YEAR IN REVIEW: Michelle Landry delivers for Capricornia
IT'S been another big year for Capricornia MP Michelle Landry. The Morning Bulletin approached the federal member's office to find out what her highlights were in 2018 and to obtain a comprehensive list of what she delivered for our region. They kindly obliged.
2018 has been a busy but extremely productive year for the hard-working Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry.
Ms Landry's career reached new heights last year, beginning it as a humble backbencher before soon being elected by her colleagues as Chief Whip of the National Party.
In August, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack asked Ms Landry to serve as Assistant Minister for Families and Children, a role she has shown great interest and enthusiasm for.
Having their local member serve within the Morrison Ministry gives the people of Capricornia a great opportunity to have their concerns placed front-and-centre before the nation's decision makers.
One of Ms Landry's greatest achievements in 2018 was securing an extra $46 million for Rookwood Weir, bringing the total to $176 million in federal funding.
"The Federal Government finally got the Queensland Government on board to build Rookwood Weir," Ms Landry said.
"The long fight was worth it. I am passionate about securing water infrastructure, supporting agriculture and creating jobs for Capricornia.
"This project will double farming output in the Fitzroy Basin and create more than 2000 jobs."
While Ms Landry has taken on extra responsibility as Assistant Minister this hasn't stopped her from fighting for Capricornia in parliament. Indeed, since her promotion she has worked hard to secure major funding for transformative projects for Central Queensland.
Thanks to Ms Landry's tireless work for CQ, the region has seen recent announcements that will help deliver a new age of prosperity for the region.
Even the editor of The Morning Bulletin, Frazer Pearce, has mentioned the optimism that permeates the streets of Rockhampton right now as these major projects approach.
They are projects that will keep flood-prone suburbs of Rocky high and dry, give Central Queenslanders better access to the region's primary hospital, keep 3000 trucks off our city streets each day, and keep CQ open for business, rain, hail or shine.
With the $352 million Rookwood Weir project, the $120 million upgrade of the Bruce Highway northern access, and the $75 million duplication of the Capricorn Highway between Gracemere and Rockhampton all set to begin construction, Central Queensland is staring down the barrel of a bumper year for jobs growth.
Add to this the nearly $2 billion to be spent on upgrading the Shoalwater Bay Training facility and building the Rockhampton Ring Road and the next few years are looking very promising.
None of these projects gained funding by accident though, and all are testament to Ms Landry's hard work and perseverance.
Ms Landry always fights for more and better local jobs and for the infrastructure Central Queenslanders deserve. Her work has not yet ended as she continues to go above and beyond for her electorate.
Capricornians can look forward to 2019 being a year of real delivery as major projects begin to have their effect on the economic landscape.
"Projects like the Northern Entrance works on the Bruce Highway, Rookwood Weir, and the duplication of the Capricorn Highway between Gracemere and Rockhampton promise not only improved infrastructure but hundreds of new jobs for the region," Ms Landry said.
"2019 certainly looks to be full of exciting prospects as the economic revolution of CQ begins in earnest.
"There will be so many projects and so many jobs, the biggest problem we will likely have is getting enough workers locally. Not a bad problem to have and work has begun to see that the region works together to make this period as prosperous to locals as possible.
"I am looking forward to seeing CQ continue to grow and move forward and will keep working extra hard for Central Queenslanders and the jobs they need and the infrastructure they deserve."
The full list of federal funding secured for Capricornia in 2018 by Michelle Landry:
- Rockhampton Flood Levee - $25 million
- Rockhampton Airport Upgrade - $5 million
$346 million (2018-19)
- Rockhampton Ring Road/3rd Bridge - $800 million
- Peak Downs Highway - $3 million
- Bruce Highway - Black Spots, Rest Areas and Safety upgrades - $46 million (total project cost $1.75 million)
- Capricorn Highway - Overtaking Lanes - $8 million (15.2 million total, total project cost $19 million)
- Bruce Highway Safety Package - $160 million ($831 million total, $1 billion project cost)
- Bruce Highway Overtaking Lanes - $100 million ($275 million total, $275 million total project cost)
- Bruce Highway Sarina Access upgrade - $280,000 ($11 million total, $14 million total project cost)
- Bruce Highway pavement widening Rocky - St Lawrence $1.4 million ($4 million total, $5 million total project cost)
- Clermont - Alpha Road - Progressive sealing - $4 million
- Rockhampton Road Train Access - $10 million ($20 million total, $30 million total project cost)
- Capricorn Highway - Rockhampton to Gracemere duplication - $4 million ($60 million total, $75 million total project cost)
- Livingstone Shire Council - Bridges Renewal Program $425,150 Infrastructure ($830 million)
- Spinal Life Australia - $100,000 - Purchase of Rehabilitation Gym equipment and fit out
- Mercy Community Centre - $1.2 million - Upgrades offering aged care recipients and their families a larger range of services including access to respite, therapy and recreational activities.
- Rockhampton Hospital Carpark - $7 million - Car Park Upgrade
- Capricorn Rescue Rockhampton - $2.3 million - New hangar facilities
- Health Care Services - Clermont - $105,000 - Increasing health care services in Clermont
- Gumbi Gumbi Drug and Alcohol services - $300,000 - Continue services for the community - total of $470,000 over two years
Sporting Clubs: $12.3 million
- Concise Equestrian Centre - Palmyra $38,500 - Installation toilet/shower/change facility, installation of portable classroom
- Moranbah Tennis Association - $21,000 - Online court booking, gate access and lighting control system
- Yeppoon Hack & Pony Club - $17,950.00 - Upgrade of Equestrian Cross Country Course
- Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club - $20,000 - Construct Bike Flow down Trail Path Stage 2
- Rockhampton Hockey Club - $600,000 - Surface Project
- Rockhampton Basketball - $248,000 - Roof and lights for outdoor court
- CQ Sports Precinct - Ooralea - $10 million
- CQU Rockhampton Panthers Assoc. Football Club - $7,400 - Improved pedestrian and disability access
Water/ Agriculture/ Industry:
- Linked Group Services - $249,839 - Linked Powerhouse off grid Innovation Show Case
- Rookwood Weir - $176 million
- Sugar Code of Conduct
- Signature OnFarm Beef - $5 million - Signature Onfarm Beef processing facility
- Tropical Pines - $5.8 million - New fruit processing facility for Central QLD
- Coorana Crocodile Farm - $300,000 - Crocodile Farming and Agri-Tourism Value Added Production
- Livingstone Regional Council - $1.36million - Recycled Water Network Augmentation
Community Grants: $770,000
- Rockhampton Heritage Village - $15,947 - Display of historic military uniforms
- Finch Hatton RSL - $8421 - Honour Wall
- Lions Club of Emu Park - $20,000 - Emu Park Historical walking trail
- Finch Hatton Progress Assoc. - $15,000 - Railway Station Restoration
- RSLYeppoon Sub-branch - $3,350.00 - Kitchen refurbishment
- St Vincent De Paul - $20,000 - Solar Installation
- Emu Park Surf Lifesaving Club - $20,000 - Club building safety remediation - repair roller doors
- Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Assoc. - $9,382 - Communications Upgrade
- Rockhampton Meals on Wheels - $2817 - Industrial Potato Peeler
- The Caves Rural Fire Brigade - $2859 - IT Equipment and Generator Installation
- Keppel Coast Dirt Bike Club - $13,636 - Upgrade of Start Gate
- Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing - $8250 - Purchase of waterproof GPS Location Tracking Safety Equipment
- Emu Park Surf Lifesaving Club - $6562 - Rewiring of Rescue equipment and training room
- Clermont Men's Shed - $5000 - Expansion of shed
- The Mill Gallery - $2500 - New retail space
- Rockhampton Regional Council - Fraser Park Reserve - $1.5 million
- Hartley Street Recreation Reserve - $1.5 million
- Livingstone Regional Council (Thwaite Park - Shade) - $20,000
- Rockhampton Regional Council (Riverfront Development) - $7 million
- Rockhampton Regional Council stage 2 - Nirrum Circuit Mt Archer - $1.5 million
- Rockhampton Regional Council (Mt Archer - Amenities) - $600,000
- Rockhampton Regional Council - Botanic Gardens - $20,000
- Livingstone Regional Council - Wreck Point Stage 2 - $148,800
- St Lawrence State School - $9955 - Install Memorial Wall
- St Mary's Catholic Primary School - $3500 - Metal Mural with media presentations
- Clermont Kindergarten - $230,000 - Physical Environment Upgrade
- Middlemount Community School P&C Assoc. - $13,321 - Prep playground upgrade
- C&K Middlemount Pre-School - $20,000 - Flooring Upgrade
- Regional Universities - $134 million - Increase in numbers of Bachelor students at CQ universities. CQ will receive funding for an additional 165 places 2019 increasing to 193 from 2020 ongoing.
- Clermont Kindergarten - $15,000 - Upgrade of playground
- Rockhampton Special School - $2500 - Landscaping Equipment
- Swayneville State School - $20,000 - New Catering Trailer to be used as Tuckshop
- Safer roads
- Job security
- Lower taxes
- Lower electricity costs
- Continued growth of the Coal Sector - Galilee Basin
- A better deal for our farmers
- Water Infrastructure for more jobs and greater water security