Much is being pledged and promised ahead of the Federal election on May 21. Here are some of the commitments from candidates and parties in the Longman Electorate:
Roads are high on the list of priorities from sitting member Terry Young and the LNP, if they win the election. Pledges include:
McKean/Pettigrew/Mewett Sts, Caboolture – Intersection upgrade would change the roundabout to traffic signals with additional through and turning lanes to reduce congestion, delays and improve safety. Cost $6.11 million. Federal commitment $3.1 million
O'Mara Road, Narangba – 1.3km road upgrade of O'Mara Rd from the intersection with Oakey Flat Rd to the intersection with Stone Ridge Blvd, Narangba. Cost $3.5 million. Federal commitment $1.75 million
Young and Oakey Flat Rds, Narangba - Upgrading the intersection from a single-lane roundabout to multi-lane traffic signals with pedestrian crossing and ultimately upgrading Oakey Flat Rd to dual carriageway. Cost $8.3 million. Federal commitment $4.1 million
Old Gympie Rd - Fast-track upgrade of a section of Old Gympie Rd, Dakabin, from Nellies Lane to Alma Rd, to four lanes with cycle lanes, ramps, signalised pedestrian crossings. Roundabout at Whitehorse and Old Gympie Rds replaced with traffic lights. 50/50 funding with Moreton Bay Regional Council. Cost $23.6 million. Federal commitment $11.8 million
Pumicestone Rd - Includes construction of 650m of arterial road, upgrading Jensen Rd intersection, concrete pathways and cycle lanes to improve connections between Pumicestone Rd and Ardrossan Rd for future growth. Cost $5 million. Federal commitment $2.5 million
Bribie Island Bowls Club - Community projects which have federal commitments include $5 million towards redevelopment of the club with a 700 sqm clubhouse extension, new carpark and all-weather playing greens.
Bribie Tigers clubhouse - This includes building a new 700sqm football clubhouse to meet future growth with a club room, kitchen and kiosk, amenities block, storage areas, two change rooms and external viewing. Cost $1 million. Federal commitment $500,000
Woodford Warriors Netball Club - Upgrade two of the four courts, replace slab and synthetic surface and fencing to increase the use and meet the demand for increased participation. Cost $600,000. Federal commitment $300,000
Narangba Demons – the club needs new LED lights on Diamond 1 to reach compliant level so members can play and train next season. Terry Young side a re-elected LNP government would give $300,000 to help cover the costs. Federal commitment - $300,000.
Bribie Island Tennis Club - Four courts needed new LED lighting and Mr Young says the federal government would provide $60,000 towards costs at the Cosmos Park centre.
Labor candidate Rebecca Fanning said: "In 2021, the Urgent Care Clinic at the Morayfield Health Hub was forced to close because of a lack of funding from Scott Morrison’s Government.
“This was in the middle of the pandemic.
"An Albanese Labor Government will fund the Morayfield Urgent Care Clinic because we know how important this healthcare is to reduce pressure on households and the Caboolture Hospital Emergency Department.
"Anthony Albanese and Labor have a plan for a better future. A plan to ease cost of living pressures by reducing childcare costs, cutting your power bills, and making things in Australia again. This will help deliver secure and well-paid jobs right here in Longman."
Greens candidate Earl Snijders would, if elected, advocate for a “funding a transformative sustainable transport network that enables the community access to employment, services and facilities.
“Electric buses and electric trackless trams and electric charging infrastructure. I want Longman to be the centre of change and progressive ideas.”
Mr Snijders said his party’s policies would “ease pressure on the cost of living”. The Greens would:
Move dental and mental health into Medicare
Provide more affordable public housing with rents capped at 25 per cent
Make childcare and education for all public schools, university and TAFE, free
Fully support renewables, replacing coal and gas while helping workers in those industries transition into other jobs.
Mr Lipponer, candidate for the Liberal Democratic Party, would “do my utmost to hold in check the decline in our quality of life which we are currently experiencing”.
He said opening the health and aged care industry to more entrepreneurs and local residents, by “reducing monopolies which exist because of red tape and controlling organisations” would increase care facilities run by small business and community groups.
Mr Lipponer said the LDP would in check and reversing rates of taxation, both personal and business.
“Increased revenue means increased investment and growth of businesses which in turn leads to more opportunities for local residents and increased local employment,” he said.
Mr Lipponer said pledged “better forward planning of infrastructure and building ahead of growth” is one of the biggest issues faced in Longman.
Paula Gilbard, from the Animal Justice Party, has made pledges to help “animals, people and the planet”.
She the AJP would: Ban live animal exports; end factory farming; protect Australian icons (animals); stop animal poisoning and animal testing; protect pets and set-up a federal animal protection body.
Ms Gilbard said her party would create a healthy food system; equality for all; prevent future pandemics; protections for people and animals in situations of family and domestic violence and set-up a establish the Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
The AJP would also put “planet over profit”; end species extinction; protect the rights of the natural world and declare a climate emergency.
The other Longman candidates contacted did not respond or fully answer the question.
Stefanie Sutherland said, if elected, the United Australia party would ensure medical discrimination is a "thing of the past".
"No Australian will be treated as a second-class citizen, and we will introduce a Bill of Rights," she said.
"Australia is on the brink of generational, the United Australia Party is the only party with a plan to pay off this trillion-dollar debt without asking Australians to dig deep into their pocket and pay with their hard earnt cash by using a 15 per cent iron ore export license for 20 years with all proceeds directly paying off this monumental debt.
"Interest rates are on the rise threatening home ownership, Rental homes are scarce and extremely expensive, a UAP Government will use the power of the constitution, to cap existing home loan interest rates at 3 per cent for five years, this will stop rent increases and help families keep their homes."
Ms Sutherland said the United Australia Party would make
the first $30,000 paid on home loans tax deductible each year, giving families more money for living expenses.
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