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About Craig Crawford

As a former Paramedic and Union Delegate, Craig spent many years defending the workers' rights and entitlements of Paramedics. This is what lead him to enter politics in 2015 - Craig has remained the State Member for Barron River since.

Craig grew up on a dairy farm. He started out as a small business owner running a country motel and a locksmith business, during this time he also served as a volunteer fire fighter for 20 years and was promoted to brigade captain in his final years. 

Craig is an experienced politician and has a proven track record of delivering for the Barron River community. His major achievements can be found below.

He believes in equality, opportunity, fairness and reform. Craig voted yes to legalising same-sex marriage in 2017,  decriminalising abortion in Queensland in 2018, Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) in 2020, he voted yes for new laws to criminalise coercive control and strengthen consent laws to better protect victims of domestic, family and sexual violence in 2024 and also voted for the new Climate bill to accelerate the roll-out of renewable energy and cuts to pollution in 2024.  

Craig is dedicated to standing up for local businesses, workers, and their families. 

Parliamentary Service

  • Member, Health, Environment and Agriculture committee: 13 February 2024 - Current

  • Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Seniors and Disability Services: 18 May 2023 - December 2023

  • ​Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships: 12 November 2020 - 18 May 2023

  • Minister for Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships: 12 May 2020 - 11 Nov 2020

  • Minister for Fire and Emergency Services: 12 Dec 2017 - 11 May 2020

  • Member, Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis Select Committee: 15 Sept - 24 Nov 2017

  • Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee: 11 May 2016 - 24 Nov 2017 Member, Ethics Committee: 18 Feb 2016 - 24 Nov 2017

  • Temporary Deputy Speaker: 16 Feb 2016 - 14 Feb 2018

  • Member, Finance and Administration Committee: 27 March 2015 - 11 May 2016

Major Achievements

  • The new Smithfield Bypass

  • Major upgrade to the Bill Fulton Bridge in Redlynch

  • A new six-lane boat ramp in Yorkeys Knob

  • Purchasing Earl Hill for conservation and installed community walking tracks

  • Upgrading YAPS animal shelter facility in Smithfield

  • New world class Multi-purpose School Halls for Smithfield State High School, Caravonica State School, Redlynch State College, and Freshwater State School

  • Upgraded the Henry Ross lookout on the Kuranda Range

  • A new Fire Station at Smithfield

  • New ambulance vehicles for Smithfield and Kuranda stations

  • A Cassowary conservation management plan to prevent vehicle strikes on Kuranda Range

  • Land acquired and funding towards a new clubhouse for Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Club

  • Funding acquired to expand Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR)

  • The Wangetti Trail from Palm Cove to Ellis Beach currently under construction

  • Major funding for Cairns Hospital expansion

  • Jointly funded the Northern Beaches Leisure Trail

  • Major improvements to Crystal Cascades in Redlynch

  • The Cattana Wetlands improvements including public walking tracks and picnic areas

  • Funding towards the Yorkeys Knob Esplanade upgrade

  • Funding towards the Holloways Beach Esplanade upgrade

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