Record speaks for itself

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry says she has delivered on her promise to bring infrastructure, industry, jobs, and pride back to Capricornia.

Opinion, Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry

Last week the Labor Candidate for Capricornia was on the ABC and called me a career politician. I don’t really need to fight this nonsense with words I can merely let my record speak for itself.

But for the record here are some facts:

When I left school, I worked at Dr Lynch’s Pathology lab as a biochemistry assistant for five years. I worked at the National Bank for 22 years. For many years I ran a bookkeeping business and was heavily involved in community organisations, particularly Tarangaba state School where I was Treasurer of the P&C for 10 years.

I also worked part time in Ken O’Dowd’s office for a couple of years to learn more about federal politics. During this time, I kept my bookkeeping business going and went to every community event I could get myself to.

In 2013, after years of hard work and improving myself, I won the seat of Capricornia with a very small margin.

In my maiden speech to parliament in 2013 I said I would work hard to bring infrastructure, industry, jobs, and pride back to Capricornia. I believe I have done that and as evidence of that I stand on my record:

• $130 million towards Rookwood Weir = 2,100 jobs

• $2 million for state to finish final business case for Rookwood weir

• $3 million towards a feasibility study for Urannah dam near Mackay

• $30 million Bowen Basin jobs and investment package and for grants for small businesses.

• $10 million Mackay Regional Sports precinct (Ooralea and CQUniversity Mackay)

• $120 Walkerston bypass to rid Walkerston of heavy vehicles

• $1.5 million Emu Park’s Hartley Street Sports Reserve (stages 2 and 4)

• $1.5 million stage 1 Pilbeam Walkway up to Mt Archer (Rockhampton)

• $600,000 Rockhampton Hockey Association Hockey for a second artificial turf

• $7 million towards Rockhampton hospital car park

• Fixing mobile phone blackspot projects prioritised for Yeppoon, Emu Park, Clermont, and Sarina Range

• $50,000 for solar panels on Rockhampton’s Women’s domestic violence shelter

• $220,000 to kick start repairs to the battered Putney Beachfront on GKI.

• $350,000 new Sarina BMX track facilities

• $250,000 for Sarina’s Field of Dreams project

• $60 million for a four-lane highway Gracemere to Rockhampton

• $13.5 million to improve Bruce highway access into Rockhampton from northern suburbs

• $3 million to support Beef Australia 2018

• $350,000 towards widening the intersection of Bondoola Road to allow for better access of B-double road trains

• $90,000 to install solar power or and solar battery storage to six community groups.

• Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative delivering jobs and infrastructure at Shoalwater Bay

• Advocacy to support airport upgrade to export status

• $225,000 Theresa Creek Dam feasibility study

• $20 million to Yeppoon convention centre and sailing club

• $10 million to kick-start Urannah Dam

• $10 million to build the Rockhampton Art Gallery

• $12 million to Dr Gomes’ Heart of Australia service coming to Sarina

• $2,000,000 to PCYC Rockhampton youth crime prevention program.

• $2,100,000 to help better co-ordinate welfare services in Rockhampton

• $50,000 to upgrade Finch Hatton Emergency Airstrip

• $20,000 for Emu Park Surf Lifesavers to refurbish and upgrade clubhouse

• $23 million for the 7500 seat Rocky Stadium and Ball Room

• $2,500 for refurbishments at Mill Gallery Yeppoon

• $330,000 for two new netball courts for Capricorn Coast Netball

• $20,000 for upgrades to the Capricorn Coast Volunteer Coast Guard’s Rosslyn

• $675,000 for funding for 3 traffic black spots in CQ

• $300,000 to build new pens for the Koorana Crocodile Farm

• $146,200 to upgrade lighting at Swan Park, home of the Yeppoon Swans

• Mount Isa to Rockhampton Corridor – $64 million Yeppoon Road Upgrade

• $23.5 million for School of Mining and Manufacturing in Rockhampton

• $800 million Rockhampton Ring Road

• $3.9 million Beef Week 2021

• $21.6 million Stanage Bay Road Upgrade

• $120,000 to upgrade Palmyra Dragway

• $396,400 to help build and $378,400 per annum for a Headspace satellite office in Sarina.

• $325,000 to build new QCWA hall in Collinsville –

• $75,000 Emu Park Swimming Club

• $28,000,000 million towards strengthening and widening Peak Downs Highway

• $14,400,000 towards safety upgrades on Peak Downs Highway

• $8,000,000 towards surfacing May Downs Road

I can assure you no project is delivered to you in a box wrapped with a red ribbon, you must work for it. You must walk the corridors, talk to ministers, and state your case. I have done this, and I will continue to do this.

This is not a job to me; it is a lifestyle. I love attending community events, schools, ringing our hard-working volunteers telling them they have been successful in a grant. I love announcing grants which will build our community.

I do this job because I want to do it, because I love to serve the community. Capricornia is a wonderful place to live, and I am committed to continue to fight for you and work for you.