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Politicians call for freeze on parking fines - Media Release

State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan has joined with Cr Mark Edwards to call for a moratorium on parking fines at Weinam Creek until the construction of the new Redland Bay Marina bus station is complete.

 

Mr McEachan said he and Cr Edwards had been inundated with calls from commuters who were worried they would be fined while trying to find legal parking options during the upgrade.

 

“We understand there has been a lot of confusion with regards to parking at the Redland Bay Marina bus station,” Mr McEachan said.

 

“While this facility is under construction, I’m joining with Cr Edwards to ask for a freeze on parking fines.”

Cr Edwards said he was on the record supporting the moratorium.

The Redland Bay Marina bus station is expected to be completed by the end of the year. 

[ENDS] 27 September 2016

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Redlands’ Public Housing Penthouses - Media Release

  •   Residents left in the dark over Palaszczuk Labor Government’s plans for public housing apartments on prime Bayside land
  •   Proposal only allows for 6 x 1-bedroom units

  •   Not a responsible use of taxpayers money

    Shadow Housing Minister Stephen Bennett met with concerned Victoria Point residents at a ‘call to action’ over the planned public housing apartments in Boat Street, Victoria Point this morning (15/08/16) organised by Member for Redlands Matt McEachan.

    Local residents approached Mr McEachan and Cr Lance Hewlett, who attended the meeting to hear community concerns, last month after it was revealed the Palaszczuk Labor Government had purchased prime land with water views in Victoria Point.

    Mr Bennett said there is a huge need for crisis housing, and purchasing Bayside properties at premium prices was not going to alleviate the public housing waiting lists.

    The purchase of this property is not a responsible use of taxpayer’s money,Mr Bennett said.

    The Government has not taken into account vital factors such as access to health facilities and public transport.

    Mr McEachan said locating public housing at Boat Street meant residents would have to travel at least an hour by public transport to Redland Hospital and around 50 minutes to get to Cleveland Train Station.

    The purchase of this property just doesn’t make sense, and local residents have been completely left in the dark over the plans.

    It’s another example of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s lack of openness and transparency.

    [ENDS] 15 August 2016
     

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Marine Rescue in Moreton Bay - Media Release

  •  State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan joined in a VMR patrol over the weekend.
  •   Matt and the crew spotted a green sea turtle in distress and assisted in rescuing it.

  •   VMR is always looking for volunteers from the local community.

    Member for Redlands, Matt McEachan joined in a volunteer marine rescue patrol in Moreton Bay over the weekend.

    Member for Redlands, Matt McEachan said it was a great opportunity to join in a VMR patrol and see for himself what VMR Victoria Point does in protecting Moreton Bay.

    It was great to join our hardworking volunteers and even assist in rescuing some of our great Moreton Bay wildlife,” Mr McEachan said.

    While we were out and about on the bay, the local Straddie Ferries skipper spotted a green sea turtle in distress and luckily the crew and I were able to get it into the boat and hand it over to National Park rangers for treatment.”

    Mr McEachan said he was planning on joining VMR Victoria Point as a volunteer, and he encouraged Redlanders to get involved as a volunteers themselves.

    The crew at VMR Victoria Point are always looking for more helping hands on deck and on land, so I encourage keen boaties to consider getting involved,Mr McEachan said.

    To register your interest in becoming a volunteer at Volunteer Marine Rescue Victoria Point, visit

    http://vmr.org.au/

    [ENDS] 9 August 2016
     

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LNP committed to tackling ice in Redlands - Media Release

  •  LNP announces policy to help take ice off Redlands’ streets
  • Nicholls LNP Government would implement five-point action plan focused on

    prevention measures and law and order

  • LNP committed to tackling drug use and making Queensland safest place to live, work

    and raise a family

    The Redlands’ community will be made safer under a comprehensive LNP plan to tackle the state’s ice epidemic.

    Member for Redlands, Matt McEachan said an LNP Government would implement a five-point action plan to take ice off our streets through crime prevention, drug addiction services and strong enforcement.

    “The LNP is committed to tackling drug use in communities, particularly increased ice use, to help make Queensland the safest place to live, work and raise a family,” Mr McEachan said.

    “Ice use can tear families apart and sadly it is a real problem in our communities and across Queensland, but the LNP has a plan to tackle the issue with a targeted and comprehensive strategy to complement the Federal Government’s National Ice Action Plan.”

    Shadow Police Minister Tim Mander said the LNP had consulted widely with law enforcement and community representatives in developing the comprehensive policy.

    “The LNP already has a solid track record on this issue, through law and order measures such as policing and tougher penalties for offenders, and addiction treatment services that work,” Mr Mander said.

    “An LNP Government would continue to work with organisations to target Redlands’ most vulnerable.”

    Crime Stoppers Queensland Chief Executive Officer Trevor O’Hara welcomed the LNP’s funding commitment to help the organisation continue to target the supply of illegal drugs.

    “Between March and June 2016 the Dob in a Dealer campaign attracted more than 2000 reports about ice dealers in Queensland, which has led to more than 185 arrests,” Mr O’Hara said.

    “The community has clearly demonstrated its desire to participate in reducing the impacts of ice and needs a strong plan to continue to battle both supply, demand and rehabilitation for the future.”

The LNP’s five-point plan to take ice off our streets includes: 1. Dob in a dealer

$1 million to encourage the community to report any information to Crime Stoppers Queensland.

2. Keeping bikie clubhouses closed

Only the LNP has the proven record of closing down criminal bikie gang clubhouses through its strong action to tackle criminal gangs.

3. Drug addiction services

Working with the federal government to deliver more treatment services, particularly in rural and regional Queensland, and targeted support through Queensland Health.

4. Law enforcement co-operation

Ensuring our state and commonwealth law enforcement agencies share intelligence and resources to tackle ICE supply and distribution across Queensland.

5. Increased prevention

Through community awareness programs targeting specific high-risk demographics.

[ENDS] 12 July 2016
 

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No road relief for Redlanders - Media Release

  •  Palaszczuk Labor Government needs to tell residents if they will upgrade Cleveland Redland Bay Road
  •   Roads Minister Mark Bailey confirmed interest in Councils market led proposal to fix the road

  •   Still no solution confirmed
    State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan is calling on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to

    clarify their position on fixing Cleveland Redland Bay Road.

    This comes after local Labor MP Don Brown seemed confused on the Governments position, telling residents it was a priority road, and then not worth a mention, then describing it as a pipe dream.

    Mr McEachan said he was concerned the Palaszczuk Labor Government didn’t seem to know its plans for the major State road, despite Roads Minister Mark Bailey welcoming financial support for the upgrade by Redland City Council.

    Redlanders deserve better, Labor has dudded the whole of Redlands,Mr McEachan said.

    Redlands, a city of approximately 150,000 residents gets an insultingly small $31.4 million over four years in the budget snapshot. Its an utter disgrace,he said.

    I am in full support of Mayor Karen Williams proposal to loan the Palaszczuk Labor Government $100 million to fix the notorious stretch of road,Mr McEachan said.

    Minister Bailey needs to let residents know if the Redland City Councils market led proposal is seriously being considered as he said it is, or is it just a pipedream as Labors Member for Capalaba has now suggested.

    Labor hasn’t committed any new money for any road in Redland City in last week’s Budget. Only the LNP has committed to upgrading Cleveland Redland Bay Road.

    The Palaszczuk Labor Government has been handed an innovative solution to fix Cleveland Redland Bay Road, they just need to stop playing political games and deliver a solution.

    Redlanders dont care who fixes the roads they just want it done.

    [ENDS] 20 June 2016
     

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LNP jobs plan to Get Redlands working - Media Release

  •    LNP releases plan to return Labor’s lost jobs and Get Redlands Working
  •   LNP’s plan will create up to 20,000 jobs across Queensland

  •   Plan includes apprenticeship boost, small business grants and an employment bonus

    for employers

    An LNP jobs plan will see young Redlanders in jobs, encourage apprentices to finish their training and incentivise employers to train and retain workers.

    Member for Redlands, Matt McEachan said the plan provides strong incentives for businesses to train and retain young workers, which will be a major boost to employment in Redlands.

    “The LNP’s plan will provide local businesses with support to recruit young Redlanders, encourage them to take on apprentices to help them finish their training and provide a boost to employers to cover workers compensation premiums,” Mr McEachan said.

    “Our plan gives young apprentices and tradies in Redlands that vital first ‘leg up’, and will also encourage more apprentices to complete their training and get into the workforce.

    “It will also include support for up to 20,000 Queensland tradies over four years by contributing $500 towards new tools for apprentices upon completion of their training.”

    “We understand the costs young tradies in Redlands face when they start work, but we’re committed to easing the burden on our young workers.”

    Redlands tradie Lance Morris said he supported any program which helped young people take up a trade and find a job.

    “I remember how hard it was when I first started my apprenticeship, that’s why I like the sound of the LNP’s jobs plan, especially Tools for Tradies,” he said.

    Shadow Employment Minister Jarrod Bleijie said the LNP’s plan to Get Queensland Working would include targeted support for small businesses and workers that led to jobs and opportunities for young Queenslanders.

    “The LNP has a strong track record of providing pathways to jobs for young Queenslanders, but we recognise more needs to be done to Get Queensland Working,” Mr Bleijie said.

    “Labor is all talk and no action when it comes to jobs - it promised to create jobs for Queensland, but its failure to do so has seen 21,300 more young Queenslanders out of work since January 2015.

    “In stark contrast, the former LNP government increased funding for vocational education and training and empowered industry so we were training our young people for the high-quality jobs the economy needed.”

The LNP’s Plan to Get Queensland Working

1. Queensland Apprenticeship Boost

Providing a $5000 incentive for Queensland businesses who take on a new apprentice from beginning to end. This boost will provide up to 10,000 new apprentices over 4 years.

2. Tools for Tradies

$500 voucher for tradies who complete their apprenticeship to get the tools they need to get working. This will provide tools to 20,000 tradies over 4 years to help them get ahead.

3. Start Work Incentive

$4000 grants over 12 months to assist small businesses with recruitment and start-up costs for eligible young Queenslanders (15-24) who are unemployed and not enrolled in full-time education or training. This will provide businesses incentives to employ up to 10,000 young Queenslanders over 4 years.

4. Employment Bonus

Thanks to the stewardship of the LNP, WorkCover Queensland is in a strong financial position. A bonus to encourage businesses who employ eligible participants under the Apprenticeship Boost and Job Start Incentive will be provided to further encourage businesses to train and retain young Queenslanders. After 12 months of continuous employment of each eligible participant, employers will have that workers’ wages excluded as part of the next year’s premium calculation.

[ENDS] 16 June 2016
 

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Redlanders ripped off in Palaszczuk Budget - Media Release

  • Redlands misses out in 2016-17 Palaszczuk Labor Government Budget
  • No funding for Cleveland Redland Bay Road

  • No funding for extra hospital beds at Redland Hospital or for a new school in southern Redlands

    State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s 2016-17 Budget, which has seen no funding for the Redlands electorate.

    Last week, Mr. McEachan had called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to fund key road infrastructure.

    “There is little to no difference to last year’s budget, except that Queensland is in even more debt,” Mr. McEachan said.

    “Redlands has once again missed out on much needed funding for infrastructure, roads, our local hospital and schools.

    “Through their legacy of economic mismanagement Labor is further driving Queensland towards a credit downgrade and is spending nothing to improve our ageing Redlands infrastructure and roads.

    Mr. McEachan had called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to match the LNP’s commitment to upgrade Cleveland Redland Bay Road.

    “Cleveland Redland Bay Road is in an appalling state and Redlanders are sick and tired of being ignored by this Palaszczuk Labor Government.

    “This Government is willing to sell Redlands assets like the Mt Cotton Driver Training Centre but is refusing to invest in improving our local roads.

    “This Palaszczuk Labor Government had the opportunity to invest in our Redlands roads rather than using the funds from this sale to fill their budget black hole,” Mr. McEachan said.

    Mr. McEachan called for funding towards key Redlands roads including -

  • Safety upgrades to the Anita Street intersection

  • Dual laning of Cleveland Redland Bay Road

  • Intersection improvement along Cleveland Redland Bay Road

  • Upgrades to Mt Cotton Road to improve congestion and safety

    [ENDS] 14 June 2016
     

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SMBI residents dudded in SEQ Fare Review - Media Release

  • Palaszczuk Labor Government released the SEQ Fare Review on 12 June 2016
  • Southern Moreton Bay Islands is now classified under zone 5, mainland Redland City is under zone 3

  • SMBI public transport users will receive the smallest savings of just 0.43 cents per trip

    Member for Redlands Matt McEachan said that Southern Moreton Bay Island residents had been dudded in the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s SEQ public transport fare review.

    Mr. McEachan said the new zoning system had put SMBI public transport users in zone 5, compared to zone 3 for mainland Redlanders.

    “The Islands have been put in the same zone as Kawana on the Sunshine Coast,” Mr. McEachan said.

    “It’s hard to fathom the reasoning for this especially given the Islands are just 40 km from the Brisbane CBD, whereas Kawana is 82 km from the Brisbane CBD.

    Mr. McEachan called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to reconsider the zoning, in line with the zoning for mainland Redland City.

    “I’m fighting for Islanders to be treated equally to the rest of Redland City and I urge the Palaszczuk Labor Government to stop treating Islanders like second class citizens,” Mr. McEachan said.

    “It’s the smallest saving for the community that needs it the most and it’s the only community in Queensland that relies almost completely on public transport.”

    Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads Andrew Powell, supported Mr. McEachan’s call for more reasonable zoning for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

    “I will work with Matt to fight for a better outcome for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands,” Mr. Powell said.

    Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams supported Mr McEachan’s push for Southern Moreton Bay Islanders to get a fair go.

    “While this SEQ Fare Review is a step in the right direction, the Redland City Council believes that Islanders who rely absolutely on public transport should be treated like other Redlanders and afforded the same fare discounts,” Mayor Williams said.

    Mr. McEachan urged Southern Moreton Bay Islanders to have their say on the fare review by contacting his office – redlands@parliament.qld.gov.au or call 3446 0100.

    [ENDS] 14 June 2016

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Roads on the agenda for Redlands MP - Media Release

State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan, has outlined his priority list for Redlands ahead of next week’s State Budget.

Mr. McEachan again called for investment in Redlands infrastructure, roads, hospitals and schools.

“I’m urging the Palaszczuk Labor Government to invest in much need infrastructure, particularly our congested Redlands roads.

“I’m again calling on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to match the LNP’s commitment to the upgrade of Cleveland-Redland Bay Road.

“I discovered that the Palaszczuk Labor Government had been secretly planning to sell the Mount Cotton Driver Training Centre and I called on them to reinvest the money from that asset sale back in to Redlands roads,” Mr. McEachan said.

Mr. McEachan raised the issue in Parliament recently and was told by Labor Government Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey, that the money from the asset sale would be put towards Government advertising campaigns and not Redlands roads.

“Redlands continues to be overlooked by this Labor Government and it’s not good enough.

“It’s time for this Labor Government to start listening to Queenslanders and invest in the roads, schools and hospitals that we need.”

Mr. McEachan’s Redlands priorities include -

  • -  Better police resourcing, particularly for Victoria Point and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands

  • -  Upgrades to road infrastructure, particularly Cleveland Redland Bay Road and Mount Cotton Road

  • -  More beds for Redland Hospital

  • -  Improved resourcing for local schools

  • -  Upgrades to boating and fishing infrastructure

  • -  Planning for a new State School in Southern Redlands

  • -  Government support for the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area

  • -  Improved public transport

  • -  Maintain subsidies for aged pensioners

  • -  A reduction in payroll tax for local business to employ more people

    [ENDS] 10 June 2016
     

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Redlanders ripped off - Media Release

Member for Redlands Matt McEachan has questioned the Palaszczuk Labor Government about the sale of the Mount Cotton Driver Training Centre in Parliament this week.

Mr McEachan asked the Minister for Main Roads, Mark Bailey, if funds raised from the sale of the Mount Cotton Driver Training Centre would be reinvested in Redlands roads.

“Instead of answering my question, Minister Bailey defended the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s decision to sell off this important local asset, despite promising at the last State election that there would be no sale of Queensland’s assets.

“I quote Minister Bailey: we will do the normal things that Government’s do in terms of assets: we will buy and sell them, as we do every week, every month...”

“Not only is Minister Bailey admitting they sell off assets without consulting voters, he is also admitting that the Government blatantly lied to get into power.”

Mr McEachan said he was not surprised at the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s complete disregard for the people of Queensland and Redlands.

“Remember, this is the same Minister who admitted he had no idea where Cleveland Redland Bay Road was. I doubt he even knows the existence of the Mount Cotton Driver Training Centre, or in fact Mount Cotton Road.

“I questioned him then, and I question him now: is the Minister across his portfolio or does he need a hand?”

Ill keep fighting to make sure the Palaszczuk Labor Government doesn’t rip Redlanders off and deny us of vital road infrastructure upgrades.

[ENDS] 26 May 2016
 

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MP raises concerns over future of Mt Cotton Driver Training Centre - Media Release

  • Palaszczuk Labor will be selling off the government-owned Mount Cotton Driver Training Centre
  • This is a hypocritical move from a government promising to oppose asset sales

State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan has described the sale of the Mt Cotton Driver Training Centre to RACQ as typical of a manipulative Labor Government desperate to fix their Budget black hole.

Last month the RACQ announced that their proposal to take over the driver training centre at a cost of $15 million had been approved to proceed to a detailed planning and negotiation stage with the State Government, without any initial public consultation.

Mr McEachan said the sale of the asset was yet another example of Labor’s ability to sell Redlanders down the river.

“During the election Labor categorically said they would not sell assets. The Mt Cotton Driver Training Centre is a government-owned asset so tell me how this isn’t an asset sale,” Mr McEachan said.

“This is an asset sale by stealth and a betrayal of Redlanders who had no opportunity to have their say and who don’t know what this sale will mean for their electorate,” Mr McEachan said.

“On top of this, we have the Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt suggesting money from speeding fines is being reinvested into the Mt Cotton Driver Training Centre, and the Transport Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe who can’t seem to figure out what’s going on.

“If the Government doesn’t know what’s going on, how can residents?”

“I know from personal experience as a motorcycle-training instructor who has conducted driver training at the Mt Cotton centre that it is a valuable asset for Queensland and it’s an asset that the public should be able to have their say over.”

Mr McEachan called on Premier Palaszckuk and her Government to remember their Labor values.

“Apparently Labor upholds the notion of being an open, transparent and accountable government to the people. I’m not sure what’s so open and transparent about this transaction.”

Mr McEachan said he called on the Government to reinvest any proceeds from the sale of the Mt Cotton Driver Training Centre back into much needed road infrastructure for the Redlands.

[ENDS] 24 May 2016
 

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Redlands’ families to feel car rego hike pain again - Media Release

  • Labor set to slug struggling Queenslanders with another hike in car registration costs to cover their hopeless financial management
  • Premier Palaszczuk and Pitt refuse to use their power to freeze car rego costs

  • LNP guarantees family car rego wouldn’t rise more than inflation for first term

    State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan has slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government for refusing to help local families by freezing car registration costs.

    Instead, Mr McEachan said Redlands residents would be slugged with registration price hikes two times the rate of inflation.

    “The Palaszczuk Labor Government has once again shown its total fiscal incompetence with their plans to push car registration costs even higher,” Mr McEachan said.

    “Redlands and Queensland residents are just pawns in Labor’s revenue-raising game, regardless of Premier Palaszczuk’s election promise to help battling families.”

    The registration price hike will cost Redlands families with a four cylinder car approximately $350 or more, not including compulsory third party insurance (CTP) per year.

    Victoria Point mother Dayna Ogden said she was disappointed that the Queensland Government was ignoring the needs of families.

    "The cost-of-living just keeps increasing and now we’re going to have to pay more just to keep our cars on the road,” Mrs Ogden said.

    “Most families have two or more household cars and along with all of the other bills, I think this will hit really hard. It makes me wonder what else we will have to cut back on.”

    Mr McEachan said the LNP froze car registration costs for the three years in government and guaranteed that registration for the family car would not rise by more than the inflation rate during the first term of an LNP government.

    “It’s a shame Premier Palaszczuk’s Labor Government hasn’t made the same commitment to families,” he said.

    [ENDS] 23 May 2016
     

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MP calls for award nominations to celebrate local women in business - Media Release

State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan has called on the Redlands community to celebrate the achievements of exceptional business women by nominating them for the 2016 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Mr McEachan said the Telstra Business Womens Awards, now in its 22nd year, recognise and reward the courage, leadership and creativity of Australias most brilliant business women and play a critical role in raising the profile of women in business.

There are many business women in the Redlands electorate from a diverse range of working backgrounds who are achieving great things and have demonstrated courageous and successful leadership. The Awards provide an opportunity to recognise these women.

These women are driving our nations economic growth and continue to excel in their fields. We admire them for their hard work and encourage them to strive to achieve even great thing,Mr McEachan said.

Entries are open from now until 20 June 2016 across six categories:

  •   Entrepreneur Award

  •   For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award

  •   Public Sector and Academia Award

  •   Corporate and Private Award

  •   Young Business Womens Award

  •   Business Women in Asia Award

    To nominate or enter the Awards, go to www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com or call the Telstra Business Womens Awards on 1800 817 536 for further information.

    [ENDS] 10 May 2016

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Redlands MP appointed to Shadow Cabinet - Media Release

State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan has been appointed Shadow Assistant Minister to the Leader of the Opposition, Tim Nicholls MP.

The announcement was made this morning at a joint media conference to announce the new Shadow Cabinet, under Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls and Deputy Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington.

Mr McEachan said he was honoured to be asked to serve in the new Shadow Cabinet.

“I look forward to working with Tim Nicholls, Deb Frecklington and the rest of my Shadow Cabinet colleagues to deliver for Redlands,” Mr McEachan said.

“I will continue to promote the needs of the Redlands, in particular the urgent upgrade of Cleveland Redland Bay Road.

“One of my first priorities will be to invite the new Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads Andrew Powell to visit Cleveland Redland Bay Road to show him what we are dealing with every day in the Redlands.”

“Again, I am honoured and proud to be a part of the LNP Opposition Team.”

[ENDS] 9 May 2016
 

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Shadow Minister tours Redlands - 29 April 2016

  • Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Deb Frecklington MP, toured the Redlands electorate yesterday
  • Visits included a tinnie tour to Coochiemudlo Island, a visit to local business Darwalla Milling and a tour of Sirromet Winery with head chef Andrew Mirosch

    State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan yesterday hosted Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Deb Frecklington MP, in the Redlands electorate.

    The Shadow Minister took the opportunity to learn about what makes Redlands a great place to live, work and play.

    Mr. McEachan said the Shadow Minister enjoyed travelling in his tinnie to Norfolk Beach on Coochiemudlo Island.

    “The Shadow Minister was so impressed with the natural beauty of our Moreton Bay Islands that she’s thinking of bringing her family back for a holiday.

    “Locals from Coochie CoastCare met us on Norfolk Beach to discuss their work in erosion management,” Mr. McEachan said.

    Mr. McEachan also took the Shadow Minister on a tour of Darwalla Milling and Sirromet Winery, two Mount Cotton businesses which each employ many Redlanders.

    “Many people don’t realise that Redlands has such a vibrant agricultural sector still operating and employing many locals.

    “It was great to experience first-hand the innovative ways these local businesses are ensuring the agriculture sector remains an important part of Redlands,” Mr. McEachan said.

    The Shadow Minister also met with Sirromet Head Chef Andrew Mirosch on her tour of Sirromet Winery and discussed the importance of commercial fishing in Moreton Bay.

    “Andrew is possibly the only commercial fisherman using seafood in his own restaurant that he has caught himself.

    “It’s great to see local producers so passionate about locally sourced seafood,” Shadow Minister Frecklington said.

    Mr. McEachan also extended an invitation for the Shadow Minister to visit Redlands again and perhaps extend her tinnie tour to the other Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

    [ENDS] 29 April 2016
     

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Don’t let Labor rig the next state election - Media Release

  • Campaign launched to prevent Palaszczuk Labor Government rigging the next state election
  • The Premier broke Queenslander’s trust, and now it’s time for us to have a say

  • Sign the petition and tell Premier Palaszczuk ‘My Voice Matters’ at

    www.myvoicematters.org.au

    State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan has encouraged Redlands’ residents to join the campaign to help prevent the Palaszczuk Government from rigging the next state election.

    A recent poll revealed the vast majority of Queenslanders oppose Labor’s decision to reintroduce compulsory preferential voting.

    The Opposition yesterday launched a petition to stop the sneaky changes to Queensland’s voting system and give Redlander’s their choice back at the ballot box.

    Mr. McEachan said the Palaszczuk Labor Government had stripped voters of their right to choose how they want to vote.

    “Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Labor Government have made a back room deal to unwind our democracy and turn their back on 25 years of reform that was borne out of the corruption busting Fitzgerald Inquiry.

    “Redlanders will be forced to vote for candidates and parties they may not want to vote for, and if they don’t, their vote won’t be counted at all.

    “By signing this petition, we will be telling the Palaszczuk Labor Government to honour their election commitments, scrap their sneaky plan and bring back choice at the ballot box.

    “Every Redlander deserves to be heard and now they can tell the Premier that ‘My Voice Matters’ by signing the petition,” Mr. McEachan said.

    Sign the petition and tell Premier Palaszczuk ‘My Voice Matters’ at: www.myvoicematters.org.au

    [ENDS] 29 April 2016

 

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Palaszczuk Labor Government puts Redlands Sparkies at risk - Media Release

  • Matt McEachan MP backs Save Our Sparkies petition to stop Labor’s electricity giant
  •   Labor’s Ergon/Energex monolith will unfairly compete with mum and dad businesses

  •   LNP are standing with our Sparkies in time of uncertainty

    State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan has called on his electorate to Save Our Sparkies and sign an e-petition to protect local businesses.

    Mr McEachan said the Labor Government was planning to create a new government-owned business to compete against mum and dad sparkies by offering a range of electrical services such as smart meter and solar panel installation.

    “The Palaszczuk Labor Government is turning its back on Redlands’ sparkies with this plan, which will grab their work and destroy their livelihoods,” Mr McEachan said.

    “I’m calling on our community to help Save Our Sparkies by signing the petition to tell Annastacia Palaszczuk to put a stop to her plan that puts our local sparkies’ jobs at risk.”

    “Redlands has dozens of licensed electricians whose jobs are under threat by this plan.”

    Shadow Minister for Small Business and Employment, Tim Nicholls condemned the plan saying there is no demonstrated need for a government sponsored and taxpayer funded monolith.

    “Labor’s crazy plan to merge Energex with Ergon and then allow the new company to unfairly bid against sparkies for bread and butter electrical work shows the contempt they have for small business,Mr Nicholls said.

    Shadow Minister for Energy, Andrew Powell said the Labor government could require government agencies to use the merged electricity company rather than their local sparky.

    “Will we now see Labor direct all government departments to use this government-owned, taxpayer-funded monstrosity putting hundreds of small business and the families that run them at risk?” Mr Powell said.

    Key facts:

    •   Queensland’s 10,000 licenced electricians will be forced to compete with the government

    •   Sign up to the Master Electricians QLD e-Petition at www.mattmceachan.com/SOS

      [ENDS] 21 April 2016
       

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YMCA Youth Parliament - Media Release

State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan was delighted to meet the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament Member for Redlands Chantel Sustic recently.

Ms Sustic is one of 93 young Queenslanders aged between 15 and 25 who have been selected to represent their community at the youth forum for 2016.

Mr McEachan said the future was in good hands with young people like Chantel.

“Youth Members are the best examples that youth aren’t disengaged, but passionate advocates and the face of an incredible generation,” said Mr McEachan.

Nineteen-year-old Ms Sustic said she looked forward to being in the role to better understand and engage with the Redlands as a community, particularly youth.

“The things I love most about my community are that when encouraged we can come together to support the various causes we need.”

Ms Sustic will also serve on the Health and Disability Committee and said there were specific issues she hoped to address which hit closer to home, such as lack of employment opportunities for people with a disability and mental illness.

“I’m also passionate about access for those with a disability, accessibility to public places, accessibility to opportunities and accessibility to simply just wanting to live and have the same rights as everyone else,” Ms Sustic said.

With the support of the Queensland Government and Queensland Parliament, the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament has conducted been annually since 1996. It is a non-partisan program that is designed to give young people the opportunity to learn through experience about the role and operations of government, and empower them to have a positive impact in their local community and upon state government policies.

[ENDS] 18 April 2016
 

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Program closure causes more uncertainty - Media Release

  • Palaszczuk Labor Government delays closure of school disability program by one year, despite calls to keep it open

  • Minister Kate Jones caught-out trying to blame the Federal Government and the previous LNP Government

  • Petition to continue the program received almost 30,000 signatures

    State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan said the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s decision to delay axing an education program for young students with a disability would just prolong uncertainty for Redlands’ parents.

    Mr McEachan said the extension provided little comfort for parents whose children were currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Development Programs (ECDPs).

    “Instead of trying to find a solution for Redlands and Queensland parents, Education Minister Kate Jones has blamed everyone else, including the Federal Government.

    “The decision to continue the ECDP in our schools is hers and hers alone, exposing her claims as nothing more than political buck passing.”

    Local parent Samantha Chant, whose son participated in ECDP for two years, is concerned about the impact on the school system.

    “ECDP is a unique and specialised program and unless the Government can offer a replacement program they are essentially setting our kids up to fail.

    “Not only that, but I don’t believe they have considered the additional pressures removing this program will place on the school system”, Mrs. Chant said.

    Mr McEachan commended Redlands’ parents and wider community members leading the campaign to keep the ECDPs open.

    [ENDS] 30 March 2016
     

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Funding win for Island school - Media Release

State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan and Cr Mark Edwards helped Russell Island State School celebrate new funding for a crossing supervisor at a special morning tea this week.

The school approached Mr McEachan after calls for funding had gone unanswered.

Russell Island State School Principal Janet Tucker said it was a relieving win for the school community.

Our community has learnt that their voice can be heard if we’re loud enough. “The safety of our children is priority for everyone.

Mr McEachan said the next step would be securing flashing speed limit signs for Southern Moreton Bay Island schools.

[ENDS] 22 March 2016

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