Neville vows: 'Every cent'
“EVERY cent of the $17 million election funding promises I made will be delivered and delivered rapidly.”
Newly re-elected Federal MP for Hinkler Paul Neville drove into Hervey Bay with wife Margaret and he was clearly chuffed about winning every one of his electorate’s 48 booths, along with the 60.38 per cent of the two-party-preferred vote he’s captured so far.
“My objective is to get those things I committed to done, and done quickly,” he said.
“And this is going to happen because I pick the Coalition will win government.”
“Those things” include $3 million for the Urangan Performing Arts Centre, $10 million to do three local arterial roads, $600,000 to restart the Triple S program for disengaged kids, $260,000 for Hervey Bay’s artificial hockey pitch, $150,000 to the Green Army to restore the Bay’s beachfront and $150,000 for solar schools Isis High and Xavier Catholic College.
“In the 17 years I’ve been in this job I’ve delivered all of my election promises and I’m not about to stop now.”
Mr Neville is also tilting his cap at a communications junior portfolio in any future Coalition ministerial appointments.
“I’m chair of the party’s communications committee and I was largely responsible for driving through the cross-media ownership changes in the Howard government.
“We cleaned up TV and newspaper ownership to a maximum of two out of three in any market but now we need to address radio.
“Radio’s ownership and control should be clear and unambiguous.
“There’s never been any brake on how many radio stations you can own.
“This has to change.”
During the Howard government, Mr Neville was the politician that media mogul James Packer flew in his private jet to meet for lunch in Bundaberg.
Mr Neville refused to change his stance on cross-media ownership – and paid for the lunch.
Soon after Mr Packer sold up much of his newspaper interest and focused more on casinos.