PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull embarked on a last-minute, whirlwind tour of Toowoomba which some believe was a bid to distract from a string of bad press around his leadership.

After a rough week for the Government, culminating in their trailing Labor on a two-party preferred basis, Mr Turnbull was out in the region yesterday to spread the good word around massive infrastructure projects like the Second Range Crossing and the Inland Rail project.

The Prime Minister spoke with optimism when talking about the future of Toowoomba, highlighting the impact of the SRC along with Wellcamp airport.

"The Second Range Crossing will bring Toowoomba and its people and businesses closer to their markets," he said.

"We are delivering and will continue the strong jobs growth we need right across Toowoomba."

The fallout from the scandal surrounding former Health Minister Sussan Ley has partially attributed to the Coalition's poor standing in the latest ReachTel poll, which gives Labor a 54-46 lead.

Nationals Senator Barry O'Sullivan also criticised Mr Turnbull for his handling of the expenses scandal, saying the Coalition had not learnt from the mistakes of the past.

Malcolm Turnbull tours Vanguard Laundry Service with Groom MP John McVeigh and Toowoomba Clubhouse' Luke Terry.
Malcolm Turnbull tours Vanguard Laundry Service with Groom MP John McVeigh and Toowoomba Clubhouse' Luke Terry. Kevin Farmer

The Prime Minister officially opened the ground-breaking Vanguard Laundry Services, which employs out-of-work people with mental health issues.

The project, based at a new facility on Stephen St and largest of its kind in Australia, was spearheaded by the Toowoomba Clubhouse and funded from the Federal Government to the tune of $1 million.

Clubhouse executive director Luke Terry praised the Government and supporters of the laundry for getting it off the ground.

"I love that Toowoomba has pulled this off. We have a major mental health project opened by the prime minister and that counts for something," he said.

"We've hired 23 people and already have a wait-list of people who want to work.

"This project shows that if you give people a shot at working, they will respond."

The crowd was treated to Vanguard Laundry Service team member Jon Mitchell, who spoke about the value of employment after being diagnosed with clinical depression.



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