Fraser Coast Chronicle editor Peter Chapman
Fraser Coast Chronicle editor Peter Chapman

LNP's winning move

STATE Member for Maryborough, Anne Maddern, sent through a press release yesterday expressing her delight that the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme would double for Queenslanders living in rural and remote areas.

While Ms Maddern is delighted, those who have made the long journey from the Fraser Coast to Brisbane for bouts of radiation treatment and the like will be cheering.

It's a fact for many that when you need specialist treatment you are unable to work and the pressure on the household budget is enormous.

When you were getting just $30 a night as an accommodation subsidy and only 15 cents a kilometre towards petrol it meant every time you headed down the highway your bank balance also headed south with you.

A friend of ours battled breast cancer and beat it. She spent months off work and her bank account receded by $15,000.

The truth is it's bloody expensive to be sick. If the pain of what you are suffering doesn't make you cry the cost of your treatment will.

At least there is some small compensation coming this way with the accommodation subsidy going up to $60 per night per person and the mileage subsidy up to 30 cents per kilometre.

Those who have travelled down the highway to receive specialist care in Brisbane hospitals will quickly tell you that the only accommodation you can find for $60 a night is a place you'd be better not staying at.

But it is something and, while I have been critical of the LNP over certain issues of late, they deserve great credit for this long-needed initiative.

 

Great day at the park

DON'T you just love a hot day at the local park watching grand finals. It doesn't matter if it is netball, soccer, hockey or rugby league the atmosphere is just great.

I was at the Hervey Bay soccer fields on Saturday and the atmosphere was electric as the youngsters battled for the right to be called the season's champions.

Sitting next to two proud dads and watching them ride the emotions of the matches really brought home what sport is all about.

It's not only great for the youngsters, but it's also fantastic for bringing families together.



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