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April Newsletter

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Mount Morgan Visit for MP During his first visit to Mount Morgan the Member for Mirani visited several primary producers, including Mount Morgan egg producers at Small’s Egg Farm. A great contributor to the local community, Small’s distribute their eggs via wholesale and local food outlets. Marian traffic - Photo courtesy of the Daily Mercury Andrew Petitions for Marian Intersection Upgrade Concerns about motorist’s safety within his electorate have prompted Mirani MP Stephen Andrew to petition for changes to dangerous sections of road in Marian. Proposed changes include the installation of a roundabout to allow traffic flow to and from Hadley Street to Mackay/Eungella Road, and the installation of traffic lights to improve motorist and pedestrian safety at the intersection of David Price Way. Mr Andrew assures that resident’s complaints have not gone unnoticed and while he recognises that there are pre-existing petitions, none meet the requirements to be accepted in a formal setting. “For myself to be able to bring forward these concerns of the community, all petitions need to be channelled through the correct procedures. To table these concerns and speak on behalf of the constituents petitions need to be addressed through parliament and that means signatories will need to sign the parliamentary petitions.” Mr. Andrew also met with local government stakeholders and the Carbine Resources Mine Mangers to be briefed on the projects that are in question. During his next visit in April the State Member for Mirani will be out and about meeting local constituents and stakeholders to get a full understanding of the issues and projects that are happening within the area. Mr. Andrew will be periodically visiting the southern parts of his electorate. To make an appointment to meet the local member please contact the Mirani electorate office on (07) 4806 0700 or Parliamentary petitions for the road safety upgrades in Marian can be found at Marian Fish ‘n’ Chips and the Marian Tobacconist. Alternatively, ePetitions can be found on the Queensland Parliament website. petitions/current-epetitions Mr Andrew also petitions for the installation of bus shelters for residents who travel between Mackay and Mirani using local bus services. Stephen inspecting Mt Morgan Mine

Do you have a Question? The Member for Mirani welcomes suggestions from constituents within the electorate. The Member formulates his Questions on Notice using the concerns that are bought forward to him, or observed by him in his electorate. If there’s a topic that you think could be addressed as a Question on Notice, you can forward your suggestions to the Mirani electorate office via phone (074806 0700) or email (Mirani@parliament.qld.g Alternatively, our office is open from 8.30am - 4.30pm from Monday to Friday and no appointment is necessary to speak with the electoral staff. Regardless of whether your issue relates to a Question on Notice, the best way for MP Stephen Andrew to understand the issues within the community is to speak with members of the community themselves. No issue is too big or too small and often an issue for one constituent is an issue for many others. We welcome all issues and enquiries, or even just a chat. Questions on Notice Asked 22 March 2018 Answer Due: Monday, 23 April 2018 MR S ANDREW ASKED MINISTER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, MINISTER FOR RACING AND MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS (HON S HINCHLIFFE) With reference to the appeals made by South Sea Islanders for a formal apology for the Queensland Parliament’s passing of the Polynesian Labourer's Act of 1868 and the kidnapping and enslavement of nearly 66,000 people— Will the Minister advise (a) why these appeals have been continually dismissed, as recently as March last year and (b) does the Minister have any plans to rectify this, or does he consider that issuing a ‘recognition of the South Sea Islanders' contributions to Queensland’ is sufficient recompense? Asked 21 March 2018 Answer Due: Friday, 20 April 2018 MR S ANDREW ASKED MINISTER FOR NATURAL RESOURCES, MINES AND ENERGY (HON DR A LYNHAM) With reference to canefarmers and irrigators in the Mirani Electorate, struggling with electricity tariff rises of over 130 percent— Will the Minister advise (a) of any steps the Queensland Government is taking to reduce electricity prices for these growers and (b) what pressure the Queensland Government is applying to alleviate these costs? Asked 21 March 2018 Answer Due: Friday, 20 April 2018 MR S ANDREW ASKED THE MINISTER FOR FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES (HON C CRAWFORD) With reference to the rural fire brigade volunteers who provide a valued and professional service to rural communities— Will the Minister advise whether these members/volunteers are covered by the rural fire brigade for public liability, professional indemnity and general insurance when conducting rural fire brigade operations? To view responses when released please visit Mr Andrew’s page on Facebook - Stephen Andrew MP for Mirani. Alternatively, you can contact the Mirani electorate office.

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