Member for Longman, Terry Young One Year in the Job

Member for Longman, Terry Young One Year in the Job



Member for Longman, Terry Young sat down with Caboolture – 4510TV’s Scott Lachmund to talk about his first 12 months in the job.

“Look, it’s been really good and the first 12 months, I’ve really just made it a point of getting out amongst the community,” the Liberal National Party (LNP) member said in the video above.

“I had an idea of what needed to be done out there and what people wanted, but it’s better to get it from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, so I’ve been out there talking to the businesses, I’ve been out there talking to the general public, a lot of the community groups and it’s pretty much what I thought it would be.”

The Member for Longman also talked about job creation and reducing overseas manufacturing dependency.

“But one thing that COVID has identified to me is that we need to get our manufacturing industry in Australia back and going,” the Member for Longman explained.

“We cannot be dependent on these overseas countries as heavily as we have been and there needs to be some changes, probably in a few things like, I think, the IR laws need to change because a lot of those IR laws were set up in the 70s and 80s when times were different and we worked five days a week and now it’s a seven-day world and factories run overseas that manufacturer, they run 24 hours a day and you have to be able to do those things if you want to compete in the world market.

“So, I’ve been talking to a few people who are looking at manufacturing and explaining to them the benefits of living and producing in Longman because that’ll create some jobs – we’re nice and close to the highway, we’re close to the rail, we’ve got everything going for us.

“We’re the link between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, so there’s a lot of benefits for setting up here and our land is still very affordable, so we tick a lot of boxes.

“So, I’m pleased to say that I’m working on a few things what I can’t divulge yet, but I’m hoping to get some manufacturing going here in the electorate which will be fantastic.”

To contact the Member for Longman, Terry Young, visit his website.

Interview transcript:

Scott Lachmund:
Hi, Scott Lachman 4510TV. Today, viewers, a very special episode. I have the privilege of interviewing Federal Member for Longman, Mr. Terry Young. Good day, Terry.

Terry Young:
Good day, Scott.

Scott Lachmund:
Terry, thanks for coming on the programme, and firstly, we want to start with your first anniversary, one year in the job serving Longman. How’s that gone for you?

Terry Young:
Look, it’s been really good and the first 12 months, I’ve really just made it a point of getting out amongst the community. I had an idea of what needed to be done out there and what people wanted, but it’s better to get it from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, so I’ve been out there talking to the businesses, I’ve been out there talking to the general public, a lot of the community groups and it’s pretty much what I thought it would be.
People want to see unemployment drop in the area, we want to see the crime rate, the drugs, drop. We’re looking forward to some good infrastructure projects, some roads being done, it’s all that sort of stuff, so my goal is to get the unemployment rate down. I was shocked to find out that, as of April last year, just before the federal election, that Longman actually had the second-highest unemployment rate in the country, which was very disappointing but I’ve got plans to change that.

Scott Lachmund:
Through your first year, let’s say your first 12 months, was there any challenges that you may not have known of going into the job?

Terry Young:
Yeah, you don’t notice it when you drive around the streets, you don’t a lot of the time notice some of the traffic issues that we have and some of those sorts of things because unless you travel a road that’s annoying people yourself, you don’t know a lot of that stuff but it’s good to see that there’s a lot of things in the pipeline like we know that the overpass between Deception Bay and Narangba is a nightmare, and I was pleased to find out that we’d actually provided the funding for that. So we’re just waiting for the State Government now to do the works and build that so that should start this year, which will be great. Bribie Island Road has been a nightmare for a long time, and it’s good to see that again, federally, we’ve provided funding to improve that. So again, that’s in the pipeline, and those works will happen soon. So yeah, they were probably the two biggest challenges.

Scott Lachmund:
Terry, we can’t ignore it the last couple of months, eight weeks let’s say, COVID-19 that hit us all like a tonne of bricks, in your position and Representative Federal Member for Longman, what came across your desk? What were the triggers or what was hurting people? What were you responding to?

Terry Young:
Probably the biggest thing was that there was so much information in such a short period of time and there was a lot of information out there, but people were struggling to work their way through it and see what was applicable to them. And fortunately, I’ve got a great team here in the office, and we were all kept up to date from Canberra, and we were able to answer questions for people and for me, it was good, because we’ve got a very open policy in our party, and the government was listening to backbenchers so every week we’d have a teleconference call, and on that call was everyone from the Prime Minister right… The whole government, basically and they would very honestly say, “Look, what’s the feedback?”
So those little things that fell through the cracks, like we had different businesses who didn’t qualify for really ambiguous reasons, and to their credit, the next week they’ve come up with a policy that rectified it and that’s what it’s about. To me, that’s what a good member does is that I find out what’s needed for our community, and then I feed that back to Canberra, and we find a solution.

Scott Lachmund:
We’ll talk in a moment about what lies ahead, but again, just through that process, it’s refreshing to hear that, let’s say, politics was put on the shelf, and it was very much a one in, all in of what’s the problems out there.

Terry Young:
Again, it was more to do with, there were certain businesses like in this COVID, what it’s shown to us is that there’s been a real difference in different industries like I was talking to the local butcher and the first week of COVID, he had his best week ever, he went berzerk and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been to Bunnings a few times and my God, hasn’t it been amazing how busy… But then you’ve got the other side where you’ve had hospitality with pubs and restaurants that they’ve closed. And all these people, I was talking to Kelvin Patch from Sports Club and Kelvin was saying, “I’ve got 350 people that are basically going to lose their job.” And that was the great thing about Job Keeper is that they are able to keep their job and not lose their benefits and we were able to come in and help those people out. So yeah, it was mainly business stuff and job security was the main issues that we were dealing with.

Scott Lachmund:
And it’s true, the viewers would know some businesses were thriving, others were not surviving. Let’s talk about what’s ahead of us. What’s the future? I’m a community advocate, I have been for a million years, I love the Caboolture and surrounds and I always want to try to bring some positive news and some momentum of how do we get out of this and what does it look like moving forward?

Terry Young:
Absolutely and I’m the same Scott, born and bred in Kallangur, spent most of my life here and I’ve got to say that people here are very down to earth, practical people, and it’s fantastic because it suits me down to the ground, they don’t whinge generally, they just get on with life and get on about it. So this is the cards we’ve been dealt and they get about it.
But one thing that COVID has identified to me is that we need to get our manufacturing industry in Australia back and going. We cannot be dependent on these overseas countries as heavily as we have been and there needs to be some changes, probably in a few things like I think the IR laws need to change because a lot of those IR laws were set up in the 70s and 80s when times were different and we worked five days a week and now it’s a seven-day world and factories run overseas that manufacturer, they run 24 hours a day and you have to be able to do those things if you want to compete in the world market.
So I’ve been talking to a few people who are looking at manufacturing and explaining to them the benefits of living and producing in Longman because that’ll create some jobs we’re nice and close to the highway, we’re close to the rail, we’ve got everything going for us. We’re the link between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast so there’s a lot of benefits for setting up here and our land is still very affordable so we tick a lot of boxes. So I’m pleased to say that I’m working on a few things what I can’t divulge yet, but I’m hoping to get some manufacturing going here in the electorate which will be fantastic.

Scott Lachmund:
Excellent. What would you say to business owners, and let’s talk about business owners for the moment, in the electorate of Longman? What’s something they can grab a hold of? What, what would be some hope for them at the moment?

Terry Young:
I think you could have confidence in this government because what we’re going to do is, we’ve got policies in place, but one thing that we will do is that we will review that and we understand that there are going to be different industries, they’re going to come out of this at a different speed. So what we’re not going to do is we’re not going to turn the tap off for business assistance for everyone at the same time, it’ll be a staged effect. So we’ll be doing a lot of research getting a lot of feedback from the business community and feeding that back to Canberra and that’ll help that roll-out because we know that we can’t keep propping business up forever, but the ones that need it, we’re going to give them a hand up and then hopefully the ones that’ll come back quicker, we’ll be able to switch that off, that assistance sum, which will be great for everyone.

Scott Lachmund:
Well, I’ve always said to our viewers, I remain apolitical on… is that the word?… 4510TV. I don’t share my personal political view or promote either way but what I do want to say is, I want to ask a question, your boss, our Prime Minister, Mr. Morrison, how have you witnessed him and what he’s achieved or processed through in the last eight weeks?

Terry Young:
Well, I think every person and every leader has their own gifts and talents and I think we’re very fortunate that probably one of Scott’s strengths is finance and he was the treasurer of the country for a while and I think it was very fortunate that we had someone with that financial background at a time like this. Now there would have been other situations that he might not have been as well equipped as, but as they say for such a time, he was the bam. And I’ve got to say, when you talk about bipartisan politics, Scott, the national cabinet was made up of five labour state and territory premiers and chief officers and four that were liberal or LMP and they worked together and were able to deliver to the Australian public, which is what matters. And I think that when there’s an emergency and a crisis, politics have got to be put aside and to their credit, I think all did that and the country’s better for it. I’d rather be here than anywhere else in the world right now.

Scott Lachmund:
Great opportunity, Terry Young, our Federal Member for Longman, we’ll have some links on our videos as we do with some contact numbers and so forth for Terry’s office. If you’re out there in Longman community and you’ve got a question, I’m sure that Terry’s support team will respond. Let’s finish on what’s the next 12 months look like for Terry Young?

Terry Young:
Hopefully being out and about in the community again, because I tell you, that’s the thing that’s driven me mad, I like to be out there. Before COVID they’d say, “Are you ever going to come into the office?” I said, “No, I’m out there talking to people,” because that’s what I enjoy. I come from a sales background so I like people, that’s my forte and I’m not really an office guy. I’m terrible at paperwork so I’ve got staff that do that. So having been cooped up for the last eight weeks has driven me mad. So that’s going to be the good thing and getting out there and finding out what projects are needed locally and working in with councils and state governments and trying to get things done to improve the lives of everyone in the community. That’s what I’m looking forward to.

Scott Lachmund:
Spot on. Terry Young, Federal Member for Longman, thanks for your time, and we’ll do one of those and once again, there are some links after this video. Get in touch with Terry’s office. If there’s something concerning you in the Longman electorate, get in touch, and let’s try to paint this a future together.

Terry Young:
Absolutely. Good on you everyone.

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