Water and transport loom large in CQ electorates

MPS declare plans for the electorates of Capricornia and Flynn


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Ken O'Dowd, the Federal Member for Flynn, has plans to improve transport and water infrastructure to assist the rural sector.

Ken O'Dowd, the Federal Member for Flynn, has plans to improve transport and water infrastructure to assist the rural sector.

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After resounding wins on May 18, MPs Michelle Landry and Ken O'Dowd are strapped in for three years of representation.

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WATER and transport connectivity lie at the heart of future hopes for returning MPs Michelle Landry and Ken O'Dowd in the respective electorates of Capricornia and Flynn.

When both posted resounding election results at the May 18 federal poll, they immediately set their compasses on fulfilling plans outlined three years ago and working to deliver newer commitments.

"We made a lot of promises a few years ago and also in this latest campaign and some were locked in with our budget," Mr O'Dowd said.

"I am going to be hellbent on getting those projects up and running as soon as possible. I might just add that some of the projects from 2016 haven't been completed yet, which I am very annoyed about because they were promises and the money is on the table but we are waiting on the state government.

"For instance we want Queensland Main Roads to get on with the passing lanes between Gracemere and Rockhampton. It is a $5.6 million project, which is really needed and there's $20m for the Gladstone-Phllips Street bypass.

"I want to get those out of the way so we can get on with the current promises that are all good infrastructure projects and will be a good return on investment for the government.

"Having more roads connecting with one another will be important for the rural sector. Roads coming off the Dawson Highway and the north and south of the Bruce straight to the port in Gladstone will make it more cost effective for farmers and more efficient for the transporters.

"There is far too much produce going past us and heading to Brisbane where their port is under pressure and that's holding us back in this region.

"The inland rail between Gladstone and Toowoomba and linking with the inland rail to the southern states will open up all the Taroom and Wandoan country."

Even more important was the development of additional water infrastructure, Mr O'Dowd said. He is anxious to read the outcome of feasibility studies along the north and south stretches of the Burnett when the details are made available.

"I am not against the Bradford scheme but there is much we can do on the eastern side of the range as well such as the Rookwood Weir," he said.

"But giving attention to the Burnett will provide all sorts of benefits and the soil in the Coalstoun Lakes district will grow anything if you can just add water."

Additionally, Mr O'Dowd will advocate for further expansion of health services despite establishing a Headspace in Emerald and upgrades to the hospital there.

"Emerald serves the entire gemfields region and soon thousands of grey nomads will be passing through and they deserve medical services as do the residents, yet the current infrastructure is under pressure," he said.

Michelle Landry, the LNP's Federal Member for Capricornia, will focus on job creation and important infrastructure upgrades after another election victory.

Michelle Landry, the LNP's Federal Member for Capricornia, will focus on job creation and important infrastructure upgrades after another election victory.

Water, delays and jobs pepper Ms Landry's future forecasts for Capricornia.

"Everything I do is about getting more jobs for the people in the region and lowering their costs of living," Ms Landry said.

"But I am frustrated by the inaction of the state government in important matters. We put $130 million on the table for the Rookwood Weir but we are still waiting for the state to come on board. It took them 600 days just to present a business case.

"The federal government has committed $800m for a third bridge (over Rockhampton's Fitzroy River) and the ring road that is needed as a vital connector to the airport so it can be made into a hub of commerce.

"When we do get Rookwood up and going the agricultural sector will grow and we can then look at growing tourism."

An early task for Ms Landry will be the fruition of a new hall for the CWA of Collinsville.

"I went there last year and heard the CWA ladies were looking for $330,000 for a new hall and when I went back just before Christmas I was able to tell them the money was available," she said.

"I have never seen so much hugging, smiles and tears at the same time. It will be one of my very first tasks to get this hall up and open."

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