With the Parliamentary recess, July has been a great month to touch base with local community groups and attend many different local events.
Just a few of the highlights included: opening a new Prep building at Kings Christian College, visiting Fight for Youth at Currumbin, and attending the Mudgeeraba and Robina Chaplaincy Community Breakfast. I also joined moving commemoration services for Korean War Veterans Day and for the 55th anniversary of the formation of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam.
As always, working the midnight to 3am shift on the BBQ at the Kokoda Challenge event was memorable and inspiring. And I enjoyed the chance to once again catch up with locals via talkback radio on 4CRB.
It was great to open nominations for round three of the Stronger Communities Program. The Program will provide between $2,500 to $20,000 to support small infrastructure projects in our electorate that make a big difference locally.
Our online petition to upgrade the M1 through to Tugun, continues to get more signatures every day. I have requested meetings with the Federal Ministers for Transport and Urban Infrastructure when Parliament resumes next week - to advise them of the community support and continue the push for funding. I encourage you to ask friends and family to sign on.
This month I travelled to Townsville, Melbourne, Kalgoorlie, Perth and Sydney as part of my Ministerial responsibilities. I also had the pleasure of opening new state of the art workshops at Woodridge High School as part of Logan Logistical Trades Skills Centre.
Finally, it was disappointing to see Bill Shorten resorting to class warfare rhetoric and the politics of envy this month. Treasurer Scott Morrison made an excellent speech last week about how real fairness is built on a foundation of achievement and practical policies that provide opportunity for all.
Until next month,
Karen Andrews MP
Federal Member for McPherson
Postal Address: PO Box 409, Varsity Lakes QLD 4227