I’ve been the member for Thuringowa for two and a half years, but have been fighting for Townsville for close to 30. As a proud United Voice State Delegate and Member for over 27 years in the Queensland Ambulance Service, I fought with the community and fellow Officers to increase staffing, vehicles and equipment.
As Labor people, we know that the campaign never ends to improve the lives of working Queenslanders. We fought for services in our community, we fought to topple Newman, and now we constantly campaign to deliver the Palaszczuk Government’s vision for a better Queensland.
My electorate of Thuringowa has great community spirit, albeit with some challenges around Water, Infrastructure (Roads), Crime and high unemployment. We work hard as a community, knocking on doors, attending meetings and markets to build our campaign.
Within the last two and half years as the Member for Thuringowa I have worked with the community and petitioned for well-deserved infrastructure. This has resulted in $7.2M in funding for the Hervey’s Range Road upgrade, $6M in funding for a new Multi-Purpose Hall for Kirwan State High School which is the largest high school in Northern Queensland, and $5M in funding to redevelop the Kirwan Ambulance Station which is 40 years old and now houses over 40 staff. This new station will ensure our ambulance service has the equipment, training and resources it needs to deliver the very best in emergency care to the Townsville residents.
To enable community consultation I initiated the formation of a Community Consultation Group which is aptly named the Upper Ross Community Voice. This Consultation Group has an elected committee, including a Police Officer, School Principal, and many other community members and provides another avenue for me to communicate and campaign within my community. This Group meets monthly for residents to raise both local and state issues. From items raised at these meetings I was able to gain further funding on top of the major project of the $30M Riverway Drive Duplication with an additional $5M for more lighting, pathways and boardwalks along Riverway Drive, and a $450,000 for security fencing for Rasmussen State School.
Issue based petitions are a great way to engage with locals – people can contribute to something greater, build support for the cause, and I can engage with my constituents on an issue I know they feel strongly about. I’m already petitioning in my new suburbs post redistribution – gathering support for a Security fencing for Heatley Secondary School and the Heatley Primary School.
Our campaign to improve the lives of working people will only get bigger as we get closer to the election – will you join me?