Thursday, 7 September 2023

Hinkler MP reflects on 10 years of service

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt has marked 10 years in office by thanking the voters of Hinkler.

“I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the continued support of the people of Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and every small township in between, who have put their trust in me,” Mr Pitt said.

“It’s an absolute privilege to represent them and be their advocate in Canberra and being elected four times is a humbling experience.

“During the past 10 years there have been many achievements that I am extremely proud of. It’s a long list, but some of the highlights include securing Australia’s first regional deal for Hinkler, lobbying for recognition of the late Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith’s soldiers for the Battle of Long Tan, fighting for ex-HMAS Tobruk to become a military dive wreck, Hinkler being a trial site for the Cashless Debit Card and most importantly, helping constituents.

“There has been more than a billion dollars invested into the Hinkler electorate with significant upgrades to the Bruce Highway as well as making local roads safer; support for businesses to expand and in turn provide more local jobs; and financial assistance for community groups and organisations and their volunteers.

“While a lot has been achieved, there is always more work to do. Our region is continuing to grow, and it will need additional services and infrastructure to support this growth. More local jobs are something I have advocated for since I was first elected 10 years ago, and I will continue to encourage businesses to expand or relocate to Hinkler to provide more opportunities for employment.

“I’m fortunate to have a great team. Party members, supporters and volunteers who give their time so willingly during campaigns and provide their advice.

“Thank you to my staff – both past and present – for their loyalty and dedication, and finally, thank you to my family, who have been with me every step of the way.”

The 2013 Federal Election was held on Saturday 7 September with the Coalition winning 90 seats to form government.

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