Member for Fairfax
February 4, 2021
BUILDING STRONGER COMMUNTIES
Community groups and volunteers play such an important role and so I was delighted to see Fairfax residents receive Australia Day honours this year, including Dr Carden Wallace AM of Mount Coolum who received a Member of the Order of Australia Award for service to marine science and to museums and galleries. Congratulations Dr Wallace and thank you for your service.
For community organisations, it’s sometimes the small things that can make all the difference and I was happy to provide the Coolum Sharks Cricket Club with a new marquee recently. If any other local clubs need help to upgrade their facilities, purchase new equipment or deliver new events please check my website www.tedobrien.com.au or contact my office on 5479 2800 for information on Federal grant programmes.
DELIVERING LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE
As one of the regions in Queensland that was affected by the 2019-20 bushfires, the Sunshine Coast has received an additional $1.3 million from the Federal Government to help fund a “Train Sunshine Coast” initiative that will help us attract more high value sports tourism.
Our region is already proving a popular destination for elite sporting teams from AFL, rugby, netball and water polo. With our eye on the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Queensland, this funding brings further investment to build our local capabilities in sports tourism while also bringing in revenue for local organisations and businesses.
One of my top priorities for 2021 continues to be delivering infrastructure for the Sunshine Coast and this year we will see the region’s three biggest infrastructure projects progress, and all of these are majority-funded by the Federal Government: Bruce Highway upgrades between Caloundra Rd and the Sunshine Coast Motorway as well as the Maroochydore interchange and upgrades to the North Coast Rail Line.
COVID VACCINE ROLL-OUT
My office has been receiving enquiries about the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out strategy. Answers to the most common questions and links to further information is available on my website, or please call my office and ask for a factsheet.
Look out for my latest newsletter, which is due to hit letterboxes over coming weeks.