Capricornia News Update

In this issue:

• Michelle hosts top level talks over Malaysian pine imports

• We're giving $166 million to fix Eton Range near Mackay

• Landry appointed to Parliament's speaker panel

• Michelle secures over $1 million for Yeppoon blackspots

• $5 million hospital wing opens at Hillcrest

• Landry delivers on $8.5 million 'Bruce' project near Sarina



A message from Michelle

It's been a busy start to 2015. I am continuing to lobby for dams and infrastructure projects in Capricornia. I am also looking forward to soon opening a new  electorate office in Sarina.


Top level meeting discusses ‘exploding pine’ disease risk with chief scientists


Hard-working Capricornia MP Michelle Landry continues to barrack for the local pineapple industry in its push against the possible importation of Malaysian pines.

Ms Landry set up a top level meeting in Canberra which included Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, Queensland pineapple industry executives and the chief scientists from Biodiversity within Australia’s Department of Agriculture.

Read more.


We are fixing Eton Range on Peak Downs Highway

Warren and Michelle thumbs up hard hats

One of Queensland’s most notorious mountain crossings will be fixed under a Federal-State plan worth $189 million.

The site at Eton Range is in the Federal electorate of Capricornia.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry recently met with the Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss at Eton to confirm the funding to realign the Peak Downs Highway crossing at Eton Range - about 35 minutes west of Mackay.

Read more.


Landry honoured to be appointed to parliamentary speaker panel roster

Michelle Landry in Parliament House

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said she was ‘honoured’ to be appointed to the Australian Parliament’s parliamentary speaker’s panel roster.

The appointment was confirmed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Bronwyn Bishop and the Deputy Speaker and Queensland MP Bruce Scott.

Ms Landry will initially be rostered to ‘chair’ duties in parliament’s Federation Chamber which presides over debate on legislation and additional daily business spilled over from the House of Representatives Chamber in Canberra. Read more.


Landry helps secure money to fix dangerous Yeppoon road blackspots

Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig and Michelle Landry in Yeppoon.

Two dangerous traffic blackspots will be made safer in downtown Yeppoon after local MP Michelle Landry helped to secure over $1 million to fix them.

The Federal Member for Capricornia said she had been lobbying hard behind the scenes to ensure the Capricorn Coast region got its share of support from Canberra. Read more.


Landry opens $5 million hospital wing

Michelle Landry officially opened the new $5 million (stage 2) wing of Archerview Mental Health Clinic at Rockhampton's Hillcrest Hospital.

A total of $2.1 million was provided by the Australian Government.

It is the only facility of its type servicing regional Qld between the Sunshine Coast and Cairns.

Ms Landry said Rockhampton was lucky to have such a facility with patients coming from as far afield as Longreach.

"The terrible drought has taken its toll on rural communities. Tragically, some have taken their own lives due to stress and depression," she said.

"Please don't be embarrassed to talk to your doctor or someone else about your mental health and wellbeing."


Landry delivers safer overtaking lanes

on Bruce Highway near Sarina

The Federal Government has spent $8.5 million to engineer two new overtaking lanes in Capricornia to make the Bruce Highway safer, south of Sarina.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry today inspected the site, and to officially test-drive the lanes, which will boost safety for all motorists on the Queensland’s busy highway.

Ms Landry said the $8.5 million project was proof the LNP was getting on with the job of fixing up ‘the Bruce’ as promised.

“We have delivered a new 1km northbound overtaking lane, and a 1.1km southbound overtaking lane, between Koumala and Sarina,” Ms Landry said.

“This is great news for the region, with more than 5,000 drivers traveling on this stretch of highway every day.

“Keeping the Bruce Highway moving is vital for Queensland’s economic performance and these new lanes will not only help to make the highway safer, but also reduce time spent on the road by locals, visitors and our freight industry.”

The overtaking lanes are 7.2km south of Sarina. The Federal Coalition Government is spending $6.1 billion on the Bruce Highway over the coming years.