Media Releases

Media Releases

Media Releases

13 November, 2020

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 Labor State Government dragged its heels on the fully Commonwealth-funded project.

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12 November, 2020

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.

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3 November, 2020

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 Representatives Llew O’Brien announced today.  

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14 October, 2020

$1.6 million upgrade to Noosa Trails network to help bushfire recovery

Noosa Council will receive $1.6 million to improve and create new links within the Cooran-Pomona section of Noosa’s hinterland trails network to aid in the region’s economic recovery from bushfires and COVID-19, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien announced today.

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12 October, 2020

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.

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1 October, 2020

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.  

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30 September, 2020

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, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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25 September, 2020

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 and Australians in jobs.

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23 September, 2020

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 Lennox Street.

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10 August, 2020

$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.

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5 August, 2020

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.

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29 July, 2020

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 Wide Bay.

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10 July, 2020

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.  

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24 June, 2020

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.

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11 June, 2020

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 O’Brien announced today.

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5 June, 2020

$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 festival, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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4 June, 2020

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.

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29 May, 2020

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 competitions.

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8 May, 2020

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.

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27 April, 2020

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.

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24 April, 2020

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 Habitat Bushfire Recovery grants program.

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21 April, 2020

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 today.

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15 April, 2020

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 areas.

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6 April, 2020

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 coronavirus and help build a bridge to recovery.

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6 April, 2020

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 Program (HVSPP).

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13 March, 2020

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 by the spread of coronavirus.

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10 March, 2020

$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.

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27 February, 2020

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 Program.

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24 January, 2020

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 tested the mettle of our nation.

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14 November, 2019

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.

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12 November, 2019

$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.

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11 November, 2019

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.

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8 November, 2019

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.

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31 October, 2019

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 Regional Deal.

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31 October, 2019

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.

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9 October, 2019

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.

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9 October, 2019

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.

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3 October, 2019

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.

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1 October, 2019

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.

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1 October, 2019

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 Aussie past-time.

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13 September, 2019

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.

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11 September, 2019

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.

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9 August, 2019

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.

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1 August, 2019

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.

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31 July, 2019

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) funding, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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23 July, 2019

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 timber industry, following a tour of the Hyne Timber Mill at Tuan.

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22 July, 2019

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 bureaucratic tape that has stalled a $30 million motor complex development at Maryborough.

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17 July, 2019

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 projects to benefit local kids’ learning experience.

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15 July, 2019

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 Street Boat Ramp in Maryborough.

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5 July, 2019

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.

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4 July, 2019

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 Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced.

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28 June, 2019

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 book in for their free Veteran Health Check.

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13 June, 2019

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 drive our region’s growth.

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20 May, 2019

Statement from Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien on his re-election

20/5/2019 Statement from Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien on his re-election THANK YOU WIDE-BAY To everyone who helped, encouraged and supported my campaign, I say a very heart felt thank you.  It takes courage to put your hand up to represent an electorate, and I congratulate the other candidates on their campaigns.

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16 May, 2019

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 Llew O’Brien announced today.

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14 May, 2019

Mobile phone black spot funding improves safety on Wide Bay Highway

14/5/2019 Mobile phone black spot funding improves safety on Wide Bay Highway A new mobile phone tower is now active at Cinnabar, improving safety for motorists on the Wide Bay Highway and providing better coverage for local residents and businesses, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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14 May, 2019

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 recognises the valuable work of volunteers. 

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10 May, 2019

$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) “Dairy Specialist” and provide relief for energy costs for dairy farmers.

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9 May, 2019

LIBERAL AND NATIONALS GOVERNMENT INVESTING $200 MILLION FOR A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT

9/5/2019 LIBERAL AND NATIONALS GOVERNMENT INVESTING $200 MILLION FOR A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT Wide Bay’s pristine natural environment will be protected with the Liberal and Nationals Government announcing over $200 million nationally to increase recycling and reduce waste, protect Australia’s unique threatened species and restore our coasts and waterways, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said today.

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7 May, 2019

STRENGTHENING AUSTRALIA’S REGIONAL AND RURAL HEALTH SERVICES

7/5/2019 STRENGTHENING AUSTRALIA’S REGIONAL AND RURAL HEALTH SERVICES Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed the Liberal National Government’s action in strengthening the nation’s world class health system, delivering more doctors and improving access to health services across regional and rural Australia.

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6 May, 2019

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 apprentices, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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5 May, 2019

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.

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4 May, 2019

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 Llew O’Brien announced today, together with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.

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1 May, 2019

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 incite trespass on agricultural land where that could cause commercial detriment.

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24 April, 2019

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.

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24 April, 2019

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 opportunities and secure health and housing services for the future, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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23 April, 2019

$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 and Minister for Sport Senator Bridget McKenzie announced today.

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23 April, 2019

Granville Hockey Club scores $181,000 grant for amenities upgrade

23/4/2019 Granville Hockey Club scores $181,000 grant for amenities upgrade A $181,000 grant to upgrade Granville Hockey Club will help support the community during times of crisis as well as boosting their sporting facilities, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien and Minister for Sport Senator Bridget McKenzie announced today.

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20 April, 2019

$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 O’Brien and Minister for Sport Senator Bridget McKenzie announced today.

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17 April, 2019

LNP investing $202,000 for Indigenous job opportunities in Wide Bay

17/4/2019 LNP investing $202,000 for Indigenous job opportunities in Wide Bay The Liberal Nationals Government is providing a $202,000 boost to Anderleigh Quarry to help up to 50 Indigenous jobseekers move into paid work, Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion and the Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today. 

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16 April, 2019

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, cricket and other sports as part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to creating healthier, happier and safer communities across Australia.

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1 April, 2019

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 international competitions.

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29 March, 2019

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.

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29 March, 2019

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 investment to fast track the National Rural Generalist Pathway program.

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28 March, 2019

$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.

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28 March, 2019

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-deductible donations to the Sheds.

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28 March, 2019

Llew O’Brien announces $40,000 for upgrade to Sherwood Hall

28/3/2019 Llew O’Brien announces $40,000 for upgrade to Sherwood Hall A $40,000 grant announced by Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien will help revamp Avenues Lifestyle’s Sherwood Hall, making it a safer, more accessible place for people with disabilities in the Gympie region.

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27 March, 2019

$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 Noosa’s Sunshine Butterflies.

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26 March, 2019

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 has entered into a contract with the Fraser Coast Regional Council for the sale of the Maryborough Rifle Range through […]

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25 March, 2019

Llew O’Brien welcomes inquiry into Defence Force superannuation

25/3/2019 Llew O’Brien welcomes inquiry into Defence Force superannuation Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed today’s announcement that an independent inquiry is to be established into the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) superannuation scheme.

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22 March, 2019

Mobile phone black spot funding improves safety on Fraser Island

22/3/2019 Mobile phone black spot funding improves safety on Fraser Island Tourists and residents on Fraser Island will enjoy improved safety and convenience, with two new mobile phone base stations to provide service to the eastern side of the island for the first time, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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20 March, 2019

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 Nationals’ Government funding through the Regional Growth Fund.

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18 March, 2019

$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.

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18 March, 2019

$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 Barrier Reef Foundation for gully restoration and land management education.

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13 March, 2019

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.

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11 March, 2019

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 marketing strategy.

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8 March, 2019

Federal grant to help tap new tourism markets on Cooloola Coast

8/3/2019 Federal grant to help tap new tourism markets on Cooloola Coast “Voluntourism” will be the word on everyone’s lips in Tin Can Bay, with Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announcing a $20,000 grant for Cooloola Coastcare Association to develop a tourism strategy.

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7 March, 2019

Funding helps plan for Maryborough Showground’s future success

7/3/2019 Funding helps plan for Maryborough Showground’s future success A new strategic plan will outline growth opportunities for Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park, with help from a $15,000 grant from the Liberal National Government, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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6 March, 2019

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 Better Regions Fund.

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5 March, 2019

$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 $150,000 to help protect our environment, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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25 February, 2019

New dedicated Medicare item for heart health checks in Wide Bay

26/2/2019 New dedicated Medicare item for heart health checks in Wide Bay Wide Bay residents at risk of heart disease will receive timely and appropriate medical advice with the creation of a new Medicare item for heart health checks, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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25 February, 2019

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.

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22 February, 2019

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 O’Brien announcing a new MRI licence for Gympie Radiology

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17 February, 2019

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’s the end of the milk war.

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11 February, 2019

$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 Llew O’Brien announced today.

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11 February, 2019

$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 home care packages nationally, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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24 January, 2019

Grants help 3 Tin Can Bay organisations build a stronger community

24/1/2019 Grants help 3 Tin Can Bay organisations build a stronger community Three community organisations in Tin Can Bay will help build a stronger and safer community, after receiving more than $21,000 in Stronger Communities Programme funding,  Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today said today.

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23 January, 2019

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.

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18 January, 2019

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 disabilities, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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17 January, 2019

$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 Accelerating Commercialisation grant. 

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14 January, 2019

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 of consultations in all eight dairy regions last year.  

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10 January, 2019

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.

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8 January, 2019

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.

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8 January, 2019

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 (STEM) course.

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7 January, 2019

Australians set to benefit from new physical activity grants

8/1/2019 Australians set to benefit from new physical activity grants Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local sporting clubs and physical activity providers to apply for funding from a national $28.9 million program aimed at getting Australians more active.

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20 December, 2018

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 the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 1 January 2019.

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17 December, 2018

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, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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12 December, 2018

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 opportunity to be part of a nationwide mentoring program to transform their business by improving their digital capability.

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12 December, 2018

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.

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11 December, 2018

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 to the Australian War Memorial initiative Places of Pride.

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5 December, 2018

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 Champions program.

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4 December, 2018

$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 of the Stronger Communities Programme.

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4 December, 2018

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 Programme announced by Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today.

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4 December, 2018

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 O’Brien announced today.

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3 December, 2018

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 heritage.

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30 November, 2018

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.

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26 November, 2018

$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 Government’s announcement it will expand free access to glucose monitoring devices.

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26 November, 2018

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 (ELLA) program.

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25 November, 2018

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 Grandparent Adviser program.

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18 November, 2018

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 officially launched.

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14 November, 2018

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’s Smart Farms Small Grants program.

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13 November, 2018

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 indoor arena with a grant of $17,720 from Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme, Member for Wide […]

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13 November, 2018

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 Communities Programme, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien, announced today.

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7 November, 2018

Federal funds light the way for the Tin Can Bay RSL Sub-Branch 

8 November 2018 Federal funds light the way for the Tin Can Bay RSL Sub-Branch  Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today announced that the Tin Can Bay RSL Sub-Branch will receive a grant of $4,000 to upgrade to the Tin Can Bay RSL & Citizens’ Memorial Hall, under Round 4 of the Stronger […]

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7 November, 2018

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 the Stronger Communities Programme, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien, announced today.

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6 November, 2018

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 processors.

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5 November, 2018

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 World War.

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1 November, 2018

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, for the South Burnett First Aid Volunteers to improve access to the Murgon Training Centre.

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31 October, 2018

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 Nationals Government’s Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) open for business from Thursday 1 November 2018, Llew O’Brien, Federal Member for Wide Bay said […]

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31 October, 2018

Young Apprentices and Small Business to benefit from Bush Wage subsidy trial

1 November 2018 Young Apprentices and Small Business to benefit from Bush Wage subsidy trialFederal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien has welcomed the Liberal and Nationals Government’s announcement of a $60 million investment to trial a wage subsidy as an incentive for employers in regional and rural communities to engage more apprentices.

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31 October, 2018

Cooloola Coast patients keep moving with Stronger Communities grant  

1 November 2018 Cooloola Coast patients keep moving with Stronger Communities grant  The Cooloola Coast Medical Transport service will continue to safely carry clients to medical appointments after receiving funding through round four of the Stronger Communities Programme, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien, announced today. 

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25 October, 2018

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 Nationals Government’s Stronger Communities Programme, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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25 October, 2018

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.  

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15 October, 2018

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 assistance.

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14 October, 2018

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 Government’s extra investment in the national network of headspace centres and the digital portal, eheadspace, means young people will […]

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11 October, 2018

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 ideas, exciting events and innovative projects as part of National Science Week 2019.

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11 October, 2018

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.

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11 October, 2018

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’Brien said the Liberal and Nationals Government is pleased to support the exciting initiative under its $641 million Building Better […]

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9 October, 2018

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 support to upgrading its facilities including external shade areas for members’ use.

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9 October, 2018

Military history, commemoration and education thrives in Maryborough

10 October 2018 Military history, commemoration and education thrives in MaryboroughMaryborough residents’ keen interest in military history, commemoration and education will be on show today with Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester visiting the Gallipoli to Armistice Military Trail, and the Maryborough Special School.

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9 October, 2018

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 Centrelink’s Gympie Service Centre is opening its doors on Saturday, 13 October, to provide additional support to farmers in the severely drought-affected region.

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8 October, 2018

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 service under the previous provider.

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4 October, 2018

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, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses.

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24 September, 2018

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 into the new role.

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23 September, 2018

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 Llew O’Brien said today.

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18 September, 2018

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 preparation for Remembrance Day, with this year marking the centenary of the First World War Armistice.

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16 September, 2018

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 infrastructure extensions to improve their operations.

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16 September, 2018

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 state and local governments, and Federal Members of Parliament. 

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12 September, 2018

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 year’s Anzac Day Schools’ Awards for their project commemorating the service and sacrifice of our veterans over the past […]

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3 September, 2018

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.

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30 August, 2018

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 projects in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War.

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29 August, 2018

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 Bay Llew O’Brien sat down with producers at a roundtable in Gympie to listen to concerns and consider a way forward.

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28 August, 2018

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.

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28 August, 2018

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.

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20 August, 2018

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 veterans, serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their families, war widows and widowers. 

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19 August, 2018

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 Coalition Government support to $1.8 billion.

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19 August, 2018

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 in Queensland. 

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15 August, 2018

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 Australian Government’s Financial Assistance Grants program.

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12 August, 2018

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 popular Local Sporting Champions program.

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9 August, 2018

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 online.

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7 August, 2018

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 to support the efforts of local volunteers.

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6 August, 2018

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 to go by.

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6 August, 2018

LNP MPs sleep rough in Canberra to support St Vinnies Sunshine Coast

7 August 2018 LNP MPs sleep rough in Canberra to support St Vinnies Sunshine CoastLNP Federal Members of Parliament from the Sunshine Coast, Andrew Wallace, Ted O’Brien and Llew O’Brien, together with Nambour based Senator James McGrath, are joining the 2018 Vinnies Community Sleepout, by sleeping rough in a cold courtyard at Parliament House, Canberra.

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2 August, 2018

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 Communities Programme (SCP).   

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26 July, 2018

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 a Dealer campaign run by Crime Stoppers Australia, benefitting communities across Wide Bay.

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26 July, 2018

National action on endometriosis to help thousands of Australian women

27 July 2018 National action on endometriosis to help thousands of Australian womenThe Coalition Government has released Australia’s first National Action Plan for Endometriosis, investing a further $1.2 million to improve the quality of life of patients through better treatment, diagnosis, and aiming to find a cure. 

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24 July, 2018

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 Transport Michael McCormack said the project would significantly improve safety and efficiency amid growing traffic volumes at the Wide […]

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23 July, 2018

NAB’s Leadership on Farm Management Deposits a boost for farmers

24 July 2018 NAB’s Leadership on Farm Management Deposits a boost for farmers Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, has welcomed news that the nation’s largest agri-lender, the National Australia Bank, will allow farmers to offset their Farm Management Deposits against their loans.

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20 July, 2018

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 Coalition Government invested $900,000 in the project The Fraser Coast Military Trail is a step closer to completion […]

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16 July, 2018

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 $5,100,358 project, through the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream.

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11 July, 2018

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 Fraser Coast Regional Council’s $780,655 project, through the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream.

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8 July, 2018

$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 million Indigenous Entrepreneurs Package election commitment.

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3 July, 2018

Coalition Government’s support for NAIDOC celebrations in Wide Bay

4 July 2018 Coalition Government’s support for NAIDOC celebrations in Wide BayThe Coalition Government’s support for the celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture has continued through funding for NAIDOC Week celebrations in the Wide Bay electorate with a variety of events, including sporting events, cultural showcases and school activities.

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3 July, 2018

Regional boost for Maryborough and Cooroy under Building Better Regions Fund

4 July 2018 Regional boost for Maryborough and Cooroy under Building Better Regions FundA new Veterans Community Initiatives Strategy, operated at Maryborough by the Fraser Coast Regional Council, and the 2019 Australian Body Art Festival at Cooroy hosted by the Cooroy Chamber of Commerce, will receive a boost following the announcement of two successful projects […]

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2 July, 2018

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 the Coalition’s $5 billion budget boost to aged care.

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24 June, 2018

Wide Bay Burnett selected for Regional Employment Trials Program

25 June 2018 Wide Bay Burnett selected for Regional Employment Trials Program The Wide Bay Burnett is one of 10 regions across the country set to benefit from a new Coalition Government employment trial.   The $18.4 million Regional Employment Trials Program will enable local organisations, who understand the issues on the ground, to design solutions […]

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17 June, 2018

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 (ELLA) program into more schools in Wide Bay.   “I encourage all preschools and schools to join the ELLA program to give […]

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31 May, 2018

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 they risk missing out on the new subsidies.

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30 May, 2018

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 time and costs in family law disputes

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30 May, 2018

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 Allowance.

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29 May, 2018

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.

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23 May, 2018

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 precinct in Noosa.

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13 May, 2018

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 Australia, with an investment of $550 million to deliver around 3000 additional doctors, more than 3,000 additional nurses and hundreds of […]

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13 May, 2018

More funding for school chaplains to boost student wellbeing

14 May 2018 More Funding for School Chaplains to boost Student Wellbeing The Coalition Government has announced its ongoing support of the National School Chaplaincy Programme, which provides vital pastoral care services to thousands of students and school communities across Australia. 

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8 May, 2018

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 O’Brien said.

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7 May, 2018

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.

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3 May, 2018

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 many craft brewers in my electorate of Wide Bay who will benefit from the Coalition Government’s continued support for […]

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3 May, 2018

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 rules can be complicated and confusing, so this Guide is produced to ensure Wide Bay pensioners […]

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2 May, 2018

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, from 30 April to 6 May 2018 reminds everyone to drive safely on the road. In […]

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1 May, 2018

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.  Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien confirmed the number of services bulk-billed for patients […]

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22 April, 2018

Liberal-National Government commits $800 million to build Section D – Cooroy to Curra

23 April 2018 Liberal-National Government commits $800 million to build Section D – Cooroy to Curra The Federal Government will commit $800 million towards the construction phase of the Cooroy to Curra–Section D project, delivering safer and less congested roads for the people of Queensland. The Federal Government will commit $800 million towards the construction phase […]

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22 April, 2018

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 defence of our country. “Anzac Day is a special day to pay tribute to […]

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18 April, 2018

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 Federal Government’s National Immunisation Program.  

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18 April, 2018

Government announces telecommunications Consumer Safeguards Review

19 April 2018 Government announces telecommunications Consumer Safeguards ReviewFederal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, has welcomed the release of the Turnbull-McCormack Government’s terms of reference for a review into consumer safeguards in the telecommunications sector.  The review will be undertaken in three parts which will ensure access to an effective complaints handling and redress scheme, […]

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17 April, 2018

Powerful new reforms to ensure safe, quality aged care for older residents of Wide Bay

18 April 2018 Powerful new reforms to ensure safe, quality aged care for older residents of Wide BaySeniors in Wide Bay communities and their families will benefit from significant aged care quality reforms, announced by the Turnbull-McCormack Government.  The reforms are in response to the recommendations of the independent Carnell-Paterson Review ordered by the Government after the […]

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15 April, 2018

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 headspace service. The service, to open its doors in early July, will be operated by United Synergies and will be located in […]

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11 April, 2018

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 to “make the switch” to the overhauled system which starts on 2 July.  Federal Member for […]

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6 April, 2018

Going along for the ride at Kilkivan’s Great Horse Ride Festival

7 April 2018 Going along for the ride at Kilkivan’s Great Horse Ride Festival Locals and equestrian fans are celebrating the new extended five day Kilkivan Great Horse Ride Festival at Kilkivan. Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the festival was extended from three days to five days thanks to a […]

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5 April, 2018

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 today announced that all 125 identified priority black spot locations will receive improved mobile coverage

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5 April, 2018

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 Programme.

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5 April, 2018

Llew O/Brien congratulates Gympie’s Little Haven Palliative Care for Recognition in PC inquiry report

6 April 2018 Llew O’Brien congratulates Gympie’s Little Haven Palliative Care for Recognition in PC inquiry report The high quality service that is delivered by Gympie’s Little Haven Palliative Care has been recognized in the Productivity Commission Inquiry report – Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Reforms to Human Services.

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28 March, 2018

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 Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the project involved building dedicated turning lanes and a new northbound overtaking […]

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27 March, 2018

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 Initial Applications for funding under the Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

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22 March, 2018

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. 

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21 March, 2018

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.

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13 March, 2018

Record Medicare bulk billing rate a win for patients in Wide Bay (4)

Record Medicare bulk billing rate a win for patients in Wide Bay More Wide Bay patients are seeing their doctor without paying a cent, with the bulk-billing rate increasing to a record 86.4 per cent in the first half of the 2017–18 financial year. In Wide Bay, that means 442,875 doctor appointments were bulk-billed, Federal Member […]

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13 March, 2018

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 project worth over $5 billion in acquisition. Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien and Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt welcomed […]

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8 March, 2018

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 ahead of schedule Project part of the 10-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program WORK is now complete on the Bruce Highway – Cooroy to Curra […]

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8 March, 2018

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 the theme ‘Because of her, we can!’ to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Grant applications open […]

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7 March, 2018

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 in regional Australia Six projects, totalling $14.6 million, will be delivered across Wide Bay electorate

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6 March, 2018

$725,000 funding for World Heritage-listed wonder Fraser Island

07/03/2018 $725,000 funding for World Heritage-listed wonder Fraser Island World Heritage-listed Fraser Island will share in $47.4 million in Coalition Government funding to protect and preserve this iconic part of Australia, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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27 February, 2018

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 subsidy program since 2015.

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27 February, 2018

Community groups in Wide Bay encouraged to get their green thumbs ready

28/02/2018 Community groups in Wide Bay encouraged to get their green thumbs ready Wide Bay community, land care, environment and other natural resource management groups can now apply for funding to help restore Wide Bay’s unique natural environment, under the Coalition Government’s $5 million Environment Small Grants opportunity.

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26 February, 2018

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 Llew O’Brien announced today.

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22 February, 2018

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:

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21 February, 2018

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 An online tool and support services to assist business with the transition 

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18 February, 2018

Coalition Government delivers a one-stop shop for financial complaints

19/02/2018 Coalition Government delivers a one-stop shop for financial complaints Consumers and small businesses in Wide Bay will have access to free, fast and binding dispute resolution after legislation was passed to establish the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said.

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8 February, 2018

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.

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4 February, 2018

$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 O’Brien announced today.

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18 January, 2018

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 to start mid 2018 and be complete by late 2018

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12 January, 2018

Stronger Communities funding builds a safer, brighter Noosa region

12/01/2018 Stronger Communities funding builds a safer, brighter Noosa region Noosa communities will be safer and enjoy greater support after three local organisations received almost $30,000 in funding through round three of the Stronger Communities Programme, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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21 December, 2017

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.

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11 December, 2017

Stronger Communities grant to help Wide Bay Motor Complex accelerate growth

12/12/2017 Stronger Communities grant to help Wide Bay Motor Complex accelerate growth Wide Bay Motor Complex near Maryborough will be able to fit out its new shed and purchase equipment to maintain its grounds after receiving $16,362 through round three of the Stronger Communities Programme, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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11 December, 2017

South Burnett a better place thanks to Stronger Communities grants

13/12/2017 South Burnett a better place thanks to Stronger Communities grants Three Murgon community organisations will share in more than $26,000 for valuable projects in the South Burnett with funding through round three of the Stronger Communities Programme, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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10 December, 2017

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 shopping local.

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6 December, 2017

Stronger Communities grant to help Little Haven Palliative Care

6/12/2017 Stronger Communities grant to help Little Haven Palliative Care Little Haven Palliative Care in Gympie will be able to upgrade its patient lounge and meeting room after receiving $14,980 funding through round three of the Stronger Communities Programme, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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5 December, 2017

Dreamtime delegates visit Wide Bay during business events showcase

6/12/2017 Dreamtime delegates visit Wide Bay during business events showcase The natural beauty of Wide Bay is on display this week as Dreamtime delegates from India visit Fraser Island and Noosa, while Brisbane hosts Tourism Australia’s signature business events showcase, Dreamtime.

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3 December, 2017

Get in quick, grants backing smart farms in Wide Bay closing soon

4/12/2017 Get in quick, grants backing smart farms in Wide Bay closing soon Farmers, fishers, community and industry groups in Wide Bay need to be quick if they want to submit an application for the first round of the $50 million Smart Farms Small Grants – applications close at 2pm AEDT on 7 December.

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29 November, 2017

Medicare is stronger than ever and patients in Wide Bay are benefiting

1/12/2017 Medicare is stronger than ever and patients in Wide Bay are benefiting A record 86.3 per cent of patients in Wide Bay were bulk-billed when visiting their GPs during the September quarter, showing more people than ever before are benefiting from the Coalition Government’s commitment to Medicare, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said.

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29 November, 2017

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 Wide Bay Clarrie Millar. 

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28 November, 2017

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, superannuation finance and wealth management industry.

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21 November, 2017

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 the Mobile Black Spot Program, Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield and Federal Member […]

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16 November, 2017

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 school Works funded as part of the $38 million Tinana Interchange upgrade

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15 November, 2017

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.

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7 November, 2017

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 close on 19 December 2017 

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5 November, 2017

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, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said today.

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5 November, 2017

State support for Llew’s call to fund Cooroy to Curra Section D welcomed

6/11/2017 State support for Llew’s call to fund Cooroy to Curra Section D welcomed Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today said the Queensland Government’s 20 per cent funding commitment to the Cooroy to Curra Section D project supports his call for the four lane highway upgrade to proceed as soon as possible.

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2 November, 2017

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 invested $19,307 to fully fund this project

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2 November, 2017

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 – Section C upgrade on track for early 2018 completion

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1 November, 2017

Stronger Communities grant keeps Cooloola Cove Medical Transport on the road

2/11/2017 Stronger Communities grant helps keep Cooloola Coast Medical Transport on the road A Wide Bay patient transport service will continue to safely carry clients to out-of-town medical appointments, after receiving funding through round three of the Stronger Communities Programme, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today. 

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31 October, 2017

Noosa National Park upgraded coastal track open for summer season

1/11/2017 Noosa National Park upgraded coastal track open for summer season Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien, and State Member for Noosa Glen Elmes, today said the $800,000 Federal and State funded upgraded Noosa National Park coastal walking track will provide new recreational opportunities for locals and visitors to the Park in time for […]

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16 October, 2017

$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 Communities Programme, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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13 October, 2017

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 them to assist men in their communities.

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13 October, 2017

New vaccine to benefit the health of young people in Wide Bay

14/10/2017 New vaccine to benefit the health of young people in Wide Bay  The Coalition Government is providing young people in Wide Bay with free access to the new Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine from the start of 2018 to protect against more strains of HPV infection.

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9 October, 2017

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.

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1 October, 2017

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 $25,000 toward the upgrade. The members of Murgon’s Men’s Shed will have more space to work after the newly completed extension […]

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27 September, 2017

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 Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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26 September, 2017

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 horticulture produce to even more customers across the Mary Valley, Noosa, Gympie and the wider Sunshine Coast.

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26 September, 2017

Caring for the land comes naturally to Gympie and South Burnett farmers

27/9/2017 Caring for the land comes naturally to Gympie and South Burnett farmers Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, and Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, today visited two Landcare champions in the South Burnett and Mary Valley, to see how sustainable agriculture and farm management projects are achieving results on the ground.

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20 September, 2017

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.

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20 September, 2017

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 spent a whopping $2.06 billion, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

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19 September, 2017

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 commemorative projects to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in 2018.

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14 September, 2017

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 announced today by Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien.

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13 September, 2017

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 Program.

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10 September, 2017

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 the NBN Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien and Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash have welcomed the activation of a […]

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3 September, 2017

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, play-based apps.

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22 August, 2017

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 deck The Coalition Government invested $20,000 towards the project Sunshine Coast community, residents and beachgoers today celebrated the opening of the newly […]

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17 August, 2017

Vietnam Veterans’ Day and the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan

18/08/2017 Vietnam Veterans’ Day and the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien encouraged the Wide Bay to honour the service and sacrifice of the Australians who served in Vietnam War as the country marks Vietnam Veterans’ Day and the Battle of Long Tan on August 18.  

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10 August, 2017

Safer Bruce Highway at Tinana as interchange opens to traffic

11/08/2017 Safer Bruce Highway at Tinana as interchange opens to traffic $38 million project officially open, improving safety and traffic flow through the area Minor completion works to continue over coming weeks, with reduced speed limits in place An estimated 118 direct jobs supported over the life of the project

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10 August, 2017

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 week. 

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26 July, 2017

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 Champions program.

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12 July, 2017

$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 communities.

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11 July, 2017

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 effect on 1 July.

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10 July, 2017

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 for younger veterans.

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5 July, 2017

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 Short Film Festival through the Regional Arts Fund.

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3 July, 2017

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 help them gain experience and improve their skills.

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29 June, 2017

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.

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29 June, 2017

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 outcomes in the region by providing a dedicated gathering space for skills and information sharing The Coalition Government invested $47,030 in […]

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27 June, 2017

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 National Stronger Regions Fund  The Gympie Pavilion Conference and Events Centre was officially re-opened today following a $1.25 million refurbishment to improve conference facilities.

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22 June, 2017

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 disability, to nominate for the 2017 National Disability Awards.

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21 June, 2017

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 gained work through the Coalition Government’s innovative PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program.

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21 June, 2017

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 applying for grants under Grant Round Three of the 20 Million Trees Program.

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15 June, 2017

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 Beach Cenotaph.

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6 June, 2017

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 Tewantin.

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31 May, 2017

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 Team program.

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21 May, 2017

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 extra $8,000 from the Coalition Government for the shed’s internal fit out.

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19 May, 2017

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 document, Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunity.

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15 May, 2017

$11.2 million upgrade for Bruce Hwy and Wide Bay Hwy intersection

15/05/2017 $11.2 million upgrade for Bruce Hwy and Wide Bay Hwy intersection Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien, and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Senator Matt Canavan, have welcomed the Federal Government’s Budget commitment of $11.2 million to upgrade the intersection of the Bruce and Wide Bay highways at Bells Bridge.

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11 May, 2017

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 2017. $50 million has now been allocated to Queensland for Drought Assistance Concessional Loans since the Farm Business Concessional Loans Scheme opened […]

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8 May, 2017

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’s new $18.6 billion needs-based Quality Schools plan.

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1 May, 2017

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 volunteers.

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23 April, 2017

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 men and women who have served in the defence of our country.

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23 April, 2017

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, and new turning lanes at intersections, with upgrades scheduled to be completed by late 2017 Safety works on the Bruce […]

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27 March, 2017

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 of Indigenous Australians.

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24 March, 2017

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 the Australian Parliament on Thursday night.

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16 March, 2017

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 opening tomorrow (Friday, March 17).

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13 March, 2017

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 Support Program (CHSP) to fund in home care services for older people.

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9 March, 2017

Innovative approaches help more young Wide Bay people into work

09/03/2017 Innovative approaches help more young Wide Bay people into work Young people across the region will be given a helping hand to get into work after Impact Community Services was successful in its application to deliver the second round of Empowering YOUth Initiatives, Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has announced.

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7 March, 2017

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 nbn service from a retail service provider this week.

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7 March, 2017

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 Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has moved to Queensland’s Gympie and Sunshine Coast regions […]

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2 March, 2017

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 boost outcomes for school students, and assist their further study, training and employment.

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2 March, 2017

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 the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.

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27 February, 2017

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 that they must register with the Australian Taxation Office to be eligible. 

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19 February, 2017

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 contributing $76.8 million to the project, with an estimated 426 jobs being supported over the life of the project Work is well underway on building […]

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9 February, 2017

Senate inquiry to examine decentralisation to move jobs to regions

10/02/2017 Senate inquiry to examine decentralisation to move jobs to regions Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien, today said local people can have their say about the new jobs, benefits and economic opportunities that decentralisation of Government agencies would bring to regional communities, through a new Senate inquiry into moving Commonwealth jobs to the […]

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9 February, 2017

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.

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8 February, 2017

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 Canberra.

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6 February, 2017

Wide Bay Burnett Regional Jobs and Investment Package committee announced

07/02/2017 Wide Bay Burnett Regional Jobs and Investment Package committee announced ·         Local committee to identify investment priorities for the Coalition’s $20 million jobs package announced·         Funding for local infrastructure, business innovation and skills and training·         Coalition Government letting local communities decide their own future

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31 January, 2017

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 military history.

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17 January, 2017

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 Fund, to support local community and infrastructure projects.

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15 January, 2017

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.

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15 January, 2017

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 Tinana interchange, at Three Mile Road West, Tinana, on 18 January 2017.

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9 January, 2017

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 commitment.

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15 December, 2016

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.

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14 December, 2016

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 adorn the office walls of Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien.

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8 December, 2016

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. 

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8 December, 2016

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 National Flags.

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30 November, 2016

$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 Gunalda.

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28 November, 2016

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.

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23 November, 2016

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 create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger rural, regional and remote communities.

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23 November, 2016

$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 Australia to purchase portable fridges.

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21 November, 2016

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.

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18 November, 2016

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 appointed Chair of the Queensland Black Spots Consultative Panel. The ongoing work to remove dangerous black spots in […]

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17 November, 2016

Australian Government reaffirms funding for the Noosa-Cooloola road upgrade (2)

17/11/2016 Australian Government reaffirms funding for the Noosa-Cooloola road upgrade The Australian Government will provide $2 million towards upgrading the Noosa-Cooloola coastal link road When completed the project will link Noosa to the Cooloola, Sunshine and Fraser coasts The paved road will open the area to more visitors to the region The Australian Government today […]

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16 November, 2016

O’Brien visits Amamoor State School Anzac Memorial orchard

16/11/2016 O’Brien visits Amamoor State School Anzac Memorial orchard Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, recently visited Amamoor’s State School Anzac Memorial orchard that was funded by the Coalition Government’s Centenary of Anzac Local Grants Program.

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15 November, 2016

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.

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14 November, 2016

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 Rugby Club, home of the Noosa Dolphins.

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14 November, 2016

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 Coalition Government’s Capital Grants Program.

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10 November, 2016

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 volunteers.

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10 November, 2016

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 remember every Australian who has made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our nation.

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10 November, 2016

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 – Trial – Hire.

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7 November, 2016

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 put on display in his Parliament House and Electorate Offices.

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4 November, 2016

$20.5 million to continue funding for McGrath Breast Care Nurses

4/11/2016 $20.5 million to continue funding for McGrath Breast Care Nurses Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today said Gympie will benefit from a McGrath Breast Care Nurse funded by the Liberal Nationals Government as part of $20.5 million in new funding to ensure ongoing support for people being treated for breast cancer.

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31 October, 2016

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 Bay, Llew O’Brien said today.

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28 October, 2016

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 Heritage Grants Program. 

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28 October, 2016

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 Coalition Government has now launched the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

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24 October, 2016

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 of equipment to be used for outdoor broadcasts.

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21 October, 2016

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 the threat of natural disasters.

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20 October, 2016

nbn construction to start to connect Noosa communities sooner

20/10/2016 nbn construction to start to connect Noosa communities sooner Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today said construction of the nbn will start in Noosa communities before the end of the year, ahead of the rollout schedule. “The Liberal Nationals Government prioritized the rollout of the nbn to underserviced areas and I’m pleased […]

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20 October, 2016

Llew O’Brien announces funding for Cherbourg’s Ration Shed Museum

20/10/2016 Llew O’Brien announces funding for Cherbourg’s Ration Shed Museum Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today announced that Cherbourg’s historic Ration Shed Museum will receive $237,000 from the Liberal Nationals Government. The funding will be used to develop and deliver education programs, repair and refurbish buildings, and build capacity to strengthen the organisation.

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17 October, 2016

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 the provision of additional car parking spaces and improved access to its buildings.

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13 October, 2016

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 carers to be recognised for the enormous contribution they make in helping others,” Mr O’Brien said.

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6 October, 2016

Maryborough Motorcyclist Club receives $11,658 towards new shed

6/10/2016 Maryborough Motorcyclist Club receives $11,658 towards new shed Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien and Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash, today announced the Liberal Nationals Government will provide $11,658 towards the construction of a new shed at Maryborough’s Action Park. “The funding will be used to build a new multi-purpose shed that […]

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6 October, 2016

Coalition Government support for St Vincent de Paul, Maryborough

6/10/2016 Coalition Government support for St Vincent de Paul, Maryborough Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien, and Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash, today visited St Vincent de Paul’s Maryborough Centre of Charity, which received $5,350 from the Liberal Nationals Government towards the replacement of its kitchen. “The funding has assisted with the upgrade […]

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6 October, 2016

Maisie Kaufmann Centre’s technology upgrade assisted by Coalition Government

6/10/2016 Maisie Kaufmann Centre’s technology upgrade assisted by Coalition Government Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien and Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash today announced the Liberal Nationals Government is contributing $13,185 to the Maisie Kaufmann Learning Centre’s technology upgrade project. “The funding will be used by the Centre to upgrade its facilities, including […]

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5 October, 2016

Llew O’Brien welcomes Minister for Regional Development to Maryborough

5/10/2016 Llew O’Brien welcomes Minister for Regional Development to Maryborough Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today said the Minister for Regional Development, Senator Fiona Nash will visit Maryborough for the third time in recent months, to speak at the Regional Economic Development Growth Forum at the Brolga Theatre on Thursday, 6 October. “Minister […]

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5 October, 2016

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 Jacana Girl Guide Hut. “The funding will be used to purchase air conditioning and restore the internal timber flooring and external decking,” Mr O’Brien said.

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4 October, 2016

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 shop. “The recent renovations including the replacement of the shop counter and the lowering of shop fixtures to create a more accessible […]

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30 September, 2016

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 Guide contains information about the guidelines, payments and eligibility tests that relate to the Age Pension,” Mr O’Brien […]

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30 September, 2016

Coalition Government assistance for Cooloola Coast Medical Transport

30/09/2016Coalition Government assistance for Cooloola Coast Medical Transport Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today announced the Liberal Nationals Government will provide $11,752 to Cooloola Coast Medical Transport to assist it to update its fleet of vehicles. “This investment will help the service to renew its fleet of vehicles so it can continue to […]

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29 September, 2016

Coalition Government supports Noosa’s historic Tait Duke Community Cottage

29/09/2016Coalition Government supports Noosa’s historic Tait Duke Community Cottage Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today announced the Coalition Government will invest $20,000 to renovate Noosa Council’s historic Tait Duke Community Cottage. “This is a great project that is restoring a 98 year old Queensland cottage and providing new skills to young people,” Mr […]

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26 September, 2016

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

26/09/2016Llew O’Brien welcomes Assistant Minister for Rural Health to Gympie Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, will welcome Assistant Minister for Rural Health, Dr David Gillespie, to Gympie on Wednesday, 28 September. Prior to entering Parliament, Minister Gillespie was a medical specialist gastroenterologist and head of physician training at a regional teaching hospital. “While […]

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23 September, 2016

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 connections. Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, said the Liberal Nationals Government’s $23 million Incubator Support initiative would provide matching grants of […]

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23 September, 2016

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 National Landcare Awards gala dinner in Melbourne last night. Stephen Burgess has run Wurraglen Nature Refuge for nearly 20 years and has […]

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20 September, 2016

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

20/09/2016Llew O’Brien appointed Chair of Queensland Black Spot Consultative Panel The Australian Government has today appointed Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien as the new Chair of the Queensland Black Spot Consultative Panel. Mr O’Brien will work with a range of community and road user groups, industry members and government agencies to allocate funding […]

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20 September, 2016

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 resource, containing a range of information that is designed to help year 12 students prepare for life after school,” Mr […]

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2 September, 2016

National Child Protection Week 2016 Working together to build stronger communities to protect our children (2)

02/09/2016National Child Protection Week 2016 Working together to build stronger communities to protect our children.  Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today said National Child Protection Week will be observed between 4-10 September this year.  This year’s theme is ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’ focusing on the important role communities serve in protecting and supporting children.  […]

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29 August, 2016

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 upgrade Netherby Road, south of Gundiah.  “A new eight-metre-wide floodway will offer increased protection from future natural disasters, improving access and allowing emergency services to […]

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25 August, 2016

New roundabout to open at Cooroy Southern Interchange on the Bruce Highway (2)

25/08/2016New roundabout to open at Cooroy Southern Interchange on the Bruce Highway.A new roundabout at the intersection of Myall Street and Nandroya Road, which forms part of the upgrade to the Cooroy to Curra Southern Interchange is now open. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the new roundabout was a major milestone in […]

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22 August, 2016

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

22/08/2016 Wide Bay’s sporting champions recognised by Llew O’Brien Wide Bay has many young people with great sporting abilities, Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien said today. “I’m pleased to congratulate 18 sporting champions in Wide Bay who have been awarded $500 each from the Australian Government’s Local Sporting Champions program,” Mr O’Brien said.

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22 August, 2016

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

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22 August, 2016

Coalition Government extends mobile phone coverage to Widgee, Kin Kin and Woolooga (2)

22/08/2016Coalition Government extends mobile phone coverage. The Wide Bay communities of Widgee, Kin Kin and Woolooga are benefitting from the Liberal Nationals Government investment through the Mobile Black Spots Programme to extend the mobile phone network, Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien said today. “These communities have long fought for mobile phone coverage and I’m pleased to […]

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4 August, 2016

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 letter containing a Census login, to enable them to participate in the 2016 Census.  “The 2016 […]

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4 August, 2016

National Broadband Network rolling out in Tuchekoi, Maaroom, and Aldershot (4)

04/08/2016National Broadband Network rolling out in Tuchekoi, Maaroom, and Aldershot.Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today said premises in the Fraser Coast communities of Maaroom and Aldershot, and the Mary Valley community of Tuchekoi will soon have access to faster and more reliable nbn internet access.  “Superfast nbn broadband is on its way to Tuchekoi, Maaroom, […]

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