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WITH all the hype over the $5.4 bil­lion Cross-River Rail tun­nel, state LNP leader Deb Freck­ling­ton won­ders where Ip­swich fits in to our Premier’s plan.

Pay­ing credit to the city’s hard-work­ing roots, the woman who hopes to wran­gle the lead­er­ship of An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk in 2020 says she will de­liver con­ges­tion-bust­ing in­fras­truc­ture, bet­ter health ser­vices and in­creased em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties if elected.

Ms Freck­ling­ton has out­lined her blueprint to help Ip­swich re­alise its po­ten­tial.

CON­GES­TION-bust­ing in­fras­truc­ture, bet­ter health ser­vices and job op­por­tu­ni­ties for Ip­swich res­i­dents will be the fo­cus of the LNP if it wins the next state elec­tion.

LNP leader Deb Freck­ling­ton has out­lined a blueprint for the re­gion, which she says the party will de­liver if it wran­gles power from An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk in 2020.

“Ip­swich was built by ev­ery­day Aussies want­ing to have a go,” she said.

“It has a strong fu­ture be­cause peo­ple in Ip­swich roll up their sleeves and work hard.”

Ms Freck­ling­ton ac­knowl­edges Ip­swich “is well known as a La­bor heart­land”.

“La­bor un­der An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk is not the La­bor the work­ing-class peo­ple of Ip­swich voted for in years gone by,” Ms Freck­ling­ton in­sists.

“Over the last few years, La­bor has been dis­tracted by se­cur­ing seats in Bris­bane and turned their back on Ip­swich and the party’s work­ing-class roots.

“Ip­swich has be­come like many towns and cities across this state – it misses out when it shouldn’t.”

She said La­bor’s only fo­cus was the $5.4 bil­lion Cross-River Rail tun­nel in Bris­bane.

“Ip­swich de­serves a govern­ment that would roll up their sleeves and work bloody hard – just like its cit­i­zens,” she said.

“An LNP Govern­ment I lead in 2020 will en­sure those fam­i­lies have bet­ter health and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices, cheaper elec­tric­ity, less con­ges­tion, more jobs and no new taxes.”


The key to grow­ing Ip­swich’s econ­omy will start with de­liv­er­ing jobs for the re­gion, Ms Freck­ling­ton said.

“Youth un­em­ploy­ment in Ip­swich is at 13.5 per cent and ris­ing,” she said.

“The over­all un­em­ploy­ment rate in Ip­swich is far too high at 8.1 per cent, well above the state av­er­age.

“As a govern­ment, the LNP would help young peo­ple be able to find a mean­ing­ful job and ful­fil their po­ten­tial.”

Jobs and elec­tric­ity



Ms Freck­ling­ton said the clo­sure of the iconic Rawl­ings Shoes and Menswear store af­ter some 120 years showed how tough it was for small busi­nesses to en­dure.

“The LNP’s eco­nomic plan would bring down the cost of elec­tric­ity, which is a ma­jor bur­den on house­holds and small busi­nesses,” she said.

“This would be achieved by re­struc­tur­ing our gov­ern­men­towned power gen­er­a­tors from two to three en­ti­ties.

Ms Freck­ling­ton said the govern­ment’s own mod­el­ling showed it would re­duce whole­sale prices by more than 8 per cent.

“This long-term struc­tural re­form is backed by the ACCC, as well as small busi­ness and con­sumer ad­vo­cates,” she said.

“We’ll also help smaller busi­nesses by com­mit­ting to cut red tape by 20 per cent and pay them faster when they do busi­ness with the govern­ment.”

Bust con­ges­tion

Ip­swich’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion is wreak­ing havoc on roads.

“An LNP govern­ment I lead would work with the SEQ Coun­cil of May­ors to bust bot­tle­necks and to plan the new roads that Ip­swich need,” Ms Freck­ling­ton said.

“We would pre­serve fu­ture road cor­ri­dors and be­gin plan­ning the al­ter­na­tive routes we will need over the next two decades.

“We need an in­fras­truc­ture plan that works with our re­gional growth plan and pro­vides a clear road net­work for the fu­ture.”

Queens­land Rail

With the Ip­swich pop­u­la­tion tipped to dou­ble in the next 20 years, Ip­swich must have an ef­fi­cient and re­li­able rail net­work to meet the trans­port needs in the re­gion.

“Ip­swich rail pas­sen­gers have never be­fore ex­pe­ri­enced such chaos, con­fu­sion and in­com­pe­tence un­der La­bor’s rail fail,” she said.

“More than 470 ser­vices were axed two years ago by La­bor and there is no plan on when they will be re­stored.

“That means more cars on al­ready con­gested roads, tak­ing longer to get to work, go to the shops or drop the kids off to school.

“Un­der my plan, the LNP will get the train driv­ers we need to fix La­bor’s rail fail and re­store the high lev­els of ser­vice com­muters en­joyed un­der the LNP.

Ip­swich Hos­pi­tal

The Op­po­si­tion Leader slammed La­bor’s plan to up­grade the Ip­swich Hos­pi­tal.

“By the time that up­grade is com­pleted in 2022, it will be dozens of beds be­hind what has been fore­cast,” she said.

“La­bor need to be do­ing ev­ery­thing they can to fast track this up­grade, which is in a high growth area.

“Over four years to have six ad­di­tional beds is just ridicu­lous

“If the LNP was in govern­ment, we would do ev­ery­thing we could to fast-track this up­grade and en­sure tax­pay­ers got max­i­mum bang for buck.

No new taxes

“There’s a proud his­tory of rac­ing in Ip­swich, but the new wa­ger­ing tax will put jobs at risk in our bet­ting and rac­ing in­dus­tries,” Ms Freck­ling­ton said.

“The in­ter­state dump­ing is­sue at the La­bor Ip­swich City Coun­cil was used by An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk to slug all Queens­lan­ders with a wheelie-bin tax.

“This new waste tax will slug fam­i­lies and smash small busi­nesses.”

Photo: Con­trib­uted

FU­TURE FO­CUS: LNP leader Deb Freck­ling­ton has set out her plans for the fu­ture of Ip­swich.

Pho­tos: File

Ms Freck­ling­ton promised to ‘fix La­bor’s rail fail’ and re­store high lev­els of ser­vice for com­muters.

Spring­field is ex­pected to take cen­tre stage in the fu­ture of south­east Queens­land.

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