Milestones – December 2017 Newsletter

50th Wedding Anniversary Ted and Sondra Courtney celebrating their 50th Wedding anniversary on the 12th August 2017 William and Maureen Leet celebrating their 50th Wedding anniversary on the 16th September 2017 55th Wedding Anniversary David and Maria Hobden celebrating their 55th Wedding anniversary on the 15th September 2017 60th Wedding Anniversary Roy and Phyllis Head…

Additional projects that have been delivered

On top of my election commitments, there have been many other projects that I have delivered. A $58 million upgrade of the Bruce Highway from four to six lanes between Robert Road and Foster Road. The upgrade also includes wide centrelines, new turning lanes, and better lighting along five kilometres of the highway between Gordonvale…

Christmas Card Competition 2017

A big CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of my 2017 Christmas Card Competition – 8 year old Rory Stewart from Cairns West State School. Rory wins a $150 Cairns Penny account for his drawing of 'Santa on the Reef' which will appear on the front of my annual Christmas card that I send out across Australia.…

The Junction Clubhouse – changing lives

The Junction Clubhouse is doing amazing work helping people transition from mental health care back into the community, jobs and housing.  This year The Junction set up a Bike Bank and members have started cycling, finding it beneficial for their physical and mental health. So they’ve decided to take on a ‘little’ challenge – the…

Building Better Regions in Leichhardt

I’M excited about the opportunities for the Far North that will come from the recently-announced Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), through creating jobs, driving economic growth and building stronger regional communities into the future. The good news is that BBRF, worth $297 million over four years, is a regional fund and projects from the major…

Update on Election Commitments

SINCE Government was formed at the end of August, there’s been steady work on the delivery of election commitments. I receive regular updates from relevant Ministers, and am working with project proponents to help where I can. At the Wet Tropics Management Authority Ministerial Forum on 25th November, the Queensland and Federal Governments agreed that…

New mobile coverage for regional areas

I’m very pleased that five areas in the Far North – Cape Tribulation, Whyanbeel, Ayton, Keatings Lagoon and Injinoo – will receive new mobile base stations under Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program. Improved mobile coverage for Cape Tribulation will be fantastic for tourism given that visitors to the region expect…

Out and About

Helped Santa at the Star of the Sea Elder’s Village Christmas Lunch, Thursday Island Took part in discussions during Pormpuraaw Youth Week, Pormpuraaw Attended tourism icon Doug Gamble’s 75th birthday, Fitzroy Island Hosted defence officials for updates on the Upgrade of the Cairns Marine Precinct, Cairns Helped launch the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival, Port…