Premier announces new Minister

Published Thursday, 15 November, 2012 at 12:00 PM

The Honourable Campbell Newman

Premier Campbell Newman has today announced the elevation of Tim Mander to the Queensland Government Cabinet, as Minister for Housing and Public Works.

The Premier said Mr Mander has proven his ability, enthusiasm and passion during his time as the Assistant Minister for Sport and Racing.

“Tim will carry on the good work started by Dr Bruce Flegg in addressing the needs of the 30,000 families Labor left on the public housing waiting list,” Mr Newman said.

“He has worked hard in successfully implementing the Government’s Get in the Game initiative, in partnership with Minister Steve Dickson.

“This initiative has been a highlight of Mr Mander’s role, with the $18 million program promoting grass root community sport and recreation, especially for children.

“Tim has also had a successful career outside of politics through his 20 years as an NRL referee and six-year tenure as the CEO of a major non-government organisation. 

“I am confident his experience and compassion will be of great benefit to all Queenslanders.”

Mr Mander said he was looking forward to taking on the new role.

“Much work has already taken place, especially in the important area of public housing, but there is so much more that needs to be done,” Mr Mander said.

“Labor left behind a mess that is continuing to have a major impact on tens of thousands of families.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to help those people and do more to get this state back on track.”

Mr Newman also announced that Ted Malone would be promoted to a new position as the Assistant Minister for Emergency Volunteers, working with the Minister for Police and Community Safety, Jack Dempsey.

“Mr Malone will focus on volunteer, emergency and rescue services,” Mr Newman said

“He is experienced both outside as well as inside politics, and highlights include his time dealing with Emergency and Community Services personnel.

“His passion for volunteer services in this space is unrivalled.”

With the promotion of Mr Malone, the Honourable Member for Gympie, David Gibson MP, will be appointed as the new Chair of the Parliamentary Committee for State Development, Infrastructure and Industry.

“Mr Gibson has proven his enthusiasm in representing the community through his fight to stop Labor’s disastrous plan for the Traveston Dam, his advocacy for the deaf community, and his strong management of Shadow Portfolios including Infrastructure and Planning,” the Premier said.

[ENDS] 15 November 2012

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