LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has welcomed the selection of Chris Lehmann as her party’s candidate for the electorate of Ferny Grove.
Ms Frecklington said Mr Lehmann, an experienced electrician and managing director of successful business Tradesmen on Time, was focused on firing up the economy and creating more jobs for locals.
His other priorities include investing for growth, delivering infrastructure, slashing surgery waiting times and improving education results.
“Just like the rest of Queensland, the economy in Ferny Grove was struggling long before the coronavirus crisis,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Chris Lehmann and the LNP have the best plan to stimulate the economy and create a decade of secure jobs to drag Queensland out of this recession.
“Chris has years of experience in the construction industry behind him and knows what small businesses need to get ahead and create local jobs.
“The LNP will protect and create jobs by busting congestion, investing for growth, unleashing Queensland industry, supporting small businesses and giving Queenslanders a no-new-tax guarantee.
“Only Chris Lehmann and the LNP will get Ferny Grove working again.”
Chris Lehmann said he wanted Ferny Grove to be the best place to get a job, get ahead and raise a family.
“I know what it means to create local, secure jobs for apprentices and tradies,” Mr Lehmann said.
“With more than 200,000 Queenslanders out of work right now, Queensland needs an LNP Government to stimulate the economy and create a decade of secure jobs.
“The LNP’s economic plan is clear – we’ll get building, unleash industry and create jobs.
“Labor’s taxes have dealt a hammer blow to the construction industry and new home approvals are down by 40% annually since last LNP Government.
“Less construction means less jobs.
“The LNP’s no-new-taxes guarantee will give businesses the confidence to invest in new construction and business projects, stimulating the economy and creating jobs.
“The next LNP Government will declare Queensland is open for business with a target of $1 billion worth of investment in projects in partnership with the private sector.
“Our bold plans to build the New Bradfield Scheme, build a better Bruce Highway and deliver new dams will mean a construction jobs boom across the state and long-term economic prosperity for Queensland.
“Only the LNP has a plan to drag Queensland out of recession.”
Mr Lehmann said many young families were choosing to call Ferny Grove home and an LNP Government would plan for the future and invest for growth.
“The LNP will take action to improve health services on the northside by restoring hospital performance targets and working in partnership with the private sector to take pressure off the clogged public system,” Mr Lehmann said.
“The surgery waiting list at the Prince Charles Hospital has blown out by 28% under Labor and ambulance ramping has increased by 13% since the last election to be sitting at 30%”
Mr Lehmann said the LNP would also improve education outcomes in Ferny Grove by decluttering the state school curriculum and introducing phonics testing to improve reading and writing.
“I don’t want to see schools going backwards in literacy and numeracy any longer,” he said.
“The LNP’s plan to get back to basics in schools will allow teachers and students to focus on the foundation skills of English, maths and science to get a job and secure their economic future.
“This community cannot afford another four years of Labor failure.
“The LNP’s plan to stimulate the economy, slash elective surgery wait times and improve education results will secure our children’s future.
“I feel strongly that I can make things better in Ferny Grove and contribute my voice towards making Queensland better as a whole.
“Only an LNP Government will get Ferny Grove working again.”