It's been a productive and positive time both locally and in Parliament this month.
Many of our Government's positive small business initiatives come into effect tomorrow including the extension of the instant asset write off. Our new Quality Schools funding package legislation has been passed into law. And we've helped ease cost of living pressures with a one-off payment to local pensioners, veterans and those on fixed incomes.
I officially launched my online petition to upgrade the M1 through to Tugun, which has already gathered thousands of signatures. I'll be keeping up the campaign and would be grateful if you could discuss this with your friends, colleagues and family and ask them to sign on.
I hosted my regular Listening Post at Elanora, spoke to locals on talkback radio at 4CRB, attended presentation nights for both Tallebudgera and Coolangatta SLSCs, participated in the #ksforkids walkathon, attended the Australian Open Championships at Tugun Bowls Club and last weekend was pleased to catch up with locals at the Mudgeeraba Show.
I will continue to stand with local residents against a quarry in the Tallebudgera Valley and am disappointed that Boral has decided to continue its legal fight in the Supreme Court. The project has been rejected by Gold Coast City Council and the Planning and Environment Court.
Earlier this month I announced a major review of the legislative framework governing the regulation of Australia’s VET sector. As Assistant Minister, I had the pleasure of visiting Trade Skills Centres at Nerang State High, Canley Vale High, and Rooty Hill High. I also officially opened the inaugural VET in Schools Forum - a reflection of the growing emphasis being placed on vocational education.
Until next month,
Karen Andrews MP
Federal Member for McPherson