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Federal Member for Wide Bay

Working for Wide Bay

Media Releases

Coalition Government supports Noosa’s historic Tait Duke Community Cottage

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today announced the Coalition Government will invest $20,000 to renovate Noosa Council’s historic Tait Duke Community Cottage.

“This is a great project that is restoring a 98 year old Queensland cottage and providing new skills to young people,” Mr O’Brien said.

“When completed, the cottage will provide a one stop shop for community information, as well as providing meeting and office spaces for local community groups.

“This is a great example of the Council and the community working together to renovate a building that will become an important community asset.

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Llew O’Brien welcomes Assistant Minister for Rural Health to Gympie

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, will welcome Assistant Minister for Rural Health, Dr David Gillespie, to Gympie on Wednesday, 28 September.

Prior to entering Parliament, Minister Gillespie was a medical specialist gastroenterologist and head of physician training at a regional teaching hospital.

“While in Gympie Dr Gillespie will meet with staff from Gympie Hospital, Gympie Radiology, and the Wide Bay Primary Health Network,” Mr O’Brien said.

The Coalition Government is investing a record $36,855,529 this year into the Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network (PHN).  PHNs are the Government’s key primary organisation for health system planning and integration at a regional level.  They are the central regional point for planning and commissioning of primary health services and health system integration and coordination.

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National Landcare Awards winner from Dagun

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, today congratulated Stephen Burgess, of Dagun, the winner of the 2016 Bob Hawke Landcare award, who was recognised at the National Landcare Awards gala dinner in Melbourne last night.

Stephen Burgess has run Wurraglen Nature Refuge for nearly 20 years and has successfully developed the property, combining sustainable market farming and light grazing.  Stephen’s blend of biological and organic farming principles combined with holistic management practices demonstrates every aspect of the Landcare ethic.

“Mr Burgess’ contributions to Landcare will continue to make a real difference across the region long after his projects have been realised,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This award is a reflection of the remarkable achievements Mr Burgess has accomplished through the National Landcare Programme.

“We can only improve agricultural productivity and the environment in Wide Bay if the future of our precious natural resource base is assured.

“The work of Mr Burgess is making a lasting contribution, not only to the health of our land, but to the economic and social prospects of Wide Bay.

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Building better incubators to support local start-ups

Existing and new business incubators across Wide Bay can now apply for grants from the Coalition Government to help local start-ups access advice, capital and connections.

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, said the Liberal Nationals Government’s $23 million Incubator Support initiative would provide matching grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 for the creation of new incubators in regions or business sectors with strong links to international trade, and for existing, high-performing incubators to expand their services. 

“Business incubators are programs intended to help small businesses get off the ground and this initiative is focused on bringing local businesses together in new ways, to increase collaboration and local knowledge,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Ultimately it’s about providing the opportunity and tools for local businesses to be competitive and it puts them, and their ideas, in the driving seat for potential success.”

Incubators can also access matching grants of up to $25,000 to engage experts-in-residence from Australia and overseas.

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School Leavers’ Guide for year 12 students

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, has released a School Leavers’ Guide for year 12 students.

“The 2016 edition of the School Leavers’ Guide is a useful resource, containing a range of information that is designed to help year 12 students prepare for life after school,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Year 12 students have many choices and decisions to make about the future and it’s important to consider all of the alternatives and the support that is available to help them reach their goals. 

“The School Leavers’ Guide provides a summary of the options, including education and training, financial assistance, employment programs, and other information, which may help to inform those decisions.

“The guide will be distributed to secondary schools in the Wide Bay electorate.  It is also available by telephoning my office on 1300 301 968.”

Llew O'Brien appointed Chair of Queensland Black Spot Consultative Panel

The Australian Government has today appointed Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien as the new Chair of the Queensland Black Spot Consultative Panel.

Mr O’Brien will work with a range of community and road user groups, industry members and government agencies to allocate funding under the Australian Government’s Black Spot Programme toward some of the most dangerous roads in the country.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said Mr O’Brien would bring a range of skills to the role, including a strong knowledge of Queensland road safety issues.

“As a rural-based Member of Parliament and former police officer, Llew is well-versed in the issues facing many communities in terms of road safety, with regional areas often disproportionately affected by road crashes,” Mr Chester said.

“He has seen firsthand the terrible impact crashes have on families, friends and the wider community and knows the importance of fixing priority danger spots to prevent accidents occurring.

“His years of experience in working collaboratively with a broad cross-section of the community will also be invaluable in this role.

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