Warren Truss.
Warren Truss. Contributed

Truss: Electorate issues gave the most pleasure

FIGHTING for funding to improve the Bruce Hwy, contributing to the Duncan Chapman Memorial and helping build the Brolga Theatre are just a few of the achievements Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss can tick off his list.

But it is the little victories that gave him the most satisfaction in his 26-year career in federal politics.

"The greatest pleasure was being able to achieve things for my electorate and individuals," he said.

During a media conference at Parliament House in Canberra Mr Truss said it was the smaller things such as sorting out visa issues and pension payments that gave him a sense of satisfaction.

Mr Truss was elected to the seat of Wide Bay in 1990.

Often considered a quiet achiever, Mr Truss was never a politician to trumpet his own triumphs.

In recent years he has been instrumental in securing funding for the Bruce Hwy, including an upgrade of the notoriously dangerous Glenorchy Straight that was completed last year.

Mr Truss also helped secure federal funding for an upgrade to the Tinana interchange and those works are expected to start soon.

The long-time Maryborough MP was also crucial in helping achieve federal funding for the Brolga Theatre - which also benefited from a major community fundraising effort.

Mr Truss was so proud of this achievement it gained special mention in his outgoing speech to parliament.

He has continued with his support of community-based projects, advocating for $900,000 in federal funding to build the second stage of the Duncan Chapman Memorial.

The project pays tribute to the first soldier on the beach at Anzac Cove, Maryborough man Duncan Chapman.

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