A Message from Peter
Australia Day Dickson Awards
Nominations are now open for the 2021 Dickson Australia Day Awards. These awards recognise those who, through volunteer work or contributions above and beyond their normal activities, have made our community a better place. Some have made varying contributions over many years, some contribute in a particular area and the contributions of others have spread Australia wide.
Excitingly, our 2021 Australia Day Awards ceremony will be our 20th year of acknowledging those who go above and beyond in our community. It will coincide with our local Citizenship Ceremony, welcoming members of our community as Australia’s newest citizens. If you know someone who has gone above and beyond throughout this difficult year, please visit www.peterdutton.com.au and nominate them for an award. Our ceremony will be a little different next year so that it is COVIDSafe, though I am looking forward to catching up with and thanking members of our community on Australia Day.
Christmas Hamper Appeal 2020
The Pine Rivers Care Network needs your help to give 200 Christmas food hampers to vulnerable and disadvantaged families and individuals in our community. They truly welcome your help in donating non-perishable food items and/or financial assistance to help them purchase food that will provide a Christmas dinner. This year has been tough on a lot of locals, although if you are in a position to give, I have a hamper in my office at 3/199 Gympie Road, Strathpine where you can drop off non-perishable food. Your support is greatly appreciated, thank you.
Looking to 2021
2020 has been difficult for all Australians. Jobs have been lost, families have been kept apart and we have seen just how devastating the impact of COVID-19 has been around the world. There is much to look forward to as we move into 2021.
Encouragingly, 178,800 Australian jobs were added in October, meaning 75% of jobs lost due to COVID have come back. This is great news for locals who are getting back to work, opening businesses and seeing their hours at work increase. I am also seeing more and more ‘staff wanted’ signs outside businesses around our community which fills me with hope for the future.
As you would have seen in the news, there have been recent breakthroughs in the race for a COVID vaccine. Australia is well placed for the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine, once clinical trials and the regulator has confirmed safety and effectiveness.
Under the Morrison Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy, Australia has secured 134.8 million doses through advance purchasing agreements with four suppliers: AstraZeneca/Oxford, University of Queensland/CSL, Novavax and Pfizer/BioNTech.
In addition, Australia has access to a further 25 million doses through the COVAX facility.
After a tough year, I hope that you can enjoy Christmas with your loved ones as we rest and recharge for 2021.
What’s important to you?
With your help, and by working together, I know we can get the upgrades, facilities and opportunities our community needs to be even better. So please let me know what’s important to you. Drop by to one of my mobile office visits or get in touch with me at email@example.com or 3205 9977 to let me know your priorities. Alternatively, you can visit my office at 3/199 Gympie Road in Strathpine during business hours or my website www.peterdutton.com.au for more information.