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Llew Obrien2
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Federal Member for Wide Bay

Working for Wide Bay

Media Releases

National Child Protection Week 2016 Working together to build stronger communities to protect our children. 

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today said National Child Protection Week will be observed between 4-10 September this year. 

This year’s theme is ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’ focusing on the important role communities serve in protecting and supporting children. 

“It is a sad reflection on our society that approximately 40,000 Australian children are abused or neglected each year, which demonstrates the need for everyone to do more to prevent abuse. 

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Betterment funding to upgrade Gundiah floodway.

The Coalition Government is improving access to Gundiah in times of flood, Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien confirmed today, with $740,000 allocated to upgrade Netherby Road, south of Gundiah. 

“A new eight-metre-wide floodway will offer increased protection from future natural disasters, improving access and allowing emergency services to respond to calls for help,” Mr O’Brien said. 

Netherby Road, also known as Old Gympie Road, connects the communities of Gundiah and Tiaro, south-west of Maryborough in the Fraser Coast region. 

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New roundabout to open at Cooroy Southern Interchange on the Bruce Highway.
A new roundabout at the intersection of Myall Street and Nandroya Road, which forms part of the upgrade to the Cooroy to Curra Southern Interchange is now open.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the new roundabout was a major milestone in the delivery of the $490 million Bruce Highway, Cooroy to Curra - Section A project.

“This roundabout is a vital component of the Cooroy southern interchange upgrade, which will meet capacity and efficiency demands for long-term road freight and transport needs in the region,” Mr Chester said.

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Coalition Government extends mobile phone coverage

The Wide Bay communities of Widgee, Kin Kin and Woolooga are benefitting from the Liberal Nationals Government investment through the Mobile Black Spots Programme to extend the mobile phone network, Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien said today.

“These communities have long fought for mobile phone coverage and I’m pleased to announce the Coalition Government has heard their call and is helping them to connect to the mobile network,” Mr O’Brien said. 

The Coalition’s Mobile Black Spot Programme supports the extension of the mobile phone network to areas where it has not been commercially viable for telecommunication operators to make those investments. 

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National Broadband Network rolling out in Bells Bridge.

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today said premises in Bells Bridge will soon have access to faster and more reliable nbn internet access. 

“Superfast nbn broadband is on its way to Bells Bridge, opening up a range of new opportunities for business, students, and local residents,” Mr O’Brien said. 

There are approximately 130 premises that will gain access to the nbn from the Fixed Wireless site at Bells Bridge. The nbn has advised final network designs have been completed and residents will soon see nbn subcontractors connecting the area with new high-speed broadband. 

“High-speed broadband enables more opportunities for commerce and people to connect, and the nbn will provide the platform to deliver new economic and social benefits to residents in Bells Bridge,” Mr O’Brien said.

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Wide Bay’s sporting champions recognised by Llew O’Brien

Wide Bay has many young people with great sporting abilities, Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien said today.

“I’m pleased to congratulate 18 sporting champions in Wide Bay who have been awarded $500 each from the Australian Government’s Local Sporting Champions program,” Mr O’Brien said.

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