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Unions win, Ratepayers lose

The union bosses are the winners and ratepayers are the losers under Labor's new industrial relation laws passed by Parliament. Councils are warning the new heavily union-dominated laws could cost up to 1500 jobs throughout the state due to banning of contracting out and removing the flexibil... ... (26-Jun)

Trucking the Bruce Highway

I am currently in a truck heading south on the Bruce Highway from Cairns to Brisbane to hear and see first-hand what is needed for this vital 1700km lifeline for Queensland. I’ve been grabbing a ride with different trucking companies as they go about their normal business of moving freight... ... (26-Jun)


The Sunshine Coast’s biggest rail bottleneck will be fixed under the LNP’s plan to duplicate the Sunshine Coast train line, starting in 2015/2016. The $532 million project is the biggest and best breakthrough for Sunshine Coast public transport since the 1880s.   The duplicatio... ... (22-Jan)

Independence Day for Maroochydore State High School

Congratulations to Maroochydore State High School on being named among 50 Queensland state schools to become Independent Public Schools next year. The decision will give the school community a greater say in how the school is run and more freedom to make decisions to directly benefit their stud... ... (02-Dec)

Power plan for price relief

It’s good to see the savings are already flowing on household power bills with the Federal Coalition’s abolition of the carbon tax. In Queensland, further savings are expected with the State Government’s newly announced plan to permanently remove the cost of the Solar Bonus Scheme from electricity p... ... (30-Oct)

Have your say on Sunshine Coast Airport expansion

Information is now available for local residents to find out the facts and have their say about the Sunshine Coast Council’s proposed Airport expansion which will include a new east-west runway. This new project is finally coming to fruition after first being proposed in about 1983.  Now critic... ... (30-Oct)

Queenslanders encouraged to have their say on Domestic and Family Violence

 Domestic and family violence affects not just those subjected to the violence and their families, but the whole community.  The Queensland Government has established a Special Taskforce, to be chaired by the Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO, former Governor-General of Australia, to t... ... (23-Sep)

More State Funding available for sporting facilities

Sunshine Coast sporting clubs are urged to apply for State Government funding for large projects that provide new sport and recreation facilities or improve on existing facilities. Local clubs are invited to apply for funding for larger scale infrastructure projects ranging from $400,000 to $1.5 mil... ... (23-Sep)

Strong reforms ensure a Safe Night Out on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a safe night thanks to the nation’s most comprehensive package of reforms designed to help end alcohol and drug-related violence.  The Sunshine Coast community has had enough of this senseless violence and the Government has heard thei... ... (23-Sep)

Getting Young Queenslanders into jobs

Helping Sunshine Coast youth get the right training and then get a job is so important. There are big changes in vocational education and training (VET) which aim to do just this with the $615 million 2014/14 funding training in priority areas - where the jobs are.  For information vi... ... (09-Aug)

Council urged to submit plans Sunshine Coast Arts, Convention & Entertainment centre

I welcome Council's identification of the importance of this regional facility in the Maroochydore CBD and the setting aside of land - but I am urging them to bring forward their roadmap to deliver it.As a keen musician and patron of local theatre and choir groups, I believe it is vital that Council... ... (09-Aug)

Have your say on developing Queensland’s future for Education

The Queensland Government is undertaking extensive consultation with parents, schools, unions and education sectors to map out the future of education and create Queensland’s first Education Accord.All Queenslanders are encouraged to share their ideas that will determine priorities for our schools a... ... (15-Jul)

Grants of up to $100,000 available for community-based environmental projects

Local organizations who are passionate about our beautiful Sunshine Coast environment are invited to apply for a share of $5 million in funding through the State Government’s Everyone’s Environment grants program. Applications are now open for round three of the Everyone’s Environment grants program... ... (15-Jul)

Strong Choices Campaign to Tackle Unprecedented Debt Problem

Treasurer Tim Nicholls has invited all Queenslanders to contribute to a “People’s Budget” to tell the State Government how they would tackle the once-in-a-generation threat of an $80 billion State debt. This excessive debt level is what destroyed the State's AAA credit rating.  The Strong Choic... ... (23-Apr)

National Volunteer Week Community Celebration – 16 May

In celebration of National Volunteers Week 2014, I am delighted to join with Volunteering Sunshine Coast to host our annual community event to recognise the valuable work of volunteers in our not for profit groups on the Sunshine Coast.  I will be presenting our volunteers with a certificate of... ... (23-Apr)

ANZAC Day services – 25 April

ANZAC Day for me is a special time to remember and be thankful for the many ordinary people who bravely took on extraordinary challenges to serve our nation, and of course,  to acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice of the thousands who never returned. Remembrance is about learning from the past t... ... (23-Apr)

Sunshine Coast dental wait lists slashed

The number of dental patients on the waiting list in the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) has almost halved during the period February 2013 to December 2013. 12,139 dental vouchers have been issued to give patients access to urgent dental care. In February 2013, 8,836 people were ... ... (29-Mar)

Education Funding wins

The State Government is focused on improving education outcomes for our children by increasing spending on education by $707 million, delivering 724 new teachers and support staff.   State schools in the Maroochydore electorate have received almost $800,000 in funding to boost students’ le... ... (28-Mar)

Local housing waiting list down by 40 per cent

New figures released this month reveal the social housing waiting list in the Maroochydore electorate has decreased by 40 per cent since the election of the Newman Government. The number of households waiting for social housing assistance in the Maroochydore electorate had been cut to its lowest l... ... (28-Mar)

Support for community call to action over alcohol-fuelled violence

Thank you to everyone who took part in the State Government’s on-line survey and my Facebook forum to share their views on this important issue. There is a community-wide resolve to stop the violence and I believe support for tougher laws for offenders as well as a need for a culture change about t... ... (28-Mar)

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