SUPPORT: MP Brittany Lauga with other new mums and hospital staff  for Breastfeeding Awareness Week .
SUPPORT: MP Brittany Lauga with other new mums and hospital staff for Breastfeeding Awareness Week .

MP raises awareness of breastfeeding for health

Breastfeeding Week

AS a new mum, I am so grateful for the support of the Australian Breastfeeding Association. I can quite confidently say that if it wasn't for the ABA I wouldn't still be breastfeeding.

The ABA has more than 50 years' experience as the leading authority on breastfeeding, and I commend them for their commitment to research and support.

I'm proud that I was the first to breastfeed in the Queensland Parliament.

The support the ABA has given me, and many other mothers, empowers women to breastfeed as the foundation of their child's life, and their own health and wellbeing.

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1-7 to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world, and I got to enjoy that over cake with other new mothers, ABA and Rockhampton Hospital's maternity staff.

Emu Park foreshore

The focus tomorrow, August 9, will be firmly on Emu Park when I join my colleagues at the Emu Park Foreshore Project Reference Group meeting at the Emu Park RSL.

Issues to be discussed include the Emu St, Granville St and Tennent Memorial Dr reconstruction.

We'll also be looking at an update of the CWA Rotunda and having a good look at the Kerr Park masterplan.

Taranganba school

Meanwhile, at Taranganba State School I'm organising a meeting with school heads and P&C representatives to discuss issues surrounding the school's set-down facility.

Derelict vessels

As a member of a special government taskforce to look into derelict vessels left abandoned in Queensland's waterways, I'll be paying particular attention to the issues here on the Capricorn Coast.

My taskforce has been empowered to prioritise the worst derelict vessels and remove them so they don't continue to clog and pollute our waterways.

The owners of these boats are now on notice, and I implore the public to alert my office to any vessels they believe are derelict or abandoned.

Youth summit

I'm looking forward to hosting students from StUrsula's College and Yeppoon State High School at the third annual Hey YOUth Summit to be held today, August 8.

This summit has proven to be of immense value to those students who have attended, exposing them to a range of speakers and workshops.

Every year I collate the issues which most affect these students and raise it in parliament so that their voices may be heard.

School technology

I was pleased last week to donate two iPads to Yeppoon State High School to help those Year 7 and 8 students who cannot afford one to be better connected in the classroom and engage in digital learning through the Bring Your Own Device program, which commenced this year.

Thanks to junior school captain Nick Smith, Mrs Sandy Byrt and deputy principal Dani Pozzetti for taking part in the presentation.

More information about the program is at: https://yeppoonshs.eq.edu.au/ Calendarandnews/News/ Pages/2018-BYOX- Program.aspx.

Music festival

The Queensland Government is proud to be a major sponsor of one of the cultural and entertainment highlights of the year on the Capricorn Coast, the Village Music Festival, which is kicking off this Friday, August 10.

Tourism and Events Queensland has partnered with Capricorn Village Festival Limited for this event, along with Central Queensland University.

I'll have the honour of representing the Minister for Innovation, Tourism and Industry Development Kate Jones, who is unable to make the official opening.



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