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Palaszczuk pretends to bring forward stalled Building our Regions program

 The Palaszczuk Government is pretending to bring forward funding through a program that stalled in its first year, leaving a huge gap in the pipeline of infrastructure projects delivered in regional and rural communities across Far North Queensland. LNP Shadow Northern Development Minister Andrew Cripps said today’s announcement that $70 million would be made available […]

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OPINION – LABOR’S WATER MESS STALLS GULF DEVELOPMENT

It’s now more than four months since IFED’s Coordinated Project status on the Gilbert River lapsed, after it failed to lodge its EIS on time. Despite previously using the IFED project as an excuse, the Palaszczuk Government has since failed to release more than 450,000 megalitres of unallocated water in the Gilbert catchment, within the […]

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REOPENED INGHAM BIRTHING SERVICE A GREAT SUCCESS

Hinchinbrook MP, Andrew Cripps, has welcomed news the reopening of birthing services at the Ingham Hospital, after being closed by the Beattie Government in 2006, has been a great success. Mr Cripps said he was delighted to recently learn that 21 babies (10 girls and 11 boys) had been safely delivered in the first six […]

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OPINION – LAND REFORMS CONTINUE TO OFFER OPPORTUNITY

 The former LNP Government’s rural land reforms have continued to drive new opportunities for landholders in regional Queensland. Since the new freeholding arrangements came into place in July 2014, more than 1,100 applications to freehold grazing or primary production (Category 11) leases across Queensland have been submitted. More than 900 freehold deeds of title have […]

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Labor fiddled Adani tune while North Queensland burned

            The Palaszczuk Government’s much-publicised support for Adani Carmichael Coal Mine exposed as nothing more than a publicity stunt Opposition Question on Notice reveals Coordinator-General hasn’t used powers provided to him to progress Adani’s coal mine, rail infrastructure, or water infrastructure approvals More than 20 approvals secured for Carmichael project but none facilitated by […]

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OPINION – NEXT STEP FOR NORTHERN BEACHES SCHOOLS

The communities on Townsville’s Northern Beaches are growing. From Bushland Beach to Rollingstone, it’s a lively part of our city. I’m proud to represent them. Of course, with residential growth comes the need for infrastructure. This is true not only for hard infrastructure like sewerage, water and roads, but for soft infrastructure, such as sports […]

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ERGON THREATENS CASSOWARY COAST MARINE SAFETY

Hinchinbrook MP, Andrew Cripps, has accused Queensland Government owned power giant, Ergon Energy, of undermining the marine safety of all public and private vessels across the Cassowary Coast Region, by compromising the Tully Coastguard’s communications system. Mr Cripps said since 2001, the Tully Coastguard has had a radio installation co-located with Ergon Energy infrastructure on […]

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LABOR & WILMAR ALONE AND BITTER ON SUGAR MARKETING

Hinchinbrook MP, Andrew Cripps, says the Palaszczuk Government and Wilmar Sugar were now alone in their bitter struggle against the sugar marketing legislation agreed to by the Queensland Parliament in December 2015 and he called on both to end their opposition. Mr Cripps said following the announcement that COFCO’s Tully Sugar had signed a cane […]

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VISIT TO CARDWELL LIONS SENIORS CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Hinchinbrook MP, Andrew Cripps, welcomed LNP Shadow Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Child Safety, Ros Bates, to the Hinchinbrook electorate recently and took the opportunity to introduce her to the seniors community in Cardwell. Mr Cripps and Ms Bates attended the Cardwell Lions Seniors Christmas Lunch at the Cardwell Community Hall on Sunday 11 […]

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LNP WELCOMES ADANI COMMITMENT TO REGIONAL QUEENSLAND

The LNP has today welcomed Adani’s continued commitment to North and Central Queensland, with several management and logistical announcements being made, as a number of final approvals for the Carmichael mine project drawn nearer to a conclusion. Shadow Minister for Mines and Northern Development, Andrew Cripps, said the much anticipated announcement that Adani’s regional operations […]