Queensland Premier Campbell Newman
Newman Visits South West Queensland
Victor P Taffa
Premier Campbell Newman will visit the communities of Meandarra, Cunnamulla and Quilpie over the next two days.
Premier Newman said he was looking forward to visiting the region, which had largely been forgotten by the previous Labor Government.
Premier Newman will be the first Premier in 40 years to visit Meandarra, the last being Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen who opened the local show in 1972.
“I’m committed to getting out of George Street and talking to people right across our State.” Premier Newman said.
“For too many years Queensland was run by remote control from the south east corner. My Government is one for all Queenslanders.”
“I’m really looking forward to meeting the locals who live, work and contribute to these communities the teachers, students, councillors, graziers and local business owners so I can get a real insight into the issues they are facing.”
The Premier will attend a meet and greet morning tea at Meandarra and will visit the local museum.
In Cunnamulla Premier Newman will meet local councillors, AgForce members, irrigators and grape growers. He will also drop into the local school and have a tour of the town.
In Quilpie the Premier will attend a community barbecue and business breakfast.
“It doesn’t matter how small the town, they need to know that my Government will support them and is listening to them.” Premier Newman said.
“Agriculture is the backbone of these regions and we’ve made a number of changes to help out people on the land, such as re-establishing a standalone Department of Agriculture and working to reducing red tape.”
“We’re also giving councils real decision making powers, and I want to hear of any problems they’ve encountered because of the former Labor government’s city-centric view of the world.” Premier Newman said.
The Premier will be joined by local Members Howard Hobbs and Vaughan Johnson on different parts of the trip.