Fundraising trailer launched with BBQ and community chat

Coolum Lions representative Doug Alford with Dan Purdie at the community BBQ which officially launched the ‘Community Canteen’ fundraising BBQ trailer. The trailer was previously owned by the Coolum Lions with Mr Purdie purchasing the trailer for the benefit of local community and sporting groups to hire for their fundraising needs. 

NINDERRY MP Dan Purdie officially launched his ‘Community Canteen’ on Saturday, October 28 with a free sausage sizzle and informal chat in Tickle Park.  

Mr Purdie stated that cost of living was the top concern of locals who came along whilst the BBQ was taking place, and he also used the opportunity to highlight to the electorate his new role as the Shadow Assistant Minister for Energy and Cost of Living. 

“It is no surprise that cost of living is the top concern of locals,” Mr Purdie said.  

“Whether it’s the cost of food, rent, electricity, fuel or insurance, households are struggling to make ends meet, and with little reprieve from increasing interest rates, they can’t see any light on the horizon.” 

Mr Purdie said locals have also previously told him they’re concerned about crime and police numbers, which resulted in two crime forums in Peregian Springs and Bli Bli, where locals had the opportunity to hear directly from police.  

Mr Purdie said he was looking forward to playing a more significant role in dealing with youth crime in another new role, as a member of the new Youth Justice Reform (YJR) Select Committee. 

The new YJR Select Committee has been charged with coming up with solutions to the state’s youth crime crisis and follows extraordinary admissions revealed last week in Parliament that the State Government has run out of ideas.  

“Unfortunately, the State Labor Government has appeared to have stopped listening, and simply given up on finding practical and workable solutions to these issues. 

The free BBQ was well received by hungry lcoals.  Photos: Contributed 

“The priorities of locals are my priorities, and I will continue to listen to them as I travel around the electorate and the state as we put real solutions on the table to address their concerns.” 

Mr Purdie’s new ‘Community Canteen’ is now available for community groups for fundraising and other events. It features a portable barbeque, plenty of storage for equipment, a 110-litre esky, lighting and power outlet. Please call the Ninderry office on 5406 7900 

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