LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has welcomed the selection of local farmer Nick Cuda as her party’s candidate for the electorate of Hill.
Ms Frecklington said Mr Cuda had spent his working life in the region and understood what matters to local communities.
“Jobs are the biggest issue in the Hill electorate,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Like me, Nick knows that Labor has held Far North Queensland’s economy back for the last five years.
“The LNP is the only party that has a plan to create jobs in Hill and drag the whole of Queensland out of recession.”
Mr Cuda said the LNP’s plan would supercharge the Far North Queensland economy by unleashing the potential of agriculture.
An LNP Government will cut the price of water for SunWater irrigators by almost 20%. The LNP will also repeal and reform Labor’s vegetation management laws and fix the unfair reef regulations to protect both farming jobs and the Great Barrier Reef.
“The Far North region has seen 3000 locals added to the unemployment queue in the last year,” Mr Cuda said.
“Labor isn’t working. The LNP’s economic plan will create jobs in this electorate by supporting farmers and cutting the price of water – because water means jobs.
“The only party with a plan for water and agriculture is the LNP.
“Only the LNP has a plan to stimulate the economy, create a decade of secure jobs and drag Queensland out of recession.”
Mr Cuda said the LNP would further drive jobs growth through its no-new-tax guarantee and the introduction of retail electricity price competition into regional Queensland.
Mr Cuda said retail competition had slashed average annual bills in South-East Queensland by more than $300 and consumers in Hill could expect similar savings under the LNP.
“Labor is rorting regional Queenslanders on their electricity bills,” Mr Cuda said.
“The LNP will support families and businesses in Hill with cheaper energy bills and a no-new-tax guarantee.”
Mr Cuda said he would also fight for more money to fix dangerous road intersections, after Labor ripped $9bn out of Queensland’s infrastructure budget.
Mr Cuda said the LNP would launch a crackdown on rising youth crime with tougher laws, 24/7 monitoring of offenders on bail and mandatory jail terms for third convictions.
There will also be more early intervention through a ‘justice reinvestment’ trial to break the cycle of offending and reduce the over-representation of Indigenous offenders in youth detention centres.
Mr Cuda said the LNP’s economic plan would enable extra investment in Queensland’s health and education services – but there will also be key reforms to improve schools and hospitals.
“An LNP Government will partner with the private sector to slash surgery waiting lists and ensure patients are seen within clinically recommended times,” Mr Cuda said.
“The LNP will raise standards in our schools by getting back to basics and allowing teachers to focus on maths, science and English.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s record is five years of failure.
“Only an LNP Government will get Queensland working again.”