I moved to Queensland in 1988.  Like so many other Australians who flocked to Queensland in the 70s and 80s, I saw opportunity in a state that was confident in where it was heading. I saw Queensland as a great place to raise a family, enjoying all the lifestyle advantages Queensland offers and plenty of business opportunities too.

After almost 30 years since relocating to Toowoomba I have seen successive Labor governments over tax, over spend, over regulate and over promise, but always under deliver.

I grew frustrated watching Labor’s incompetent decisions increase my family’s cost of living. I was disappointed to see the state I love being out competed by southerners.  On the Darling Downs, there was no infrastructure being built and opportunities for my children were draining away.

Each week at my Rotary club we would hear from a different volunteer group struggling to meet the needs of people and families in my community.

In my business, I spent ever increasing hours on a weekly basis dealing with government bureaucracy and over regulation, whilst writing ever bigger cheques to government for fees, charges and taxes.

So, I lobbied politicians and argued with the bureaucrats about the ridiculous rules and regulations made by people who have never run a business or raised a family.

So why did I run?  Because it was time to get back the Queensland I love, time to get Labor’s hand out of our pockets and time for a new direction, one that respects the family unit as the bedrock of our society.

A Queensland where Government controls spending and debt and which does not impose an unfair burden on our children and grandchildren.

A Queensland where the worth and dignity of every individual is valued, the aged are respected and where there is a helping hand for those who need it most.

A Queensland where we have, a sustainable environment protecting our natural assets, whilst allowing our community to flourish.

It’s time for a more effective and efficient government with its emphasis on facilitating the potential of people and communities where effort is rewarded and property rights are respected, not a Labor government taxing and telling us how to run our lives.

I believe passionately in these things and that is why I am running to represent our community and continue the fight for the issues that matter to us all.

I can’t promise we will achieve it all straight away, but I can promise I will fight to serve and represent our community to the best of my ability every day that I have the privilege to be your Local Member.