LNP plans to beef up region
AS CAMPAIGNING ramps up for the upcoming state election, party leaders are making their presence known in the bush by promising big ticket items for the region.
LNP deputy leader Deb Frecklington spent Wednesday morning hitting the streets of Roma to unveil policies she said a Tim Nicholls-led LNP government would deliver.
Ms Frecklington said LNP would devote $80million to the Better Bridges Program.
She said this investment would include 11 bridge upgrade projects across the state, including Roma's Tchanning Creek Bridge.
Ms Frecklington said the LNP's $60million Beef Roads Program would result in major upgrades to regional road infrastructure projects across the state.
"These 10 projects will ensure the growth of our state's livestock and agricultural industries and facilitate the movement of cattle to ports and processing facilities.”
Ms Frecklington said the 10 projects would also create local jobs and stimulate regional communities.
"Regional Queensland residents have suffered from a lack of new infrastructure projects for too long.
"There is a jobs crisis in regional Queensland, with the unemployment rate in some parts nudging 60 per cent.”
Ms Frecklington also announced $20million for a Mobile Blackspot Program.
"Any regional member will tell you how important communication is in the bush,” she said.
"The $20million will come from the Royalties for Regions program, which has delivered many infrastructure projects across Queensland.
"When we were in government, we were able to deliver a phone tower for Eromanga, which is in Ann's state electorate of Warrego,” Ms Frecklington said.
"I could walk up the street here in Roma and ask anyone I come across where they've got a blackspot and they'd be able to tell me.
"We've got them all over regional Queensland and we need to make sure our travellers are safe and we need to make sure our landholders have communication to work effectively,” she said.
The deputy leader also took her visit to Roma as an opportunity to officially launch Warrego MP Ann Leahy's state election campaign.
"I'm also here in Roma to support our hard-working member Ann Leahy, who has done a terrific job of representing this area in this last term of parliament,” Ms Frecklington said.
"She regularly brings big issues that are very important to this region to the floor of state parliament and she is very passionate about this region.
"People in the Warrego electorate are interested in securing the vegetation management laws, making sure agriculture is a priority and infrastructure spending is happening in the bush,” she said.