Talk to Ted on the Road

Sunshine Coast Local News

Ted O’Brien’s new high-tech mobile office has proven a success, with booked-out constituent meetings offering faster feedback on issues.

Ted has upped the ante on his seasonal road trips through his Fairfax electorate this year with a fully staffed mobile office, computers and furniture.

He took his office to Nambour, Brightwater, Bli Bli and Coolum in January and door-knocked locals while he was in the area.

“Rather than just hosting a listening post, I wanted to offer constituents the chance to sit down and have a private meeting with me about their issues,” Ted said.

“I was very pleased that people took up the opportunity and I was able to have good solid discussions with residents.

“My staff were also on hand with computer access to offer immediate assistance, look up information and record issues.

“It was also interesting hearing feedback from the public about the LNP’s proposal for Fast Rail from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane. People are really backing this proposal which has given me more determination to keep pushing for it.”

Ted said the new style of road trip was about being as accessible to the community as possible.

“Some people can find it difficult to get to my electorate office in Maroochydore and I don’t want that to be a hindrance for those who really need help or advice.

“Others can feel intimidated or worry that their issue isn’t important enough for a formal meeting in my electorate office.

“I really want to break down those barriers and a fully operational mobile office seems like a good way to achieve that.”

Ted will take his moblie office on the road again during his Autumn road trip. Anyone interested in organising a mobile office appointment should email ted.obrien.mp@aph.gov.au.

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