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It’s not often you get the chance to cuddle a two-metre slab of bacon, but Member for Maranoa David Littleproud took the opportunity on Friday when he was given a warm greeting by Bacon Man and members of Kingaroy’s BaconFest committee after announcing they had been given a $33,000 federal grant

July 17, 2018

by Dafyd Martindale

When you represent an electorate three times as big as Victoria, you have to do a lot of travelling and you need to cram as much into every visit as you possibly can.

Federal Agriculture Minister and Member for Maranoa David Littleproud showed he’s up to task when he paid a flying visit to the South Burnett on Friday.

In a little over six hours he managed to indulge in a little “pork-barreling”, followed by some netball-tossing and a ribbon-cutting, and then a first-hand inspection of one of the region’s latest crime-fighting initiatives.

And he did all of this with a relaxed good grace that completely disguised the fact he had to travel to Gladstone later the same day for another round of meetings.

The first item on Mr Littleproud’s visit was to officially announce that the Kingaroy Chamber Of Commerce and Industry had been given a $33,000 grant from the Community Investment stream of this year’s Building Better Regions Fund towards the cost of running the inaugural Kingaroy BaconFest.

While the announcement of this windfall had been made by Regional Development Minister John McVeigh in Canberra a few days beforehand, Mr Littleproud travelled from Goondiwindi to the Glendon Street forecourt early on Friday morning to meet members of the Baconfest committee and do the honours in person.

He was greeted warmly by Bacon Man along with members of the organising committee,

Mr Littleproud noted it was the first time he’d ever cuddled up to so much bacon …

After posing for cameras and telephones, Mr Littleproud’s next stop was to the Nanango and District Netball Club, where he got his first view of the new $310,000 netball courts that he played a big part in getting built.

Mr Littleproud said he had been approached by the club to take a look at their flood-damaged courts not long after he took office, and he realised as soon as he saw them they needed a complete replacement.

And when he found out club members had spent the previous five years arduously putting together a $110,000 war chest for the project, this only firmed his resolve to help them.

“They weren’t asking for a handout,” Mr Littleproud said.

“They just needed a hand up – and thanks to Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion we were able to find the rest of the funds they needed to get these wonderful new courts up and running.”

Mr Littleproud also paid tribute to other sponsors who had chipped in to help the club’s fundraising efforts, including Nanango’s Heritage Community Branch.

He said his first job had been working at a bank in Nanango so he knew the town well, and he was convinced Nanango did the right thing by opening a Heritage branch when the big banks pulled out of the town.

“Nanango’s Heritage Community Branch has poured millions upon millions of dollars back into the Nanango community ever since the day it opened, and these new netball courts are just one of the many projects they’ve funded over the years,” Mr Littleproud said.

“What a tremendous asset they are for this town.”

After lunch, Mr Littleproud’s next port of call was Nanango’s new police station, where he was given a demonstration of the even-newer 15 camera CCTV system installed in the CBD, thanks to an $80,000 grant from the Federal Government’s Safer Communities fund and an extra $50,000 contribution from Heritage.

Mr Littleproud was told the new CCTV system used cameras that look like becoming a police standard state-wide, and one day this may give officers the opportunity to link up wide-scale surveillance systems that would make things even more difficult for law-breakers.

At the moment, however, the system provides a clear view of the key streets in the Nanango CBD area that is just as effective at night as it is during the day, and which has already helped solve one issue for local police just days after it came into operation.

He was then given a quick tour of the system’s capabilities before chatting briefly with station staff.

After this, Mr Littleproud made his way back to Kingaroy to catch a plane for his follow-up engagements at Gladstone.

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A little later on Friday morning, it was off to the new Nanango netball courts, where Mr Littleproud cut a ribbon to declare them officially open

After this, Mr Littleproud posed with some of the younger Nanango netballers, who told him they thought the new courts were fantastic

Wayne Scott and Andrew Black, from Heritage Nanango Community Funding, chatted with former club president Sheena Lindholm who spear-headed the netball club’s five-year fundraising drive

At Nanango Police Station, Mr Littleproud received a live demonstration of the town’s new CCTV security system, which began operating just a few weeks ago …

… then posed with Wayne Scott, Andrew Black and Wendy Zerbst from Heritage Nanango Community Funding along with South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell and Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff …

… then stopped to chat with police station personnel before racing off to catch a plane to his next engagement


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One Response to MP’s Visit Covers All The Bases

  1. Robert Head

    Congratulations to Heritage Nanango Community Branch and Wayne Scott in particular for persisting with installation of cameras in Nanango CBD.

    This has been Wayne’s “baby” for many years and it is great to see it come at last.

    Congratulations to Murgon and Nanango for installing these systems. May those towns now be better places to live.

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