Deb Frecklington's plans for 2019
MEMBER for Nanango, Deb Frecklington has hit the reset button after a big 2018 and is prepared for an exciting year ahead.
"As the local State Member for Nanango I am always fighting for positive outcomes for our community," she said.
Ms Frecklington had a busy 2018 and she fought hard for much needed improvements throughout the South Burnett and Gympie regions.
Improvements to the region's health services, policing, water infrastructure, roads and schools were just some of the many areas Ms Frecklington lobbied hard for last year.
She was also involved in various South Burnett groups including Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group and Queensland Rural Regional Women's Network Conference, among many others.
Ms Frecklington was grateful for the ongoing support from the region's individuals and the various groups and clubs who make our region the wonderful place it is.
"Much of this work would not have been possible without the ongoing support of community groups and individuals and I pass on my thanks for your assistance to make them happen," she said.
Ms Frecklington acknowledged the unwavering strength shown by the region during some of Mother Nature's destruction throughout the year.
"My heart goes out to everyone affected by this devastation, but I know our community is resilient and much work has already taken place in the recovery effort," she said.
Looking ahead to 2019, the state opposition leader is focused on keeping a strong focus on regional areas.
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"I'll continue to push for improvements to the D'Aguilar, Burnett and Bunya Highways and the many other key networking roads, like the Byee Road, Kilkivan-Tansey Road, Kingaroy-Burrandowan Road and the Maidenwell-Bunya Mountains Road," she said.
Supporting our health services remains a priority and the new Kingaroy Hospital is high on the agenda.
"I am committed to ensuring there are no delays in the construction of the new Kingaroy Hospital and I'll continue to keep the pressure on the health minister to improve wait times for the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme," she said.
Targeting the topic of drug use in the South Burnett is high on the agenda and Ms Frecklington is determined to clean up our region.
"More must be done to beat the ice epidemic," she said.
"Ice has infiltrated our towns, it is destroying families and attacking the very soul and fabric of our communities.
"Unfortunately, this drug doesn't discriminate, it decimates.
"The LNP has a comprehensive ice plan that provides more treatment, more education and awareness and four additional rehabilitation and detox centres across regional Queensland."
Our school's students and teachers have not been forgotten and they can expect a cool change if Ms Frecklington has her way.
"I'll be reinforcing the LNP's pledge to air-condition every state school classroom," she said.
"At present, air-conditioning isn't compulsory in state schools in South East Queensland.
"But we believe that if it's good enough that we air-condition other public buildings it should be good enough for our kids and teachers as well.
"This is all part of our plan to make Queensland kids the smartest in the nation."