Candidates for the Logan West electorates of Logan, Algester, Jordan and Woodridge have been invited to contribute responses to the questions below.
|Bio – Tell us about yourself.||It’s my great privilege to serve as the current Member for Woodridge, the Treasurer of Queensland, and the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning in the Palaszczuk Labor Government. Before I worked in that job. I’ve previously been the Minister for State Development, the Minister for Health, Minister for Education, Attorney-General, and Minister for Industrial Relations.|
Before I got into politics, I worked as a lawyer, as well as an international development volunteer overseas.
I live with my wife and two sons in Logan. When I get spare time I like watching rugby league and cricket. I am Broncos fan, and although the team hasn’t had a great year you have to pick and stick.
|What qualities, experience or skills make you stand out as a candidate?||By serving as a senior Minister and Treasurer within the Palaszczuk Government, I have been able represent the people of Woodridge at the highest levels within Government. I’ve had first hand experience in supporting and improving essential Government services like hospitals and schools that are vital to our community. I’ve also been working hard to support small business and local building and construction projects to help support the economy to recover from COVID-19 and create more jobs, including jobs for local tradies.|
|How were you involved in your electorate prior to announcing your candidacy?||IT’s been my great privilege to have been elected as the Member for Woodridge in 2015, and then re-elected in 2017. This has meant I have been able to work with all of the schools, sporting clubs, community groups and health facilities in our community, as well as meet with thousands of residents.|
|What is one thing you’d like to achieve during the next term of government?||I would like to deliver the Government plan for economic recovery. It’s the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s detailed plan to safeguard our health, support small business, increase local manufacturing, bring forward infrastructure, support our regions and invest in skills.|
|How can residents in your electorate be involved and empowered to solve local problems together with you?||I encourage all residents to connect with me by visiting my office at Logan Central. You can also share your views with me on Facebook, at community events, by email or by chatting with me at one of my street stalls.|
|Environment – How will you navigate the tension between more people moving into the area and the needs of wildlife and the environment?||I intend to keep working closely with Logan City Council Mayor Darren Power and Deputy Mayor Jon Raven to deliver a strong planning scheme that protects and grows our community in a sustainable way. Council and the state have jointly agreed on a regional plan for the entire South East, and that’s how we work together to ensure growth occurs and the environment is protected|
As industrial and commercial development brings more jobs to areas like Crestmead, it’s important we ensure that does not come at the cost of local wildlife, and especially koala habitat.
The Palaszczuk Government’s SEQ Koala Conservation Strategy provides the strongest koala protections Queensland has ever seen and has increased protected areas in Queensland by over 1.2 million hectares.
We’re also demonstrating that looking after the environment actually creates more jobs.
Through projects like the Container Refund Scheme we are reducing the amount of waste going to landfill while creating new jobs in new recycling industries.
I’m excited by the opportunities presented by our Government’s support for these industries through the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program.
For example, Blocktexx in Woodridge has received funding to build a reprocessing facility employing 19 people in Woodridge that will recover materials like polyester and cellulose for reuse that would otherwise end up in landfill.
|Transport – What are the highest priority transport services and infrastructure you will be advocating for in your electorate?||As communities to our south like Yarrabilba continue to grow, we know there will be extra pressure put on transport corridors through our area.|
That’s why it was pleasing to se the Federal Government match the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to upgrade the Mount Lindesay Highway.
It’s also why we are getting with the job of Build Cross River Rail to ensure that we will have ‘turn up and go’ services at stations like Trinder Park, Woodridge and Kingston for people going to work either towards Brisbane or the Gold Coast.
|Infrastructure Spending – What can you do make infrastructure spending in Logan West a priority for the next government?||As Treasurer & Minister for Infrastructure I was proud to commit the Palaszczuk Government to our $51.8 billion infrastructure guarantee, which promises the biggest infrastructure spend in a decade to improve roads, rail, hospitals, and schools across the state, including air condiotining every school in my electorate.|
In the course of the election campaign, I’ve also helped announce the our plan to spend $10 million in targeted recovery initiatives in Logan, as part of Queensland’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan. This includes investing $2.5 million in Logan City Council’s Digital Infrastructure and Connectivity Program, to improve digital infrastructure, reduce digital blackspots and encourage private investment in the region. It also includes a $7 million investment in a Logan pilot program, the Access Economic Hub. The flagship initiative, located in the heart of Logan, will provide job training, social enterprise and business incubator services, as well as links to social services. It is estimated to support 22 construction jobs, with construction commencing in the first half of 2021.
|Inland Rail – What can you do as a local member to help residents affected by the inland rail project?||Inland Rail has the potential to stimulate further economic development and job opportunities throughout Logan.|
But projects of this scale must be done right, with proper community consultation that identifies and addresses issues when they can be factored into the plan.
The Morrison Government’s record on Inland Rail consultation has left a lot to be desired – they need to step up and get out into communities right along this northern section of the route to fix the problems that locals have made clear.
|FREE HIT – What do you think is the most important issue facing your electorate and how will you respond to it?||Local residents have done a fantastic job in making our community safe by following health advice, which has allowed us to reopen the economy while other countries suffer more lockdown.|
However, our economic recovery is under threat from Deb Frecklington and the LNP, who have promised to deliver a budget surplus regardless of economic circumstances. The only way a surplus can be achieved is by cutting jobs and services, including sacking 30,000 Queensland workers, which will involve 16,000 health workers like nurses and midwives losing their jobs.
This will be even worse than what happened under Campbell Newman, who Deb Frecklington supported as assistant Treasurer.
These LNP cuts will wreck our community and hurt the people of Logan, who rely on good quality hospitals and schools.
As Logan and Woodridge become an even more bustling and thriving community, it’s vital that families have access to the schools, hospital and other services they need. That’s why we can’t risk LNP cuts, and that’s why the Palaszczuk Labor Government has a plan to grow our frontline services, to build the infrastructure to support those services, and to grow jobs throughout our community.
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