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Monday, 7 November 2016
Page: 3046

Dr McVEIGH (Groom) (16:06): Recently I had the pleasure of representing the Senator the Hon. Fiona Nash, Minister for Local Government and Territories, Regional Communications and Regional Development in acknowledging Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Queensland's installation of solar photoelectric energy-saving infrastructure in both Toowoomba and Charleville in the neighbouring electorate of Maranoa, supported through the government's National Stronger Regions Fund.

I congratulate chairman Shane Macdonald OAM and CEO Derek Tuffield. This is a very significant project that represents innovation and a sensible progress towards a new mix of energy sources for Lifeline in its regional activities in our part of the world. Moreover, it represents cost savings that will facilitate more investment in Lifeline's frontline servicing.

Whilst I was there, I learnt of other initiatives, information and context in the background to cultural protocols in acknowledgement and welcome to country in our region, a development and innovation policy and a framework for sustainability policy. Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Queensland is an NGO truly leading the charge not only in social services but also in innovation, sustainability and development..