FORMER prime minister Tony Abbott slipped into Jimboomba on Wednesday and dined with his former government whip Scott Buchholz and Senator Joanna Lindgren.
Jimboomba Times was not invited along to the meeting, with the Abbott camp reportedly avoiding media in the midst of a book release documenting his short reign as PM and his relationship with adviser Peta Credlin.
Wright MP Scott Buchholz, who was dumped as the government's chief whip when PM Malcolm Turnbull took over, is one of Mr Abbott’s close confidants.
Mr Buchholz said he hosted a small lunch at Jimboomba to hear the concerns of local business, education and council representatives, including Logan Country Safe City Group chairman David Kenny, Cr Trevina Schwarz and AJ Bush director David Kassulke.
The ongoing concern about the Mt Lindesay Highway was one of the key issues discussed at the meeting.
Mr Kenny asked the federal government to lobby for an upgrade to the highway, with Mr Buchholz responding that patience and persistence was needed in the fight for a upgrade.
“With persistence and continued strong local advocacy we will get those upgrades to the Mt Lindesay Highway,’’ he said.
A media release sent to the Times after the luncheon said small business and agriculture were other topics discussed during the meeting.
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