Neaton has won Labor Party pre-selection for the federal seat of Capricornia. Lisa Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Neaton has won Labor Party pre-selection for the federal seat of Capricornia. Lisa Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Neaton announces bid to relocate defence families to CQ

LABOR'S candidate for Capricornia Leisa Neaton will seek a commitment from Labor leader Bill Shorten to relocate 400 defence families to Central Queensland.

She made the announcement during her federal election campaign launch this morning in Rockhampton to loud applause from her supporters at the Rockhampton Trade Union Centre.

"One of the decisive actions I have taken to generate employment in the private sector is to gain a commitment from the alternative Prime Minister that we would relocate defence families back to the home of the 42nd battalion," Ms Neaton announced this morning.

"It makes common and economic sense to relocate families from the landlocked barracks of Enoggera into a better lifestyle next to the largest tropical military training ground in the world. But let's be clear here, this is not about militarisation of Capricornia."

Another one of Ms Neaton's election promises was a $30million investment into Rockhampton/Yeppoon Rd.

"Over 12 000 residents commute between the centres of Yeppoon and Rockhampton daily, and many of us regard the Capricorn Coast as our very own weekend retreat," Ms Neaton said.

"Today I'm announcing a $30million dollar investment in Rockhampton/Yeppoon Road to improve safety and make commuting easier, expanding the access to four lanes for as far as this investment will allow. This project will enhance safety for drivers, but also our growing bike riding fraternity, who use this road for recreation and training.

"It will also enhance access to our beautiful Capricorn Coast and create further opportunities for business.  It is laying a platform for jobs now, and for future productivity."



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