Landry launches campaign to Shania Twain
AS SHANIA Twain's Man, I Feel Like A Woman blasted from the speakers, Capricornia MP Michelle Landry made her entrance at campaign headquarters in Denham St.
Surrounded by friends, family and LNP supporters, Ms Landry officially launched her campaign, hoping to make history by becoming the first National Party member to hold the seat for more than one term.
Ms Landry said she had fought hard to secure $330 million in funding for water and jobs project in the electorate.
Funding for Rookwood Weir was the centrepiece of this, with $130 million committed to the project by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a visit to Rockhampton.
The project is expected to create 2100 jobs through construction and the ability for high value crops to be grown in the region with a secure water source.
Rookwood is also projected to inject an extra $1 billion into Central Queensland's economy annually.
Ms Landry said the project had wide community support.
"We can be the agriculture food bowl of Australia," she said.
"We can have agriculture, we can have cattle and down the track we can have a business plan to get an international airport out of Rockhampton.
"We can have high price crops we can export overseas as well as our beef."
Jobs were also a high priority for Ms Landry, who said a $30 million Bowen Basin jobs and investment package was set to help retrain workers who had lost jobs in the mining downturn.
Senator Matt Canavan also spoke at the official launch, saying Ms Landry had worked "tirelessly" since being elected
"This has for Michelle been more than six years in the making since she first decided to run," he said.
"Whatever happens this weekend, your legacy will live on because you've done so much for the area and you've delivered so much already."
Mr Canavan said Rockhampton had fallen behind other regional cities since Federation, saying Capricornia needed a representative with a strong plan.
Following the launch, Mr Canavan told media the Bowen Basin jobs fund would benefit Rockhampton.
"That package is all about providing those short term jobs, because we realise after the mining downturn we do need a shot in the arm right now," he said.
He said the package would also support small business and support small community infrastructure projects.
"There are great opportunities, we just need to capture them," Mr Canavan said.
- $130 million for Rookwood Weir
- $2 million for the Queensland Government to finalise the Rookwood business case
- $225,000 to secure water for Clermont and works on Theresa Dam
- $3 million for a feasibility study for the Urannah dam near Mackay
- $30 million Bowen Basin jobs and investment package
- $10 million for Mackay Regional Sports precinct (Ooralea and CQUniversity Mackay campus)
- $75 million for the Walkerston heavy vehicle bypass (Bowen Basin Service Link)
- $1.5 million for Emu Park Hartley St Sports Reserve (stages two and four)
- $1.5 million stage one of Pilbeam Walkway up Mt Archer in Rockhampton
- $600,000 Rockhampton Hockey Association Hockey for a second artificial turf
- $7 million towards Rockhampton Hospital car park
- Fixing mobile phone blackspot projects prioritised for Yeppoon, Emu Park, Clermont and Sarina Range
- $50,000 for solar panels on the Rockhampton Women's domestic violence shelter
- $220,000 to kick start an erosion mitigation wall on Putney Beach on Great Keppel Island
- $350,000 new Sarina BMX track facilities
- $250,000 for Sarina's Field of Dreams project (Mackay Regional Council)
- $60 million for a four lane highway Gracemere to Rockhampton
- $13.5 million to improve Bruce highway access into Rockhampton from northern suburbs
- $3 million to support Beef Australia 2018
- On top of this the Michelle Landry and the Turnbull-Joyce Government has delivered a free trade deal which will see the Singapore military spend $2.25 million in Queensland. Capricornia will benefit from a $1 billion spend on military infrastructure at Shoalwater Bay and more visiting troop = a retail and tourism boon for CQ.