Mount Isa rail line flood timelapse

💦 GOING UNDER: Check out this incredible timelapse of floodwaters rising across the Mt Isa rail track at Nelia. Flood latest:📹: Queensland Rail

Posted by Courier Mail on Thursday, 7 February 2019

Flood Recovery Begins

It’s been a tough week for everyone in the North and out West with the floods leaving behind destruction and devastation. What the disaster has also revealed though is the resilience and compassion shown by Queenslanders after a natural disaster, as we’ve seen many times before. It’s deeply encouraging to see countless acts of selflessness reported on the news and on social media throughout the last week.

I know that our candidate for Herbert, Phillip Thompson has been working tirelessly assisting flood victims day and night. Phil’s Facebook posts have been great to follow. From announcing flood relief funding with the PM to delivering pizza to feed our hardworking Defence personnel, it’s been insightful and inspiring to follow. I’d encourage everyone to check out Phil’s work this week by clicking here.

The Prime Minister was quick to act announcing disaster relief payments for flood victims, to help families find their feet as they return to their homes and the clean-up begins and today has announced additional funding to help flood victims including support for mental health. You can watch the earlier announcement with Phil Thompson here. And today’s latest announcement here.

It’s great to see Deb Frecklington and Tim Mander up in Townsville helping today. You can read more about their work in Deb’s report below.

If you’ve been affected by flooding, you can apply for Disaster Assist by clicking here.

David Hutchinson
LNP Acting President

Deb’s Queensland Report

This flooding disaster is so widespread. This week, I visited North Queensland with Tim Mander and Dale Last to take a look at the devastation firsthand.

It is difficult to comprehend the size of this disaster. Hundreds-of-thousands of cattle could be lost along with countless wildlife. Without help, people are going to be driven from the land.

The devastation in the North West is far from over. The Liberal National Party supports graziers and will be doing everything in our power to help the community get back on their feet as soon as possible.

Moving forward, I hope flood victims receive swift action from insurance companies.

The LNP has written to all major insurers and the Insurance Council demanding rapid assessments of claims and fair payments for policy holders.

We’ve also asked the industry to use local suppliers and contractors in the recovery.


It was great to visit Toasted this week – a small local cafe in Tim Mander’s Everton electorate.

My LNP team and I back small businesses – Queensland’s job creators – to grow, invest and succeed.

 However, this week we learned business confidence in Queensland is collapsing under Labor according to the latest survey from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland & Quarterly Sensis survey.

Almost half of Queensland businesses reported declining profitability over the December quarter – a time when business should be booming.

Queensland used to be Australia’s economic powerhouse, but under Labor all we’re seeing is more tax, debt and unemployment.

If elected, the LNP would build job-creating infrastructure, rule out new taxes and support small business.


This week we also heard about the imminent closure of the Crime Stoppers call centre due to insufficient funding.

The Palaszczuk Labor Government have refused to cover the centre’s $250,000 funding shortfall.

I have personally written to Annastacia Palaszczuk to express my disappointment.

Police officers are already over-stretched and they need to be out on the front line – not waiting around in call centres.

Labor’s refusal to help will pile more pressure on police who are already struggling to cope with a rise in assaults, break-ins and car thefts.

At the last election the LNP promised an extra $1 million for Crime Stoppers because we know how important its work is in fighting crime.

Labor must act immediately to save this service and keep crime-fighting information flowing to our police officers.


Hospitals in Queensland continue to lurch from crisis to crisis and doctors and nurses continue to come forward to express their concerns.

I commend physician Dr Michael Cameron for speaking out this week about shocking bed shortages and patient safety at Redlands Hospital.

Our front-line nurses, doctors and paramedics need more support on the frontline to improve patient care.

Medical staff at Gold Coast Hospitals have also expressed concerns about food rationing for patients.

It’s hard to believe Steven Miles is penny pinching by rationing food for patients, while wasting money changing the names of hospitals.

Next week, Parliament will resume for 2018 and I look forward to holding Labor to account on key issues affecting Queenslanders.


Pine Rivers SEC Sausage Sizzle

Callide’s Beautiful Trees and Wildlife lost. Thanks to the GREEN HYPOCRITES. Please show your protesting children and Kerryn Phelps.

Posted by Colin Boyce MP - Member for Callide on Sunday, 2 December 2018

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