Last secures health, road upgrades for ‘overlooked’ region
It has been a challenging year for many people across the world, but despite all the uncertainties, Member for Burdekin Dale Last says strong community spirit was constantly on full display across Central Queensland townships.
“While the direct effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were minimal in most areas of the Burdekin Electorate, the measures taken across the state and nation had a huge impact,” he said.
“We saw community spirit come to the fore with people putting others first and working together towards a common good.”
While working through the worldwide pandemic, Mr Last has also successfully lobbied for a range of infrastructure, health and educational upgrades, including those at Moranbah, Dysart and Clermont State high schools.
“We have also been successful in securing upgrades for the Peak Downs Highway and the Bowen Developmental Road but, it must be said, the works that are committed to are just the start of what is needed to improve those roads,” he said.
“From a health care point of view, we finally secured a second doctor for Collinsville and the work to improve services at Clermont has continued with the federal health Minister now liaising directly with the community.”
Mr Last will continue to represent the region after being re-elected at this year’s state election.
Next year, like most people, Mr Last is looking forward to life returning to “normal”.
“From businesses to families and community groups, the pandemic has had a major financial impact and I’m hoping 2021 is a year in which we recover from much of that,” he said.
“I’m also looking forward to seeing shovels in the ground on the projects that we have been successful in securing and, personally, I’m looking forward to being able to attend the events like annual shows to catch up with my locals.”
He said he would continue fighting for a “fair share” for things like roads and health care.
“Regardless of whose door I need to knock on, I’m looking forward to pursuing those issues and expanding on them,” Mr Last said.
“The reality is that, for quite a while now, our region has been overlooked on a lot of fronts.
“We need to get to a level where we have the services and infrastructure we need but we also have to fight for those projects that will create opportunities.”
After a very disrupted year, Mr Last wanted to thank all residents across the Burdekin electorate for their continued support.
“It is very humbling to be the Member for Burdekin, representing such a diverse electorate in the Queensland parliament, and I look forward to continuing to work with you in 2021,” he said.
“It has already been a trying year so please take care on the roads if travelling during the festive season.
“I’d also like to encourage anyone who needs help over the festive season to reach out for it.
“We have communities that are so supportive and caring and no one needs to feel alone.
“There are many ways in which people can help others at this time of year but one of the most important ways is to check up on our friends and family and simply to share a smile with people we see. That’s the true spirit of Christmas.”