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Securing domestic gas supplies will be the speaking topic addressed by The Hon Mark McArdle MP Minister for Energy and Water Supply, QLD Government at the East Coast Gas Outlook Conference, to be held on the 21st and 22nd October 2013 in Sydney.
The Minister is extremely passionate about cost of living issues impacting Queenslanders and has initiated vital reform processes in the Energy and Water sectors since taking the portfolio.
This includes creating a 30-Year Energy Strategy and a 30-Year Water Strategy in order to provide a sustainable blueprint for the future of Queensland.
The creation of Inter-Departmental Committees for Energy and Water Supply, including an Independent Review Panel for electricity, displays the Minister’s commitment to ensuring a holistic and informed approach to long-term reform.
Mark McArdle was first elected to Queensland Parliament on 7 February 2004 as the Member for Caloundra.
During his time in Parliament, Minister McArdle has held many central positions including Leader of the Liberal Party and Deputy Leader of the Opposition after the merger between the Liberal and National Parties.
Following the successful election of the Liberal National Party to form Government in Queensland in 2012, the Member for Caloundra was appointed Minister for Energy and Water Supply.
Minister McArdle is an active local Member and an avid supporter of community groups within his electorate of Caloundra. Prior to entering politics the Minister worked as a solicitor in both the public and private arenas. He is currently patron of the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra, Sunshine Coast Disability Group and Caloundra State High School, amongst others.