PREMIER Campbell Newman has chosen Nanango MP Deb Frecklington as his assistant minister, bringing country Queensland just that little bit closer to the state's highest elected office.
The former assistant minister to the treasurer and first-
term parliamentarian said she was relishing the opportunity.
During her first week in the new role, Mrs Frecklington told Queensland Country Life she was eager to see agriculture become a key pillar of the Queensland economy.
"I enjoy working with Agriculture Minister John McVeigh, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps, because they have the interests of the regions at heart," she said.
"Any policy that we can drive from government to make the business of being a primary producer easier is important for the future of Queensland agriculture."
In her new role she will be focusing on the Queensland Plan and November's G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane.
Mrs Frecklington said she was motivated by her passion for her local community and the support of her family.
"It is a busy life but I really enjoy my work, and I love working with the local people," she said.
"I have three daughters and a wonderful husband who certainly does more than his fair share."
Mrs Frecklington has strong ties to the agricultural industry, growing up on a beef cattle property at Guluguba, and later managing broadacre cropping properties with her husband Jason.
She has a business degree from the University of Southern Queensland and completed a Bachelor of Law through the Queensland University of Technology.
Following her move to Kingaroy, she became a partner of Kelly and Frecklington Solicitors, focusing on family and property law.