Funding focus on mobile black spots and local charities throughout Goondiwindi

Deputy leader of the Liberal National Party Deb Frecklington visited Goondiwindi on Wednesday to make some promising announcements.

The Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, State Development, Trade and Investment was joined by LNP candidate for Southern Downs James Lister.

Gathered under a mobile tower Ms Frecklington pledged $20 million, under the LNP Royalties for Regions plan, to fix mobile black spots in the bush.

Particularly in the Goondiwindi region many farmers and growers faced the issue of trying to run a business and attract staff in a mobile phone black spot.

“In this day and age people simply will not work in areas that cannot provide a means of communications.

“Our new deal to build a better future for regional Queenslanders is about delivering much needed infrastructure that improves the lives of families and retirees,” she said.

Mr Lister said the funding was part of LNP’s plan to better support local families and build a better QLD.

After the morning announcement, Ms Frecklington made her way in town for some delicious food at Laurenz and a quick browse in Audrey before catching up with Brooke Saxby from the Goondiwindi Chamber of Commerce.

Ms Frecklington’s next stop was at the showground’s flower pavilion to speak with members of the Goondiwindi Shed Girls who meet weekly.

After speaking with Shed Girls Gail Rixon, Fay Vanderstok, Lea Eglington and Gloria Cory she announced a $50,000 investment to upgrade facilities at the showgrounds.

The funding would not only benefit the Shed Girls, who meet each week for a “coffee, craft and chat” and who’ve raised more than $50,000 for Cancer Council over the past four years, but also show-goers and volunteers of ‘Days for Girls’.

Ms Frecklington said only a vote for James Lister would see the great project become a reality.

“The Goondiwindi Shed Girls use the Flower pavilion for their ‘Days for Girls’ and important charity work.

“The Shed Girls provide local women with a space to get together weekly to grow friendships and strengthen the community.”

Ms Frecklington first found out about the ‘Days for Girls’ through Mr Lister and his wife Belinda.

“Belinda found out about the ladies through Rotary and said James we should go out and meet these ladies.

“I applied for funding to upgrade the showgrounds after meeting with them and I am pleased leadership has come on board,” he said.

Mr Lister also believed the renovated shed would cater for future growth and outreach.