Selected Past Events
LUNCH WITH THE FEDERAL ASSISTANT TREASURER STUART ROBERT
19 DECEMBER 2018 - 12.30PM FOR 12.45PM START TO 2.15PM
WILDFLOWER RESTAURANT, BEST WESTERN PLUS LAKE KAWANA HOTEL, 9 FLOREY BLVD, BIRTINYA
Assistant Treasurer the Hon Stuart Robert MP visited Fisher to meet with local residents at a lunch on 19 December. Attendees learnt more about what ramifications may arise for the Finance Industry from the Royal Commission into misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry among other issues.
BUSINESS NETWORK FORUM BREAKFAST WITH SENATOR MICHAELIA CASH
10 OCTOBER 2018
BEST WESTERN PLUS LAKE KAWANA HOTEL, 9 FLOREY BLVD, BIRTINYA
Andrew Wallace invited Minister Cash to Fisher so she could see firsthand the Sunshine Coast’s thriving business community and provide information on the Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting small and family business. The Minister attended a breakfast function where attendees had the opportunity to hear Minister Cash speak in detail about the challenges facing the Government in her portfolio and to ask their questions of the Minister. She then attended a small and family business networking meet and greet exclusively for Fisher small and family business operators, where she circulated and spoke to business leaders in more detail.
prime Minister visits CALOUNDRA & glasshouse mountains
27 September 2018
CALOUNDRA POWER BOAT CLUB & ASHBERN FARMS
The Prime Minister Scott Morrison came to Fisher to see the resilience and innovation being displayed by our local strawberry growers and to meet local residents at the Caloundra Power Boat Club. It was great to see so many people out to support the Prime Minister, so thank you to everyone who came along. The Prime Minister spoke inspiringly about our values, which are the values that Australians share and respond to, and he spoke about our Federal Government’s achievements.
While he was here in Fisher, the Prime Minister announced a package of $350,000 to communicate with and train people throughout the fruit supply chain to make sure the action that fruit producers are taking to keep their food is safe is appreciated and the industry can recover as quickly as possible. At Ashbern Farms in Glasshouse Mountains we saw the metal detectors that the growers have put in to ensure that they can catch any contaminated produce. It is exactly this kind of innovation that the Government’s new funding will help to make the most of.
MINISTER FOR AGED CARE ON THE SUNSINE COAST
SUNSHINE COAST SENIOR CARE EXPO
17 AUGUST 2018
THE EVENTS CENTRE AT CALOUNDRA, 20 MINCHINTON ST, CALOUNDRA
I brought Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, to the Sunshine Coast Senior Care and Lifestyle Expo. Minister Wyatt attended the Expo, and presented to attendees. He mingled with local seniors and service providers and answered their questions. The Minister then went on to lunch at Parklands Tavern where attendees heard from the Minister in a smaller scale setting.
FISHER DEFENCE INDUSTRY PRESENTATION & VETERANS FORUM - SENATOR JIM MOLAN AO DSC
7 AUGUST 2018
RUMBA BEACH RESORT AND CALOUNDRA RSL
As part of his on-going work in securing opportunities for Sunshine Coast SMEs in the defence sector, Andrew invited Senator Jim Molan, New South Wales senator and former Major General in the Australian Army, to present to local businesses in Caloundra. Senator Molan spoke about his experience in leading allied forces in Iraq, his transition into political life, and gave his perspective on the links between the armed forces, business and politics.
Senator Molan also met with Sunshine Coast veterans at the Caloundra RSL Sub-branch to listen to local veterans' questions and feedback on the Government's care of former service men and women.
FISHER SCHOOLS DEBATING COMPETITION
12 JUNE 2018
KAWANA WATERS STATE COLLEGE HOTEL, BIRTINYA
A team of three young women from Chancellor State College took first place my Fisher Schools Debating Competition following a spirited night of engaging discussion. Lucy Gillespie, Mia Seefeld and Kate Frankish, all from Year 10, won over the Judges in the final debate, about whether Australia should raise the voting age to 21. I aimed to help more of our local students to engage with important contemporary issues in civics, citizenship and governance. I was proud to see that on the night all of the students who came along showed not only that they are skilled debaters, but that they have thought deeply about some of the most important questions that we face as Australian citizens. Individual prizes were also awarded by me and the other judges (former Member of the Queensland Youth Parliament Mote Dambo, and Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of the Sunshine Coast Dr Shannon Brincat) to Sophia Chetinti (Year 11) from Sienna Catholic College for Most Persuasive Speech, and to Dale Caldwell (Year 12) of Meridan State College for Best Researched Speech. Lucy Gillespie from the winning Chancellor State College team was chosen for the ‘Andrew Wallace Future Parliamentarian Award’ for giving the most impressive overall individual performance.
SUNSHINE COAST HEALTH CHECK WITH MINISTER HUNT
2 MAY 2018
BEST WESTERN PLUS, LAKE KAWANA HOTEL, BIRTINYA
Attendees heard from Minister Hunt on the priorities for the Government in the Health Portfolio ahead of the Federal Budget. Minister Hunt spoke about how the Sunshine Coast is positioning itself to be a centre for cutting edge health practices brought about by the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the Thompson Institute and took questions from the audience. The Minister spent time speaking to attendees one on one before and after the event.
SUNSHINE COAST CASINO COMMUNITY MEETING
17 APRIL 2018
KAWANA WATERS STATE COLLEGE, KAWANA
More than 300 people gathered at Kawana Waters State College to talk about the proposal to encourage the construction of a casino in Council's wholly owned Maroochydore CBD development, SunCentral. Attendees heard from me about the timeline of this proposal to date and why I oppose it. They also heard some shocking statistics from Dr Charles Livingstone of Monash University showing the immense harm caused by Casinos and EGM gambling. We also heard from retired Police Superintendent Chris Sang about how he would approach the policing of a casino on the Coast. We spent more than an hour on Q&A and heard many moving personal stories from members of the audience. At the end of the night we took a vote on how many people opposed a casino on the Coast - as far as I could tell, everyone agreed that our community does not want a casino.
You can watch the full event at www.facebook.com/wallace4fisher/
GOOGLE DIGITAL GARAGE ON THE SUNSHINE COAST
12 APRIL 2018
THE EVENTS CENTRE @ CALOUNDRA: 8AM - 10AM
For small businesses today, especially in a regional area like ours, a great online presence can make a big difference to drawing customers in. We have all used our mobile phones or our computers to find a local shop or restaurant, or to plan a holiday. If a regional business in an important tourism area like ours is not online, it has often lost a potential customer before they even leave the house. I want to see all of our small and medium sized businesses on the Sunshine Coast excelling in this arena. That’s why I wanted our hard working business owners to have the opportunity to learn from the true global experts, so I invited Google to come to visit us and give loca SMEs a training seminar on how to increase the success of their online activities. The seminar was a huge success, and attendees learnt about the free methods available to help their businesses to be found online including the ‘Google My Business’ tool, and what local companies can do to take advantage of the opportunities offered by consumers’ use of their mobile telephones. If you run a small business and you want to learn more about how to succeed yourself on the internet, you can get some of the easy to use training materials Google presented by visiting: https://learndigital.withgoogle.com/digitalgarage-au.
FISHER DEFENCE INDUSTRY SEMINAR
8 MARCH 2018
INNOVATION CENTRE USC, UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST, SIPPY DOWNS
80 local businesses learnt how they could be part of a growing Sunshine Coast defence industry, taking advantage of the Government’s unprecedented $200 billion defence investment and exporting products to the world. Attendees heard about the domestic and export opportunities that exist for agri-business, aerospace, consultancy, design, digital, engineering, manufacturing, professional services and many more. Representatives of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation and prime defence contractors NIOA, Rheinmetall and Lockheed Martin spoke about how to access the market and pursue opportunities. Presentations addressed opportunities in science and innovation, professional services and consulting, export strategy, how the Government can help, and how to deal with a prime contractor.
FISHER COMMUNITY ESAFETY FORUM - WITH THE ESAFETY COMMISSIONER
19 FEBRUARY 2018
KAWANA WATERS STATE COLLEGE
Safety online is becoming an important issue for all of us – from cyber-bullying and online abuse to fraud and identity theft, we all need to learn how to protect ourselves and the vulnerable in our community. More than 100 Sunshine Coast parents, teachers and other community members gathered to hear about what they can do to protect themselves and their loved ones online in a session led by Australia’s eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant. Attendees heard about the activities and the platforms that are trending among young people in 2018, including live streaming, ‘story’ functions and deletable media. Attendees learnt about the interactive chat functions imbedded in popular platforms like xbox or Musical.ly, which parents are often not aware give their children the ability to chat unsupervised to adults and children all over the world. Parents and grandparents at the Forum learnt about the importance of creating a technology checklist when introducing new technology into the home to help to understand and mitigate the safety risks for the whole family. Protective behaviours and strategies for children were addressed, such as encouraging communication, building resilience and empathy with others and closely monitoring use. Finally the cyberbullying and abuse reporting process was explained, including the powerful role the eSafety Commissioner can have.
January 2018 Listening posts
29 January - 2 February 2018
Landsborough, Mooloolah, Bellvista, Mooloolaba, Glass House Mountains, Golden Beach, Kawana Waters, Eudlo, Caloundra, Beerwah, Currimundi, Maleny and Peachester.
Andrew held 14 Listening Posts all over the electorate in late January and early February 2018. Andrew met with scores of local residents and discussed a wide range of issues including local transport infrastructure, mobile telephone reception, pensions, upholding Australian values, and border protection. Andrew is following up in Canberra on many of the matters raised by people at these Listening Posts.
SUNSHINE COAST NBN FORUMS
10 NOVEMBER 2017
KAWANA SURF CLUB & LANDSBOROUGH MEMORIAL HALL
The rollout of the nbn is proceeding across our community many local residents have questions for the company. Andrew therefore hosted two community nbn forums. Attendees learnt more about the nbn rollout on the Sunshine Coast and had the opportunity to provide their feedback to the company. Representatives of nbn and Telstra were available at the sessions to answer questions and guide attendees through the transition.
FISHER DEFENCE INDUSTRY WORKSHOP
10 OCTOBER 2017
UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST
Following his two successful Defence Industry Forums, Andrew took the initiative forward with a Fisher Defence Industry Workshop on Tuesday 10 October 2017 at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). This was a workshop style session where local businesses were placed in a small group with a mentor who guided them individually through the process of Defence Industry engagement.
Politics in the Pub with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
22 September 2017
Andrew brought the Prime Minister to Caloundra RSL to talk informally to 300 Sunshine Coasters in a ‘Politics in the Pub’. The Prime Minister took questions for more than an hour and then mingled informally with attendees. Many people had the opportunity to meet the PM and to ask him a question in a wide ranging discussion.
Stronger Communities Programme Information Sessions
17 – 19 July 2017
Beerwah CWA Hall, Caloundra CCSA Hall, Lake Kawana Community Centre, Mooloolaba Bowls Club, Maleny RSL
Andrew held five community information sessions on the Stronger Communities Programme at venues around the electorate. There was $150,000 allocated to the electorate of Fisher in Round 3 of this grant programme to make grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to up to 20 local community groups for purchasing new equipment or building improvements. Following these information sessions and the collection of Expressions of Interest, Andrew selected the projects to recommend for funding together with a committee of local community leaders.
Fisher Defence Industry Breakfast
28 June 2017
Parklands Tavern, Meridan Plains
As part of taking forward Andrew’s Fisher Defence Industry Initiative, Air Chief Marshall Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret) spoke to 50 local businesses about Australia’s future defence procurement needs. He spoke about his experience of Defence force procurement and explored some next steps for Sunshine Coast companies.
Fisher Defence Industry Forum
17 May 2017
University of the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre, Sippy Downs
In pursuit of his objective to help to diversify the Sunshine Coast economy, Andrew hosted the inaugural Sunshine Coast Defence Industry Forum. Andrew invited the Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne, the Centre for Defence Industry Capability as well as a number of prime defence contractors and small businesses who have won defence contracts to present to more than 150 Sunshine Coast business owners. Attendees learnt about how businesses on the Coast can increase their chances of winning part of the Government’s unprecedented $200bn, ten year defence procurement spend, and had the opportunity to ask the Minister questions.
Fisher Small Business Roadshow
15 May 2017
Lake Kawana Hotel, Kawana
Andrew invited the Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack to deliver a Small Business Q&A at the Best Western Lake Kawana Hotel. Representatives of the Small Business Ombudsman and the Australian Tax Office were also available to answer local business leaders’ questions. Local businesses heard more about the support that the Turnbull Government provides to small businesses and how local firms can take advantage of the Government’s small business tax cut, instant asset write off scheme and simplified regulations.
Fisher Housing Affordability Roundtable
18 April 2017
Dicky Beach Surf Club
Sunshine Coast community housing groups, industry bodies, developers, builders and the Council met with Assistant Minister to the Treasurer the Hon. Michael Sukkar MP, in a housing affordability forum organised by Andrew. Participants discussed a range of topics including housing for vulnerable Australians and people living with a disability, housing affordability for young people, growth in rents and housing for older Australians.