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Monday, 25 May 2009
Page: 4212


Mr NEUMANN (6:43 PM) —On 17 May this year I was present at the turning of the first sod at the Scenic Rim Community Hydrotherapy and Health Management Complex at Elizabeth Terrace at Boonah. This is a project that is being delivered courtesy of the commitment of the local people, particularly the members of the Hydrotherapy Pool Project Committee; the cooperation of the Scenic Rim Regional Council; and the courage of the Rudd Labor government in terms of its Community Infrastructure Program. It is a wonderful project that will create jobs in Scenic Rim. It is a rural and regional area, and generally a conservative area, but the people in Fassifern Valley in Boonah have committed themselves to this cause. We gave $667,000 to the Scenic Rim council. They have kindly agreed to put $480,000 of that towards this project. Interestingly enough, the person who was present and turned the sod with me—I used my left foot; he used his right foot—was the National Party Mayor of Scenic Rim, Councillor John Brent, who could not speak highly enough of the Rudd Labor government’s commitment to infrastructure in the Fassifern Valley. It was a wonderful event. Also present there was the head of the local Liberal Party, Sel Pfeffer, who spoke highly of the commitment of the Labor Party and the Labor government to infrastructure in the rural area of Scenic Rim. It is a wonderful project. I commend it to the chamber.