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Local Federal MP Andrew Wallace's March community newsletter
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Fighting for Fisher Community Newsletter

Hello,

This has been a very busy time, both in our local community and in Canberra. Since my last newsletter at the end of January, I have held 12 Listening posts around our towns and suburbs. I have given 24 speeches in Parliament and taken part in community events in Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Eudlo, Sippy Downs and all over our region.   
As you can see, I also shaved my head! Hearing about some of the wonderful stories of local people who were taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation, I decided to get involved myself. I am pleased to say that we were able to raise over $2,600.00 for the cause, as well as spreading some awareness back in Canberra, where my wet-shaved head has drawn a lot of comment. A huge thank you to all of the people who donated to the charity’s campaign through my fundraising page, and to 92.7 Mix FM for publicising the cause. 

This month I also chaired the first meetings of our Fisher Youth Council, our Seniors Council and our Business Council. These roundtable meetings are designed to bring together a selection of local stakeholders a few times a year, to tell me about the issues that are important to people like them. They also give me the opportunity to get some feedback on my own policy ideas. The first three meetings were lively and very successful, and I look forward to holding more of these in the future.

As your local member in the Federal Parliament I want to represent you in the best way possible. I welcome suggestions and feedback so please take a moment to complete my community survey. Alternatively, don't hesitate to email me at andrew.wallace.mp@aph.gov.au or call my office on 07 5493 5556. And please remember you can follow everything I am doing through my Facebook page.


Regards,


   
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Community Listening Posts
I recently held a Listening Post blitz throughout the Fisher electorate. setting up my posts at 11 towns and suburbs around our community.  A huge thank you to everyone who came down to talk to me at one of these sessions. Many of the issues discussed involved the NBN or Telstra, pensions and general comments around how the Government is progressing.  This kind of consultation is vitally important for any Member of Parliament and has left me with many things to consider and work on in coming months.  I am determined to be a local Federal Member who listens, and who acts on our community’s feedback. In pursuit of that aim I delivered two speeches in Parliament in recent weeks specifically telling the Government and fellow MPs about the feedback locals gave at my Listening Posts. I am also working with the relevant Ministers to address some of the particular concerns that individuals had. I will be holding further Listening Posts this coming Saturday 25 March at Kawana Surf Club and at Jessica Park in Minyama. Come on down and let me know what you think!
 

ANZAC Day 2017

Tuesday 25th April is ANZAC Day. In 2017, we continue to mark the centenary of service and sacrifice of the First World War. In particular, The Third Battle of Ypres, which was the major Flanders offensive of 1917. Australian Divisions participated widely, and more than 38,000 Australian casualties were incurred in this offensive. We also remember the Charge of the Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba a century ago - a strategic victory that has become the stuff of legend as a symbol of Aussie bravery and skill in battle.

I encourage you to attend an Anzac Day Service in our community this year, to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served our country with distinction and honour. Please check your mailbox in the days running up to the 25th; I will be sending out a brochure telling you about many of the services happening near you.

I will be attending as many services in the community as I can. There are many happening in our electorate, so I am sorry if I do not make it to your service this time. I will be trying to attend different services each year, so hopefully I will have the opportunity to take part in your local ANZAC Day event in the future.

My work in Canberra

Since my last newsletter we have had four sitting weeks, so I have had to spend a lot of time in Canberra. I have used that time to fight for the infrastructure that our community deserves. I have had several meetings with the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport about the Beerburrum to Nambour rail line and about the further upgrade of the Bruce Highway. I have had conversations with the Minister for Health and Aged Care about supporting the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, and I have spoken with the Minister for Regional Communications about the National Broadband Network in our region. I am very optimistic that we will be able to announce progress on these issues soon.

I also gave 24 speeches in Parliament on a wide range of topics that are important to our community. I spoke about the feedback given to me by you at our local Listening Posts, about the need to upgrade our region's road and rail and about higher education in our area. I told Parliament about some of the wonderful Australia Day award winners from Fisher, about the Australian of the Year who lives in our community, and about some of our fabulous local businesses. I also spoke about some important national issues like closing the gap on Indigenous health, protecting freedom of speech for all Australians, and disability services in our country. 


If there are local issues that you would like me to speak about in Parliament, or a local individual or community group that you think I should highlight to my fellow MPs, then please let me know by emailing me at andrew.wallace.mp@aph.gov.au. You can watch all of my speeches online at my website www.andrewwallacemp.com 
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