Nationals promise 'a fair share'
SET to be Deputy Prime Minister, should the Liberal National Party (LNP) win next Saturday’s election, National Party leader and federal member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said the key issues for Gympie during this election were the upgrade of the Bruce Highway, jobs and funding for hospitals.
Mr Truss said a coalition government would continue to provide funding for the highway bypass so it was completed by 2020.
To create jobs he said specific projects would be supported in the region and he would ensure Wide Bay got a bigger slice of the jobs funding pie.
“I want to make sure our area gets a fair share (of funding),” he said.
The LNP would also encourage population growth that didn’t compromise the lifestyle of people already living in Wide Bay by providing more infrastructure and services, he said.
Mr Truss also promised a billion dollars for mental health, saying the nation needed to do more for mental health.
A coalition government would also take over 100 per cent of funding for hospitals and “end the blame game” and boost the number of doctor’s dentists and nurses practising in rural and regional areas.
Mr Truss has also made a commitment to providing more CCTV footage in Gympie, which has the backing of local council.
The coalition has budgeted $150,000 to big brother’s watchful eye and Mr Truss said the safety initiative would help combat graffiti and other crime.
He said cameras would make criminals think twice.