Tourism the key to ‘15

YEAR IN RE­VIEW: MEM­BER FOR HIN­KLER MR KEITH PITT’S TOP 5

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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:

Ful­fill­ing prom­ises:

“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.

Black spots:

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.

Free trade:

“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.”

NBN roll­out:

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:

Tourism:

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.

Aged care:

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.”

Elec­tric­ity prices:

“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.

More ac­ces­si­ble:

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.”

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN040714PTT4

YEAR AHEAD: Mem­ber for Hin­kler Keith Pitt has high hopes for 2015.

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