Survey Results Shed Light on Community Concerns

Member for Lockyer Jim McDonald says the results of his Biggest Community Survey have highlighted the real issues faced by residents in Lockyer.

‘In 2019 I had the opportunity to complete Lockyer’s Biggest Community Survey. The 6923 responses we received clearly showed what issues matter to Lockyer and what I need to be fighting for to meet your wishes,’ said Mr McDonald.

Lockyer residents clearly highlighted cost of living; roads, rail and infrastructure and crime as the three most important issues in the region.

‘These are the issues I need to be focused on and work hard to fix.’

The current level of state government debt was also highlighted as a concern for 66% of respondents, while more than 80% of respondents believed current sentencing of criminal offences does not meet community expectations.

Mr McDonald said he has been working towards solutions to these issues since his election in 2017 and will continue to do so.

‘I’ve worked hard to see improvements to Lockyer’s roads, to ease cost of living pressures and to crack down on crime in our communities, but there is still a lot of work to be done.’

Achievements highlighted by Mr McDonald include securing two additional police officers at Helidon station and successfully fighting for more than $5 million of resurfacing and pavement works on the Brisbane Valley Highway, Forest Hill Fernvale Road and Brightview Road.

‘I am proud of what my team has achieved so far but there’s more work to do. If the LNP is successful at the upcoming election I will deliver a $75 million upgrade program for the Warrego Highway, $14 million for the Brisbane Valley Highway and continue to deliver a $15 million business case for fast passenger rail between Toowoomba and Brisbane.’

‘An LNP government has also committed to no new taxes, the introduction of real time fuel price monitoring, tougher sentencing for domestic violence and offences against children and the reintroduction of breach of bail as an offence.’

The survey results also highlighted Lockyer resident’s opinion on the quality of health care and education in the electorate.

‘Our teachers and health professionals need to be commended. More than three quarters of respondents said that Lockyer’s schools provide a good standard of education, while nearly 90% of respondents rated our regions health care as average or better,’ said Mr McDonald.

Lockyer residents should receive the full survey results in their mail. For more information or a copy of the results residents are urged to contact Mr McDonalds office on 53516100.