Beyon-say it isn’t so! MP puts a ring on it
DAWSON MP George Christensen dressing up in a leotard and impersonating Beyonce has convinced the Deputy Prime Minister to "put a ring on it".
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack will be in Mackay tomorrow to announce a $280 million ring road upgrade, which will open up easier access to the Galilee and Bowen Basin mining region's from the city's port.
Mr Christensen infamously donned a leotard in a video put on his social media in a bid to lobby his own government to fork out for stage two of the Mackay Ring Road.
The video from June featured Mr Christensen brainstorming ideas on how to get the Prime Minister's attention on the project, before he says "I've got an idea … how do you spell 'Beyonce'?".
It then cuts to Mr Christensen in a leotard, dancing to popstar Beyonce's song Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) and urging constituents to sign a petition.
He said he might have some regrets about the video, but it got results.
"I just hope there's no more road projects I need to don Lycra for to get the funding," he said.
Mr Christensen said the project would create access between the Mackay port and mining projects.
"The efficiency gains in transport and freight will mean mega dollars for our region, the mining sector in particular," he said.
"That money can be taken from freight costs and invested in more jobs, or more mining developments which will drive more jobs and wage growth."
Mr McCormack said the Federal Government was committing $280 million towards the $350 million project, with the State Government expected to fund the rest.
"We are committed to creating safer roads, safer highways and of course, supporting more jobs.
"The project will extend the Mackay Ring Road … improving safety for local road users and provide an improved link from the south to the northern suburbs."