Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

A Big Swag of Vows for Gibson to Keep

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

A Big Swag of Vows for Gibson to Keep

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Arthur Gorrie


GYMPIE MP David Gibson has a lot to live up to, keeping his share of the LNP's election promises.

aWithin the first 30 days we will appoint the Bruce Highway Crisis Management Group to get on with the task of bringing forward (highway) planning and working with the Federal Government to match the funding put forward by the LNP to get the work started.

aI also want to put into action the good work done by the Mary Valley Renewal Team, Gympie Regional Council, and others in developing the plan to revitalise the Mary Valley. We need to go from two properties sold to about 10%, so we have farmers and families back in the Mary Valley rebuilding those communities.

aYesterday, one of the first things Campbell Newman did was to issue the whole of government with a 4% unemployment target within six years which will have benefits to the Gympie region.

aWith initiatives like reducing payroll tax, cutting red tape and regulation by 20%, as well as recognising the importance of agriculture, we want to make it easier for local businesses to employ local people.

aCampbell Newman made a very public commitment in Gympie to decentralising the public service and returning public sector jobs to the regions, including our Main Roads office. Last week I wrote to the director-general of main roads and asked him to hold off on advertising to move any more Gympie positions out of the region.

aI will also be arranging a meeting with our local TAFE director in the next few days to ensure that Gympie TAFE has its share of the LNP's commitment to deliver 10,000 additional apprenticeships, as well as looking at what additional training could be delivered from the Gympie TAFE facilities.

aI will work hard to ensure we get the doubling of the patient travel and accommodation subsidy in place as soon as possible.

aLocally, I want to ensure that Gympie benefits from the $92 million available from our Mums and Bubs program to make sure that our new mothers get the free home visits, along with the Gympie Hospital seeing its share of the $365 million package available to revitalise our frontline health services. …

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