MOBILE OFFICE: Member of Callide Colin Boyce (L) considers a proposal from Keith Gear and Gavin Murray (R) from the Mount Perry Men's Shed at his Mount Perry mobile office on Thursday, January 31.
MOBILE OFFICE: Member of Callide Colin Boyce (L) considers a proposal from Keith Gear and Gavin Murray (R) from the Mount Perry Men's Shed at his Mount Perry mobile office on Thursday, January 31. Alex Treacy

Boyce bops along to the sound of his own thinking

CALLIDE is the fifth biggest electorate in Queensland.

It encompasses some 75,000sqkm.

The wheels of member Colin Boyce's Toyota Fortuna chew up about 8000km of them each month.

With such distances, you would think Mr Boyce's glovebox would be overflowing with well-loved CDs.

Not so.

"I don't really listen to music,” Mr Boyce confessed.

"I'm too busy thinking about what to do.”

Speaking at his mobile office in Mount Perry last Thursday, Mr Boyce nominated the price of energy as the biggest issue facing his constituents.

He said he believed driving coal out of the power mix was raising prices, not lowering them.

He is also worried about what the State Government's 50 per cent renewables target will mean for the 222 employees at Callide Power Station in Biloela.

Not only the power station, but what of the employees of the seven big coal mines in his electorate?

Coal is, however, far from the only industry in Callide.

Mr Boyce calls Callide the "economic generator of Queensland” and notes the wealth of agriculture and even several renewable energy farms supported within the electorate.

He said at the last State Budget, he had a wishlist of funding for four major projects in his electorate, which he is still fighting to secure.

They are the Mount Perry-Monto Rd, Mount Perry-Gayndah Rd, Mundubbera-Durong Rd and the bridge over Boyne River near Mundubbera.

He said the bridge was about 70 years old and was originally built in the horse-and-cart era.

In fact, Mr Boyce believes there are something like 93 wooden bridges in Callide that need replacing.

"There's only so much money,” he conceded.

However, he firmly believes that regional electorates do not get their fair share of funding.


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