when we tabled our ‘stop patching the D’Ag, start resurfacing now’ petition in Parliament, it had received hundreds of signatures from concerned residents and road users alike. You asked for it and we’ve delivered!” commented Mr Powell.

“This section of the Highway between Woodford and Kilcoy deteriorates every single time it rains, making the road unsafe for motorists.

The announcement that resurfacing works are due to begin in a couple of weeks (mid-February) could not have come at a better time,” Mrs Frecklington stated.

The roadworks will largely be carried out in daylight hours, Monday to Friday between 7am and 5pm. Drivers may encounter minor delays whilst travelling through the works, however the Department of Transport and Main Roads will be working with contractors to ensure that there are minimal disturbances to your commute.

“This is truly a great outcome for the Glass House and Nanango electorates and we look forward to bringing you similar achievements in the years to come” stated Mrs Frecklington.

“Deb and I are both aware that more needs to be done to improve road safety between Woodford and Kilcoy, so this is just the beginning for us,” concluded Mr Powell.

Camera initiative will help community feel safer

6th February 2019

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington has congratulated Kingaroy Police Officer in Charge, Snr Sgt Dave Tierney on the launch of the Community Camera Alliance for the township.

Mrs Frecklington said the initiative had been successfully introduced in many other towns around Queensland and it was great to see it starting in Kingaroy.

“The Community Camera Alliance aims to create community confidence and a stronger relationship between the police and residents,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“I would really like to congratulate and thank Snr Sgt Tierney and his team for taking this positive step in helping to tackle crime in our region.

“Our local Police Officers do an amazing job and this register of local CCTV cameras will definitely assist in crime detection and prevention.

“The Police Minister has to realise however that while our community welcomes this initiative, we still need more Police permanently assigned to the South Burnett.

“Crime rates in our region continue to be a very concerning issue for our residents and I will continue to fight for more Police for our region,” Deb said.

Record high domestic violence breaches

5th February 2019

The LNP is calling for urgent action from the Palaszczuk Labor Government, following distressing new figures relating to domestic violence in Queensland.

Data released by Queensland Police revealed breaches to domestic violence orders have reached a record high.

In the past 12 months there have been 27,698 breaches across the state.

That’s an increase of 7.4% or 1,918 cases.

Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Stephen Bennett MP was on the Gold Coast today to visit ‘Friends with Dignity’ – a national not-for-profit organisation that aids domestic and family violence victims.

Mr Bennett said these figures are remarkably sad.

“It’s tragic, absolutely tragic,” he added.

“Something has clearly gone terribly wrong when breaches of DV protection orders continue to rise this fast.

“I am calling on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to finally take action on domestic, family and sexual violence.

“Delaying action is making the situation worse, while child safety and sexual violence continues to plague Queenslanders every day.

“The LNP has a strong track-record in addressing family and domestic violence.

“Labor’s plan clearly isn’t working properly.

“They need to lift their game and fast – Queenslanders desperately need some leadership.”

Region breakdown (January 2018-January 2019)

  • Wide Bay – 1,840 breaches (up 7.5% - 128 more breaches)
  • Gold Coast – 2,440 breaches (up 6.5% - 148 more breaches)
  • Ipswich – 1,561 breaches (up 7.5% - 109 more breaches)
  • Far North – 2,698 breaches (up 6.8% - 172 more breaches)
  • Sunshine Coast – 1,219 breaches (up 9.8% - 109 more breaches)

LNP background

  • The LNP established the domestic violence taskforce that produced the Not Now, Not Ever report
  • The LNP introduced the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Act 2012
  • The LNP committed $49 million over five years in specialist domestic and family violence services
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