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Powell Media Release – Two years of delivering for Glass House (24 March 2014)

Revitalisation of frontline services has seen Glass House residents experience shorter hospital and dental waiting times, more police on the beat and better performing schools.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the LNP Government’s focus in its first two years had been to deliver better frontline services to Queenslanders and strengthen the state’s economy.

“It was a huge challenge to turn the state around after 20 years of Labor, but after two years of hard work, Queensland is now getting back on track,” Mr Powell said.

“Queensland’s hospital emergency departments are now the best performing in Australia. Elective surgery waiting lists have been slashed and the public dental waiting list has halved.

“Queensland is now a safer place to live with an additional 700 police officers walking the beat.  The crackdown on criminal gangs has seen crime rates across Queensland decline.

“Our $537 million Great Teachers = Great Results policy, rewards our best and brightest teachers to improve skills and outcomes for Queensland kids.

“We’ve also committed an extra $300 million to fixing the school maintenance backlog left by Labor.”

Mr Powell said the LNP Government had a clear plan to supercharge the Queensland economy, boosting the four pillars of resources, tourism, agriculture and construction.

“Queensland is now the leading economy in the nation,” he said.

“The Queensland economy is growing at 4.1 per cent, compared to 1.9 per cent growth across the rest of Australia.

“Our jobs growth is also the strongest in the nation, with 20,000 more Queenslanders in work now than at this time last year.”

Key achievements of the LNP Government in the Glass House region include:

  • Flashing lights in school zones at Beerburrum, Chevallum, Wamuran, Woodford and Elimbah State Schools
  • Reduction of Category 1 elective surgery waiting lists at Caboolture Hospital, so that all patients are being seen within the clinically recommended 30 day time frame
  • Two new express rail services on the Sunshine Coast Rail line
  • Completion of key infrastructure, including the new Grigor Bridge
  • Close to $2 million in funding to clear maintenance backlogs across the Glass House electorate
  • Recruitment and commencement of two new police officers at the Woodford Police Station

“While a lot has been achieved over the last two years, there is still work to be done,” Mr Powell said.

“The Newman Government will continue to deliver the best services of any state government in Australia.”

ENDS- 24 March 2014

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