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Grant gives a lift to Murgon Men’s Shed railway museum

Two restored carriages will be lifted into place to form a railway display at the Murgon Men’s Shed, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announcing a $15,000 grant for...

Grant to brighten Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club facilities

Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club will receive a bright new upgrade, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announcing a $10,000 grant through the Stronger Communities Programme....

Smart Farms Small Grants boost for Wide Bay soil

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging Wide Bay individuals and organisations to apply for a share of $13 million for activities to assist farmers and land manage...

Australian National Flag Day 2021

Friday 3 September 2021 marks 120 years since the Australian National Flag was first officially flown at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building in 1901, and it’s an important milestone to acknowledge as we reflect on the import...

National Skills Week puts spotlight on new opportunities

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging school leavers and people starting new careers to consider apprenticeships, with record funding available for trainee progr...

ROAD SAFETY FUNDING FLOWS TO WIDE BAY

The Australian Government is investing $6.64 million in new projects to make the Wide Bay Highway, Tin Can Bay Road, and Kin Kin Road safer....

Acknowledging Wide Bay’s aged care employees

Saturday, August 7 2021, marks Aged Care Employee Day, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien paying tribute to the extraordinary contribution of aged care employees across...

Grants success for 43 Wide Bay sporting champions

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien today congratulated 43 Wide Bay sports stars who will receive grants to help them participate in state and national competitions.  ...

Wide Bay schools share funding success

Students at 17 Wide Bay schools are enjoying new equipment and resources through the Coalition Government’s $30.2 million Local Schools Community Fund....

Brolga Theatre car parks to almost double

The number of car parks at the Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre in Maryborough will almost double to 237 spaces, with a $780,000 upgrade through the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program....

COVID-19 PAYMENTS AVAILABLE TO NOOSA WORKERS

Wide Bay residents whose hours of work have been impacted by the current coronavirus lockdown in Noosa and other declared Queensland LGAs will be able to claim COVID-19 Disaster Payment....

Boost to aged care beds in Gympie

An extra 13 aged care bed allocations will help Gympie seniors receive care while staying a part of their community, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announced today....

NOOSA HEADS’ LANGURA STREET GIVEN FACE-LIFT

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce has joined Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart to mark completion of Noosa Heads’ Langura Street upgrade, which will improve safety an...

$4 million to boost youth mental health services in Gympie 

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien has secured a new $4 million investment to upgrade headspace Gympie to a full-service centre, increasing staff and tripling the number of ...

Workshops to help students RISE to new opportunities

More students throughout Queensland will have the opportunity to become budding film directors, with Noosa Film Academy to receive $298,445 for a series of school workshops, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the Ho...

Making dunnies divine with Stronger Communities funding

Divine Dunnies, a quirky and uniquely Maryborough attraction planned for Maryborough’s City Hall toilet block is one step closer to being realised with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representativ...

Grant to help Maryborough Bears’ boost safety

A new fence at the Maryborough Bears Australian Football Club will help ensure the safety of younger players and local wildlife, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien anno...

New Glenwood memorial ensures Anzac legacy will live on

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien will today unveil a new memorial at Glenwood to honour Australians who have served in conflicts and peacekeeping missions....

Local grants to support NAIDOC Week 2021 celebrations

NAIDOC Week 2021 events are underway around Wide Bay, and organisations in Gympie, Cooroy and Maryborough have received federal funding to help celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander excellence, rich history and culture....

Safer Communities Fund Round 6 open now

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging local organisations and councils to apply for a share of $30 million in funding for community safety initiatives....

Funding for Maryborough Speedway to accelerate growth

Competitors and spectators at Maryborough Speedway will be able to enjoy motorsports from a safe, shaded location with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announcing a $15,00...

Men’s Shed grants now open

As part of Men’s Health Week, 14-20 June, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging Men’s Sheds across Wide Bay to apply for funding as part of the newest round ...

NEW FUNDING FOR FOUR-LANE TIARO BYPASS

The Australian Government has announced up to a further $183 million towards the construction of a four-lane bypass of Tiaro on the Bruce Highway, which takes its total commitment to $268.8 million....

Thank a First Responder on June 9

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging people to show their appreciation for emergency services on Thank A First Responder Day - Wednesday 9 June 2021....

Strong support for Gympie Medical Transport

Gympie Medical Transport will be able to take more clients to important medical appointments after receiving funding to purchase a third vehicle through the Stronger Communities Programme....

Funding tools of success for Gympie Men’s Shed

The Morrison Government is supporting the mental, social and physical wellbeing of Gympie men, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announcing a grant for the Gympie Men...

Safer Communities Fund Round 6 open now

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging local organisations and councils to apply for a share of $30 million in funding for community safety initiatives....

National Reconciliation Week – More Than A Word

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging all people in Wide Bay to acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures during National Reconciliation Week 2021 from Thursday, 27 May....

Congratulations to 24 Wide Bay sporting champions

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien today congratulated 24 local sports stars who will receive grants to help them participate in state and national competitions....

More live music coming to Noosa

The Covid-19 pandemic hit the arts and entertainment industry and hospitality venues hard, so an $18,000 grant to support live music at the Tewantin Noosa RSL....

BIG BUDGET BOOST TO AGED CARE, JOBS AND FAMILIES

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien said while there are many big numbers in the 2021-22 Budget for big spending programs designed to achieve big outcomes, the test will be...

Universal Telehealth extended through 2021

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien has welcomed a $114 million investment in the upcoming federal Budget to extend Telehealth services until the end of the year. ...

Spotlight shines on future for Gympie Showgrounds

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien welcomed a bright future for Gympie Showgrounds, with the official opening of its new lighting system....

Taxpayers at risk with two-lane Tiaro Bypass plan

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien has questioned why the Queensland Government hasn’t put forward a plan for a four-lane Tiaro Bypass, saying the two-lane proposal will l...

Statue helps highlight Goomeri’s wartime history

A bronze statue commemorating local World War 2 servicemen and women will be unveiled at Goomeri today by Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien....

2021 Age Pension Guide now available

An updated guide to the Age Pension, including payment rates, assets tests and conditions, is now available from the office of the Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien....

Funding to help grow community events in Tansey

The Australian Government is continuing to back drought-affected communities, with $23,848 for Tansey Show Society, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announced today....

Relief for independent cinemas in Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien has welcomed the Morrison Government $20 million commitment to assist independent cinema operators....

New contract awarded in Section D Bruce Highway upgrade

The second major construction contract for the final Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra, Section D project has been awarded to CPB Contractors, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien...

Strengthening Wide Bay communities through Volunteer Grants

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging local community, sporting and service groups to lodge an expression of interest for grants of up to $5,000 to support the w...

Educational resources to help commemorate Anzac Day

Wide Bay schools and community groups will soon receive educational materials and creative resources to help commemorate Anzac Day, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien e...

Grants open for Wide Bay ex-service organisations

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging local ex-service organisations (ESOs) to apply for the 2021 Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants progr...

Section D works building towards a stronger Wide Bay economy

Construction is underway on Bolcaro Road, East Deep Creek to build a new two-lane, 60-metre bridge over the Bruce Highway as part of the $1 billion Cooroy to Curra Section D Gympie Bypass, while works also progress on a series of ...

$179,000 TO SUPPORT BUSHFIRE RECOVERY OF NOOSA WILDLIFE

Noosa students will get their hands dirty and learn about revegetation thanks to a Federal Government grant for bushfire recovery, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announc...

New service paves The Way Back from suicide

Beyond Blue’s suicide aftercare initiative, The Way Back Support Service, which provides critical support for people after a suicide attempt, is now available in the Wide Bay....

Bushfire recovery builds bridges in Gympie

Gympie drivers will enjoy safer bridges, with the region sharing in $10.7 million of additional funding for communities impacted by the 2019 Queensland Bushfires, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Repr...

New interchange works show progress on Section D

As work progresses on the $1 billion Cooroy to Curra Section D Bruce Highway upgrade, a new interchange will be built at Penny Road, East Deep Creek, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives L...

Noosa Tigers drainage upgrade to help the economy roar

Hundreds of Noosa footballers, hospitality and tourism operators will benefit from a $192,195 Australian Government grant to upgrade drainage at the Noosa Tigers Australian Football Club, enabling the facility to host large-scale ...

Backing industry research collaboration in Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging business and research organisations to take advantage of a new grants round backing industry and research collaboration in ...

Congratulations to 15 Wide Bay sporting champions

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien today congratulated 15 local sports stars who will receive grants to help them participate in state and national competitions....

Australia Day 2021

This past year has truly shown how Wide Bay communities band together when times are tough; demonstrating our Aussie mateship through the pandemic, bushfires and drought....

Noosa Brewing Company hops into cheaper power bills

Noosa Brewing Company will receive a $20,000 grant for specialised refrigeration equipment, helping the business to cut energy costs and support local jobs, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representa...

Mobile service centre Blue Gum visits Cooloola Coast

The Mobile Service Centre Blue Gum is visiting Cooloola Cove, Rainbow Beach, and Tin Can Bay to provide local residents with easy access to essential government services, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House...

Apply now for funding to build a Stronger Community

Local community, volunteer and veteran service organisations, councils and sporting groups are encouraged to submit expressions of interest for the latest round of the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) funding, Federal Member f...

$2 million for Noosa projects to boost bushfire recovery

A new laboratory trialling bushfire-fighting technologies will be created in Noosa, with support from a $1,894,503 jointly-funded grant through the Local Economic Recovery program, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of...

Lights, camera, action for Noosa Film Academy

Noosa Film Academy will receive $258,398 to help revitalise the Wide Bay arts and cultural sector with youth and community workshops, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien anno...

Get ready to apply for funds to build a better Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging communities to prepare to apply for Round Five of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), with guidelines released today....

headspace Maryborough officially open

Young people living in and around Maryborough now have their own dedicated mental health and wellbeing support service, with the official opening of headspace Maryborough on Lennox Street today.  ...

Grants to modernise Australian manufacturing

Applications are now open for Wide Bay manufacturers with shovel-ready projects to increase their productivity and grow jobs to apply for a Manufacturing Modernisation Fund (MMF) grant....

$126,000 show of support for Wide Bay

Local shows cancelled because of COVID-19 will receive a slice of $34 million Australian Government funding to help ensure they can bounce back next year, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representati...

Extra funding boost to support volunteers in Wide Bay

Five Wide Bay community groups will benefit from a share of $2.7 million from the Morrison Government to support the work of local volunteers, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'B...

Supporting our younger veterans with community grants

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging Wide Bay ex-service organisations to apply for a share of $1 million in funding to support the mental health and wellbeing ...

PBS support for Australians living with leukaemia

People with one of Australia’s most common forms of leukaemia are set to benefit from expanded access to a breakthrough medicine, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announ...

Saluting the service of Maryborough’s RAAF heroes

A new honour board at the Maryborough Military Aviation Museum will commemorate the region’s Second World War Royal Australian Air Force personnel, after receiving funding through the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Ser...

BRIDGES AND HEAVY VEHICLE SAFETY FUNDING FLOWS TO GYMPIE

Gympie road users will enjoy safer conditions with more than $1.5 million to upgrade Rammutt Road at Chatsworth and replace Tandur Road Bridge at Kybong, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representativ...

Grant helps preserve Goomeri’s wartime history

Goomeri’s war history will be preserved with a $43,950 grant to build a commemorative statue, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien announced today....

Next round of Mobile Black Spot Program now open

Applications are open now for a new round of the $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program to help expand mobile phone coverage in major transport corridors and disaster-prone areas, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of ...

Work to start on the overdue Tinana Overtaking Lanes project

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien has welcomed news that work will start on the long-overdue Tinana Overtaking Lane project next week (Monday 16 November), after the Labo...

Grants success for 14 Wide Bay sporting champions

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien today congratulated 14 Wide Bay sports stars who will receive grants to help them participate in state and national competitions....

New grants open to preserve Wide Bay’s heritage

Local heritage site owners, managers and support organisations can now apply for grants of between $25,000 and $400,000 to protect and preserve Wide Bay’s national and world heritage sites and promote tourism....

Lower energy costs for Wide Bay dairy farmers

The Liberal National Government is continuing its support for the dairy industry, with six Wide Bay dairy farmers to receive grants for energy-efficient equipment, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Rep...

Bridges funding flows to Noosa

Four bridges in Noosa will be replaced or upgraded with almost $5 million in funding from the Morrison Government’s Bridges Renewal Program....

Bright ideas wanted for Science Week

Wide Bay organisations and individuals with ideas for exciting National Science Week events for next year are being encouraged to apply for a grant to make their idea a reality.  ...

$500,000 grant for innovative technology to detect bushfires

Noosa tech company Fireball International will receive $500,000 in federal funding for an innovative new system that could detect bushfires in as little as three minutes, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Event grant to boost Noosa tourism

A new hospitality festival will receive $15,000 in funding from the Liberal and Nationals Government to boost domestic visitors and support Noosa’s tourism sector following the summer’s bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, Fe...

Commemorative medallions presented to Wide Bay veterans

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today presented two Cooroy veterans with special commemorative medallions and certificates to honour their service in World War 2, and mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the war....

Reforms to support small business in Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today welcomed the most significant reforms to Australia’s insolvency framework in 30 years as part of the Morrison Government’s economic recovery plan to keep businesses in business ...

headspace satellite finds home in Maryborough

Youth mental health champions headspace are a step closer to opening the doors on a satellite centre in Maryborough, with the signing of a lease on a premise next to the Station Square Shopping Centre, located at Shop 2b, 138 Lenn...

Local taskforce to aid jobs recovery in Wide Bay

The Morrison Government’s $62.8 million Local Jobs Program will help Wide Bay jobseekers gain skills and training to help them into work as part of Australia’s COVID-19 economic recovery efforts....

TWO-LANE TIARO BYPASS ALIGNMENT PROPOSAL A DEATH TRAP

A proposal to spend $107 million on a two-lane Tiaro Bypass shows a lack of foresight, responsibility and regard for road safety by the Queensland Labor Government, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said today....

$17,000 for Men’s Sheds in Wide Bay

Three Men’s Sheds in Wide Bay will share more than $17,000 in federal funding to support the health and wellbeing of local men, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Helping small businesses lower power bills

Small businesses can now apply for grants to help lower their power bills, with Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien encouraging them to act fast before applications close.  ...

Funding boost for Cooloola Coast news

A government grant will support the provision of local news on the Cooloola Coast, with Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announcing a $10,000 boost for the Cooloola Bay Bulletin....

Improving digital connectivity in Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local regional development organisations, telecommunications providers and government organisations to apply for funding to improve telecommunications infrastructure in Wid...

Applications open now for NAIDOC Week 2020 Local Grants

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging Wide Bay communities to apply for funding to help showcase the best of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history during this year’s NAIDOC Week....

Kicking in for Kin Kin Creek catchment

A team of Noosa erosion busters are receiving Australian Government support for their efforts to reduce sediment volumes in Lake Cootharaba while also boosting the catchment’s soil health and farm productivity.  ...

$17,600 funding for advocacy services in Wide Bay

The Cooroy and Gympie RSL sub-branches will share more than $17,600 in funding through the Morrison Government’s Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program to help with advocacy services....

Giving back to Maryborough volunteers

Maryborough Neighbourhood Centre volunteers will brew up new opportunities with Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien delivering a $4,300 grant for café equipment today....

Helping dairy farmers lower their power bills

Dairy farmers across Wide Bay can now apply for grants that to help their farms become more energy-efficient and to reduce their power bills, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Wide Bay salutes their service

Wide Bay will remember the service and sacrifice of our Australian Defence Force personnel through two grants from the Morrison Government’s Saluting Their Service commemorative grants program, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew ...

$1.8 MILLION BOOST FOR WIDE BAY TO BUILD BETTER REGIONS

Wide Bay communities will receive a $1.8 million boost through the Morrison Government’s Building Better Regions Fund for local projects including activity centres, hall upgrades, a cultural centre, and an art and entertainment ...

Investment to help Noosa Dolphins grow

A new maintenance shed will make life more comfortable for Noosa Dolphins rugby players, with Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien officiating its opening today....

HomeBuilder program to protect over 1000 jobs

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed today’s announcement of the new HomeBuilder program, which will help homeowners, boost jobs in construction and trades, and support Wide Bay’s vital timber industry....

Join the Aussie-made Club to help our economy

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging people to “join the Aussie-made Club” by buying local, Australian-made products, as part of a new campaign launched this week....

Grants success for 22 Wide Bay sporting champions

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced 22 Wide Bay sports stars will receive Australian Government Local Sporting Champions grants to help them cover the cost of participating in state and national competition...

$10 million boost for local councils in Wide Bay

Councils in Wide Bay will receive a share of $500 million in federal funding under a new Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today. ...

National Careers Week 2020 – More critical than ever

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging people to consider the benefits of vocational education and training (VET) to launch or future-proof their careers, ahead of National Careers Week 2020.  ...

Applications open for Driver Reviver funding

Operators of Driver Reviver locations across Wide Bay can now apply for a share of $3 million in Australian Government funding to upgrade their life-saving rest sites. ...

Mental health help available during COVID-19

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging people to access the additional mental health and wellbeing services on offer during the COVID-19 pandemic to help them get through uncertain times....

Grants to help communities affected by bushfires in Wide Bay

Applications are now open for Wide Bay community groups, local councils and non-government organisations to share in $1.8 million in flexible funding grants to support recovery from last year’s devastating Queensland bushfires....

Look after your health during COVID-19

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is urging Australians with chronic health conditions not to neglect their regular health care, but continue to consult with their usual doctors....

Grants to help bushfire-affected wildlife and habitat

Federal funding is available to help native plants and invertebrate species bounce back from the recent bushfires, with the opening of applications for the $12 million second tranche of the Morrison Government’s Wildlife and Hab...

Improved mobile coverage for Wratten’s Forest

People in Wratten’s Forest will have improved mobile phone coverage under Round 5 of the Coalition Government’s highly successful $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced tod...

ROADS TO RECOVERY FUNDING FLOWS IN WIDE BAY

Road maintenance in the South Burnett, Noosa and Cherbourg will receive a boost thanks to funding under the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program....

Vocational education and training goes online

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed the re-launch of the Australian Government’s My Skills website, which will now focus on delivering online training, increasing education options for people in regional area...

KEEP JOBS IN WIDE BAY WITH JOBKEEPER

A new $130 billion JobKeeper wage subsidy program to help keep businesses open and employees in jobs has been launched by Prime Minister Scott Morrison....

SUPPORTING AUSTRALIAN WORKERS AND BUSINESSES IN WIDE BAY

More financial assistance is now available for individuals, retirees, families, sole traders and businesses in Wide Bay with stage two of the Coalition Government’s economic assistance plan to cushion the economic impact of the ...

SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES IN WIDE BAY

Support is available to small and medium-sized businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak through the Coalition Government’s business hotline....

New funding for bridges and heavy vehicle safety

Applications are now open for funding to upgrade bridges and freight roads under Round 5 of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Pr...

ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed a $17.6 billion economic plan to keep Australians in jobs, keep businesses trading, and support households and the Australian economy as the world deals with challenges posed...

Community groups help build a stronger Murgon

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced more than $28,000 in Liberal and Nationals Government funding to help make Murgon a stronger, more vibrant community....

Grants success for Kilkivan and Goomeri community groups

Community groups at Kilkivan and Goomeri will share $30,000 in Liberal and Nationals Government funding for projects to improve local amenities and the natural environment, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced toda...

Deeming rate cut to boost payments for 900,000 Australians

About 900,000 Australians will see an increase to their fortnightly social security payments following the Liberal and Nationals Government’s decision to reduce deeming rates, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced...

$32,000 to protect Noosa’s pristine environment

Two Noosa environmental groups will share $32,226 in Liberal and Nationals Government grants to ensure their community’s stunning natural environment is protected into the future....

$40,000 revitalises Sunshine Butterflies

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced $40,000 in grants from the Liberal and Nationals Government to enrich the lives of people with disabilities in Noosa communities....

BLACK SPOT PROGRAM FUNDS TO SAVE LIVES IN MARYBOROUGH

Residents in Maryborough received a major road safety boost today with the Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announcing $215,500 will be invested in two projects under the 2020-21 Black Spot Program....

BLACK SPOT PROGRAM TO SAVE LIVES IN CEDAR POCKET

Residents in Gympie received a major road safety boost today with Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien announcing $755,500 will be invested to upgrade Cedar Pocket Road and Gap Road at Cedar Pocket under the 2020-21 Black Spot...

Spelling out an opportunity for students in Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging students in schools throughout Wide Bay to test their spelling skills by taking part in the inaugural Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee....

Funding opportunity for Indigenous languages and arts

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging eligible community organisations to apply for funding from the Liberal and Nationals Government 2020-21 Indigenous Languages and Arts program....

Grants success for 11 Wide Bay sporting champions

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced 11 Wide Bay sports stars will receive grants of $550 to $750 to help them participate in state and national competitions....

Getting tourists back into fire-affected Noosa region

Applications will open next week for a share of $10 million in funding to bring tourists back to bushfire-affected communities including Noosa, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Australia Day 2020 Message

Dorothea Mackellar’s 1908 poem My Country reminds us of the extremes of the Australian climate, but the start to 2020 with the combined impact of the prolonged drought, and destructive bushfires spread across Australia has truly...

Maryborough’s community action plan for mental health

In a demonstration of their commitment to creating a powerful community support system, the Maryborough Suicide Prevention Network will launch their 2020 action plan for mental health on Thursday, 23 January....

Ex-service organisations to receive funding boost

More than $4.2 million in funding is available to help ex-service organisations deliver essential advice and advocacy for veterans, war widows, serving defence force members, and their loved ones. ...

Llew O’Brien’s Christmas Message 2019

The festive season is a time of peace and goodwill, and I would like to extend my best wishes to everyone in the Wide Bay for a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year....

Swimming grants help bring Wide Bay together

People with disabilities and the elderly will have better access to swimming lessons at Maryborough Aquatic Centre, through the Coalition Government’s Community Swimming Grants Program....

Funding available to help volunteers in Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local community, sporting and service groups to lodge an expression of interest for federal funding to support their local volunteers....

MAJOR BRUCE HIGHWAY UPGRADE ON THE WAY

Final designs will be displayed this week for major works on the eagerly awaited final section of the Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra upgrade....

Grants success for 21 Wide Bay sporting champions

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced 21 Wide Bay sports stars will receive grants of $550 to $750 to help them participate in state and national competitions....

RHEINMETALL NIOA MARYBOROUGH OFFICE OPENS

The Rheinmetall NIOA Maryborough office was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today....

Family Central helps Sunshine Butterflies soar

A new Family Central facility offering important services to people with disabilities and their families is delivering real benefits to Noosa communities through a $71,000 Liberal and Nationals Government grant....

$14,936 for Men’s Sheds in Wide Bay

Gympie, Kilkivan, Maryborough and Noosa Men’s Sheds in Wide Bay will share in almost $15,000 to support men's health and wellbeing, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Funding available to improve heavy vehicle safety

If you have ideas to improve heavy vehicle safety in Wide Bay, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien encourages you to apply for funding through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR)....

New grants to help Wide Bay get active

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local organisations to apply for a share in the Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity grants program....

Remembrance Day 2019

On Monday, November 11, Australians will pause to observe Remembrance Day with a minute’s silence to remember our service men and women who have suffered and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations....

Smart Farms Small Grants support big ideas

Farmers and landcare groups now have the opportunity to bring their clever sustainability ideas to reality, with grants of up to $50,000 under the Smart Farms Small Grants program....

Just another stunt from Queensland Labor

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt and Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien have joined forces, yet again, to slam Federal Labor’s excuses as to why the Queensland Labor Government hasn’t signed up to the Hinkler Regi...

Attracting more students to Wide Bay

Six scholarships will be available to international and domestic students to study in Wide Bay next year, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Extra assistance available for fire-hit Noosa

The people worst-hit by the Queensland bushfires will be given an extra hand with the activation of additional support payments available in the Noosa local government area....

AgShows grant applications now open

Show societies in Wide Bay are encouraged to apply for Australian Government Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program (AgShows) funding to upgrade, maintain, buy or build new showground infrastructure and attractions....

Language program for children in Wide Bay

Llew O'Brien MP for Wide Bay is encouraging local preschools to apply to run the Morrison Government’s play-based program that teaches young Australians a foreign language....

Managing disease threats in Wide Bay

Wide Bay will be better prepared to manage significant animal biosecurity threats, such as African swine fever (ASF), through a new comprehensive online field guide of emergency animal diseases targeting all vets....

National headspace Day 2019

Today is National headspace Day, which puts the issue of young Australians’ mental health in the spotlight....

Maryborough RSL’s mural opening

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien will officially open the Maryborough RSL’s Memorial Garden murals, painted by local artist Robbyn Gergos....

Mobile coverage boosted in Poona

Poona residents and holiday-makers will now have better mobile phone coverage to make calls, browse the internet and stay in contact with family and friends. ...

Cheaper medicine for over 500,000 patients

Cheaper medicine is on the way for more than 500,000 patients from today, with price reductions for common scripts and new medicines added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), in some cases saving over $100,000 per patient...

New grants available for swimming programs in Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien is encouraging local community groups to apply for new swimming grants to enable or improve opportunities for people with disabilities and from diverse backgrounds to enjoy this great Au...

Applications open for Women Leaders in Sport program

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging female coaches, officials and administrators to develop their leadership skills with the Australian Government’s 2020 Women Leaders in Sport program....

Better support for Wide Bay students

A new series of toolkits is now available to help parents and educators improve student outcomes, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

New laws to protect our farmers

Tough new farm trespass laws will protect Australia’s farmers from the unlawful actions of animal activists, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Bushfire assistance extended for Noosa

Disaster assistance has been extended to help cover the costs of fighting the fires in Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced this afternoon....

Fly the flag with pride on National Flag Day

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging everyone to fly the Australian flag on Tuesday, September 3, to celebrate the flag's 118th anniversary....

Grants honour Wide Bay’s military heroes

9/8/2019 Grants honour Wide Bay’s military heroes Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced three Wide Bay veterans organisations will share in more than $10,000 to honour Australia’s military heroes....

More support for child care services in Wide Bay

7/8/2019 More support for child care services in Wide Bay Local kids will get off to a brighter start, with Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announcing more than $330,000 to improve access to child care....

New committee to drive road safety action

2/8/2019 New committee to drive road safety action A new Joint Select Committee on Road Safety will delve into the Australian Government’s current and planned actions aimed at driving down road trauma....

Show your interest in building a Stronger Community

2/8/2019 Show your interest in building a Stronger Community Community and veteran service organisations, councils and sporting groups are encouraged to submit expressions of interest for Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) fundi...

Action needed to protect Wide Bay’s timber industry

23/7/2019 Action needed to protect Wide Bay’s timber industry Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien and Queensland Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett have reaffirmed their commitment to protecting Wide Bay’s tim...

Call for State to cut red tape on Wide Bay Motor Complex

22/7/2019 Call for State to cut red tape on Wide Bay Motor Complex Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien and State Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett are calling on the State Government to cut through the bureaucrat...

Wide Bay schools invited to share in new funding

19/7/2019 Wide Bay schools invited to share in new funding  Wide Bay schools could score new equipment, building projects or additional targeted support with the Australian Government providing grants up to $20,000 for projec...

Smooth sailing for Mary River access at Maryborough

16/7/2019 Smooth sailing for Mary River access at Maryborough  Locals and visitors to Queensland’s Fraser Coast can now enjoy safer and easier access to the Mary River following the completion of upgrades at the South Stree...

Delivered: Tax relief for Wide Bay

5/7/2019 Delivered: Tax relief for Wide Bay Immediate tax relief of up to $1080 each will help more than 50,000 Wide Bay low- and middle-income earners from next week, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Morrison Government moves to protect farmers

4/7/2019 Morrison Government moves to protect farmers Legislation to protect farmers from invasions by animal activists will be introduced today, delivering on a Morrison Government election commitment, Federal Member for Wid...

Free annual health checks for personnel leaving Defence Force

28/6/2019 Free annual health checks for personnel leaving Defence Force Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien reminds Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who are leaving service that from next week, they will be able to ...

Jump on board regional leadership program

13/6/2019 Jump on board regional leadership program Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is urging up-and-coming local leaders to apply for the inaugural Leadership for Our Regions program, an exciting new initiative to help...

Noosa community groups celebrate Volunteer Grant success

16/5/2019 Noosa community groups celebrate Volunteer Grant success Two Noosa organisations are among 34 community groups in Wide Bay to receive a share of almost $64,000 in grants to honour volunteers, Federal Member for Wide Bay ...

Volunteer Grant success for seven Wide Bay community groups

14/5/2019 Volunteer Grant success for seven Wide Bay community groups Community groups in Goomeri, Murgon, Gundiah, Gympie and Tiaro have shared in grants totalling almost $31,700, as Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien rec...

$22 million package to support our dairy farmers

10/5/2019 $22 million package to support our dairy farmers  Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed the Morrison Government’s pledge to create a dedicated Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) “Dai...

LOCAL APPRENTICES JOIN NATIONAL WAGE SUBSIDY TRIAL

6/5/2019 LOCAL APPRENTICES JOIN NATIONAL WAGE SUBSIDY TRIAL Nineteen Wide Bay businesses are taking on new staff through a Liberal and Nationals Government trial offering regional and rural businesses wage subsidies to take on app...

MORE DROUGHT SUPPORT FOR WIDE BAY

5/5/2019 MORE DROUGHT SUPPORT FOR WIDE BAY The Liberals and Nationals Government is standing by our farmers in Wide Bay affected by drought, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Better bridges to be built in Wide Bay

3/5/2019 Better bridges to be built in Wide Bay Safer bridges are on the way to Bauple, Tiaro, Kandanga, Cooran and Kin Kin thanks to a $2.9 million investment from the Liberals and Nationals in Government, Member for Wide Bay Lle...

New covered area and outdoor equipment for Victory College

3/5/2019 New covered area and outdoor equipment for Victory College Students and staff at Victory College in Gympie will benefit from a new undercover area, animal enclosure and outdoor equipment thanks to $245,000 in funding from...

New laws to help protect our farmers

1/5/2019 New laws to help protect our farmers A re-elected Liberal and Nationals government will introduce new legislation to make it an offence to use a carriage service, such as the internet, to disclose personal information to ...

Anzac Day Message 2019

24/4/2019 Anzac Day Message 2019 As we pause today to remember the fallen, I have been reflecting on why Anzac Day is so important to our nation....

Support for our veterans and their families

24/4/2019 Support for our veterans and their families The Liberal and Nationals Government will boost support for veterans and their families as part of a $63.2 million suite of initiatives to improve well-being, deliver job oppor...

$16,000 grant shines a light on Kandanga Country Club

23/4/2019 $16,000 grant shines a light on Kandanga Country Club Kandanga Country Club will soon be able to offer bowling after sundown with $16,000 grant for a new flood lighting system, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien ...

$50,000 grant to help Pomona bowlers stay sun-safe

20/4/2019 $50,000 grant to help Pomona bowlers stay sun-safe Pomona bowlers will be protected from the sun’s harsh rays with a $50,000 grant to replace the Pomona Bowls Club’s shade cover, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew...

LNP investing $390,000 for a healthier Cherbourg

17/4/2019 LNP investing $390,000 for a healthier Cherbourg The Liberal Nationals will invest $390,000 into better services so that Cherbourg families can enjoy new sports and recreation programs such as netball, touch football, cr...

LLEW O’BRIEN SECURES MARYBOROUGH SUGAR INDUSTRY’S FUTURE

5/4/2019 LLEW O’BRIEN SECURES MARYBOROUGH SUGAR INDUSTRY’S FUTURE Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced $18 million to fund the construction of an off-stream water storage project at Glendorf near Maryboro...

Grants success for 18 Wide Bay sports stars

1/4/2019 Grants success for 18 Wide Bay sports stars Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced 18 Wide Bay sports stars will receive grants of $550 to $750 to help them participate in state, national and internati...

SAFER LOCAL ROADS SAVING LIVES IN WIDE BAY

29/3/2019 SAFER LOCAL ROADS SAVING LIVES IN WIDE BAY The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government will help keep drivers safe on local roads by delivering an additional $2.2 billion in road safety funding....

Labor’s retiree tax to cost Wide Bay seniors

29/3/2019 Labor’s retiree tax to cost Wide Bay seniors Labor’s retiree tax would hit the wallets of 6,900 Wide Bay seniors if Bill Shorten was elected, new Australian Taxation Office data shows....

Delivering better access to doctors in regional areas

29/3/2019 Delivering better access to doctors in regional areas People in rural communities will have improved access to doctors and shorter waiting times after the Liberal and Nationals Government announced a $62.2 million invest...

$20,000 grant to boost Murgon Town Hall amenities

29/3/2019 $20,000 grant to boost Murgon Town Hall amenities  A $20,000 grant from Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien will kit out Murgon Town Hall with new furniture including a mobile audio-visual projector and screen....

New fundraising opportunities for Wide Bay Men’s Sheds

29/3/2019 New fundraising opportunities for Wide Bay Men’s Sheds Men’s and Community Sheds in Wide Bay will have new fundraising opportunities when the Liberal National Government introduces a new law that will allow tax-deduc...

$71,000 grant helps Sunshine Butterflies soar

27/3/2019 $71,000 grant helps Sunshine Butterflies soar A new “Family Central” facility for people with disabilities is a step closer to reality, after Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien delivered a $71,000 grant to No...

Maryborough Rifle Range sold to Fraser Coast Regional Council

26/3/2019 Maryborough Rifle Range sold to Fraser Coast Regional Council Today the Assistant Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon David Fawcett, along with the Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien MP announced that Defence h...

LLEW O’BRIEN DELIVERS $28.5 MILLION FOR MARYBOROUGH

20/3/2019 LLEW O’BRIEN DELIVERS $28.5 MILLION FOR MARYBOROUGH A high-tech export-focused manufacturing plant will soon be coming to Maryborough, Queensland, after Rheinmetall Nioa Munitions Pty Ltd received Federal Liberal and N...

23,500 Wide Bay aged pensioners to receive payment boost

20/3/2019 23,500 Wide Bay aged pensioners to receive payment boost More than 23,500 aged pensioners in Wide Bay will receive an increase to their payment rates from 20 March 2019, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today...

$24,620 for six Men’s Sheds in Wide Bay

18/3/2019 $24,620 for six Men’s Sheds in Wide Bay Six Men’s Sheds in Wide Bay will receive a share in $24,620 for improvements and community activities, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

$646,600 to help Wide Bay graziers protect Great Barrier Reef

18/3/2019 $646,600 to help Wide Bay graziers protect Great Barrier Reef Wide Bay graziers will be able to help protect the Great Barrier Reef, after Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien confirmed $646,500 in funding from the Great B...

Act fast for a share in $150,000 environment grants

15/3/2019 Act fast for a share in $150,000 environment grants  Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien reminds community groups they have until March 25 to apply for a share of $150,000 funding to help protect our en...

521 new aged care beds for Wide Bay

13/3/2019 521 new aged care beds for Wide Bay Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has announced allocations have been approved for an extra 521 new aged care beds in Noosa, Maryborough, Gympie and Murgon....

Mary Valley secrets to be revealed with tourism grant

11/3/2019 Mary Valley secrets to be revealed with tourism grant The hidden gem of Mary Valley is about to be revealed to the world, with Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announcing $19,191 in federal funding for a new tourism ma...

Federal grant puts spotlight on Gympie Showgrounds

8/3/2019 Federal grant puts spotlight on Gympie Showgrounds A $92,414 grant heralds a bright new future for Gympie Showgrounds, with Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announcing funds for a new lighting system....

Grants to highlight Noosa on tourism map

6/3/2019 Grants to highlight Noosa on tourism map Noosa will be highlighted on the world map, with tourism operators to benefit from training and industry events funded by the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s Building ...

Bruce Highway bridge naming honours early settler

5/3/2019 Bruce Highway bridge naming honours early settler The bridge over Tandur Road on the Bruce Highway, south of Gympie, has been named the Thomas Powell Bridge in recognition of a pioneering settler....

$150,000 for a cleaner, greener Wide Bay

5/3/2019 $150,000 for a cleaner, greener Wide Bay Whether their mission is protecting the Mary River’s unique bum-breathing turtles, eradicating weeds, or planting a tree, Wide Bay community groups will be able to share in $150,...

Record funding to help reduce domestic violence in Wide Bay

5/3/2019 Record funding to help reduce domestic violence in Wide Bay Combating violence against women and children in Wide Bay remains one of the Liberal Nationals Government’s top priorities, as part of its plan to keep Austral...

CCTV cameras deliver a safer community in Cherbourg

25/2/2019 CCTV cameras deliver a safer community in Cherbourg Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has today announced the Liberal Nationals Government is delivering $987,000 for CCTV cameras to boost community safety in Cherbourg....

CCTV to keep volunteers and shoppers safe at Vinnies Gympie

22/2/2019 CCTV to keep volunteers and shoppers safe at Vinnies Gympie A much loved Gympie charity shop will be protected with a new CCTV system and duress alarm, thanks to a Safer Communities grant announced by Member for Wide Bay...

Gympie to receive Medicare-eligible MRI licence

22/2/2019 Gympie to receive Medicare-eligible MRI licence Patients in Gympie and throughout Wide Bay will now be able to access lifesaving scans for cancer, stroke, heart and other medical conditions, with Member for Wide Bay Llew...

Llew O’Brien commends Woolworths on end of dollar milk

18/2/2019 Llew O’Brien commends Woolworths on end of dollar milk Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed the end of the Woolworths dollar milk pricing, with Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation saying it...

$26 million for perinatal mental health

12/2/2019 $26 million for perinatal mental health A new $26 million Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing Program will support the mental health of expectant and new parents in Wide Bay and across Australia, Member for Wide Bay Ll...

$662 million boost in record funding to strengthen aged care

12/2/2019 $662 million boost in record funding to strengthen aged care Wide Bay seniors will have improved access to aged care, with an additional $662 million for essential aged care services around Australia including 10,000 hom...

Hastings Street CCTV upgrade goes live

23/1/2019 Hastings Street CCTV upgrade goes live The installation of new CCTV cameras along Hastings Street has been completed, expanding the security camera coverage to now include the bus interchange at Noosa Heads....

Noosa Hinterland celebrates opening of two new bridges

23/1/2019 Noosa Hinterland celebrates opening of two new bridges Two new bridge structures were officially opened in the Noosa Hinterland today, delivering safer and faster travel around the popular tourist area....

Funding spreads sunshine for disability support service

18/1/2019 Funding spreads sunshine for disability support service Sunshine Butterflies will receive a $17,295 grant through Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme to continue brightening the lives of people with disabi...

$478,950 grant helps GravityFit bounce into worldwide success

17/1/2019 $478,950 grant helps GravityFit bounce into worldwide success A Peregian Beach company is set to reshape the sports performance industry and help astronauts maintain musculoskeletal health, with help from a $478,950 Acce...

Have your say on the mandatory dairy code

15/1/2019 Have your say on the mandatory dairy code Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is urging people to have their say on the draft mandatory dairy code of conduct, which has been released for public comment following a series ...

Work starts on Bruce Highway upgrade at Chatsworth

11/1/2019 Work starts on Bruce Highway upgrade at Chatsworth The New Year brings more safety upgrades on the Bruce Highway, with roadworks now under way on a 4.7-kilometre stretch of highway at Chatsworth, north of Gympie....

Wide Bay tourism industry continues to boom

8/1/2019 Wide Bay tourism industry continues to boom Strong domestic and international traveller numbers are providing a boost to the Wide Bay economy, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said today....

More scholarships for regional students in Wide Bay

8/1/2019 More scholarships for regional students in Wide Bay Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is urging local students to apply for new Government-funded scholarships to study a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (S...

Additional aged care packages for Wide Bay Seniors 

17/12/2018 Additional aged care packages for Wide Bay Seniors  Senior Australians in Wide Bay will receive more support from a half-billion dollar aged care funding boost by the Liberal Nationals Government....

NDIS rolls out across Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie

21/12/2018 NDIS rolls out across Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie Queenslanders living in the Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie Local Government Areas will join more than 208,000 Australians already participating in ...

Security and safety for Tin Can Bay Fishing Club

17/12/2018 Security and safety for Tin Can Bay Fishing Club The Tin Can Bay Fishing Club will enjoy better security and safety at their premises after a successful submission to Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme, Membe...

Opportunity for small businesses in Wide Bay to go digital 

13/12/2018 Opportunity for small businesses in Wide Bay to go digital  Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed the Liberal National Government’s announcement giving Australia’s small businesses an opportun...

South Burnett hide processing business beefed up

13/12/2018 South Burnett hide processing business beefed up Jobs opportunities in Queensland’s South Burnett region have been beefed up thanks to an upgrade of the Teys Australia Murgon cattle hide processing facility....

Take a snapshot of our Places of Pride

12/12/2018 Take a snapshot of our Places of Pride Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local organisations to ensure Wide Bay’s servicemen and women are remembered long into the future, by adding their war memorials...

Llew O’Brien announces Wide Bay’s sporting champions

6/12/2018 Wide Bay’s sporting champions recognised by Llew O’Brien Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has announced the latest round of successful applicants from the Coalition Government’s popular Local Sporting Cha...

$17,718 grant delivers for Maryborough’s Foodbasket

5/12/2018 $17,718 grant delivers for Maryborough’s Foodbasket A new food transport truck will help Maryborough’s Foodbasket deliver groceries to more than 2300 people in need, with help from a $17,718 grant through Round 4...

Stronger Communities grant helps Noosa charity power on

5/12/2018 Stronger Communities grant helps Noosa charity power on Vinnies Noosaville will be able to slash its electricity costs with a new solar system, thanks to a $7,777 grant through Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Program...

Stronger Communities funding to help save lives

5/12/2018 Stronger Communities funding to help save lives Peregian Beach will be safer with a $11,351 Stronger Communities Programme grant to help life savers race to the rescue of people in danger....

Hope Reins in Stronger Community grant success

5/12/2018 Hope Reins in Stronger Community grant success Gympie not-for-profit Hope Reins will build a new hay shed and water tanks with a $17,720 grant from Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme, Member for Wide Bay Llew ...

Australian Heritage Grants now open

5/12/2018 Australian Heritage Grants round now open Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local organisations to apply for funding to help protect, conserve and raise awareness of Australia’s national heritag...

Coalition delivers greater choice for Wide Bay families

3 December 2018 Coalition delivers greater choice for Wide Bay families Wide Bay families now have greater choice over their work-life balance with the Liberal Nationals Government making parental leave pay more flexible....

New cancer fighting medications listed on PBS

1 December 2018 New cancer fighting medications listed on PBS Australians fighting cancer will have access to five new medications being listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from today....

$100 million to support type 1 diabetes in Wide Bay

27 November 2018 $100 million to support type 1 diabetes in Wide Bay Children, pregnant women and more adults with type 1 diabetes in Wide Bay will save up to $7000 a year and enjoy improved well-being, with the Liberal Nationals ...

Wide Bay kids say bonjour to language

27 November 2018 Wide Bay kids say bonjour to language learning  Wide Bay’s youngest learners will say bonjour, hola or konnichiwa to learning foreign languages, with an expansion to the Early Learning Languages Australia (...

Government offers support for Wide Bay grandparents

26 November 2018 Government offers support for Wide Bay grandparents  Wide Bay grandparents who are primary carers for their grandchildren can receive financial and other support through the Liberal Nationals Government’s G...

Entrepreneurial spirit burns for a better Burnett

18 November 2018 Entrepreneurial spirit burns for a better BurnettLocal businesses had reason to celebrate at the South Burnett Business Builders Networking event tonight, where the Building a Better Burnett business plan was offi...

Funding for farmers and innovators in Wide Bay

15 November 2018 Funding for farmers and innovators in Wide Bay Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local landholders and community groups to apply for funding in Round 2 of the Federal Government’...

Riding for the Disabled wins Stronger Community grant funding

14 November 2018 Riding for the Disabled wins Stronger Community grant funding Riding for the Disabled Association Inc (RDA) Maryborough will be able to upgrade their facilities with a safe and level riding surface in the proposed...

A Digger’s Memorial for Tewantin

14 November 2018 A Digger’s Memorial for Tewantin The Tewantin Noosa RSL Sub-Branch will commemorate the enduring legacy of Diggers and their families in a new memorial, with a grant of $5,000 from Round 4 of the Stronger Commun...

Noosa Coast Guard wins Stronger Community grant funding 

8 November 2018 Noosa Coast Guard wins Stronger Community grant funding  The Noosa Coast Guard will be able to purchase fire-fighting equipment and upgrade their training facilities after a successful submission to Round 4 of...

Dairy code consultations coming to Gympie

6 November 2018 Dairy code consultations coming to Gympie Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local farmers and stakeholders to take part in the discussion that will help improve contracts between farmers and...

Commemorating Remembrance Day 2018

6 November 2018 Commemorating Remembrance Day 2018On Sunday, 11 November 2018, Australia will mark a significant milestone in its military history, commemorating the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First ...

Stronger Communities grant provides better access in Murgon

2 November 2018 Stronger Communities grant provides better access in Murgon Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today announced a $4,800 grant from the Liberal Nationals Government’s Stronger Communities Programme, ...

One-stop-shop for financial complaints opens for business

1 November 2018 One-stop-shop for financial complaints opens for businessWide Bay consumers and small business will be spared the expense and inconvenience associated with taking financial complaints to court, with the Liberal Nat...

Gympie Chamber of Commerce to boost business networking

26 October 2018 Gympie Chamber of Commerce to boost business networkingNew audio visual equipment will boost Gympie Chamber of Commerce’s business networking events following a $2,521 contribution from round four of the Liberal ...

Age Pension Guide 2018 now available

26 October 2018 Age Pension Guide 2018 now availableEach year, in September and March, the Age Pension payment rates are increased and other details affecting the Age Pension are updated.  ...

Help for farmers to access the FHA

16 October 2018 Help for farmers to access the FHAIt is now easier for farmers to apply for the fortnightly Farm Household Allowance payment and Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging farmers to apply for the as...

Support for headspace boosts youth mental health in Wide Bay

15 October 2018 Support for headspace boosts youth mental health in Wide BayMental health care for young Australians is set for a $51.8 million funding boost. Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, said the Coalition Governm...

Bring bright ideas and events to Science Week  

12 October 2018 Bring bright ideas and events to Science Week  Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien is encouraging people interested in science and technology to apply for funding to help realise their creative id...

CARERS WEEK 2018

12 October 2018 CARERS WEEK 2018At the start of Carers Week 2018 Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien said it’s important to acknowledge and thank all carers for the work they do looking after others....

Gympie feels the Rush thanks to cultural festival

11 October 2018 GYMPIE FEELS THE RUSH THANKS TO CULTURAL FESTIVALGympie residents will celebrate the region’s art and creative culture this week with the 2018 Rush Festival kicking off today. Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O...

Veteran and Community grant for Tin Can Bay RSL

10 October 2018 Veteran and Community grant for Tin Can Bay RSLAs part of the Australian Government’s Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program, funding of more than $45,000 will be provided to the Tin Can Bay RSL in suppo...

Extra support for farmers in Gympie

10 October 2018 Extra support for farmers in Gympie Farm Household Allowance information session: Where:  Gympie Service Centre, 27 O’Connell St, Gympie When:  Saturday 13 October 2018 Time:  10am to 12pm Cen...

LNP secures future of Cherbourg Aboriginal radio service

9 October 2018 LNP secures future of Cherbourg Aboriginal radio serviceCherbourg and the entire South Burnett region can once again enjoy listening to their favourite local Indigenous broadcasting service following collapse of the...

Scholarships for regional students in Wide Bay

5 October 2018 Scholarships for regional students in Wide Bay 2018Applications are now open for the Coalition Government’s $24 million Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program for students to study science, techno...

New meningococcal vaccine to support teenagers in Wide Bay

25 September 2018 New meningococcal vaccine to support teenagers in Wide Bay The Coalition Government will invest $52 million to protect Australian teenagers against meningococcal disease, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brie...

Tourism Noosa appoints CEO

24 September 2018 Tourism Noosa appoints CEO Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today welcomed the appointment of Steve McPharlin as CEO of Tourism Noosa and said he brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and contacts in...

Coalition Government to boost bulk-billed MRI machines

24 September 2018 Coalition Government to boost bulk-billed MRI machines The Liberal Nationals Government is set to roll out 20 MRI machines, improving access and treatment for people requiring scans, Federal Member for Wide Bay&n...

Schools’ Remembrance Day mailout arrives in Wide Bay

17 September 2018 Schools’ Remembrance Day mailout arrives in Wide BayFederal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has confirmed that local schools across the electorate will soon receive their annual educational kits in ...

Wide Bay aged care services invited to share in $40m boost 

17 September 2018 Wide Bay aged care services invited to share in $40m boost  Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien is encouraging aged care service providers to apply for one-off grants, of up to $500,000 for infrastru...

Communities to nominate local mobile phone blackspots

17 September 2018 Communities to nominate local mobile phone blackspotsThe Coalition Government has re-opened the Mobile Black Spot Program’s Database of Reported Black Spot Locations for new nominations from stat...

2018 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards Competition winner

12 September 2018 2018 ANZAC DAY SCHOOLS’ AWARDS COMPETITION WINNERFederal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien MP, is pleased to announce that the Maryborough Special School has won the Best Local History Research award in this ...

Take time to protect against suicide

4 September 2018 Take time to protect against suicideBusiness leaders in the Gympie community are stepping up to access new training to protect their staff and workplaces from suicide....

Grants to commemorate Centenary of Armistice

31 August 2018 Grants to commemorate Centenary of ArmisticeFederal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today announced more than $48,000 will be provided by the Coalition Government to organisations in Wide Bay to develop their pr...

Minister hears from Wide Bay dairy farmers

30 August 2018 Minister hears from Wide Bay dairy farmersMinister for Agriculture David Littleproud heard from South East Queensland’s dairy producers today on his visit to the region. Minister Littleproud and Member for Wide Ba...

New opportunities for Noosa small business

29 August 2018 New opportunities for Noosa small businessA new regional capacity-building framework and digital tool were launched today in a bid to support economic growth in the Noosa Council area....

Launch of headspace Gympie

28 August 2018 Launch of headspace GympieThis Tuesday, the Gympie community will gather to celebrate the official opening of the newest service tackling youth-specific mental health and early intervention services....

Coalition grants boost advocacy services to veterans

21 August 2018 Coalition grants boost advocacy services to veteransFederal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today announced more than $68,000 will be provided by the Coalition Government for advocacy and welfare services to vet...

Further assistance for farmers in drought

20 August 2018 Further assistance for farmers in droughtFarmers across Queensland dealing with the impacts of drought will have access to a second round of direct assistance and concessional loans, taking the total level of Coalit...

Queensland to benefit from major Defence project

20 August 2018 Queensland to benefit from major Defence projectThe Coalition Government has signed a contract with Rheinmetall for the delivery of 211 armoured combat reconnaissance vehicles, which will create hundreds of new jobs...

Federal funds for local priorities 

16 August 2018 Federal funds for local priorities Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today welcomed the quarterly payment of $4,351,467 which has been made to six local Councils in the Wide Bay electorate under the A...

Round 3 of the Safer Communities Fund applications now open

14 August 2018 Round 3 of the Safer Communities Fund applications now openFederal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today said Round 3 of the Coalition Government’s Safer Communities Fund will deliver $30 million to boost comm...

Wide Bay Sporting Champions recognised by Llew O’Brien

13 August 2018   Wide Bay’s sporting champions recognised by Llew O’Brien  Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced the latest round of successful applicants from the Coalition Government’s popula...

Grants to get Wide Bay Seniors online

10 August 2018 Grants to get Wide Bay Seniors online Llew O’Brien, Federal Member for Wide Bay, is encouraging community organisations to apply for a share of up to $20 million in funding to help get seniors ...

2018 Volunteer Grants now available

8 August 2018 2018 Volunteer Grants now available  Llew O’Brien MP, Federal Member for Wide Bay, is encouraging community organisations in Wide Bay to apply for a share of up to $20 million in Coalition Government funding t...

Local businesses prove entrepreneurial worth

7 August 2018 LOCAL BUSINESSES PROVE ENTREPRENEURIAL WORTHThe northern end of the Sunshine Coast has proven itself as Queensland’s entrepreneurial capital if the latest round of Accelerating Commercialisation funding is anything...

Local projects deliver stronger communities in Wide Bay

3 August 2018 Local projects deliver Stronger Communities in Wide BayFederal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is calling for project proposals for funding from Round 4 of the Federal Coalition Government’s Stronger Commun...

DOB IN A DEALER campaign for Wide Bay

27 July 2018 Dob in a Dealer Campaign for Wide BayFederal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien MP has welcomed a further $1 million funding commitment by the Coalition Government to continue the national Dob in ...

Lights on for busy Tinana Intersection

25 July 2018 Lights on for busy Tinana IntersectionNew traffic signals have been switched on at the Gympie and Iindah roads intersection, in Tinana, on the Bruce Highway. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and T...

New WW1 war memorial opens in Maryborough

21 July 2018 New WW1 war memorial opens in Maryborough Stage 2 of the Fraser Coast Military Trail has opened in Maryborough, Queensland The Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial depicts the Allied landing at Gallipoli in 1915 The Coalit...

Funding Builds Better Regions in Noosa

16 July 2018 Funding Builds Better Regions in NoosaNoosa is set to benefit from Stage 3 of the Rufous Street Masterplan Digital Hub at Peregian Beach, with the Coalition Government investing $2,550,179 in Noosa Council’s $5,...

Funding Builds Better Regions in Maryborough

12 July 2018 Funding Builds Better Regions in MaryboroughMaryborough is set to benefit from an upgrade to the South Street Boat Ramp near the Lamington Bridge, with the Liberal Nationals Government contributing $390,328 to the Fra...

$59,000 investment for Cherbourg’s Barambah Pottery

9 July 2018 $59,000 investment for Cherbourg’s Barambah PotteryThe Coalition Government is providing a $59,000 grant to Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group Inc to re-open Barambah Pottery in Cherbourg, as part of its $115 mi...

Regions a priority as record Aged Care offering opens

3 July 2018 Regions a priority as record Aged Care offering opens  The Coalition Government’s 2018-19 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) opened yesterday with a 35% increase over the previous year’s offering, as a result of...

Funding for Seniors’ independent living in Wide Bay

28 June 2018 Funding for Seniors’ independent living in Wide Bay More than $57 million will be provided to local organisations to help older Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast residents live independently at home for longer....

Works Start on new Noosa crossing – Mary River Road Bridge

26 June 2018 Works Start on new Noosa crossing – Mary River Road Bridge Construction is getting underway on the new Mary River Road Bridge at Cooroy in central Queensland, which is set to improve safety and future-proof acce...

Wide Bay schools to take part in languages program

18 June 2018 Wide Bay schools to take part in languages program  Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien has welcomed the Coalition Government’s announcement to expand its successful Early Learning Languages Australia (...

Time running out to switch to new child care system

1 June 2018 Time running out for Wide Bay families to switch to new child care system Families in Wide Bay are advised to make the switch to the Turnbull-McCormack Government’s new child care and early learning system, or t...

Government announces Federal Court reforms

31 May 2018 Government announces Federal Court reforms Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien has welcomed the announcement of the Coalition Government’s reforms in the federal court system which will help families save tim...

Supporting Regional Students

31 May 2018 Supporting Regional Students Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien has welcomed the Coalition Government’s $53.9 million commitment to increase the number of regional students who are eligible for Youth Allowan...

Tackling the scourge of ice in Wide Bay

30 May 2018 Tackling the scourge of ice in Wide Bay The Coalition Government is delivering on our strategy to tackle the scourge of ice in local communities, with a Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) being established in Maryborough....

Delivering Safer Communities in Wide Bay

24 May 2018 Delivering Safer Communities in Wide Bay Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien MP announced today that the Coalition Government will provide $155,920 for CCTV Security Technologies for the Hastings Street pr...

Funding Applications open for Veterans’ Health Week 2018

23 May 2018 Funding Applications open for Veterans’ Health Week 2018 Veterans’ Health Week is a great initiative encouraging health and wellbeing in the veteran and ex-service community and this year’s theme is Nutr...

A Stronger Rural Health Strategy for Wide Bay

14 May 2018 A Stronger Rural Health Strategy for Wide Bay The Coalition Government has announced a strong Rural Health Strategy which is a transformational package to strengthen health service delivery and training across Australi...

Budget 2018 delivers for Wide Bay

9 May 2018  Budget 2018 delivers for Wide Bay The Turnbull-McCormack Government’s 2018 Budget delivers on the Liberal Nationals plan to build a stronger economy to benefit all Australians, Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew ...

Lifeline funding boost to support mental health

8 May 2018 Lifeline funding boost to support mental health The Coalition Government will provide $33.8 million to Lifeline to significantly boost their telephone crisis service and help those with mental health issues in Wide Bay....

Backing Wide Bay’s Craft Brewers and Distillers

4 May 2018 Backing Wide Bay’s Craft Brewers and DistillersCraft brewers and distillers will no longer pay additional tax, allowing them to compete on fairer terms with large beverage companies. “This is terrific news for the m...

2018 Age Pension Guide now available

4 May 2018 Age Pension Guide now available An updated Age Pension Guide explaining the terms and conditions that apply to the Age Pension has been released by the Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien. “The Age Pension rul...

National Road Safety Week 2018

3 May 2018 NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK 2018 Federal Member for Wide Bay, Co Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Road Safety, and Queensland Chair of the Black Spot Road Program Llew O’Brien, today said National Road Safety Week,...

Another Medicare record for patients in Wide Bay

2 May 2018 Another Medicare record for patients in Wide Bay The latest Medicare data from July 2017 to March 2018 shows Australian patients have set a new record for the highest GP bulk-billing rate ever achieved, in this period.&...

ANZAC DAY MESSAGE 2018

ANZAC DAY MESSAGE 2018 Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today encouraged everyone in Wide Bay to pause and reflect on Anzac Day, to honour the service and sacrifice of all Australian men and women who have served in the...

2018 influenza vaccines now available in Wide Bay

19 April 2018 2018 influenza vaccines now available in Wide BayResidents in the Wide Bay electorate who are most at risk of getting sick during this year’s flu season can now access a free influenza vaccine under the Federa...

Location announced for new Gympie headspace services

16 April 2018 Location announced for new Gympie headspace servicesYoung people in Gympie and surrounding areas will soon get improved access to youth-specific mental health support with the location now selected for the new h...

Make the switch to new child care and early learning system

12 April 2018 Make the switch to new child care and early learning system With the Coalition Government’s new child care and early learning system set to kick off in less than three months, it‘s time for Wide Bay families...

Major mobile coverage boost for Wide Bay

6 April 2018 Major mobile coverage boost for Wide Bay The Coalition Government has committed $220 million to the Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP) to extend and improve mobile coverage and competition across Australia and has ...

Better Health at the Noosa Men’s Shed

6 April  2018 Better Health at the Noosa Men’s Shed The Noosa Men’s Shed has been awarded a grant of $3,880 from the Coalition Government to expand their activities under the Government’s National Shed Development P...

Major safety improvements for Bruce Highway north of Tiaro

29 March 2018 Major safety improvements for Bruce Highway north of Tiaro Completion of a $16.55 million upgrade of a six-kilometre section of the Bruce Highway north of Tiaro has improved safety. Deputy Prime Minister and Min...

Regional Growth Fund can support Wide Bay’s big ideas

28 March 2018 Regional Growth Fund can support Wide Bay’s big ideas Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging businesses, local councils and eligible state agencies to turn their big ideas for Wide Bay into I...

STEM program sets Preschoolers up for jobs of the future

26 March 2018 STEM program sets Preschoolers up for jobs of the future Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, has announced Australian Government funding to boost science and maths skills for pre-schoolers. ...

Investing in our Communities

23 March 2018 Investing in our Communities Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, has announced Australian Government funding for an innovative program which will provide invaluable assistance to the South Burnett community....

Tackling Homelessness in Wide Bay

22 March 2018 Tackling Homelessness in Wide Bay Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien said today young people at risk of homelessness would receive greater support through increased Australian Government funding....

Regional Queensland to benefit from Land 400 Project

Regional Queensland to benefit from Land 400 Project Hundreds of new jobs will be created in Queensland with the Coalition Government’s announcement of Rheinmetall as the selected supplier for the Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle p...

Bruce Highway Section C delivers upgrade south of Gympie

09/03/2018 Bruce Highway Section C delivers upgrade south of Gympie Upgrade delivers 10.5 kilometres of four-lane highway between Traveston and Woondum Milestone follows opening to traffic in November 2017 and arrives well ah...

Grants open to celebrate 2018 NAIDOC Week in Wide Bay

09/03/2018 Grants open to celebrate 2018 NAIDOC Week in Wide Bay Coalition Government investing $1.4 million for local communities to celebrate 2018 NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC Week celebrations will run from 8 – 15 July 2018, guided by...

Funding package to deliver jobs boost for Wide Bay

08/03/2018 Funding package to deliver jobs boost for Wide Bay Successful projects announced for Wide Bay electorate under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages $220 million initiative to stimulate job creation and investment i...

1,214 Wide Bay residents move off welfare and into work

28/02/2018 1,214 Wide Bay residents move off welfare and into work More than 1,200 people in Wide Bay, including many long-term unemployed welfare recipients, have gained a job through the Coalition Government’s successful wage ...

Ground-breaking flu vaccines to protect seniors in Wide Bay

27/02/2018 Ground-breaking flu vaccines to protect seniors in Wide Bay If you are aged 65 or over, you are eligible for two new ground-breaking and potentially life-saving flu vaccines free of charge, Federal Member for Wide Bay L...

Statement on Barnaby Joyce

23/02/2018 Statement on Barnaby Joyce Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien paid tribute to work of former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce:...

New food labels make it easy to show Aussie pride

22/02/2018 New food labels make it easy to show Aussie pride Mandatory Country of Origin food labelling standards to come into effect on July 1, 2018  Labelling system shows percentage of Australian-produced content in food A...

Coalition delivers improved mobile phone coverage in Wide Bay

13/02/2018 Coalition delivers improved mobile phone coverage in Wide Bay Windera mobile phone users will enjoy improved coverage with a new mobile base station switched on today, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announce...

More support to cut smoking and save lives in Wide Bay

12/02/2018 More support to cut smoking and save lives in Wide Bay Wide Bay residents who smoke will have more support to quit, with record new funding for Australia’s first four-year Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program....

Wide Bay Aged Care: Priorities and Opportunities

09/02/2018 Wide Bay Aged Care: Priorities and Opportunities The continuing delivery and potential expansion of flexible, quality aged care services promises increasing opportunities for Wide Bay, says Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt....

$2.19 million preschool funding boost for Wide Bay kids

05/02/2018 $2.19 million preschool funding boost for Wide Bay kids More than 1700 Wide Bay children will benefit from a more than $400 million preschool funding boost announced by the Coalition Government, Member for Wide Bay Llew...

New service helps young children in Gympie and Cooloola Coast

22/01/2018 New service helps young children in Gympie and Cooloola Coast Local families will benefit from a new $120,000 service providing multidisciplinary early intervention to young children in Gympie who are at risk of falling...

Deal sealed for Cooloola-Noosa road upgrade

19/01/2018 Deal sealed for Cooloola-Noosa road upgrade Funding approved for sealing a 1.9 kilometre section of Counter Road (Cooloola to Noosa) Upgrade to improve access for local industry and tourists to the region Works expected...

Applications open for Local Drug Action Teams in Wide Bay

18/01/2018 Applications open for Local Drug Action Teams in Wide Bay The Coalition Government is continuing to take action to combat the scourge of ice and other illicit drugs with more Local Drug Action Teams set to roll out acro...

Wide Bay students get a head start in STEM

22/12/2017 Wide Bay students get a head start in STEM Applications are now open for a new program to make access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) easier for Wide Bay students....

Support small business and shop local this Christmas

11/12/2017 Support small business and shop local this Christmas Shhh, don’t tell Santa – Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is backing small Wide Bay businesses this Christmas, and he encourages you to do the same by s...

Vale Clarrie Millar, former Member for Wide Bay

30/11/2017 Vale Clarrie Millar, former Member for Wide Bay Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’brien and former Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Warren Truss were both saddened to hear of the passing of former Federal Member for Wi...

Llew O’Brien welcomes Banking Royal Commission

29/11/2017 Llew O’Brien welcomes Banking Royal Commission Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien has welcomed the Coalition Government’s commitment to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the banking, insurance, super...

Delivering faster payments for Wide Bay small businesses

24/11/2017 Delivering faster payments for Wide Bay small businesses Wide Bay small businesses providing goods and services to Government will have their invoices paid faster following an announcement by the Coalition Government to...

New round opens to fix mobile black spots in Wide Bay

22/11/2017 New round opens to fix mobile black spots in Wide Bay Mobile phone reception is set to improve at Poona and part of the Wide Bay Highway, with the commencement of the Coalition Government’s Priority Locations Round of...

Traffic signals to be installed at busy Tinana intersection

17/11/2017 Traffic signals to be installed at busy Tinana intersection Work underway to install traffic signals at Gympie Road-Iindah Road intersection Upgrade will improve safety for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and nearby sc...

Trade boost for horticulture in Wide Bay

16/11/2017 Trade boost for horticulture in Wide Bay Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed a new agreement between Australia and China for market access for fruits including citrus and grapes....

Round Two of Building Better Regions Fund now open

8/11/2017 Round Two of Building Better Regions Fund now open Applications now open for funding under the Building Better Regions Fund Round Two Two streams available: Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments Applications ...

Additional disaster assistance for Fraser Coast

6/11/2017 Additional disaster assistance for Fraser Coast The Fraser Coast  will receive additional disaster assistance funding to help the council repair damage from severe weather that swept through the region in October, F...

More music and less noise for Murgon

3/11/2017 More music and less noise for Murgon New sound proof curtains at PCYC youth club to draw more entertainment Curtains improve sound inside the community hall and reduce noise for its neighbors The Coalition Government inv...

Vehicles now using new section of Bruce Highway

3/11/2017 Vehicles now using new section of Bruce Highway Major traffic switch on the Bruce Highway between Gympie and Caboolture Upgrade to improve flood immunity and road safety on 10.5-kilometre stretch Full Cooroy to Curra –...

$16,362 grant for new Kilkivan Men’s Shed

17/10/2017 $16,362 grant for new Kilkivan Men’s Shed A new Men’s Shed will bring the Kilkivan community together after the project received a $16,362 grant through round three of the Coalition Government’s Stronger Commu...

New funding for Men’s Sheds at Pomona, Kilkivan and Murgon

14/10/2017 New funding for Men’s Sheds at Pomona, Kilkivan and Murgon Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today announced new Coalition Government funding for Men’s Sheds at Pomona, Kilkivan and Murgon to enable th...

Closing date extended for Wide Bay Armistice Centenary Grants

14/10/2017 Closing date extended for Wide Bay Armistice Centenary Grants Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien has extended the closing date for expressions of interest for the Coalition Government’s Armistice Centenary Gr...

Wide Bay schools given Remembrance Day education kits

14/10/2017 Wide Bay schools given Remembrance Day education kits Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien said local schools will receive an educational kit in preparation for Remembrance Day on 11 November....

New Noosaville Post Office officially opens

13/10/2017 New Noosaville Post Office officially opens Australia Post and Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today officially opened a new state-of-the-art Post Office in Noosaville....

New tourism campaign to attract youth to Wide Bay

11/10/2017 New tourism campaign to attract youth to Wide Bay Tourism Australia has launched a new youth campaign, ‘Aussie News Today,’ to attract more young people to the Wide Bay region....

Age Pension Guide now available

10/10/2017 Age Pension Guide now available An Age Pension Guide explaining the terms and conditions that apply to the Age Pension has been released by the Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien....

Men’s Shed builds up the Murgon community

1/10/2017 Men’s Shed builds up the Murgon community The Murgon Men’s Shed has completed construction of a second shed. The extension will give shed members additional work and meeting space. The Coalition Government invested $...

Safer Communities Fund now open for applications

28/9/2017 Safer Communities Fund now open for applications Grant applications for round two of the Coalition Government’s Safer Communities Fund programme will open on Friday 29 September, Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and...

Funding for Mary Valley Growers Co-operative to bear fruit

27/9/2017 Funding for Mary Valley Growers Co-operative to bear fruit The Mary Valley Growers Co-operative has been awarded a $34,000 Australian Government grant to establish more efficient business systems to get local horticultur...

Festivals Australia applications open

20/9/2017 Festivals Australia applications open Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging regional artists, arts workers and organisations local organisations to apply for Festivals Australia funding....

Domestic tourists bring $2 billion boost

20/9/2017 Domestic tourists bring $2 billion boost More Australians than ever before are choosing to visit the Sunshine Coast, including Noosa and Peregian Beach in the Wide Bay electorate – and the 3.4 million tourists have spe...

Armistice Centenary Grants available for Wide Bay

19/9/2017 Armistice Centenary Grants available for Wide Bay Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien is encouraging ex-service organisations and community groups to submit expressions of interest for funding for local commemora...

New classrooms and hospitality centre for Victory College

15/9/2017 New classrooms and hospitality centre for Victory College Students at Victory College in Gympie will cook up new career paths with a new Hospitality Centre and classrooms, thanks to funding from the Coalition Government ...

Three bridge upgrades for Noosa

14/9/2017 Three bridge upgrades for Noosa Three new bridge projects will be delivered in the Wide Bay electorate following the announcement of successful projects under round three of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Pro...

NBN roll-out now complete in Glenwood

11/9/2017 NBN roll-out now complete in Glenwood Next-generation NBN fixed wireless tower goes live in Glenwood West 380 premises can now connect to high speed broadband Fixed wireless has highest customer satisfaction rating on th...

Wide Bay pre-schoolers get a head start in STEM

4/9/2017 Wide Bay pre-schoolers get a head start in STEM Pre-schoolers in Maryborough will be amongst the first in Australia to be introduced to science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) through a new series of fun, ...

Available now – The School Leavers’ Guide for 2017

1/9/2017 Available now – The School Leavers’ Guide for 2017 Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has released a School Leavers’ Guide, packed with useful information to help Year 12 students prepare for lif...

Peregian Beach clubhouse upgrade opens in time for summer

1/9/2017 Peregian Beach surf lifesaver clubhouse upgrade opens in time for summer Surf lifesavers big winners with the upgraded facilities on Peregian Beach Refurbishment includes equipment storage area, training rooms and a new d...

nbn switched on to 2500 Noosa premises

11/08/2017 nbn switched on to 2500 Noosa premises Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today said more than 2500 premises in the Noosa area would be able to access to faster and more reliable nbn internet access from next we...

Wide Bay’s sporting champions recognised

26/07/2017 Wide Bay’s sporting champions recognised by Llew O’Brien Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced the latest round of successful applicants from the Coalition Government’s popular Local Sporting ...

$45.25 million to strengthen community harmony

13/07/2017 $45.25 million to strengthen community harmony Community organisations in Wide Bay can now apply for a share of $45.25 million in Australian Government funding for projects to help build inclusive and resilient communit...

First Home Super Saver Scheme

12/07/2017 First Home Super Saver Scheme Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, today encouraged first home buyers to take advantage of the Coalition Government’s First Home Super Saver Scheme, which came into effe...

Grants available for Supporting Younger Veterans

10/07/2017 Grants available for Supporting Younger Veterans Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today encouraged community and ex-service organisations to apply for grants for projects that deliver sustainable services...

Lights, cameras and funding for Gympie film festival

6/07/2017 Lights, cameras and funding for Gympie film festival Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien and Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for the Arts, have announced funding for Gympie’s Heart of Gold International ...

Seasonal Work Incentives offer fresh approach for Wide Bay

4/07/2017 Seasonal Work Incentives offer fresh approach for Wide Bay The Coalition Government’s Seasonal Work Incentives Trial offers a range of incentives for unemployed people to undertake seasonal horticultural work to he...

Celebrating First Australians this NAIDOC Week

29/06/2017 Celebrating First Australians this NAIDOC Week Next week is NAIDOC week – an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people....

Men’s gathering space opens in Noosa

29/06/2017 Roll out the shed carpet! Men’s gathering space opens in Noosa Noosa residents have marked the official opening of the Noosa Men’s Shed – Long Shed project today The project will improve health outcome...

Revitalised conference centre opens in Gympie

27/06/2017 Revitalised conference centre opens in Gympie Major improvements align with Gympie’s regional hub status Bar, restaurant, meeting rooms and elevator upgraded The Coalition Government invested $548,250 through the ...

Nominations open for the 2017 National Disability Awards

21/06/2017 Nominations open for the 2017 National Disability Awards Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging individuals, workplaces, and service providers who have improved the lives of Australians with disab...

One-off $75 energy rebate for 37,947 Wide Bay pensioners

21/06/2017 One-off $75 energy rebate for 37,947 Wide Bay pensioners Almost 38,000 people in Wide Bay are amongst 3.8 million people nationally to benefit from a one-off payment of up to $75 to help with energy costs....

97 Wide Bay youths on the right PaTH with local businesses

21/06/2017 97 Wide Bay youths on the right PaTH with local businesses Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said 97 local young people from the Wide Bay electorate who had been dependent on welfare have now successfully g...

Up to $100k grants open for community tree plantings

21/06/2017 Up to $100k grants open for community tree planting projects Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien encourages local community groups, organisations and individuals to start their own tree planting projects by a...

Cenotaph upgrade to salute their service

15/06/2017 Cenotaph upgrade to salute their service  Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced Rainbow Beach RSL Sub-branch would receive Government funding to upgrade the concrete and tile area at the Rainbow Be...

Gympie to receive new headspace youth mental health services

07/06/2017 Gympie to receive new headspace youth mental health services A new headspace youth mental health service will be established at Gympie in Queensland to help support the mental health of young people in this region....

Restored Tait-Duke Community Cottage opens

07/06/2017 Restored Tait-Duke Community Cottage opens – ‘The cottage the community built’ Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today attended the opening of the Tait-Duke Community Cottage in Tewa...

Local Drug Action Team applications now open

01/06/2017 Local Drug Action Team applications now open Wide Bay organisations are encouraged to join the fight against drugs, with the second round of applications now open for the Coalition Government’s Local Drug Action T...

New Funding for Tin Can Bay Men’s Shed

21/05/2017 New funding for Tin Can Bay Men’s Shed The Tin Can Bay Community & Men’s Shed is off to an even better start, with confirmation of Federal Member for Wide Bay’s $68,000 election commitment, plus an...

Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunity in Wide Bay

19/05/2017 Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunity in Wide Bay  Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien said the Coalition Government’s commitment to people living in regional communities is outlined in a new policy...

Additional $15 million to support farm businesses in QLD

12/05/2017 Additional $15 million to support farm businesses in QLD An additional $15 million in Coalition Government funding for Drought Assistance Concessional Loans is now available for Queensland farm businesses to 30 June 201...

Parliamentary Friends of Road Safety Statement

11/05/2017 Parliamentary Friends of Road Safety Statement This week marks the commencement of two very important initiatives; National Road Safety Week and the fourth UN Global Road Safety week....

Quality Schools funding estimator for Wide Bay

05/05/2017 Quality Schools funding estimator for Wide Bay A new funding estimator is available to help parents, teachers, principals and school communities see exactly how they stand to benefit from the Coalition Government’...

Tinana Interchange project reaches major milestone

04/05/2017 Tinana Interchange project reaches major milestone The Tinana interchange near Maryborough will reach a key milestone this week, with the installation of concrete girders underway for the new two-span overpass....

Grants for Wide Bay volunteer community groups

1/05/2017 Grants for Wide Bay volunteer community groups Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced that 40 community groups in Wide Bay will share in more than $160,000 to support the work of almost 1,200 volu...

LLEW O’BRIEN, ANZAC DAY MESSAGE, 2017

24/04/2017 LLEW O’BRIEN, ANZAC DAY MESSAGE, 2017 Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today encouraged everyone in Wide Bay to pause and reflect on Anzac Day, to honour the service and sacrifice of all Australian ...

Bruce Highway safety works continue north of Tiaro

24/04/2017 Bruce Highway safety works continue north of Tiaro $18.36 million upgrade to the Bruce Highway north of Tiaro to improve safety and traffic flow Works to include new and extended overtaking lanes, a widened median,...

Stay safe on the roads and have a happy Easter

13/04/2017 Stay safe on the roads and have a happy Easter Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is urging people to plan ahead for safety while travelling on the roads this Easter....

Wide Bay residents encouraged to apply for NAIDOC funding

28/03/2017 Wide Bay residents encouraged to apply for NAIDOC funding Applications for funding are now open for organisations in the Wide Bay to celebrate NAIDOC Week with events that celebrate the history, culture and achievements...

Child care cost relief for families

24/03/2017 Child care cost relief for families Families across the Wide Bay will soon benefit from more affordable, accessible and flexible child care after the biggest reforms to child care and early learning in 40 years passed t...

Help for Wide Bay youth to get job-ready

24/03/2017 Help for Wide Bay youth to get job-ready Wide Bay youth are set to boost their employment chances through the introduction of Employability Skills Training to the region....

Round Three of the Bridges Renewal Programme now open

16/03/2017 Round Three of the Bridges Renewal Programme now open Wide Bay councils can get help from the Federal Government to repair local bridges, with a new round of funding under the $360 million Bridges Renewal Programme open...

More Commonwealth Home Support services for Wide Bay

13/03/2017 More Commonwealth Home Support services for Wide Bay Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today announced that an extra $800,925 will be made available under the Coalition Government’s Commonwealth Home...

Bells Bridge enters superfast broadband era

07/03/2017 Bells Bridge enters superfast broadband era Superfast broadband has arrived in Bells Bridge as the nbn makes services available to more than 140 homes and businesses. Residents in Bells Bridge can begin ordering their n...

Gympie, Sunshine Coast Shine in regional small biz roadshow

07/03/2017 Gympie, Sunshine Coast Shine in regional small biz roadshow THE nationwide small business roadshow headed by Small Business Minister Michael McCormack with leaders from the Australian Small Business and Family Enterpris...

Coalition review to revitalise education in Wide Bay

3/03/2017 Coalition review to revitalise education in Wide Bay  Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today said the Coalition Government’s comprehensive review into regional, rural and remote education will b...

New investment to improve reef health

3/03/2017 New investment to improve reef health The Coalition Government will invest close to $10 million for two new projects to help cane farmers at Maryborough, Mareeba, Innisfail and Cairns implement new practices to improve t...

Businesses reminded to register for backpacker tax rate

28/02/2017 Businesses reminded to register for backpacker tax rate Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien, has reminded employers who wish to claim the 15% tax “backpacker” rate for their working holiday staff ...

Major Bruce Highway upgrade south of Gympie on-track

20/02/2017 Major Bruce Highway upgrade south of Gympie on-track Bruce Highway – Cooroy to Curra Section C project on track for completion by mid-2018 Australian Government contributing $307.4 million/Queensland Government co...

Suicide prevention trial announced for Wide Bay

10/02/2017 Suicide prevention trial announced for Wide Bay An innovative suicide prevention trial will be undertaken in the Wide Bay region in an attempt to tackle the area’s high rates of suicide and self-harm....

Wide Bay in Pictures art competition date extended

8/02/2017 Wide Bay in Pictures art competition date extended If your child is a budding creative genius, their artwork could adorn the office walls of Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, at Parliament House in Canberr...

Apply for DVA grants to honour our military history

01/02/2017 Apply for DVA grants to honour our military history MEMBER for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is calling on local community groups to apply for grants towards projects that aid veterans or honour the Wide Bay’s milit...

Apply now for Round One of the Building Better Regions Fund

18/01/2017 Apply now for Round One of the Building Better Regions Fund From today, community groups and local councils in Wide Bay are able to apply for funding under the Coalition Government’s new Building Better Regions Fu...

Help your neighbour beat the heat

16/01/2017 Help your neighbour beat the heat WITH temperatures set to reach up to 37 degrees in the region this week, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is urging people to look out for elderly friends and neighbours....

Detour alert for new Tinana interchange construction

16/01/2017 Detour alert for new Tinana interchange construction Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today advised local motorists of a traffic detour that will occur as part of the construction of the new Bruce Highway...

Regional students to gain better access to education

10/01/2017 Regional students to gain better access to education Students in regional areas will gain better access to education as the Coalition Government begins the roll out of its $93.4 million regional education election commi...

Christmas message from Llew O’Brien

15/12/2016 Christmas message from Llew O’Brien The festive season is a time of peace and goodwill, and I would like to extend my best wishes to everyone in the Wide Bay for a very merry Christmas....

Wide Bay in Pictures art competition #lovewidebay

15/12/2016 Wide Bay in Pictures art competition #lovewidebay Picture this – your child’s art displayed at Parliament House. If your child is looking for a creative outlet in the school holidays, their artwork could ado...

Gutchy Creek Bridge opens

9/12/2016 Gutchy Creek Bridge opens A $1.14 million investment by the Australian Government in a new bridge over Gutchy Creek at Gundiah has improved efficiency and safety for local residents, businesses and industries. ...

Seeking community views on Flag retirement options

9/12/2016 Seeking community views on Flag retirement options Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien is seeking feedback on the best and most appropriate way for Australians to retire used, damaged and worn out Australian ...

$193,500 to upgrade Anderleigh Road, Gunalda

30/11/2016 $193,500 to upgrade Anderleigh Road, Gunalda Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today said Commonwealth-State joint-funding of $193,500 will assist Gympie Regional Council to upgrade Anderleigh Road at Guna...

Young boy’s wish to come true

28/11/2016 Young boy’s wish to come true A Gympie boy’s wish of a ride in a police car with lights flashing and siren on is about to come true – thanks to his local Member of Parliament and the police....

Let’s Build Better Regions in Wide Bay

24/11/2016 Let’s Build Better Regions in Wide Bay Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today said the Coalition Government’s new $297 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) will invest in projects that ...

$2,500 to support Noosa Vietnam Veterans Group

24/11/2016 $2,500 to support Noosa Vietnam Veterans Group Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced the Coalition Government will provide $2,500 to the Noosa sub-Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of A...

Grants for rural General Practice

21/11/2016 Grants for rural General Practice Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today said grants are now available to assist General Practices in rural and regional communities....

Reducing road Black Spots in Wide Bay

18/11/2016 Reducing road Black Spots in Wide Bay 30 per cent reduction in fatal and casualty crashes at fixed black spots. Australian Government fixing eight road black spots in Wide Bay. Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien ap...

Llew O’Brien meets brave young boy

15/11/2016 Llew O’Brien meets brave young boy The bravery of a young Gympie boy with arthritis has won him another friend and supporter – the Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien....

Lighting upgrade for Noosa Dolphins Rugby Club

14/11/2016 Lighting upgrade for Noosa Dolphins Rugby Club Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today announced the Coalition Government will invest $20,000 towards the installation of new lighting at the Noosa District ...

Coalition Government supports Murgon’s Men’s Shed

14/11/2016 Coalition Government supports Murgon’s Men’s Shed Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today announced Murgon’s Men’s Shed will receive $9,272 from the Coalition Government for tools a...

Improved facilities for three Gympie schools

14/11/2016 Improved facilities for three Gympie schools Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today announced that three schools in Gympie will share more than $1.5 million to upgrade their facilities through the Coaliti...

Grants available to support volunteers in Wide Bay

10/11/2016 Grants available to support volunteers in Wide Bay Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien is encouraging community organisations in Wide Bay to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to assist the work of their volu...

Remembrance Day 2016

10/11/2016 Remembrance Day 2016 Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien has encouraged everyone in Wide Bay to honour Remembrance Day on 11 November, by wearing a red poppy, and observing a minutes silence at 11.00am, to r...

PaTH to jobs for young jobseekers

10/11/2016 PaTH to jobs for young jobseekers Llew O’Brien, Federal Member for Wide Bay has today reaffirmed the Coalition Government’s commitment to the innovative three step PaTH programme – Prepare – Tria...

Wide Bay in Pictures school competition #lovewidebay

8/11/2016 Wide Bay in Pictures school competition #lovewidebay Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien has launched a Wide Bay in Pictures competition for local schools, a selection of which will be printed on canvas and p...

New lighting for Mary Valley Show Grounds

31/10/2016 New lighting for Mary Valley Show Grounds The Coalition Government is helping the Mary Valley Show Society to light up at night by investing $7,459 in upgraded lighting at the Imbil Show Grounds, Federal Member for Wide...

Grants to preserve Australia’s heritage

28/10/2016 Grants to preserve Australia’s heritage Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today announced the Coalition Government will provide $12,585 to the Cherbourg Historical Precinct under the Community Herita...

Taking Action to Reduce Violence against Women and Children

28/10/2016 Taking Action to Reduce Violence against Women and Children The Liberal Nationals Government is taking further action to reduce domestic violence against women and children. Backed with $100 million in funding, the Coal...

Outdoor broadcasting boost for Noosa Community Radio

24/10/2016 Outdoor broadcasting boost for Noosa Community Radio Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, today announced Noosa Community Radio will receive $5,160 from the Coalition Government to assist with the purchase o...

Tandur Road intersection works may result in delays

21/10/2016 Wide Bay receives funding for natural disaster resilience projects Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today welcomed $124,933 in disaster resilience funding to better prepare the Queensland community from t...

Additional parking for Murgon’s Castra aged care facility

17/10/2016 Additional parking for Murgon’s Castra aged care facility Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien recently visited Castra Residential Aged Care, which received $14,157 from the Coalition Government towards...

Carers Week 2016: 16-22 October

13/10/2016 Carers Week 2016: 16-22 October Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, today thanked and congratulated all carers. “Carers Week, which runs between 16-22 October, provides an opportunity for the work of ...

Coalition supports Gympie Girl Guide Jacana Hut renovation

5/10/2016 Coalition supports Gympie Girl Guide Jacana Hut renovation Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, today announced the Liberal Nationals Government will invest $7,800 towards the renovation of Gympie’s Jac...

Coalition supports St Vincent de Paul Gympie refurbishment

4/10/2016 Coalition supports St Vincent de Paul Gympie refurbishment Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today said a Coalition Government investment of $14,364 has helped to refurbish Gympie’s St Vincent de Paul...

Age Pension Guide now available

30/09/2016Age Pension Guide now available An Age Pension Guide which explains the terms and conditions that apply to the Age Pension has been released by the Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien. “The easy to use ...

Building better incubators to support local start-ups

23/09/2016Building 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 connect...

National Landcare Awards winner from Dagun

23/09/2016National 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 Nation...

School Leavers’ Guide for year 12 students

20/09/2016School 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 resour...

Betterment funding to upgrade Gundiah floodway (2)

29/08/2016Betterment 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 upgrad...

National Broadband Network rolling out in Bells Bridge (2)

22/08/2016National 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.  &ld...

Still plenty of time to have your say in Census 2016 (2)

04/08/2016Still plenty of time to have your say in Census 2016.Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien has reassured local residents that there is still plenty of time for them to receive either a paper Census form, or a l...

Grant gives a lift to Murgon Men’s Shed railway museum

Two restored carriages will be lifted into place to form a railway display at the Murgon Men’s Shed, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announcing a $15,000 grant for...

Grant to brighten Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club facilities

Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club will receive a bright new upgrade, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announcing a $10,000 grant through the Stronger Communities Programme....

Smart Farms Small Grants boost for Wide Bay soil

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging Wide Bay individuals and organisations to apply for a share of $13 million for activities to assist farmers and land manage...

Australian National Flag Day 2021

Friday 3 September 2021 marks 120 years since the Australian National Flag was first officially flown at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building in 1901, and it’s an important milestone to acknowledge as we reflect on the import...

National Skills Week puts spotlight on new opportunities

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging school leavers and people starting new careers to consider apprenticeships, with record funding available for trainee progr...

ROAD SAFETY FUNDING FLOWS TO WIDE BAY

The Australian Government is investing $6.64 million in new projects to make the Wide Bay Highway, Tin Can Bay Road, and Kin Kin Road safer....

Acknowledging Wide Bay’s aged care employees

Saturday, August 7 2021, marks Aged Care Employee Day, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien paying tribute to the extraordinary contribution of aged care employees across...

Grants success for 43 Wide Bay sporting champions

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien today congratulated 43 Wide Bay sports stars who will receive grants to help them participate in state and national competitions.  ...

Wide Bay schools share funding success

Students at 17 Wide Bay schools are enjoying new equipment and resources through the Coalition Government’s $30.2 million Local Schools Community Fund....

Brolga Theatre car parks to almost double

The number of car parks at the Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre in Maryborough will almost double to 237 spaces, with a $780,000 upgrade through the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program....

COVID-19 PAYMENTS AVAILABLE TO NOOSA WORKERS

Wide Bay residents whose hours of work have been impacted by the current coronavirus lockdown in Noosa and other declared Queensland LGAs will be able to claim COVID-19 Disaster Payment....

Boost to aged care beds in Gympie

An extra 13 aged care bed allocations will help Gympie seniors receive care while staying a part of their community, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announced today....

NOOSA HEADS’ LANGURA STREET GIVEN FACE-LIFT

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce has joined Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart to mark completion of Noosa Heads’ Langura Street upgrade, which will improve safety an...

$4 million to boost youth mental health services in Gympie 

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien has secured a new $4 million investment to upgrade headspace Gympie to a full-service centre, increasing staff and tripling the number of ...

Workshops to help students RISE to new opportunities

More students throughout Queensland will have the opportunity to become budding film directors, with Noosa Film Academy to receive $298,445 for a series of school workshops, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the Ho...

Making dunnies divine with Stronger Communities funding

Divine Dunnies, a quirky and uniquely Maryborough attraction planned for Maryborough’s City Hall toilet block is one step closer to being realised with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representativ...

Grant to help Maryborough Bears’ boost safety

A new fence at the Maryborough Bears Australian Football Club will help ensure the safety of younger players and local wildlife, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien anno...

New Glenwood memorial ensures Anzac legacy will live on

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien will today unveil a new memorial at Glenwood to honour Australians who have served in conflicts and peacekeeping missions....

Local grants to support NAIDOC Week 2021 celebrations

NAIDOC Week 2021 events are underway around Wide Bay, and organisations in Gympie, Cooroy and Maryborough have received federal funding to help celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander excellence, rich history and culture....

Safer Communities Fund Round 6 open now

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging local organisations and councils to apply for a share of $30 million in funding for community safety initiatives....

Funding for Maryborough Speedway to accelerate growth

Competitors and spectators at Maryborough Speedway will be able to enjoy motorsports from a safe, shaded location with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announcing a $15,00...

Men’s Shed grants now open

As part of Men’s Health Week, 14-20 June, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging Men’s Sheds across Wide Bay to apply for funding as part of the newest round ...

NEW FUNDING FOR FOUR-LANE TIARO BYPASS

The Australian Government has announced up to a further $183 million towards the construction of a four-lane bypass of Tiaro on the Bruce Highway, which takes its total commitment to $268.8 million....

Thank a First Responder on June 9

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging people to show their appreciation for emergency services on Thank A First Responder Day - Wednesday 9 June 2021....

Strong support for Gympie Medical Transport

Gympie Medical Transport will be able to take more clients to important medical appointments after receiving funding to purchase a third vehicle through the Stronger Communities Programme....

Funding tools of success for Gympie Men’s Shed

The Morrison Government is supporting the mental, social and physical wellbeing of Gympie men, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announcing a grant for the Gympie Men...

Safer Communities Fund Round 6 open now

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging local organisations and councils to apply for a share of $30 million in funding for community safety initiatives....

National Reconciliation Week – More Than A Word

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging all people in Wide Bay to acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures during National Reconciliation Week 2021 from Thursday, 27 May....

Congratulations to 24 Wide Bay sporting champions

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien today congratulated 24 local sports stars who will receive grants to help them participate in state and national competitions....

More live music coming to Noosa

The Covid-19 pandemic hit the arts and entertainment industry and hospitality venues hard, so an $18,000 grant to support live music at the Tewantin Noosa RSL....

BIG BUDGET BOOST TO AGED CARE, JOBS AND FAMILIES

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien said while there are many big numbers in the 2021-22 Budget for big spending programs designed to achieve big outcomes, the test will be...

Universal Telehealth extended through 2021

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien has welcomed a $114 million investment in the upcoming federal Budget to extend Telehealth services until the end of the year. ...

Spotlight shines on future for Gympie Showgrounds

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien welcomed a bright future for Gympie Showgrounds, with the official opening of its new lighting system....

Taxpayers at risk with two-lane Tiaro Bypass plan

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien has questioned why the Queensland Government hasn’t put forward a plan for a four-lane Tiaro Bypass, saying the two-lane proposal will l...

Statue helps highlight Goomeri’s wartime history

A bronze statue commemorating local World War 2 servicemen and women will be unveiled at Goomeri today by Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien....

2021 Age Pension Guide now available

An updated guide to the Age Pension, including payment rates, assets tests and conditions, is now available from the office of the Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien....

Funding to help grow community events in Tansey

The Australian Government is continuing to back drought-affected communities, with $23,848 for Tansey Show Society, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announced today....

Relief for independent cinemas in Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien has welcomed the Morrison Government $20 million commitment to assist independent cinema operators....

New contract awarded in Section D Bruce Highway upgrade

The second major construction contract for the final Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra, Section D project has been awarded to CPB Contractors, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien...

Strengthening Wide Bay communities through Volunteer Grants

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging local community, sporting and service groups to lodge an expression of interest for grants of up to $5,000 to support the w...

Educational resources to help commemorate Anzac Day

Wide Bay schools and community groups will soon receive educational materials and creative resources to help commemorate Anzac Day, with Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien e...

Grants open for Wide Bay ex-service organisations

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging local ex-service organisations (ESOs) to apply for the 2021 Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants progr...

Section D works building towards a stronger Wide Bay economy

Construction is underway on Bolcaro Road, East Deep Creek to build a new two-lane, 60-metre bridge over the Bruce Highway as part of the $1 billion Cooroy to Curra Section D Gympie Bypass, while works also progress on a series of ...

$179,000 TO SUPPORT BUSHFIRE RECOVERY OF NOOSA WILDLIFE

Noosa students will get their hands dirty and learn about revegetation thanks to a Federal Government grant for bushfire recovery, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announc...

New service paves The Way Back from suicide

Beyond Blue’s suicide aftercare initiative, The Way Back Support Service, which provides critical support for people after a suicide attempt, is now available in the Wide Bay....

Bushfire recovery builds bridges in Gympie

Gympie drivers will enjoy safer bridges, with the region sharing in $10.7 million of additional funding for communities impacted by the 2019 Queensland Bushfires, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Repr...

New interchange works show progress on Section D

As work progresses on the $1 billion Cooroy to Curra Section D Bruce Highway upgrade, a new interchange will be built at Penny Road, East Deep Creek, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives L...

Noosa Tigers drainage upgrade to help the economy roar

Hundreds of Noosa footballers, hospitality and tourism operators will benefit from a $192,195 Australian Government grant to upgrade drainage at the Noosa Tigers Australian Football Club, enabling the facility to host large-scale ...

Backing industry research collaboration in Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging business and research organisations to take advantage of a new grants round backing industry and research collaboration in ...

Congratulations to 15 Wide Bay sporting champions

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien today congratulated 15 local sports stars who will receive grants to help them participate in state and national competitions....

Australia Day 2021

This past year has truly shown how Wide Bay communities band together when times are tough; demonstrating our Aussie mateship through the pandemic, bushfires and drought....

Noosa Brewing Company hops into cheaper power bills

Noosa Brewing Company will receive a $20,000 grant for specialised refrigeration equipment, helping the business to cut energy costs and support local jobs, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representa...

Mobile service centre Blue Gum visits Cooloola Coast

The Mobile Service Centre Blue Gum is visiting Cooloola Cove, Rainbow Beach, and Tin Can Bay to provide local residents with easy access to essential government services, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House...

Apply now for funding to build a Stronger Community

Local community, volunteer and veteran service organisations, councils and sporting groups are encouraged to submit expressions of interest for the latest round of the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) funding, Federal Member f...

$2 million for Noosa projects to boost bushfire recovery

A new laboratory trialling bushfire-fighting technologies will be created in Noosa, with support from a $1,894,503 jointly-funded grant through the Local Economic Recovery program, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of...

Lights, camera, action for Noosa Film Academy

Noosa Film Academy will receive $258,398 to help revitalise the Wide Bay arts and cultural sector with youth and community workshops, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien anno...

Get ready to apply for funds to build a better Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging communities to prepare to apply for Round Five of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), with guidelines released today....

headspace Maryborough officially open

Young people living in and around Maryborough now have their own dedicated mental health and wellbeing support service, with the official opening of headspace Maryborough on Lennox Street today.  ...

Grants to modernise Australian manufacturing

Applications are now open for Wide Bay manufacturers with shovel-ready projects to increase their productivity and grow jobs to apply for a Manufacturing Modernisation Fund (MMF) grant....

$126,000 show of support for Wide Bay

Local shows cancelled because of COVID-19 will receive a slice of $34 million Australian Government funding to help ensure they can bounce back next year, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representati...

Extra funding boost to support volunteers in Wide Bay

Five Wide Bay community groups will benefit from a share of $2.7 million from the Morrison Government to support the work of local volunteers, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'B...

Supporting our younger veterans with community grants

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging Wide Bay ex-service organisations to apply for a share of $1 million in funding to support the mental health and wellbeing ...

PBS support for Australians living with leukaemia

People with one of Australia’s most common forms of leukaemia are set to benefit from expanded access to a breakthrough medicine, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announ...

Saluting the service of Maryborough’s RAAF heroes

A new honour board at the Maryborough Military Aviation Museum will commemorate the region’s Second World War Royal Australian Air Force personnel, after receiving funding through the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Ser...

BRIDGES AND HEAVY VEHICLE SAFETY FUNDING FLOWS TO GYMPIE

Gympie road users will enjoy safer conditions with more than $1.5 million to upgrade Rammutt Road at Chatsworth and replace Tandur Road Bridge at Kybong, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representativ...

Grant helps preserve Goomeri’s wartime history

Goomeri’s war history will be preserved with a $43,950 grant to build a commemorative statue, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien announced today....

Next round of Mobile Black Spot Program now open

Applications are open now for a new round of the $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program to help expand mobile phone coverage in major transport corridors and disaster-prone areas, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of ...

Work to start on the overdue Tinana Overtaking Lanes project

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien has welcomed news that work will start on the long-overdue Tinana Overtaking Lane project next week (Monday 16 November), after the Labo...

Grants success for 14 Wide Bay sporting champions

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien today congratulated 14 Wide Bay sports stars who will receive grants to help them participate in state and national competitions....

New grants open to preserve Wide Bay’s heritage

Local heritage site owners, managers and support organisations can now apply for grants of between $25,000 and $400,000 to protect and preserve Wide Bay’s national and world heritage sites and promote tourism....

Lower energy costs for Wide Bay dairy farmers

The Liberal National Government is continuing its support for the dairy industry, with six Wide Bay dairy farmers to receive grants for energy-efficient equipment, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Rep...

Bridges funding flows to Noosa

Four bridges in Noosa will be replaced or upgraded with almost $5 million in funding from the Morrison Government’s Bridges Renewal Program....

Bright ideas wanted for Science Week

Wide Bay organisations and individuals with ideas for exciting National Science Week events for next year are being encouraged to apply for a grant to make their idea a reality.  ...

$500,000 grant for innovative technology to detect bushfires

Noosa tech company Fireball International will receive $500,000 in federal funding for an innovative new system that could detect bushfires in as little as three minutes, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Event grant to boost Noosa tourism

A new hospitality festival will receive $15,000 in funding from the Liberal and Nationals Government to boost domestic visitors and support Noosa’s tourism sector following the summer’s bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, Fe...

Commemorative medallions presented to Wide Bay veterans

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today presented two Cooroy veterans with special commemorative medallions and certificates to honour their service in World War 2, and mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the war....

Reforms to support small business in Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today welcomed the most significant reforms to Australia’s insolvency framework in 30 years as part of the Morrison Government’s economic recovery plan to keep businesses in business ...

headspace satellite finds home in Maryborough

Youth mental health champions headspace are a step closer to opening the doors on a satellite centre in Maryborough, with the signing of a lease on a premise next to the Station Square Shopping Centre, located at Shop 2b, 138 Lenn...

Local taskforce to aid jobs recovery in Wide Bay

The Morrison Government’s $62.8 million Local Jobs Program will help Wide Bay jobseekers gain skills and training to help them into work as part of Australia’s COVID-19 economic recovery efforts....

TWO-LANE TIARO BYPASS ALIGNMENT PROPOSAL A DEATH TRAP

A proposal to spend $107 million on a two-lane Tiaro Bypass shows a lack of foresight, responsibility and regard for road safety by the Queensland Labor Government, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said today....

$17,000 for Men’s Sheds in Wide Bay

Three Men’s Sheds in Wide Bay will share more than $17,000 in federal funding to support the health and wellbeing of local men, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Helping small businesses lower power bills

Small businesses can now apply for grants to help lower their power bills, with Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien encouraging them to act fast before applications close.  ...

Funding boost for Cooloola Coast news

A government grant will support the provision of local news on the Cooloola Coast, with Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announcing a $10,000 boost for the Cooloola Bay Bulletin....

Improving digital connectivity in Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local regional development organisations, telecommunications providers and government organisations to apply for funding to improve telecommunications infrastructure in Wid...

Applications open now for NAIDOC Week 2020 Local Grants

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging Wide Bay communities to apply for funding to help showcase the best of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history during this year’s NAIDOC Week....

Kicking in for Kin Kin Creek catchment

A team of Noosa erosion busters are receiving Australian Government support for their efforts to reduce sediment volumes in Lake Cootharaba while also boosting the catchment’s soil health and farm productivity.  ...

$17,600 funding for advocacy services in Wide Bay

The Cooroy and Gympie RSL sub-branches will share more than $17,600 in funding through the Morrison Government’s Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program to help with advocacy services....

Giving back to Maryborough volunteers

Maryborough Neighbourhood Centre volunteers will brew up new opportunities with Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien delivering a $4,300 grant for café equipment today....

Helping dairy farmers lower their power bills

Dairy farmers across Wide Bay can now apply for grants that to help their farms become more energy-efficient and to reduce their power bills, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Wide Bay salutes their service

Wide Bay will remember the service and sacrifice of our Australian Defence Force personnel through two grants from the Morrison Government’s Saluting Their Service commemorative grants program, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew ...

$1.8 MILLION BOOST FOR WIDE BAY TO BUILD BETTER REGIONS

Wide Bay communities will receive a $1.8 million boost through the Morrison Government’s Building Better Regions Fund for local projects including activity centres, hall upgrades, a cultural centre, and an art and entertainment ...

Investment to help Noosa Dolphins grow

A new maintenance shed will make life more comfortable for Noosa Dolphins rugby players, with Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien officiating its opening today....

HomeBuilder program to protect over 1000 jobs

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed today’s announcement of the new HomeBuilder program, which will help homeowners, boost jobs in construction and trades, and support Wide Bay’s vital timber industry....

Join the Aussie-made Club to help our economy

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging people to “join the Aussie-made Club” by buying local, Australian-made products, as part of a new campaign launched this week....

Grants success for 22 Wide Bay sporting champions

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced 22 Wide Bay sports stars will receive Australian Government Local Sporting Champions grants to help them cover the cost of participating in state and national competition...

$10 million boost for local councils in Wide Bay

Councils in Wide Bay will receive a share of $500 million in federal funding under a new Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today. ...

National Careers Week 2020 – More critical than ever

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging people to consider the benefits of vocational education and training (VET) to launch or future-proof their careers, ahead of National Careers Week 2020.  ...

Applications open for Driver Reviver funding

Operators of Driver Reviver locations across Wide Bay can now apply for a share of $3 million in Australian Government funding to upgrade their life-saving rest sites. ...

Mental health help available during COVID-19

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging people to access the additional mental health and wellbeing services on offer during the COVID-19 pandemic to help them get through uncertain times....

Grants to help communities affected by bushfires in Wide Bay

Applications are now open for Wide Bay community groups, local councils and non-government organisations to share in $1.8 million in flexible funding grants to support recovery from last year’s devastating Queensland bushfires....

Look after your health during COVID-19

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is urging Australians with chronic health conditions not to neglect their regular health care, but continue to consult with their usual doctors....

Grants to help bushfire-affected wildlife and habitat

Federal funding is available to help native plants and invertebrate species bounce back from the recent bushfires, with the opening of applications for the $12 million second tranche of the Morrison Government’s Wildlife and Hab...

Improved mobile coverage for Wratten’s Forest

People in Wratten’s Forest will have improved mobile phone coverage under Round 5 of the Coalition Government’s highly successful $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced tod...

ROADS TO RECOVERY FUNDING FLOWS IN WIDE BAY

Road maintenance in the South Burnett, Noosa and Cherbourg will receive a boost thanks to funding under the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program....

Vocational education and training goes online

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed the re-launch of the Australian Government’s My Skills website, which will now focus on delivering online training, increasing education options for people in regional area...

KEEP JOBS IN WIDE BAY WITH JOBKEEPER

A new $130 billion JobKeeper wage subsidy program to help keep businesses open and employees in jobs has been launched by Prime Minister Scott Morrison....

SUPPORTING AUSTRALIAN WORKERS AND BUSINESSES IN WIDE BAY

More financial assistance is now available for individuals, retirees, families, sole traders and businesses in Wide Bay with stage two of the Coalition Government’s economic assistance plan to cushion the economic impact of the ...

SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES IN WIDE BAY

Support is available to small and medium-sized businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak through the Coalition Government’s business hotline....

New funding for bridges and heavy vehicle safety

Applications are now open for funding to upgrade bridges and freight roads under Round 5 of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Pr...

ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed a $17.6 billion economic plan to keep Australians in jobs, keep businesses trading, and support households and the Australian economy as the world deals with challenges posed...

Community groups help build a stronger Murgon

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced more than $28,000 in Liberal and Nationals Government funding to help make Murgon a stronger, more vibrant community....

Grants success for Kilkivan and Goomeri community groups

Community groups at Kilkivan and Goomeri will share $30,000 in Liberal and Nationals Government funding for projects to improve local amenities and the natural environment, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced toda...

Deeming rate cut to boost payments for 900,000 Australians

About 900,000 Australians will see an increase to their fortnightly social security payments following the Liberal and Nationals Government’s decision to reduce deeming rates, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced...

$32,000 to protect Noosa’s pristine environment

Two Noosa environmental groups will share $32,226 in Liberal and Nationals Government grants to ensure their community’s stunning natural environment is protected into the future....

$40,000 revitalises Sunshine Butterflies

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced $40,000 in grants from the Liberal and Nationals Government to enrich the lives of people with disabilities in Noosa communities....

BLACK SPOT PROGRAM FUNDS TO SAVE LIVES IN MARYBOROUGH

Residents in Maryborough received a major road safety boost today with the Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announcing $215,500 will be invested in two projects under the 2020-21 Black Spot Program....

BLACK SPOT PROGRAM TO SAVE LIVES IN CEDAR POCKET

Residents in Gympie received a major road safety boost today with Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien announcing $755,500 will be invested to upgrade Cedar Pocket Road and Gap Road at Cedar Pocket under the 2020-21 Black Spot...

Spelling out an opportunity for students in Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging students in schools throughout Wide Bay to test their spelling skills by taking part in the inaugural Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee....

Funding opportunity for Indigenous languages and arts

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging eligible community organisations to apply for funding from the Liberal and Nationals Government 2020-21 Indigenous Languages and Arts program....

Grants success for 11 Wide Bay sporting champions

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced 11 Wide Bay sports stars will receive grants of $550 to $750 to help them participate in state and national competitions....

Getting tourists back into fire-affected Noosa region

Applications will open next week for a share of $10 million in funding to bring tourists back to bushfire-affected communities including Noosa, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Australia Day 2020 Message

Dorothea Mackellar’s 1908 poem My Country reminds us of the extremes of the Australian climate, but the start to 2020 with the combined impact of the prolonged drought, and destructive bushfires spread across Australia has truly...

Maryborough’s community action plan for mental health

In a demonstration of their commitment to creating a powerful community support system, the Maryborough Suicide Prevention Network will launch their 2020 action plan for mental health on Thursday, 23 January....

Ex-service organisations to receive funding boost

More than $4.2 million in funding is available to help ex-service organisations deliver essential advice and advocacy for veterans, war widows, serving defence force members, and their loved ones. ...

Llew O’Brien’s Christmas Message 2019

The festive season is a time of peace and goodwill, and I would like to extend my best wishes to everyone in the Wide Bay for a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year....

Swimming grants help bring Wide Bay together

People with disabilities and the elderly will have better access to swimming lessons at Maryborough Aquatic Centre, through the Coalition Government’s Community Swimming Grants Program....

Funding available to help volunteers in Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local community, sporting and service groups to lodge an expression of interest for federal funding to support their local volunteers....

MAJOR BRUCE HIGHWAY UPGRADE ON THE WAY

Final designs will be displayed this week for major works on the eagerly awaited final section of the Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra upgrade....

Grants success for 21 Wide Bay sporting champions

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced 21 Wide Bay sports stars will receive grants of $550 to $750 to help them participate in state and national competitions....

RHEINMETALL NIOA MARYBOROUGH OFFICE OPENS

The Rheinmetall NIOA Maryborough office was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today....

Family Central helps Sunshine Butterflies soar

A new Family Central facility offering important services to people with disabilities and their families is delivering real benefits to Noosa communities through a $71,000 Liberal and Nationals Government grant....

$14,936 for Men’s Sheds in Wide Bay

Gympie, Kilkivan, Maryborough and Noosa Men’s Sheds in Wide Bay will share in almost $15,000 to support men's health and wellbeing, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Funding available to improve heavy vehicle safety

If you have ideas to improve heavy vehicle safety in Wide Bay, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien encourages you to apply for funding through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR)....

New grants to help Wide Bay get active

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local organisations to apply for a share in the Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity grants program....

Remembrance Day 2019

On Monday, November 11, Australians will pause to observe Remembrance Day with a minute’s silence to remember our service men and women who have suffered and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations....

Smart Farms Small Grants support big ideas

Farmers and landcare groups now have the opportunity to bring their clever sustainability ideas to reality, with grants of up to $50,000 under the Smart Farms Small Grants program....

Just another stunt from Queensland Labor

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt and Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien have joined forces, yet again, to slam Federal Labor’s excuses as to why the Queensland Labor Government hasn’t signed up to the Hinkler Regi...

Attracting more students to Wide Bay

Six scholarships will be available to international and domestic students to study in Wide Bay next year, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Extra assistance available for fire-hit Noosa

The people worst-hit by the Queensland bushfires will be given an extra hand with the activation of additional support payments available in the Noosa local government area....

AgShows grant applications now open

Show societies in Wide Bay are encouraged to apply for Australian Government Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program (AgShows) funding to upgrade, maintain, buy or build new showground infrastructure and attractions....

Language program for children in Wide Bay

Llew O'Brien MP for Wide Bay is encouraging local preschools to apply to run the Morrison Government’s play-based program that teaches young Australians a foreign language....

Managing disease threats in Wide Bay

Wide Bay will be better prepared to manage significant animal biosecurity threats, such as African swine fever (ASF), through a new comprehensive online field guide of emergency animal diseases targeting all vets....

National headspace Day 2019

Today is National headspace Day, which puts the issue of young Australians’ mental health in the spotlight....

Maryborough RSL’s mural opening

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien will officially open the Maryborough RSL’s Memorial Garden murals, painted by local artist Robbyn Gergos....

Mobile coverage boosted in Poona

Poona residents and holiday-makers will now have better mobile phone coverage to make calls, browse the internet and stay in contact with family and friends. ...

Cheaper medicine for over 500,000 patients

Cheaper medicine is on the way for more than 500,000 patients from today, with price reductions for common scripts and new medicines added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), in some cases saving over $100,000 per patient...

New grants available for swimming programs in Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien is encouraging local community groups to apply for new swimming grants to enable or improve opportunities for people with disabilities and from diverse backgrounds to enjoy this great Au...

Applications open for Women Leaders in Sport program

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging female coaches, officials and administrators to develop their leadership skills with the Australian Government’s 2020 Women Leaders in Sport program....

Better support for Wide Bay students

A new series of toolkits is now available to help parents and educators improve student outcomes, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

New laws to protect our farmers

Tough new farm trespass laws will protect Australia’s farmers from the unlawful actions of animal activists, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Bushfire assistance extended for Noosa

Disaster assistance has been extended to help cover the costs of fighting the fires in Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced this afternoon....

Fly the flag with pride on National Flag Day

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging everyone to fly the Australian flag on Tuesday, September 3, to celebrate the flag's 118th anniversary....

Grants honour Wide Bay’s military heroes

9/8/2019 Grants honour Wide Bay’s military heroes Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced three Wide Bay veterans organisations will share in more than $10,000 to honour Australia’s military heroes....

More support for child care services in Wide Bay

7/8/2019 More support for child care services in Wide Bay Local kids will get off to a brighter start, with Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announcing more than $330,000 to improve access to child care....

New committee to drive road safety action

2/8/2019 New committee to drive road safety action A new Joint Select Committee on Road Safety will delve into the Australian Government’s current and planned actions aimed at driving down road trauma....

Show your interest in building a Stronger Community

2/8/2019 Show your interest in building a Stronger Community Community and veteran service organisations, councils and sporting groups are encouraged to submit expressions of interest for Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) fundi...

Action needed to protect Wide Bay’s timber industry

23/7/2019 Action needed to protect Wide Bay’s timber industry Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien and Queensland Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett have reaffirmed their commitment to protecting Wide Bay’s tim...

Call for State to cut red tape on Wide Bay Motor Complex

22/7/2019 Call for State to cut red tape on Wide Bay Motor Complex Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien and State Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett are calling on the State Government to cut through the bureaucrat...

Wide Bay schools invited to share in new funding

19/7/2019 Wide Bay schools invited to share in new funding  Wide Bay schools could score new equipment, building projects or additional targeted support with the Australian Government providing grants up to $20,000 for projec...

Smooth sailing for Mary River access at Maryborough

16/7/2019 Smooth sailing for Mary River access at Maryborough  Locals and visitors to Queensland’s Fraser Coast can now enjoy safer and easier access to the Mary River following the completion of upgrades at the South Stree...

Delivered: Tax relief for Wide Bay

5/7/2019 Delivered: Tax relief for Wide Bay Immediate tax relief of up to $1080 each will help more than 50,000 Wide Bay low- and middle-income earners from next week, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Morrison Government moves to protect farmers

4/7/2019 Morrison Government moves to protect farmers Legislation to protect farmers from invasions by animal activists will be introduced today, delivering on a Morrison Government election commitment, Federal Member for Wid...

Free annual health checks for personnel leaving Defence Force

28/6/2019 Free annual health checks for personnel leaving Defence Force Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien reminds Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who are leaving service that from next week, they will be able to ...

Jump on board regional leadership program

13/6/2019 Jump on board regional leadership program Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is urging up-and-coming local leaders to apply for the inaugural Leadership for Our Regions program, an exciting new initiative to help...

Noosa community groups celebrate Volunteer Grant success

16/5/2019 Noosa community groups celebrate Volunteer Grant success Two Noosa organisations are among 34 community groups in Wide Bay to receive a share of almost $64,000 in grants to honour volunteers, Federal Member for Wide Bay ...

Volunteer Grant success for seven Wide Bay community groups

14/5/2019 Volunteer Grant success for seven Wide Bay community groups Community groups in Goomeri, Murgon, Gundiah, Gympie and Tiaro have shared in grants totalling almost $31,700, as Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien rec...

$22 million package to support our dairy farmers

10/5/2019 $22 million package to support our dairy farmers  Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed the Morrison Government’s pledge to create a dedicated Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) “Dai...

LOCAL APPRENTICES JOIN NATIONAL WAGE SUBSIDY TRIAL

6/5/2019 LOCAL APPRENTICES JOIN NATIONAL WAGE SUBSIDY TRIAL Nineteen Wide Bay businesses are taking on new staff through a Liberal and Nationals Government trial offering regional and rural businesses wage subsidies to take on app...

MORE DROUGHT SUPPORT FOR WIDE BAY

5/5/2019 MORE DROUGHT SUPPORT FOR WIDE BAY The Liberals and Nationals Government is standing by our farmers in Wide Bay affected by drought, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

Better bridges to be built in Wide Bay

3/5/2019 Better bridges to be built in Wide Bay Safer bridges are on the way to Bauple, Tiaro, Kandanga, Cooran and Kin Kin thanks to a $2.9 million investment from the Liberals and Nationals in Government, Member for Wide Bay Lle...

New covered area and outdoor equipment for Victory College

3/5/2019 New covered area and outdoor equipment for Victory College Students and staff at Victory College in Gympie will benefit from a new undercover area, animal enclosure and outdoor equipment thanks to $245,000 in funding from...

New laws to help protect our farmers

1/5/2019 New laws to help protect our farmers A re-elected Liberal and Nationals government will introduce new legislation to make it an offence to use a carriage service, such as the internet, to disclose personal information to ...

Anzac Day Message 2019

24/4/2019 Anzac Day Message 2019 As we pause today to remember the fallen, I have been reflecting on why Anzac Day is so important to our nation....

Support for our veterans and their families

24/4/2019 Support for our veterans and their families The Liberal and Nationals Government will boost support for veterans and their families as part of a $63.2 million suite of initiatives to improve well-being, deliver job oppor...

$16,000 grant shines a light on Kandanga Country Club

23/4/2019 $16,000 grant shines a light on Kandanga Country Club Kandanga Country Club will soon be able to offer bowling after sundown with $16,000 grant for a new flood lighting system, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien ...

$50,000 grant to help Pomona bowlers stay sun-safe

20/4/2019 $50,000 grant to help Pomona bowlers stay sun-safe Pomona bowlers will be protected from the sun’s harsh rays with a $50,000 grant to replace the Pomona Bowls Club’s shade cover, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew...

LNP investing $390,000 for a healthier Cherbourg

17/4/2019 LNP investing $390,000 for a healthier Cherbourg The Liberal Nationals will invest $390,000 into better services so that Cherbourg families can enjoy new sports and recreation programs such as netball, touch football, cr...

LLEW O’BRIEN SECURES MARYBOROUGH SUGAR INDUSTRY’S FUTURE

5/4/2019 LLEW O’BRIEN SECURES MARYBOROUGH SUGAR INDUSTRY’S FUTURE Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced $18 million to fund the construction of an off-stream water storage project at Glendorf near Maryboro...

Grants success for 18 Wide Bay sports stars

1/4/2019 Grants success for 18 Wide Bay sports stars Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today announced 18 Wide Bay sports stars will receive grants of $550 to $750 to help them participate in state, national and internati...

SAFER LOCAL ROADS SAVING LIVES IN WIDE BAY

29/3/2019 SAFER LOCAL ROADS SAVING LIVES IN WIDE BAY The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government will help keep drivers safe on local roads by delivering an additional $2.2 billion in road safety funding....

Labor’s retiree tax to cost Wide Bay seniors

29/3/2019 Labor’s retiree tax to cost Wide Bay seniors Labor’s retiree tax would hit the wallets of 6,900 Wide Bay seniors if Bill Shorten was elected, new Australian Taxation Office data shows....

Delivering better access to doctors in regional areas

29/3/2019 Delivering better access to doctors in regional areas People in rural communities will have improved access to doctors and shorter waiting times after the Liberal and Nationals Government announced a $62.2 million invest...

$20,000 grant to boost Murgon Town Hall amenities

29/3/2019 $20,000 grant to boost Murgon Town Hall amenities  A $20,000 grant from Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien will kit out Murgon Town Hall with new furniture including a mobile audio-visual projector and screen....

New fundraising opportunities for Wide Bay Men’s Sheds

29/3/2019 New fundraising opportunities for Wide Bay Men’s Sheds Men’s and Community Sheds in Wide Bay will have new fundraising opportunities when the Liberal National Government introduces a new law that will allow tax-deduc...

$71,000 grant helps Sunshine Butterflies soar

27/3/2019 $71,000 grant helps Sunshine Butterflies soar A new “Family Central” facility for people with disabilities is a step closer to reality, after Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien delivered a $71,000 grant to No...

Maryborough Rifle Range sold to Fraser Coast Regional Council

26/3/2019 Maryborough Rifle Range sold to Fraser Coast Regional Council Today the Assistant Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon David Fawcett, along with the Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien MP announced that Defence h...

LLEW O’BRIEN DELIVERS $28.5 MILLION FOR MARYBOROUGH

20/3/2019 LLEW O’BRIEN DELIVERS $28.5 MILLION FOR MARYBOROUGH A high-tech export-focused manufacturing plant will soon be coming to Maryborough, Queensland, after Rheinmetall Nioa Munitions Pty Ltd received Federal Liberal and N...

23,500 Wide Bay aged pensioners to receive payment boost

20/3/2019 23,500 Wide Bay aged pensioners to receive payment boost More than 23,500 aged pensioners in Wide Bay will receive an increase to their payment rates from 20 March 2019, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today...

$24,620 for six Men’s Sheds in Wide Bay

18/3/2019 $24,620 for six Men’s Sheds in Wide Bay Six Men’s Sheds in Wide Bay will receive a share in $24,620 for improvements and community activities, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today....

$646,600 to help Wide Bay graziers protect Great Barrier Reef

18/3/2019 $646,600 to help Wide Bay graziers protect Great Barrier Reef Wide Bay graziers will be able to help protect the Great Barrier Reef, after Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien confirmed $646,500 in funding from the Great B...

Act fast for a share in $150,000 environment grants

15/3/2019 Act fast for a share in $150,000 environment grants  Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien reminds community groups they have until March 25 to apply for a share of $150,000 funding to help protect our en...

521 new aged care beds for Wide Bay

13/3/2019 521 new aged care beds for Wide Bay Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has announced allocations have been approved for an extra 521 new aged care beds in Noosa, Maryborough, Gympie and Murgon....

Mary Valley secrets to be revealed with tourism grant

11/3/2019 Mary Valley secrets to be revealed with tourism grant The hidden gem of Mary Valley is about to be revealed to the world, with Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announcing $19,191 in federal funding for a new tourism ma...

Federal grant puts spotlight on Gympie Showgrounds

8/3/2019 Federal grant puts spotlight on Gympie Showgrounds A $92,414 grant heralds a bright new future for Gympie Showgrounds, with Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announcing funds for a new lighting system....

Grants to highlight Noosa on tourism map

6/3/2019 Grants to highlight Noosa on tourism map Noosa will be highlighted on the world map, with tourism operators to benefit from training and industry events funded by the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s Building ...

Bruce Highway bridge naming honours early settler

5/3/2019 Bruce Highway bridge naming honours early settler The bridge over Tandur Road on the Bruce Highway, south of Gympie, has been named the Thomas Powell Bridge in recognition of a pioneering settler....

$150,000 for a cleaner, greener Wide Bay

5/3/2019 $150,000 for a cleaner, greener Wide Bay Whether their mission is protecting the Mary River’s unique bum-breathing turtles, eradicating weeds, or planting a tree, Wide Bay community groups will be able to share in $150,...

Record funding to help reduce domestic violence in Wide Bay

5/3/2019 Record funding to help reduce domestic violence in Wide Bay Combating violence against women and children in Wide Bay remains one of the Liberal Nationals Government’s top priorities, as part of its plan to keep Austral...

CCTV cameras deliver a safer community in Cherbourg

25/2/2019 CCTV cameras deliver a safer community in Cherbourg Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has today announced the Liberal Nationals Government is delivering $987,000 for CCTV cameras to boost community safety in Cherbourg....

CCTV to keep volunteers and shoppers safe at Vinnies Gympie

22/2/2019 CCTV to keep volunteers and shoppers safe at Vinnies Gympie A much loved Gympie charity shop will be protected with a new CCTV system and duress alarm, thanks to a Safer Communities grant announced by Member for Wide Bay...

Gympie to receive Medicare-eligible MRI licence

22/2/2019 Gympie to receive Medicare-eligible MRI licence Patients in Gympie and throughout Wide Bay will now be able to access lifesaving scans for cancer, stroke, heart and other medical conditions, with Member for Wide Bay Llew...

Llew O’Brien commends Woolworths on end of dollar milk

18/2/2019 Llew O’Brien commends Woolworths on end of dollar milk Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed the end of the Woolworths dollar milk pricing, with Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation saying it...

$26 million for perinatal mental health

12/2/2019 $26 million for perinatal mental health A new $26 million Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing Program will support the mental health of expectant and new parents in Wide Bay and across Australia, Member for Wide Bay Ll...

$662 million boost in record funding to strengthen aged care

12/2/2019 $662 million boost in record funding to strengthen aged care Wide Bay seniors will have improved access to aged care, with an additional $662 million for essential aged care services around Australia including 10,000 hom...

Hastings Street CCTV upgrade goes live

23/1/2019 Hastings Street CCTV upgrade goes live The installation of new CCTV cameras along Hastings Street has been completed, expanding the security camera coverage to now include the bus interchange at Noosa Heads....

Noosa Hinterland celebrates opening of two new bridges

23/1/2019 Noosa Hinterland celebrates opening of two new bridges Two new bridge structures were officially opened in the Noosa Hinterland today, delivering safer and faster travel around the popular tourist area....

Funding spreads sunshine for disability support service

18/1/2019 Funding spreads sunshine for disability support service Sunshine Butterflies will receive a $17,295 grant through Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme to continue brightening the lives of people with disabi...

$478,950 grant helps GravityFit bounce into worldwide success

17/1/2019 $478,950 grant helps GravityFit bounce into worldwide success A Peregian Beach company is set to reshape the sports performance industry and help astronauts maintain musculoskeletal health, with help from a $478,950 Acce...

Have your say on the mandatory dairy code

15/1/2019 Have your say on the mandatory dairy code Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is urging people to have their say on the draft mandatory dairy code of conduct, which has been released for public comment following a series ...

Work starts on Bruce Highway upgrade at Chatsworth

11/1/2019 Work starts on Bruce Highway upgrade at Chatsworth The New Year brings more safety upgrades on the Bruce Highway, with roadworks now under way on a 4.7-kilometre stretch of highway at Chatsworth, north of Gympie....

Wide Bay tourism industry continues to boom

8/1/2019 Wide Bay tourism industry continues to boom Strong domestic and international traveller numbers are providing a boost to the Wide Bay economy, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said today....

More scholarships for regional students in Wide Bay

8/1/2019 More scholarships for regional students in Wide Bay Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is urging local students to apply for new Government-funded scholarships to study a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (S...

Additional aged care packages for Wide Bay Seniors 

17/12/2018 Additional aged care packages for Wide Bay Seniors  Senior Australians in Wide Bay will receive more support from a half-billion dollar aged care funding boost by the Liberal Nationals Government....

NDIS rolls out across Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie

21/12/2018 NDIS rolls out across Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie Queenslanders living in the Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie Local Government Areas will join more than 208,000 Australians already participating in ...

Security and safety for Tin Can Bay Fishing Club

17/12/2018 Security and safety for Tin Can Bay Fishing Club The Tin Can Bay Fishing Club will enjoy better security and safety at their premises after a successful submission to Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme, Membe...

Opportunity for small businesses in Wide Bay to go digital 

13/12/2018 Opportunity for small businesses in Wide Bay to go digital  Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed the Liberal National Government’s announcement giving Australia’s small businesses an opportun...

South Burnett hide processing business beefed up

13/12/2018 South Burnett hide processing business beefed up Jobs opportunities in Queensland’s South Burnett region have been beefed up thanks to an upgrade of the Teys Australia Murgon cattle hide processing facility....

Take a snapshot of our Places of Pride

12/12/2018 Take a snapshot of our Places of Pride Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local organisations to ensure Wide Bay’s servicemen and women are remembered long into the future, by adding their war memorials...

Llew O’Brien announces Wide Bay’s sporting champions

6/12/2018 Wide Bay’s sporting champions recognised by Llew O’Brien Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has announced the latest round of successful applicants from the Coalition Government’s popular Local Sporting Cha...

$17,718 grant delivers for Maryborough’s Foodbasket

5/12/2018 $17,718 grant delivers for Maryborough’s Foodbasket A new food transport truck will help Maryborough’s Foodbasket deliver groceries to more than 2300 people in need, with help from a $17,718 grant through Round 4...

Stronger Communities grant helps Noosa charity power on

5/12/2018 Stronger Communities grant helps Noosa charity power on Vinnies Noosaville will be able to slash its electricity costs with a new solar system, thanks to a $7,777 grant through Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Program...

Stronger Communities funding to help save lives

5/12/2018 Stronger Communities funding to help save lives Peregian Beach will be safer with a $11,351 Stronger Communities Programme grant to help life savers race to the rescue of people in danger....

Hope Reins in Stronger Community grant success

5/12/2018 Hope Reins in Stronger Community grant success Gympie not-for-profit Hope Reins will build a new hay shed and water tanks with a $17,720 grant from Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme, Member for Wide Bay Llew ...

Australian Heritage Grants now open

5/12/2018 Australian Heritage Grants round now open Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local organisations to apply for funding to help protect, conserve and raise awareness of Australia’s national heritag...

Coalition delivers greater choice for Wide Bay families

3 December 2018 Coalition delivers greater choice for Wide Bay families Wide Bay families now have greater choice over their work-life balance with the Liberal Nationals Government making parental leave pay more flexible....

New cancer fighting medications listed on PBS

1 December 2018 New cancer fighting medications listed on PBS Australians fighting cancer will have access to five new medications being listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from today....

$100 million to support type 1 diabetes in Wide Bay

27 November 2018 $100 million to support type 1 diabetes in Wide Bay Children, pregnant women and more adults with type 1 diabetes in Wide Bay will save up to $7000 a year and enjoy improved well-being, with the Liberal Nationals ...

Wide Bay kids say bonjour to language

27 November 2018 Wide Bay kids say bonjour to language learning  Wide Bay’s youngest learners will say bonjour, hola or konnichiwa to learning foreign languages, with an expansion to the Early Learning Languages Australia (...

Government offers support for Wide Bay grandparents

26 November 2018 Government offers support for Wide Bay grandparents  Wide Bay grandparents who are primary carers for their grandchildren can receive financial and other support through the Liberal Nationals Government’s G...

Entrepreneurial spirit burns for a better Burnett

18 November 2018 Entrepreneurial spirit burns for a better BurnettLocal businesses had reason to celebrate at the South Burnett Business Builders Networking event tonight, where the Building a Better Burnett business plan was offi...

Funding for farmers and innovators in Wide Bay

15 November 2018 Funding for farmers and innovators in Wide Bay Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local landholders and community groups to apply for funding in Round 2 of the Federal Government’...

Riding for the Disabled wins Stronger Community grant funding

14 November 2018 Riding for the Disabled wins Stronger Community grant funding Riding for the Disabled Association Inc (RDA) Maryborough will be able to upgrade their facilities with a safe and level riding surface in the proposed...

A Digger’s Memorial for Tewantin

14 November 2018 A Digger’s Memorial for Tewantin The Tewantin Noosa RSL Sub-Branch will commemorate the enduring legacy of Diggers and their families in a new memorial, with a grant of $5,000 from Round 4 of the Stronger Commun...

Noosa Coast Guard wins Stronger Community grant funding 

8 November 2018 Noosa Coast Guard wins Stronger Community grant funding  The Noosa Coast Guard will be able to purchase fire-fighting equipment and upgrade their training facilities after a successful submission to Round 4 of...

Dairy code consultations coming to Gympie

6 November 2018 Dairy code consultations coming to Gympie Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local farmers and stakeholders to take part in the discussion that will help improve contracts between farmers and...

Commemorating Remembrance Day 2018

6 November 2018 Commemorating Remembrance Day 2018On Sunday, 11 November 2018, Australia will mark a significant milestone in its military history, commemorating the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First ...

Stronger Communities grant provides better access in Murgon

2 November 2018 Stronger Communities grant provides better access in Murgon Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today announced a $4,800 grant from the Liberal Nationals Government’s Stronger Communities Programme, ...

One-stop-shop for financial complaints opens for business

1 November 2018 One-stop-shop for financial complaints opens for businessWide Bay consumers and small business will be spared the expense and inconvenience associated with taking financial complaints to court, with the Liberal Nat...

Gympie Chamber of Commerce to boost business networking

26 October 2018 Gympie Chamber of Commerce to boost business networkingNew audio visual equipment will boost Gympie Chamber of Commerce’s business networking events following a $2,521 contribution from round four of the Liberal ...

Age Pension Guide 2018 now available

26 October 2018 Age Pension Guide 2018 now availableEach year, in September and March, the Age Pension payment rates are increased and other details affecting the Age Pension are updated.  ...

Help for farmers to access the FHA

16 October 2018 Help for farmers to access the FHAIt is now easier for farmers to apply for the fortnightly Farm Household Allowance payment and Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging farmers to apply for the as...

Support for headspace boosts youth mental health in Wide Bay

15 October 2018 Support for headspace boosts youth mental health in Wide BayMental health care for young Australians is set for a $51.8 million funding boost. Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, said the Coalition Governm...

Bring bright ideas and events to Science Week  

12 October 2018 Bring bright ideas and events to Science Week  Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien is encouraging people interested in science and technology to apply for funding to help realise their creative id...

CARERS WEEK 2018

12 October 2018 CARERS WEEK 2018At the start of Carers Week 2018 Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien said it’s important to acknowledge and thank all carers for the work they do looking after others....

Gympie feels the Rush thanks to cultural festival

11 October 2018 GYMPIE FEELS THE RUSH THANKS TO CULTURAL FESTIVALGympie residents will celebrate the region’s art and creative culture this week with the 2018 Rush Festival kicking off today. Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O...

Veteran and Community grant for Tin Can Bay RSL

10 October 2018 Veteran and Community grant for Tin Can Bay RSLAs part of the Australian Government’s Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program, funding of more than $45,000 will be provided to the Tin Can Bay RSL in suppo...

Extra support for farmers in Gympie

10 October 2018 Extra support for farmers in Gympie Farm Household Allowance information session: Where:  Gympie Service Centre, 27 O’Connell St, Gympie When:  Saturday 13 October 2018 Time:  10am to 12pm Cen...

LNP secures future of Cherbourg Aboriginal radio service

9 October 2018 LNP secures future of Cherbourg Aboriginal radio serviceCherbourg and the entire South Burnett region can once again enjoy listening to their favourite local Indigenous broadcasting service following collapse of the...

Scholarships for regional students in Wide Bay

5 October 2018 Scholarships for regional students in Wide Bay 2018Applications are now open for the Coalition Government’s $24 million Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program for students to study science, techno...