Tourism the key to ‘15
YEAR IN REVIEW: MEMBER FOR HINKLER MR KEITH PITT’S TOP 5
MEMBER for Hinkler Keith Pitt burst into headlines last week by taking a stand against petrol companies.
Mr Pitt called on major petrol retailers to drop the price of fuel to help families reduce expenses during the Christmas-New Year holidays, and described current pricing as “highway robbery”.
While that is Mr Pitt’s most recent foray into battle on our behalf, Town & Country asked our Federal Member to take a look back at his year in office and to nominate his top five wins for the electorate.
Top five for 2014:
“Within my first 12 months in office I’d delivered on the election commitments I made to the people of Hinkler, including being more accessible to people in Hinkler’s smaller communities,” Mr Pitt said.
Funding local projects:
Mr Pitt was proud of how he delivered funding for many local projects.
These included: $8 million to upgrade the Goodwood and Luckett’s Rd intersection; $325,000 for new administration facilities at St Joseph’s School; $3000 for Childers Military and Memorabilia Museum; $10,000 for a new War Memorial at Woodgate and $2550 for Woodgate Men’s Shed.
At least eight local areas were successfully nominated as potential tender locations for new or enhanced telephone base stations under the Abbott Government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
“Hinkler farmers, fishers and businesses will benefit from Free Trade Agreements we’ve signed with three of our major trading partners,” Mr Pitt said.
“We’ve commissioned White Papers into agricultural competitiveness and the Australian energy market.”
Local business and households will benefit from Hinkler being one of only ten sites prioritised nationally for the National Broadband Network rollout.
“I pushed Hinkler’s case to ensure we hosted two of the 18 sites approved nationally for the first phase of Work for the Dole,” he said.
Goals for 2015:
While it focuses more on the Hervey Bay region Mr Pitt said he would work to attract public and private investment to the region to create jobs.
“I’ll continue to progress our case for a military dive wreck in Hervey Bay, to create a second tourism trade for our whale watching fleets, restaurants and accommodation providers,” he said.
As at June 30 last year, 630 aged care beds across the region were fully funded but not yet built by providers.
According to Mr Pitt, that’s not acceptable.
“I will continue to fight to attract investment in the sector and reduce waiting times for Hinkler residents.”
“I will fight tooth and nail against anything that could negatively impact electricity prices, and will seek meaningful reform of the sector,” the former electrical engineer and cane farmer said.
Mr Pitt said he intended to continue visiting Childers and Woodgate regularly to listen to the concerns of residents, businesses and industry groups.
“If you see me in town, please make sure you say G’Day,” he said.
“I’m there to listen.”
YEAR AHEAD: Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt has high hopes for 2015.