Newman to bring Cabinet to Coast as polls predict disaster

Campbell Newman says he's looking forward to hearing views of Coast people.
Campbell Newman says he's looking forward to hearing views of Coast people. David Stuart

SUNSHINE Coast residents will have the opportunity to raise their concerns with Ministers when Community Cabinet meets in the region next month.

Premier Campbell Newman said it was a great time for locals to raise issues that affect the region.

"The Sunshine Coast is such an iconic Queensland location and we're keen to hear how we can continue to move the region forward through industries like tourism and construction, as we promised at the election,'' Mr Newman said in a statement.

"I would urge locals, business leaders and community groups to take this opportunity to speak directly to the Ministers about issues they feel are important."

The visit comes amid falling popularity for the Premier and the LNP amid controversial changes to party donation laws and the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

The LNP state director Brad Henderson did not deny Palmer United Party and ALP polling showing it is on the nose among voters, to the point where Gympie may no longer be a safe LNP seat.

PUP Queensland parliamentary leader Alex Douglas said his party's latest opinion survey indicated the Campbell Newman Government would be swept from office in an election held now.

A majority of those polled said they would vote against Mr Newman and the LNP, even in the Premier's own Ashgrove electorate.

Mr Henderson issued a three paragraph statement saying: "The LNP never takes any vote for granted.

"Regional Queensland is a priority of the LNP Government led by Premier Campbell Newman, which is delivering on its pledge to grow a four-pillar economy and improve frontline services including health and law and order.

"At the next election, voters will have a choice between an LNP Government with a clear plan for a bright future or the chaos, waste and mismanagement of Labor and the minor parties.''

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said local constituents should contact her office as soon as possible to request a meeting during the community Cabinet on the Coast.

"This is a great opportunity for local residents to talk directly to the Cabinet about issues that are important to them or relevant to the Sunshine Coast community."

Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle said he hoped people in the Caloundra Electorate would take part in this innovative process.

Meetings with Ministers will take place on Sunday 22 June at Jubilee Hall, Maroochydore State High School.

Meetings on 22 June are by appointment only, and all members of the public are welcome to register their interest.

Meeting request forms are available from:

Department of the Premier and Cabinet:  Telephone 1800 448 377 or 1800 448 378 or email or website  

Fiona Simpson MP, Member for Maroochydore:  Suite 1, corner of First and Memorial Ave, Maroochydore.  Telephone 5443 7995 or email

Hon. Mark McArdle MP, Member for Caloundra:  Shop 1, Pia Place, 118 Bulcock Street, Caloundra.  Telephone 5491 2780 or email

Hon. Jarrod Bleijie MP, Member for Kawana:  Sunshine Central, 4/3 Nicklin Way, Minyama.  Telephone 5478 1189 or email

Hon. Steve Dickson MP, Member for Buderim:  Unit 4, 102 Burnett Street, Buderim.  Telephone  5450 1115 or email

Hon. Glen Elmes MP, Member for Noosa:  Suite CB05, Noosa Civic, 28 Eenie Creek Road, Noosaville BC.  Telephone 5449 8988 or email

Hon. Andrew Powell MP, Member for Glass House:  Suite 4/70 Maple Street, Maleny.  Telephone 5435 2013 or email

Sunshine Coast Council:  Telephone 5475 7272 or email

Noosa Council:  Council Chambers, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin.  Telephone 5329 6500 or

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