Historic Ingham Church Takes Centre Stage

More than 1,500 Christmas cards featuring the historic All Souls’ Memorial Church at Victoria Estate near Ingham have been distributed across Queensland, Australia and internationally.

Queensland LNP Senator James McGrath has made the historic church the centrepiece of his Christmas cards this year - in recognition of the importance of this sacred monument to the local community.

Senator McGrath said the All Souls’ Anglican Memorial Church was built in remembrance of 11 locals who died during World War One.

“In October 1918 the General Manager of the Victoria Mill dedicated land and £50 towards the construction of the church. Locals then chipped in with fairs, raffles and working bees to see the project through,” Senator McGrath said.

“The church was constructed predominantly with building material from North Queensland including 2,200 maroon roofing tiles and interior fittings of Queensland maple.”

Senator McGrath said the Church was an ongoing tribute to the sacrifice made by those brave young men so long ago.

“A copper tablet inscribed with the eleven names is still featured on the Church as a poignant reminder of the cost of war and the enduring legacy of our forefathers who fought to protect our way of life.”

Each year Senator McGrath chooses a historic Queensland church to feature on his Christmas card.

“It is a simple way to celebrate our rich cultural and religious heritage and to share inspirational stories from our great state at this special time of year.”

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Multi-Million Dollar Funding Boost for Winton’s Waltzing Matilda Centre

The town of Winton is such an interesting place, full of great stories from Australia’s early colonial history.

The Waltzing Matilda Centre at Winton is a major tourist attraction and a key part of passing on some of our legendary tales such as that of the Jolly Swagman in Banjo Patterson’s famous poem ‘Waltzing Matilda’.

The centre was recently badly damaged by fire. So it was with great pleasure that I visited the town with Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Regional 

Development Fiona Nash and local LNP Member for Maranoa David Littleproud to confirm $8 million in funding to restore the facility.

The funding, from the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, will help rebuild and enhance the Centre to make it a premier tourist attraction in Queensland.

Rebuilding the Centre will give back to Winton this important piece of history and local identity. 

The new and improved Centre will include an interactive gallery, museum spaces, a visitor information centre, as well as a new gift shop and access for large vehicles.

The Centre will also cater for the needs of primary and secondary school groups with exhibitions not only about the tale of Waltzing Matilda but displays of early life in rural Australia, dinosaurs and local flora and fauna.

For more information about the Waltzing Matilda Centre visit: http://www.matildacentre.com.au/

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Productivity Commission Study on the Transition of Regional Economies

The Australian economy’s transition away from the resources-led boom towards broader-based growth is presenting different challenges and opportunities for Australia’s regions.

In order to better understand this, the Government has provided the Productivity Commission with terms of reference to commence a study on the impact of the transition on regional economies.

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Flagging Retirement Options

The Coalition Government is seeking feedback from the community on the best and most appropriate way for Australians to retire used, damaged and worn out Australian National Flags.

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister Senator the Hon. James McGrath said existing protocols around the use of the National Flag did not include specific guidelines on how to retire a damaged or dilapidated flag with appropriate dignity and respect.

“Currently, our Flag Protocols state that when the material of a flag deteriorates it should be destroyed privately and in a dignified way, however there is often confusion about how best to achieve this,” Senator McGrath said.

“Our National Flag is a symbol of great importance to all Australians, so it seems fitting that people have the opportunity to reflect on the significance of our flag in a meaningful way at the end of its service also.”

Senator McGrath said a Flag Retirement Protocol Consultation Paper had been sent to key stakeholders around Australia to start this important discussion.

“In particular, the government is interested in community views on changes to the flag protocols to include guidance on conducting a retirement ceremony for used Australian National Flags,” Senator McGrath said.

“We believe this may be a good option for schools, clubs, or organisations looking for a sense of formality around flag retirement.”
Chair of the Australian National Flag Association Mr Allan Pidgeon said the proposed changes would offer the community a more dignified way to retire a National Flag.

“The Australian National Flag is proudly displayed by many community organisations, schools, clubs and individuals around Australia, as a symbol of great honour and pride,” he said.

“The inclusion of a retirement ceremony in the official flag protocols would ensure the national flag was appropriately decommissioned, whilst providing an opportunity to reflect on the flag, its history and its symbolic importance to our nation.”

For a copy of the Australian Government’s Flag Retirement Protocol Consultation Paper or to provide feedback on flag retirement options please visit: www.dpmc.gov.au/flag

Submissions are due by end of February 2017.

Media contact: 07 54411800

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New building code to improve conduct and boost productivity on building sites

A new era for Australia’s building and construction industry has started from today. An era in which law and order is restored and respected.

Thanks to the Turnbull Coalition Government, we now have a genuine watchdog for Australia’s building and construction industry – the Australian Building and Construction Commission – to enforce tougher laws and a stronger Building Code.

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ABCC necessary to stop CFMEU lawlessness

QUEENSLAND’S militant Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is undermining a successful Commonwealth Games in 2018, when the Gold Coast becomes the first regional Australian city to host the event.

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