I spent a good part of last week traveling to the regions that were effected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie in my capacity as Shadow Minister for Local Government, Transport and Main Roads. Queenslanders are a resilient lot and we are used to experiencing more than our fair share of natural disasters each and every year and Cyclone Debbie was no exception. Not only did she cause considerably damage in the north crossing the coast, she then continued to track south leaving further destruction and flooding in her wake. I visited Airlie Beach and Mackay and then south to Logan, Beaudesert and the Gold Coast. Restoring essential services, clearing debris and reopening roads are critical to communities getting back on their feet and I applaud the coordinated work of the Councils and other support services to provide such swift responses.
It was great to finish off the week by attending a morning tea in honour of Joyce Newton who was recently awarded an Honorary Life Membership of the LNP.