LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has said her party’s new candidate for the Thuringowa electorate is firmly focused on cutting crime and unemployment.
Ms Frecklington said Natalie Marr’s experience as a former city councillor and former chair of CrimeStoppers Townsville made her the perfect candidate to protect people and jobs in Thuringowa.
“Thuringowa has seen crime spiral out of control under Labor and residents are crying out for strong local leadership,” Ms Frecklington said.
“She will make protecting the community her priority – not protecting the rights of criminals.
“Natalie also knows that action is urgently needed to protect jobs in Townsville.
“Only the LNP has a plan to fast-track this region’s economic recovery and get Townsville working again.”
Ms Marr said the LNP supported the faster lifting of coronavirus restrictions in areas with no active cases, like Townsville.
“There were 9,200 people looking for a job in Townsville before the coronavirus crisis began, so it’s clear this region needs a strong economic recovery plan,” Ms Marr said.
“The LNP will supercharge North Queensland’s economy with the New Bradfield Scheme.
“The project will create thousands of jobs in this region, give farmers precious water and generate enough hydro-electricity for 800,000 homes.
“The LNP’s plan for more electricity competition will cut the average Townsville bill by $300 and we will also give Queenslanders a no-new-tax guarantee.”
Ms Marr, a real estate agent and former member of Townsville City Council, said crime was another major concern for local Thuringowa residents.
Since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier in 2015, armed robberies in Townsville have increased by 196%, car thefts have increased by 109% and break-ins have risen by 96%.
“Crime has exploded in Thuringowa because the Palaszczuk Labor Government is soft on crime,” Ms Marr said.
“I’m standing for the LNP because it’s the only party that will protect Queenslanders.
“Only an LNP Government will get rid of the Labor’s catch-and-release laws and ensure there are consequences for crime.
“And only the LNP will give our police the tough laws and resources they need to cut crime – including a police helicopter for North Queensland.”
Ms Marr said her other priorities would include improving local health and education services.
“The last LNP government cut hospital waiting lists in Townsville, but the surgery list has increased by 91% under Labor,” Ms Marr said.
“It is unacceptable that more than 4733 locals are now waiting for surgery.”
Ms Marr said the LNP would cut waiting lists by partnering with the private sector to take the pressure off Queensland’s Health frontline staff, while in schools the LNP would conduct a review of the curriculum to ensure teachers and students can focus on the key subjects of English, science and maths.
Ms Frecklington said Labor failed Townsville across the board for five years.
“Only the LNP has the candidate and the plan to protect jobs and residents in Thuringowa,” Ms Frecklington said.