44th Parliament : A Retrospective
BOB KATTER TAKING ON THE DAVID AND GOLIATH BATTLES FOR KENNEDY
RURAL DEBT: CHARLIE PHILLOTT V THE BIG BANKS
Problem: Charlie Phillott, a pioneer of western Queensland’s cattle industry, tourism industry and key line irrigation was foreclosed on by the ANZ Bank, despite not having defaulted on his loans. His family were evicted from the property they had called home since 1963.
Action: Robbie Katter, State Member for Mount Isa, called the ‘Winton Last Stand Rural Debt Summit’ in December 2014. Bob Katter asked Broadcaster Alan Jones and Columnist Heather Pascoe to be the key note speakers at the event. Over 400 people attended with a resounding message to Government – we want a Rural Reconstruction Board- not more debt.
Charlie Phillott became the ‘face’ of the meeting and the rural debt crisis. Dr David Pascoe wrote a ‘Letter to my fellow Australians’ which attracted over 3 million hits on his Facebook page. Alan Jones covered the story. The resources of Bob Katter’s office were directed to assisting Charlie Phillott with the ANZ bank negotiations.
After negotiating in good faith ANZ were not willing to provide anything other than a tokenistic cash offer. Bob Katter again took the case back out into the National media and the story was featured again on Alan Jones and on 60 Minutes.
After the bank not budging Bob Katter, not giving up - requested a meeting with the Chairman of ANZ Bank David Gonski, who brought along the Australia ANZ CEO to the meeting.
Outcome: At this meeting our team secured off the ANZ Bank Chairman David Gonski a result announced in August 2015, ANZ agreeing to return the station property to Charlie Phillott debt free and provided a significant cash settlement. 60 Minutes ran a second follow up story where the ANZ Bank Global CEO visited Charlie Phillott on his property and personally apologised to Charlie Phillott and his family. This was broadcast to all of Australia. As a result of Bob’s lobbying and Charlie Phillott winning this case, ANZ has reviewed some 300 rural cases and changed the culture and lending practices within the bank.
RESTORING THE INDONESIAN LIVE CATTLE EXPORT MARKET
Problem: In 2009 Indonesia imported 765,000 head Australian live export cattle.
Following an ABC Four Corners Program on 31 May 2011, the Australian Government suspended the live export (LiveX) market to Indonesia on 8 June 2011. Whilst the Gillard Govt on the 6 July 2011 lifted the bans, Indonesia in justifiable retaliation, imposed their own bans dramatically reducing our exports. This with droughted cattle flooding the market, halved cattle prices.
Action: Bob Katter immediately moved a resolution of the Parliament to reopen LiveX. Infinitely more importantly he secured a vital meeting with Indonesian Ambassador Nadjib Kesoema. Bob Katter entered into months long protracted negotiations with Ambassador Nadjib.
But to reopen LiveX Julia Gillard had to be removed. Bob Katter precipitated this with his now famous Press Conference. New PM Rudd immediately announced a trip to Indonesia. By phone the P.M advises Katter that LiveX bans are one of the two reasons for his visit.
On 1 July 2013 Katter has Ambassador Nadjib flown to the Gulf for penultimate negotiations. On 2 July 2013 the Indonesian Ambassador flew to Jakarta to brief the President of Indonesia. This was the day before the Australian Prime Minister’s visit. On 2 July 2013 Bob Katter briefed the Australian Prime Minister on the Ambassador’s visit to the Gulf and the plight of the cattle industry. The Australian Prime Minister and the Indonesian President met on 4-6 July 2013 in Jakarta. Subsequently P.M Rudd phoned Katter and advised that he (Katter) would soon be very pleased.
Outcome: 11 days later, on 17 July 2013, the Indonesian Minister for Agriculture Suswono announced increased quotas
“These would beto increase the supply so that prices could fall, and be stable”.
The 2013-14 beef imports leapt to 614,158 head, and then 746,193 head in 2014-15. Restoring the trade and the cattle prices back to well over pre-ban levels. Cattle prices doubled.
Bob Katter is strongly supporting the Class Action against the Government by those affected by the live cattle ban.
Problem: Australian farmers, producers and supplies have effectively only two retailers to sell to – Coles and Woolworths. The dominance of Australia’s two big supermarkets means Australian farmers, producers and suppliers are price takers – not price setters. When the supermarkets slash prices, such as the ‘$1 milk’ campaign – it is the Australian dairy farmer who pays the price.
The removal of the farmer’s right to arbitration in sugar, milk, maize, eggs, wool, wheat inter alia has enabled supermarket chains to pay farmers whatever they please. All Australians enjoy an award set by arbitration. So did our farmers until the introduction by the Keating and Howard Govts of National Competition Policy. (Milk farmers received 59 c/l the day before deregulation, 41c/l the day after.)
Action: Farmers and suppliers repeatedly come to Bob Katter for help – too scared to speak out for fear of vindictive retribution by the supermarket chains. Bob has continued the media and legislative fight for a fair go and a restoration of bargaining power for farmers and suppliers. Examples of poor supermarket conduct include Coles advertising ‘Freshly baked bread’ – when the bread was premade in Ireland frozen and shipped to Australia before being reheated; banana farmer agents being asked to ‘pay a levy’ (which would in effect be passed back onto the growers) for the supermarket ‘marketing’ costs; a supermarket chain signing up celebrity chef Jamie Oliver –and then passing the cost ‘like it or not’ onto suppliers through a ‘Jamie Oliver charge’; Atherton potato growers being paid cost price of 50c/kg for their product by the supermarkets who then sell the potatoes for $3.98/kg.
The big 2 supermarkets control 90% of Australia’s grocery market (Source: ABS series, AC Nielsen series, Annual Reports Woolworths and Coles).
Bob Katter introduced the ‘Reducing Supermarket Dominance Bill 2013’ – making it illegal for any supermarket giant to own more than 20% market share within a group of companies. The Bill also addressed the intrusion into hardware, liquor, petrol and other industries.
Bob Katter introduced the ‘Competition and Consumer Amendment (Horticulture Code of Conduct) Bill 2011 – establishing a mandatory code of conduct to regulate the commercial relationships between sellers of horticulture produce and agents/merchants to force them to provide the vitally needed sales docket.
Outcome: Bob Katter remains the only Member of Parliament to move any resolutions or legislation on these two issues. (Other “non-major” party members however support him).
CYCLONE YASI RECOVERY MONEY
Problem: Brisbane floods occurred in January 2011, followed by Cyclone Yasi hitting North Qld. $2000m Federal Funding was allocated by the ALP Government.
Action: Bob Katter insisted that the Treasurer and Prime Minister rename the fund to include the word Cyclone and that North Qld get its fair share (we were getting nearly nothing).
Outcome: Treasurer Swan succumbed to this pressure and announced that $950m Federal Funding be reserved for Cyclone Yasi recovery in North Qld.
Problem: The Howard (Fischer) Govt enforced their National Competition Policy on the Qld Govt forcing the abolition of the sugar cane prices board, sugar farmers’ Arbitration Tribunal. The miller could now pay the farmer whatever he pleased and the farmer would have to take it. Successive Qld ALP and LNP Govts refused to restore arbitration.
Action: Under the advice of Canegrowers and Canefarmers the KAP Members Shane Knuth and Robbie Katter moved legislation - the Sugar Industry (Real Choice in Marketing) Amendment Bill 2015. It passed. After 25 years farmers got back their right to arbitration and a fair price.
Outcome: The KAP Legislation also gives growers a choice in the marketing entity for our export sugar (QSL).
Bob Katter’s 25 year fight to restore arbitration, the rights of farmers, were restored.
The Parliamentary trio also delivered Ethanol Mandating in Qld (after 29 years of fighting by Bob Katter and many others) bringing it into line with NSW and the rest of the World. Ethanol provides an essential health measure, carbon cutting and the start of supplying our own fuels instead of relying totally upon the Middle East for all petrol and diesel. Australia sends $25b to the Middle East each year instead of into rural Australia.
Peak grower groups-:
“CANEGROWERS has today congratulated the work done by Katter's Australian Party for their work in drafting the bill” CANEGROWERS Media Statement, 2 December 2015.
“Canefarmers acknowledges Katter’s Australian Party for working to pass the legislation” ACFA Media Statement, 4 December 2015
NO BANANA IMPORTS
Problem: In 2001 the Federal Howard Government undertook an “Import Risk Assessment” (IRA) which outcomes binds a country to allow imports. In spite of a dozen diseases the IRA determined that the bananas should come in. The Federal Govt Minister announced he would abide by International Protocols stating therefore that the bananas were coming in. About 95% of Australia’s banana production is in Far North Queensland and the 2016 Farmgate value is $600m. Bananas are Australia’s single biggest horticulture industry and the largest horticulture industry in Queensland employing over 6000 people and sustaining a backpacker and therefore tourism trade.
Action: Mass rallies were organised out of Bob Katter’s office. Giant ‘No Banana Import’ rallies were held in Cairns. Despite this and real industry fight and pressure, the Howard Anderson Government was not moving from their resolve to allow Banana imports into Australia.
Under advice from a leading figure in the industry, Katter flew to Melbourne and met with the late Dick Pratt. Pratt then threw his full weight behind the fight, demanded and secured a meeting with PM Howard and the farm leader.
Outcome: Certain public statements were then made and No bananas have come to Australia.
MISSION BEACH BREAKWATER
Problem: Mission Beach does not have safe boating harbour protection. 32 years ago Mission Beach requested a Breakwater to provide this safe harbouring of boats and a moderate economic development.
Action: After years of fight by the community and Bob Katter and following Cyclone Yasi in 2011, Bob Katter secured off the Federal Government $5.5m for the construction of a safe boating harbour facility and post Yasi economic redevelopment. This led to the Qld Government providing an additional $11m two weeks later.
In complete defiance and total contempt of the community decision to have a multi boat user breakwater facility, the Qld Govt. and Cassowary Coast Regional Council ignored the communities breakwater proposal and imposed their own tiny, ecologically disruptive, four boat barrage at the end of the jetty and providing negligible harbour protection. Following 3 years of fighting and a new State Govt, Bob Katter requested KAP State Member Shane Knuth to intervene. Shane was contacted and met with local boating leadership. He secured the Minister’s intervention and the infrastructure will now be built as originally proposed by the community – a multi boat user breakwater facility - off Clump Point
Outcome: We are advised that tenders for the breakwater are called for August. This greenlights $120m of tourist industry rebuilds and injects $7m /year into the local economy plus another $7m from increased tourist trade from the resort rebuilds.
SOUTH JOHNSTONE MILL
Problem: In 2001, the then grower owned mill, worth $150m was sold for an effective price of less than $5m by the receivers.
Action: Bob Katter brought together a group of affected cane growers and secured one of Australia’s best lawyers, John Maitland from Melbourne to take on the case.
This group of about 40 South Johnstone cane growers proceeded with legal action claiming the mill receivers and NAB failed to take all reasonable care to ensure the mill was sold at a proper market value.
Outcome: The civil action resulted in a significant multi-million dollar out of court settlement for those growers who were claimants to the legal action.
Not content with a multi-million dollar out of court settlement for the cane growers, Katter is still continuing the fight for justice and criminal action to be taken against those responsible. This has included Bob meeting with lawyers, Questions with notice in the Parliament, lobbying Treasurers and Ministers, meetings with the Australian Federal Police, meetings with the Chair of ASIC Greg Medcraft and ASIC Insolvency Commissioner and continued media pressure.
LEGISLATION INTRODUCED BY BOB KATTER IN THE 44TH PARLIAMENT
Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment (Strategic Assets) Bill 2015
To keep under the ownership and control of the people of Australia assets that are vital for the functioning of the economy and the development of our productive resources, as well as those that are vital to our defensive capabilities. Prevents foreign persons or entities from acquiring a 10% or greater interest in Australian land, water or other assets that are either of “strategic economic importance” or “strategic defensive importance” to Australia. An interest in Australian land will include both substantive leases and sales (e.g. the Port of Darwin Sale).
“The sale of Darwin Port—we will not have the port and we will not have the money. We are doing the double: we will have neither. It is now owned by a monopoly gatekeeper—a Checkpoint Charlie who can charge anything he likes.”
Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Procuring Australian Goods and Services) Bill 2016
To ensure that Australian Government contracts are fulfilled with Australian goods and services. This will create jobs for Australians and remove people from welfare; ensure that money spent on Australian Government contracts stays in Australia; create tax revenue from that spending; and ensure Australia’s continued technological, industrial and defence capacities.
“In raising this issue in the parliament, you wonder why people hate politicians. The laughing stock of Australia is the government. A government that hands out Australian flags which are made in China. This is a government which has the boots of its soldiers made in China.”
Credit Repayment (Protecting Vulnerable Borrowers) Bill 2015
Financial institutions have historically exercised untrammelled and unrestrained powers via their superior bargaining power when dealing with borrowers in default of their credit agreements.
This aims to protect vulnerable borrowers from unfair arrangements commonly imposed by financial institutions when a borrower is in default of credit agreements to which a security over Australian land applies. It will prevent what are commonly referred to as “fire sales” of Australian land provided as security under the credit agreement; and prevent confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements for the repayment of credit.
“There are contractors and employees who fall into this category and some of them will fare much worse than the cattle station owners. No-one in this place (Australian Parliament) seems to worry about that; no-one has done anything about it. There is a grave lack of humanity. It seems only to be Independents who react to the pain of the people out there.”
Trade Marks Amendment (Iconic Symbols of National Identity) Bill 2015
Introduced in response to attempts by a Victorian company to extend its trade mark over Waltzing Matilda, first written by Banjo Paterson in Western Queensland in 1895. This will prohibit the registration of trade marks which are of national significance or iconic value to the people of Australia. It will ensure that any such signs are able to be used and enjoyed by all Australians without limitation. To ensure the people’s continued right to use well known Australian national icons.
”We are calling this amendment the John Williamson Amendment, as the famous country singer said he’d go to jail rather than not sing Waltzing Matilda. By definition, a symbolic emblem, whether it is Ned Kelly, The Man from Snowy River, Boomerang or The Rising Sun badge, should not be able to be turned into a property right.”
Renewable Fuel Bill 2016
To mandate renewable fuel (ethanol or other renewable) content in petrol at the bowser. Benefits include: reduce motor vehicle emissions and associated costs to health; diversify the grain, wheat and sugar industries whilst creating thousands of extra jobs in regional Australia; increase Australia’s self-sufficiency in fuel and food; and ultimately deliver cheaper petrol and electricity.
“Every single country on earth has biofuels or ethanol legislation because they do not want to see their people dying of lung disease. We now have a situation in Australia where we have no oil. But are we doing anything about it? No way. Are we doing anything about it? No, our Governments believe in free markets! Sending $25b each year to the middle east (off whom we buy all of our oil) instead of sending this $25b into rural Australia (Inter Alia lifting cane and grain prices up 15 to 20%).”
Iron Ore Supply and Demand (Commission of Inquiry) Bill 2015
The object of this Bill is to establish a full judicial Commission of Inquiry into Iron Ore supply and demand, specifically the increases in production by certain iron ore producing companies at a time when the world-wide demand for iron ore is steadily decreasing.
“Our country has been in the grip of the economic rationalists and the policies of market fundamentalism now for some 25, arguably 30-odd, years. If you revert to the jungle, which is what they of course are proposing, you will find out that the big tigers eat everyone in the jungle. We are not the big tigers. The big tigers are the big foreign corporations that stalk the earth and we are on their menu!”
Imported Food Warning Labels Bill 2015
“Warning. This product is Imported. It has not been grown or processed under Australian Health and Hygiene Standards and may be injurious to your health.”
Originally introduced in 2013 and reintroduced in 2015 following the frozen berries Hepatitis A breakout and fish poisoning cases from eating imported tuna. These laws ensure consumers are aware of the potential health hazards of food from overseas via a warning on imported fresh produce and processed foods.
“I had almost all of the Australian prawn farming industry in the Kennedy electorate. The decline came because the food producers in the countries north of us have no hygiene requirements and the government lets their product in to compete with our Australian farmers. There is no testing of bacteria levels in the water going into the farms and there is no testing of the bacteria levels of the water going out. There are no rules concerning that in the countries north of us, where we buy most of our fish and prawns. Most of them are now imported and almost all of them are imported from East Asia.
Not only do we (Australian prawn farmers) have to have all our products ecologically and biologically perfect, but we must compete against product grown in water, some of which is from near raw sewage ponds.
FUNDING 44TH PARLIAMENT – KENNEDY ELECTORATE
$5bn Northern Australia Fund
$509.5m National Water Infrastructure Fund
$1,599,268 – Heavy Vehicle Rest Areas – Landsborough Hwy (Cloncurry to Morven)
$8,110,691 – Heavy Vehicle Rest Areas - Flinders Highway (Townsville to Cloncurry)
$999,580 – Heavy Vehicle Rest Area and breakdown pad – Nth Mt Isa
$430,619 – Upgrade Heavy Vehicle Rest Area and breakdown pad – Sth Mt Isa
Airport Upgrade Federal Funding
$42,500 - Richmond Shire Council (Richmond Airport)
$85,654 - Carpentaria Shire Council (Karumba Airport)
$86,052 - Flinders Shire Council (Hughenden Airport)
$837,000 - Mornington Island Shire Council (Mornington
$130,965 – Charters Towers Regional Council (Greenvale)
$25,965 – Charters Towers Regional Council (Pentland)
$95,000 – Mount Isa City Council (Camooweal)
$160,000 – Mareeba Shire Council (Chillagoe)
Federal Funding for 18 mobile blackspots throughout electorate including along the Barkley Highway, Forsayth, Gregory, along the Gulf Developmental Road between Georgetown and Croydon, McKinlay, Torrens Creek, Greenvale and Urandangi, Abergowerie, Butchers Creek, Dalberg, Flying Fish Point, Goldsborough Valley, Julatten, Long Pocket and Watsonville
$10.5m Kennedy Highway – (Nettle Creek Bridge – Innot hot Springs and pavement widening Millstream section Ravenshoe)
$4.66m Ingham Canossa Aged Persons Home
$2m Crazy Ant Eradication
$18.15m - Water Quality Grants – Wet Tropics Reef Rescue
$3.22m – Caring for Country - Water Quality Partnerships QLD
$2,075,700 – Caring for Country – Russel River catchment
$2,187,405 – Caring for Country – Babinda Swamp Constructed Wetland
$1,982,200 – Caring for Country – Atherton storm water run offs.
$1,059,944 – Wet Tropics Water Quality Improvement Plan
$160,000 – Chillagoe Airport
$500,000 – Ingham - Flood-free premises
$375,000 – new truck stop Jonnson Rd, Tumoulin
$375,000 – upgrade of Channel Rd, Walkamin
$20m National Highway Upgrade Program - Flinders Highway Hughenden to Cloncurry
$3m Myuma funding to widen and strengthen Wills Development Road
$8.4m towards the Scouller Energy Solar Farm outside Normanton
$99m Farm Household Allowance
$333m for the Drought Assistance Package
· $26.2m Emerging international Airports (includes Townsville airport – major gateway for the electorate)
Bruce Highway Federal Funding:
$150m – Southern Cairns upgrade between Sheehy Road and Ray Jones Drive (Benefiting commuters in and out of Cairns)
$139.2m –Bruce Highway – Ingham - construction of a new higher-level section of highway from Cattle Creek to Toobanna, including a new, higher-level, 160m-long bridge over Cattle Creek; upgrade of the existing highway from just south of Pennas Road and Frances Creek
$40m – Bruce Highway– Pavement Widening – between Cairns & Ingham
$40m - improve the flood immunity of the Bruce Highway at the Gairloch Floodway, north of Ingham
$58m -Cairns Southern Access Stage 2 - Robert Road to Foster Road 6 lane widening (benefiting commuters in and out of Cairns)
$8m– Arnot Creek Bridge (12km North of Ingham) –Bruce Highway
$57.6m - Townsville Northern Access Intersections Upgrade - duplication of the Bruce Highway from Veales Road to Greenvale Street (benefiting commuters in and out of Townsville)
$160m –Townsville Ring Road - construction of the final section between Shaw Road and Mount Low through the Bohle Plains (benefiting commuters in and out of Townsville)
$105.4m –Cairns to Sarina Bruce Highway Road Blackspot funding
$67.8m –Cairns to Sarina Bruce Highway overtaking Lane funding
$66.4m – Bruce Highway targeted funding - Pavement Widening - South of Home Hill to North Ingham
$5m – Sarina to Cairns – Bruce highway rest area funding
• $320m – Cairns to Brisbane – Bruce Highway Safety Package
National Stronger Regions Funding:
$2,211,765 - Burke Shire Council – Fibre Optic
$8,690,500 - Charters Towers Regional Council – Upgrade Water Infrastructure
$2,515,000 - Mount Isa City Council –Stage 2 Sewer Augmentation
$160,000 - Burke Shire Council – Pontoon
$3.49m – Cassowary Coast Regional Council – Mission Beach Aquatic Facility
· $5m - Mareeba Shire Council – Mareeba Airport Upgrade· $1m – Tablelands Regional Council – Upgrade Millstream Water Supply· $6m – Mareeba Shire Council – Upgrade Mareeba Wastewater
Bridges Renewal Programme Funding:
$41,000 - Boulia Shire Council - Georgina River Bridge, Donohue H/way, Boulia
$126,500 - Boulia Shire Council - Wills River Bridge & Double Creek Bridge, Selwyn Road, Boulia
$95,500 - Charters Towers Regional Council -Reedybrook Creek Bridge, Valley of Lagoons Road, Greenvale
$200,000 - Charters Towers Regional Council - Eight Mile Creek Bridge, Gregory Springs Road, Pentland
$1,771,152 - McKinlay Shire Council - Punchbowl Road Bridge, Julia Creek
$1,518,000 - Cassowary Coast Regional Council - Victory Creek Bridge, Jubilee Road, Daradgee
$170,000 - Mareeba Shire Council - Springmount Road - Oakey Creek Bridge Renewal
$3,100,000 – Cassowary Coast Regional Council - Deep Creek Bridge, Bartle Frere Road,
· $680,000 – Townsville City Council - RollingstoneBridge
Road to Recovery:
$3,580,036 - Boulia Shire Council
$1,935,754 - Burke Shire Council·
$4,771,868 - Carpentaria Shire Council
$11,417,134 - Charters Towers Regional Council
$4,379,068 - Cloncurry Shire Council
$2,926,459 - Croydon Shire Council
$374,137 - Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council
$4,738,602 - Etheridge Shire Council
$5,422,467 - Flinders Shire Council
$5,346,349 - McKinlay Shire Council
$699,689 - Mornington Shire Council
$6,622,660 - Mount Isa City Council
$3,397,624 - Richmond Shire Council
$4,603,862 – Cassowary Coast Regional Council
$2,462,337 – Hinchinbrook Shire Council
$7,271,433 – Mareeba Shire Council
$6, 252,629 – Tablelands Regional Council
$273,271 – Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Association
Financial Assistance Grants for General Purpose and Roads
$ 8,783,959 - Boulia Shire Council
$14,355,822 - Carpentaria Shire Council
$19,982,624 - Charters Towers Regional Council
$15,674,810 - Cloncurry Shire Council
$9,906,091- Croydon Shire Council
$3,667,717 - Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council
$13,501,339 - Etheridge Shire Council
$17,142,478 - Flinders Shire Council
$ 17,311,849 - McKinlay Shire Council
$ 4,559,079 - Mornington Aboriginal Shire Council
$16,083,509 - Mount Isa City Council
$9,519,331 - Cassowary Coast Regional Council
$6,047,920 - Hinchinbrook Shire Council
$ 12,782,521 - Mareeba Shire Council
$2,515,582 - Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council
Stronger Communities Programme:
$20,000 - Cloncurry Shire Council - Cloncurry Recreation Ground
$20,000 – Burke Shire Council - Gregory Community Hall upgrade project
$5,818 - Mount Isa City Council – Facility upgrade for Lions Youth Camp project
$5,001 - McKinlay Shire Cultural Association – Jan Eckford Centre
$6,267 - Mt Isa Good Shepherd Parish – Jangawala Drop-In Centre Upgrade
$16,511 - Flinders Shire Council – Hughenden football field external sprinkler system project.
$5,800 - Innisfail District Cricket Association
$15,409 –Yarrabah Arts Precinct Rainforest Boardwalk
$5k – Burudu Aboriginal Corporation in Camooweal
$5k - Charters Towers Choristers Inc
$5k – Cloncurry Gun Club
$5k – Croydon Heritage Preservation Association Inc
$4850 – Charters Towers Girl Guides
$4902 – Mount Isa State Emergency Services
$3500 – Mount Isa Meals on Wheels
$5k – Zara Clark Museum Committee Group in Charters Towers
$4828 – Normanton Rodeo Association Inc
$4700 – Normanton PCYC
$5k – Richmond Amateur Swimming Club
$2160 – BUSHkids Mount Isa
$2469 – The Drovers Camp Association
$2816 – Towers Pastoral Agricultural and Mining Association
$3319 – Towers Players Inc
$4800 – Volunteer Marine Rescue Burketown Inc
$5,000– Atherton Performing Arts Theatre Inc World War II Igloo Qld
$2,600 - Atherton Roosters Junior Rugby League Inc
$4,095 - Atherton Tableland Hockey Association Incorporated
$2,500 - Atherton Tablelands & District Dressage and Equestrian
$4,010 - Atherton-Herberton Historic Railway Inc
$4,000 - Brothers Rugby League Football Club Innisfail
$3,180 - Butchers Creek Hall Association – Malanda
$4,320 - Cairns Motorcycle Club Incorporated Edmonton
$1,241 - Cairns Southside Judo Club Edmonton
$5,000 - Camp Benaiah Ingham
$4,535 - Coconuts Outrigger Canoe Club Innisfail
$5,000 - Dimbulah Horse and Pony Club
$2,600 - Eacham Historical Society Malanda
$5,000 - Edmonton Junior Rugby League Club
$4,695 - Evelyn Netball Association Ravenshoe
$2,700 - Forrest Beach State School
$2,994 – Guides Bluewater
$4,746 - Herbert River Athletic Club Ingham
$4,950 - Herbert River Junior Rugby League Ingham
$4,560 - Herbert River Men'S Shed
$$4,980 - Herbert River Rugby League
$5,000 - Innisfail Combined Sporting Association
$3,500 - Innisfail Community Band
$3,653 - Innisfail Swimming Inc
$4,553 - Irvinebank School of Arts and Progress Association
$4,340 - Macknade Bowls Club Inc
$5,000 - Malanda Horse & Pony Club
$5,000 - Mareeba Motor Racing Club
$5,000 - Mission Beach Meals on Wheels
$5,000 - Mount Molloy State School
$5,000 - Mungalla Aboriginal Corporation for Business
$1,400- Pyramid Power Australian Rules And Sporting Club Gordonvale
$5,000 - Ravenshoe & Districts Meals On Wheels
$3,335 - Ravenshoe Community Centre
$3,000 - Ravenshoe Mens Shed Incorporated
$5,000 - Ravenshoe Pony Club Incorporated
$3,480 - Rosies Youth Mission Mareeba
$5,000 - Rotary Club Of Mission Beach
$3,499 - South Johnstone State School
$5,000 - Souths Football Club Gordonvale
$2,590 - Tableland Futsal Club Atherton
$2,596 - Tablelands Folk Festival Association Yungaburra
$5,000 - Tablelands Futures Corporation Atherton
$5,000 - Cootharinga Society of North Queensland, Babinda
$3,600 - The Dam Outrigger Canoe Club Inc Atherton
$3,304 - Scout Association of Australia Queensland, Ingham
$4,920 - Tully and District Men's Shed
$3,936 - Tully Gem Club Incorporated
$1,099 - Tully Motorcycle Club
$3,850 - Tully Support Centre
$5,000 - Yarrabah Seahawks Junior Rugby League Football Club
$2,750 - Yungaburra Landcare Group
$5,000 - Zone 18 Pony Club Speewah
ANZAC Centenary local Grants Program:
$4,720 – McKinlay – new public memorial
$7,500 – Mount Isa – restoration of the First World War Honour board
$13,650 – Charters Towers – Zara Clarke Museum
$17,400 – Charters Towers RSL – construction of memorials
$186 – Pentland - replacement of plaque
$24,394 El Arish – signage, posts and frames bearing the names of 6 World War Generals in El Arish
$5,270 – Ravenshoe – produce a book “Our Local Hero’s”
$16,527 – Atherton – collaborative exhibition
$10,997 – Ingham – library displays
$1,537 – Herberton–Padre White Memorial Chapel
$8,350 – Malanda – theatre production
$3,493 - Mt Molloy – Remembrance Corner in the RSL Memorial Hall
$10,146 - Mareeba – year long display
· $4,405 – Innisfail – re-enactment of the Gallipoli landing · $ 1,201 – Dimbulah – ANZAC Memorial garden
Last 5 Years – Kennedy Federal Funding:
$420m for the National Farm Finance package
$4.4m for the Hughenden Aged Care Facility
$8.2m for the Cloncurry Heavy Vehicle Bypass
$2m for the Karumba Seawall
$733,000 for the sealing of the Karumba airstrip
$18m in funding to Ethridge Shire Council for the Einasleigh Bridge
$2.7m Mount Isa RFDS upgrade
$17m for the Mt Isa Laura Johnson nursing home
$11m towards doctors accommodation in Mount Isa
$5m for the Julia Creek Seniors Housing Precinct
$577,000 for construction of general practice precinct providing housing units and community centre in Mount Isa
$485,000 - National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure funding for Normanton Health
$75,130 - Carpentaria Shire Council – Karumba airstrip
$114k - Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council – Doomadgee airstrip
$1,901,608 - Mornington Island Council – Mornington Island airstrip
$95,333 Burke Shire Council – Burketown airstrip
$19m – Cairns Bruce Highway Master Plan - Wrights Creek south of Edmonton, to Draper Street near the Cairns city centre
$220,000 Yarrabah Aged Persons Home
$1m Kirrama Range Road
$950m Cyclone Yasi Recovery
$5.5m Mission Beach Breakwater Funding
· $115m Cardwell Range – Bruce Highway
KAP State Balance of Power Parliament – Funding for the Electorate of Kennedy
Extra $120m TIDS – Road Funding
$19.9m Hann Highway Funding
$76.9 million to upgrade Gregory Development Road /Cape River Bridge
$450,000 Flinders Highway Townsville to Charters Towers
$78 million for Rural Assistance and Drought Package
$5m to upgrade road from Cairns to Burketown
$6 million for school improvements
$78 million for Rural Assistance and Drought Package
Primary producer grants up to $2,500
$560,000 for domestic violence shelter in Charters Towers
$4.5 million to replace Dimbulah Primary Healthcare Clinic
$13m Mareeba airport
Redevelopment of Atherton Hospital Emergency Department
$250,000 for Community Services Tablelands
$54,000 additional operational budget for ECHO Malanda
$2.7 million program to manage flying foxes